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Digitally remastered edition of this 1976 album from the French composer, performer and music producer. Jean Michel, the son of acclaimed film composer Maurice Jarre, is a pioneer in the Electronic, Ambient and New Age genres. Apart from his recorded output, Jean Michel Jarre is also fondly known as an organizer of outdoor spectacles of his music featuring lights, laser displays, and fireworks. Jean Michel has gone on to sell well over 80 million albums in the course of 40 years.
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Then, as a last chance, I bought in 2003 the new CD issue, Digitally Re-mastered 96 Khz - 24 bit technology issued by 2000 year... Just to hear this disk, I bought a totally new digital audio system... And then my ears heard the sound I expected to hear since I had 14 years old. This disk is one of my very favorites, together with Magnetic Fields, Equinoxe and Zoolook (in that order), although the rest of the Jarre work is exceptional too.
I am a music lover, specifically Rock oriented. But only Jean Michel Jarre and Tomita had moved my attention to electronic sound, and they're my favorites in this arena. Oxigene puts a milestone in my life, and I think that would be done with yours if you listen to it carefully, lights off, eyes closed, well tempered sound and putting your mind in white. The sound will draw enough images in your mind to blow you away. Definitely, one of my best choices in music.
Jarre did this by making the songs of "Oxygene" play out like a classical composition. Each movement had distinct and original melodies and each sounded like it could hold its own as a song unto itself. The themes also sounded like they could be as organic and enveloping as the album title suggested; this was earthy music long before the term "new age" got slapped on everything that was vaguely atmospheric and meditative.
NB; Also a reason I still listen to this with a touch of nostalgia; my high school put on a production of "Hamlet" that used "Part II" as the processional music for the entrance of King Claudius.
Stylistically, this music is closest to the "Berlin School" approach to electronic music (e.g. Tangerine Dream, Klaus Schulze) especially the mid-1970s work of Tangerine Dream, although an admixture of the styles of electronic composers that are closer to progressive rock (e.g. Synergy, Kitaro, Tomita, and Vangelis) is present too. I should note however that the music on Oxygene is not as intense as the music written by any of those other composers and as such is a lot more "listener friendly" and inviting.
The six part Oxygene suite includes sections (or movements if you will) that range in length from 3'24" to 10'26". The movements are mostly brooding and synth heavy, with the occasional "computerized" rhythm provided by what is referred to in the liner notes as a "Rhythmin' computer". Other instruments used by Jean Michel on Oxygene include the ARP synthesizer (possibly an ARP string ensemble), AKS synthesizer, VCS3, RMI Harmonic synthesizer, Farfisa organ, the Eminent, and the mellotron. Together, these instruments are used to create ever-changing and spacey soundscapes that fizzle, bubble, pulse, and brood. He has a good sense of melody and there is certainly no shortage of them on this album. When the melodies are coupled with the wide range in dynamics and timbres, it makes for a very interesting listening experience. On top of it all is his trademark phasing, which makes everything sound just that much more...cosmic.
All in all, this is a classic of electronic music and is very highly recommended along with Equinoxe.