Video: Jean-Michel Jarre on Evolving his Production Techniques

Legendary synthesist/performer/producer moved from analog synths to plug-ins while recording his Electronica album.
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Old-school electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre has a new, Native Instruments-produced video out, in which we get an intimate look into his studio, as well as his thoughts on the evolution of music and recording and his latest album, Electronica. He talks about starting the project on Pro Tools with analog synths, and ending it using Ableton Live with plug-ins, because he changed his mind on how to work during the process.

In this video, we learn that his favorite all-time synth is his "old friend," the EMS VCS3, which produced most of the sounds off his breakthrough first album Oxygene in 1976. The video is full of vintage gear talk, where he calls the Moog Memorgymoog "the Rolls Royce of analog polyphonic synthesizers. And the Elka Synthex could be the Bentley."

Of course, we also see him testing out the Native Instruments Kontrol S keyboard controllers with the NI Monark synth, which he says he prefers using to the hardware Moog Voyager.

And he praises new developments in synthesizers, like NI Massive, which he said basically created the a whole new genre of dubstep because it works in its own unique way. "It's time now that the developers think like these guys in the old days," Jarre said. "When [Bob] Moog started to do the modular Moog, he was not trying to replicate an existing concept… because there were none. You couldn't do the sounds you can do with Massive or Razor with anything else."

Enjoy the video, and you may want to read the recent cover story from our sister site, Keyboard, on  Jean-Michel Jarre collaborating with the influential modern electronic music stars, such as Air, M83, Boys Noize, Moby, Massive Attack and others.