JEAN-MICHEL JARRE ANNOUNCES 'OXYMOREWORKS'
- A COLLECTION OF COLLABORATIONS WITH BRIAN ENO, MARTIN GORE, ARMIN VAN BUUREN AND MANY MORE OUT NOVEMBER 3 -
NEW TRACK “ZEITGEIST BOTANICA” WITH IRÈNE DRÉSEL RELEASED TODAY, SEPTEMBER 22 VIA SONY MUSIC
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Jean-Michel Jarre announces OXYMOREWORKS, a collection of collaborations with other artists, to be released on November 3. 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. The album spans a broad spectrum of electronic genres and includes the hypnotic, expensive techno of “SEX IN THE MACHINE TAKE 2” with Nina Kraviz, the cinematic “SYNTHY SISTERS TAKE 2” with Adiescar Chase, the warm, uplifting progressive opus of “EPICA TAKE 2” with Marseille-based electronic producer and multi-instrumentalist French 79; “EPICA EXTENSION” with Brian Eno; “BRUTALISM TAKE 2” with Martin Gore; and “BRUTALISM REPRISE” with Deathpact.
The collection also features “EPICA MAXIMA,” a collaboration with Armin Van Buuren. The two artists have previously worked together on the hugely popular track “Stardust,” which appeared on Jarre’s 2015 album Electronica.
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. OXYMOREWORKS stands as a testament to the art of collaboration; a vibrant collection of musical dialogues."
To mark the announcement of OXYMOREWORKS, Jarre reveals his collaboration with French techno producer Irène Drésel, “ZEITGEIST BOTANICA.” The new version of “ZEITGEIST” sees the two artists create a multi-layered narrative with otherworldly rhythms and spacious, mesmerising synths.
Listen to "ZEITGEIST BOTANICA" here:
In the German language, ‘Zeit’ signifies time, and ‘Geist’ represents spirit,” explains Irène, who draws on these meanings to infuse in her interpretation of the original version of “ZEITGEIST” with a profound sense of the eternal.
She goes on to explain, “Jean-Michel and I have created a version that still has a soul and dives the listener back in time. This rework features a narrative composed of ruptures while infusing a hypnotic dimension with techno overtones. The sound of Pierre Henry’s breath gives rhythm to the track, like an instrument from another world, another space-time.”
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 degree 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.
OXYMOREWORKS IS RELEASED ON NOVEMBER 3.
Listen to Jean-Michel Jarre’s OXYMORE at:
OXYMORE is out now. The album is available as CD, Double Vinyl and digital in Stereo, Binaural, 5.1 and Dolby Atmos. The physical product includes a code to access the highest quality Binaural master as intended by Jean-Michel Jarre when producing the album.
OXYMORE in the press:
“OXYMORE demonstrates that immersive audio isn't just an extension of stereo. It's a genuinely new medium with infinite creative potential.” - Sound on Sound
“A controlled, raw and festive bacchanal of sound.” - Rolling Stone
“… Jarre only looks to the past to tap into ideas that he can reimagine in the most futuristic way. This is what he has done with Oxymore, the 22nd album of his half-century-spanning career. Out today (Oct. 21), Oxymore is built upon stems and samples from one of Jarre’s early mentors, Pierre Henry, the godfather of France’s musique concrete movement, under whose tutelage at Paris’ legendary Groupe de Recheres Musicales Jarre cut his electronic music teeth.” - Billboard
“A revolution in sound.” - Technikart
“Ever the innovator, Jean-Michel Jarre’s desire to shape the future leaves little room for nostalgia.” - Prog Magazine
“A sonic adventure best enjoyed solo with very good headphones.” – Mojo
“… Jean-Michel Jarre has been innovating electronic music and the way we interact with it. With over 20 studio albums and a number of record-breaking performances under his belt, the pioneering artist has never been afraid to take chances.” – EDM.com
ABOUT IRÈNE DRÉSEL
High-coloured techno, sensual and bold : voilà, a summation of the world of Irène Drésel. A hypnotic universe where languid and sporty BPMs meet crystalline melodies, foiling the expectations of techno listeners. A polymorphic artist who has left the frenzy of Paris for the calm of the countryside, Irène Drésel tends to her universe down to the smallest details, as evidenced on stage by the roses that gracefully overhang the cold steel of her machines.
Irène Drésel composes alone, but she is accompanied live by a percussionist, Sizo Del Givry, embellishing this visual singularity with a certain aura - a duo concept that nonetheless does not exclude, now and then, the one-off interventions of guests. The producer, who has given numerous concerts, has also performed at major festivals, including Le Printemps de Bourges, Fnac Live, Vieilles Charrues and also Scopitone, Ososphère, Arte Concert et Fusion Festival.
After two successive EPs, Rita (2017) and Icône (2018), her first album Hyper Cristal was released in Spring 2019 and her latest album Kinky Dogma was released in June 2021. It highlights the repetitive and spatial nature of her songwriting, plunging us into her wild psyche to dance the night away in fields of flowers. At times frenetic and at others more solemn, the music should be experienced as a spiritual chanting, made to release our bodies into Dionysian revelries.
Off stage, Irène Drésel recently stepped into the world of cinema by composing the original score for the Eric Gravel film À Plein Temps (Full Time), released in March 2022 and starring actress Laure Calamy. For this work, Irène Drésel won the César ("the highest film honor in France") for Best Original Music in February 2023. She is the first woman in history to win the César in this category. Her score for À Plein Temps also won “Best Music” at the 12th Tiantan Awards of the Beijing International Film Festival (BJIFF) and is nominated for “Le Prix des Lumières” 2023.
Irène Drésel will unveil her third album on January 26, 2024. This eagerly-anticipated album will be celebrated in Paris at the prestigious Olympia concert venue.
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ABOUT JEAN-MICHEL JARRE
Jean-Michel Jarre has always been a futurist in his field. Throughout his illustrious career, the composer, performer, producer and cultural ambassador has continued to break new ground with his music and his mastery of creative innovation. From his early pioneering role in electronic music, his use of multi-channel audio technology and production, to his recent explorations into the realms of VR performance and the metaverse, technology is at the forefro’nt of everything he does. He is quoted as claiming that “today is the most exciting time to create, to make music, and to share across so many mediums”.
Jarre is UNESCO ambassador for education, science and culture, an unconditional defender of the planet and the environment and Laureate of the Stephen Hawking Medal for scientific communication.
Jarre’s current catalog, which now includes 22 studio albums, has generated sales of more than 85 million worldwide to date, and earned him countless awards and nominations. Throughout his career, Jarre has taken as canvas, some of the most iconic landmarks and UNESCO World Heritage sites around the globe for his creative, cultural and environmental message. He has also set new Guinness World Records for live audience attendance at concerts in several emblematic locations. He was the first western musician to be invited to perform in China and has also created and performed concert-events at the Great Pyramids in Egypt, the Sahara Desert, the Forbidden City & Tiananmen Square, the Eiffel Tower, the Dead Sea, Al Ula and more. He has consistently sold-out arena and stadium tours across the continents, as well as performing at major festivals including Coachella. In 2021, he rang in the new year with Welcome To The Other Side, a groundbreaking livestream broadcast worldwide from a virtual Notre Dame in Paris. U.S. touring & live entertainment trade publication US Pollstar states that the livestream attracted record breaking audiences of over 75 million viewers worldwide across various platforms, television and VR. His latest OXYMORE immersive project is out now worldwide.
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September 22, 2023 5:30pm ET by Falcon Publicity