Wednesday, July 17, 2024

Jean-Michel Jarre announces “Oxymoreworks” a collection of collaborations with other artists, to be released on November 2023, Friday 3rd. The nine-track body of work comprises re-works of tracks from his 2022 album “Oxymore”, some of which have been revealed over previous months. Each track has been meticulously composed and produced by Jarre in direct collaboration with each featured artist, resulting in a distinctive new version that showcases the collective artistry of both musicians. Armin van Buuren, Brian Eno, Martin Gore, Nina Kraviz, Irène Drésel, Adiescar Chase, French 79 and Deathpact are the artists involved in this project.

Speaking about the collection, Jean-Michel Jarre said: “Oxymore held a special place in my heart, as it embarked on a truly unique sonic journey. With the profound joy of collaborating with fellow artists, much like my previous venture, Electronica, I aimed to foster a fresh perspective on my music. I extended my hand to musicians whose distinct talents I believed would infuse an intriguing dimension into each track. Oxymorereworks stands as a testament to the art of collaboration; a vibrant collection of musical dialogues”.

“Oxymore”, released in 2022, was crafted as a tribute to the French roots of electronic music which has had a major influence on the music production of the genre over the years. “Oxymore” is also an homage to the late French composer Pierre Henry, an iconic figure in electronic and classical music, and one of Jarre’s influences at the Groupe de Recherches Musicales (GRM) where he studied. “Oxymore” was released in October 2022. Conceptually it is his most ambitious and groundbreaking album to date, and the first commercial release of this scale which fully utilizes multichannel and binaural sound (spatial 3D). Jarre produced, composed, recorded and mixed in 360 degrees audio in the “Innovation” studios at Radio France. 

Jean-Michel Jarre has also recently collaborated with Renault to develop unique new sounds for the car manufacturer’s future electric vehicles. Some of the sounds Jarre developed were inspired by tracks from “Oxymore”. Additionally, as part of the collaboration with Renault, a new version of the legendary track “Oxygène 4” was created, merged with “Epica” from “Oxymore”. The new version will be available commercially soon.

ppening pic credits: François Rousseau

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