Jean-Michel Jarre’s ‘Oxygene 3’ is set for release on December 2nd, and Jarre has just released a video for ‘Oxygene Pt 17’. Check it out for the lavish visuals and the glimpses of synth pron (sic). Here’s the PR skinny:
JEAN-MICHEL JARRE has been one of the pioneering forces of the electronic music scene over the past four decades, having originally made his name in the 1970s for his critically acclaimed album OXYGENE.
OXYGENE was without doubt one of the biggest catalysts that set electronic music on its way to becoming the behemoth that it is today, with Jean-Michel’s music and follow-through albums breaking down boundaries of composing and production, paving the path for what has become today the most popular genre of music of all time. With over 80 million albums sold worldwide to date, musicians and contemporary DJs often refer to Jarre’s influence and innovation, citing OXYGENE as the album that changed it all for them.
On December 2, Jarre will release the final chapter of the OXYGENE Trilogy via Sony Music. With the first album released in 1977 and OXYGENE 2 released in 1997, OXYGENE 3 not only celebrates the 40th anniversary of the all-time classic, but also marks the final chapter of the ground-breaking Trilogy.
Much like its predecessors, OXYGENE 3 is a 40-minute, one-take masterpiece celebrating Electronic Music as its best. Jarre’s inspiration for the newly added parts on OXYGENE 3 was not to go back in time, but to add a sense of “now” to his iconic piece of work. It’s a state-of-the-art recording, embracing both classic and modern ways of music production.
“Oxygene Pt. 17 is the first single and a bright moment of the album: I wanted to create a groove with the melodic part on its own and to also create the real feel of a spacey trip – which is what Oxygene is all about – and with minimalist drums. What made and makes Oxygene different, is probably that an important part of the sound is made of white noise, creating a hazy atmosphere. It is ironic to think back in time when everybody was obsessed by improving the signal to noise ratio, that I used so much noise as part of my music”. – Jean-Michel Jarre