Subject: I have found a CD that I think you would enjoy
|Jean Michel Jarre|
Odyssey Through 02
Genres: Dance & Electronic, New Age
It's the analog synthesizer sounds that artists like Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk created in the 1970s that still resonate a quarter century and new millennium later. On Odyssey Through 02, several re-mixers and D... more »
It's the analog synthesizer sounds that artists like Jarre, Tangerine Dream and Kraftwerk created in the 1970s that still resonate a quarter century and new millennium later. On Odyssey Through 02, several re-mixers and DJs take Oxygene 7-13 as their template for further explorations, all mixed in a continuous soundstream by French DJ Claude Monet. Highlights include "Oxygene 10 - Transcengenics", which turns Jarre's original piece into an ethno-ambient meditation replete with sitars and tablas. Hani applies trance tactics to the more beat driven sounds of "Oxygene 8 - Hani's Oxygene 303" while Monet's own remix on "Oxygene 13" sends a jungle shiver through Jarre's opus. Other DJs joining in include DJ CAM, Resistance D, Boodjie & Veronica, Sunday Club, 440 and Takkyu Ishino. Techno motifs and dance grooves aren't foreign to Jarre, who has infused them into his music for years.
Christopher | Wengen-en-esprit | 03/02/2005
(4 out of 5 stars)
"With every window rolled down and the moonroof slid back, my car becomes a veritable wind tunnel barrelling through the backroads of Colorado. Blasting this album while tunnelling my way through the crisp air becomes a dream-like experience I can never forget. And I have a ton of these experiences with Jarre's music.
My sister gave me this album as a birthday gift. Since I am, on the average, not a fan of remixes, I would have never picked this up unless it was given to me. In this case, however, Jarre's music is still there, and the re-mixers don't make a mockery of it, either.
Tracks 1 through 12 (which remix different Oxygene pieces, not necessarily in order) flow together easily, becoming an eerie or thumping transcendent voyage, almost on an atomic level.
After this, though, tracks 13 through 17 are a form of music that's too harsh and take forever to get anywhere. There's no flow, no symmetry. I feel the mixer was concentrating more on drum-beats while shoving the melodies into the background. The only exception to these tracks is 16, Apollo Four Forty's remix of Rendez-Vous 98, which isn't half bad. I've never heard the original mix.
Included on this album is a *very* curious interactive and avant-garde music video program called JArKaos. Once installed on your computer, you listen to the music while tapping at your keyboard, thereby changing and morphing images on your screen. Not unlike a screensaver, really, but you can explore what each key or several held at the same time does. The back of the album claims "an infinite number of visuals" although I think I ran the program into the ground myself after several attempts at being prolific. The visuals themselves were created by students of SupInfoCom, a school for digital artists. You can learn more about them, at a very wacky website, here: http://www.supinfocom.fr/index.html
By no means does this album replace Jarre. But I've grown fond of it for my own reasons."
3 1/2 stars actually
Christopher | 03/25/2001
(3 out of 5 stars)
"What you get here is other elecronica artists remixing Jarre's "Odyssey 7-13" album. Not a bad idea but not as good in execution either. Part of the problem is that Jarre is legendary, while the re-mixers may or may not become legend. Tangerine Dream had the right idea in doing the new mixes themselves. Basically what you get then, is what sounds like each re-mixer writing his own rhytm and beat, then "sampling" Jarre's work for the melody. Iamgine a more danceable Jarre, and you get the idea. Sure, I like it alright now, but will I in a year or so? The answer is an emphatic "maybe", thus 3 1/2 stars."