Jarre’s New Album is a Mobile App Playing Different Music Every Time You Start it

Jean-Michel Jarre and cell phone

My old musical hero, Jean-Michel Jarre launched his new album today. It’s an app where the music will change constantly and give a new and unique experience every time.

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Best Albums of 2018

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I’m sure you’ve seen all of those articles in the past few weeks. The lists where we music journalists and writers make lists of what we perceive what the best albums of the year are. What these lists have in common is that you’ve maybe heard about two of the ten artists on the list. Not with me! Here are my favourites from 2018.

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The Journey to Equinoxe Infinity – Part 4: Who’s Watching the Watchers?

Jean-Michel Jarre - Headbanger

Join Jean-Michel Jarre and me as we take the final part of our walk through of his ENTIRE discography of studio albums, while sitting talking in his flat in Paris. In this part we talk about his artistic low point, followed by a creative and critically acclaimed return.  A fascinating talk with a true innovator, who is now out with a brand new album called Equinoxe Infinity. 

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The Journey to Equinoxe Infinity – Part 3: Paying the Piano Player to Stop Playing

Jean-Michel Jarre - Keytar Hero

Join Jean-Michel Jarre and me as we take the third part of our walk through of his ENTIRE discography of studio albums, while sitting talking in his flat in Paris. In this part we talk about the perfect piece of ambient music, returning for Oxygene and losing an old friend. A fascinating talk with a true innovator, who is now out with a brand new album called Equinoxe Infinity. 

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The Journey to Equinoxe Infinity – Part 2: Losing Teeth and Digging in Trash Bins

Jean-Michel Jarre: Laser Harp

Join Jean-Michel Jarre and me as we take the second part of our walk through his ENTIRE discography of studio albums, while sitting talking in his flat in Paris. In this part we talk about making an album out of being the very first Western musician to play China, making a record that is pressed in one single copy and playing for 1.3 million people. And the pope! A fascinating talk with a true innovator, who is now out with a brand new album called Equinoxe Infinity. 

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The Journey to Equinoxe Infinity – Part 1: Selling Your Electric Train

Jean-Michel Jarre

Join Jean-Michel Jarre and me as we take a walk through his ENTIRE discography of studio albums, while sitting talking in his flat in Paris. Did you think Oxygene was his first album? Then you are in for a surprise! A fascinating talk with a true innovator, who is now out with a brand new album called Equinoxe Infinity. 

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Jean-Michel Jarre – Equinoxe: Infinity

Jean-Michel Jarre: Equinoxe: InfinityThis autumn Jean-Michel Jarre turned 70. In the past three years he has released two double albums, one single album and this September, a huge compilation box called Planet Jarre. The latter to celebrate his 50th anniversary as an artist. He’s also been touring most of these years with a ground breaking light and laser show, and he also played Coachella this year.

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Stephen Hawking’s Greatest Hits

Stephen HawkingStephen Hawking died yesterday. A huge loss to the world, and no matter his very human shortcomings, the world truly should pay tribute to this man. I am among those millions who bought his book “A Brief History of Time” in the early 90s. It opened my mind up on so many levels, and taught me complex concepts that I had only scratched the surface of before.

I met several of my heroes within science and last year I almost made a hat trick by meeting and interviewing both Neil deGrasse Tyson, Brian Cox and Stephen Hawking at the Starmus science festival in Trondheim, Norway. However, Hawking couldn’t make it because of his declining health. And now I never will be able to meet him. But last weekend I bought a new copy of “A Brief History of Time”, because I lost my old copy, and will read it this weekend in tribute.

As the years went by, Hawking became quite the celebrity. He appeared in numerous TV shows, probably most memorably “The Simpsons” and “The Big Bang Theory”. And loads of artists made songs with or about him. I have created a playlist of 12 of my favourites of these songs:

1) “Into the Party Zone” – Turbonegro

The Norwegian hard rock band Turbonegro’s opening track to the album “Party Animals” called “Intro: The Party Zone,” features Hawking’s familiar electronic voice saying, “Greetings, my name is Stephen Hawking. Anyway, please follow our denim leaders as they enter the final black hole – a new dimension in rock music. Welcome to the party zone.” I don’t think it is Hawking’s voice, though, even if the band have always refused to confirm or deny it.

2) “Stephen Hawking Sings Monty Python… Galaxy Song” – Monty Python & Stephen Hawking

For Record Store Day in 2015, Hawking recorded a version of Monty Python’s “Galaxy Song,” originally sung by Eric Idle for 1983’s film “The Meaning of Life” (he also appeared in a short video clip featuring fellow physicist and professor Brian Cox filmed for a documentary about the British comedy stalwarts’ reunion shows the year before).

3) “E=MC Hawking” – MC Hawking

MC HawkingWhen I attended the aforementioned Starmus festival last year, they showed us a documentary about Stephen Hawking’s career as a rap artist… It was hilarious, and taken from the works of Ken Lawrence, who created the MC Hawking rap persona in the late 90s. The lyrics are side splitting, and also spoofs N.W.A (“Fuck the Creationists”). Stephen Hawking was a big fan too.

4) “A Glorious Dawn” – Carl Sagan

Ok, so it’s not really Carl Sagan who performs this track. In 2009, John D. Boswell, a.k.a. Melodysheep, a.k.a. the man behind online video series Symphony of Science, concocted a genius mind-meld between two cosmologists, Carl Sagan and Stephen Hawking. The result is a “cheesy, synthesizer-strewn odyssey that sounds like Auto-Tuning the Cosmos, that could also gently lull you to sleep on dreams of Milky Ways and nebulae nurseries” as Spin Magazine described it.

5) “Keep Talking” – Pink Floyd

David Gilmour insisted that the Pink Floyd albums released under his leadership were concept albums, just like the earlier Pink Floyd albums. 1994’s “The Division Bell” was about communication. So when British Telecom did an advert featuring one of Stephen Hawking’s most powerful monologues, Gilmour thought it fit the bill for his song “Keep Talking.”

“This was the most powerful piece of television advertising that I’ve ever seen in my life,” Gilmour said soon after The Division Bell’s release. “I just found it so moving that I felt that I had to try and do something with it, or with him or something, in some way.”

6) “Hawking Radiation” – Philip Glass

The mastermind of minimalistic music created an album of the same title as the book “A Brief History of Time.” This is a short, but very nice ditty. Unfortunately this is not on Tidal, so the Tidal playlist below only has 11 tracks.

7) “Me and Stephen Hawking” – Manic Street Preachers

The once huge stadium filling band, who used to be an underground band, name checks Hawking in this nice pop track.

8) “Hawking” – Todd Rundgren

Todd is a strange one. Part jazz, part prog, part rock, part pop and part psychedlia. Not only on one and the same album, but preferrably in one and the same song! This one however is dangerously close to lounge jazz.

9) “Da Vinci” – Weezer

Don’t remember what happened to this band, but mentioning Da Vinci and and Hawking in one and the same song just feels right.

10) “White & Nerdy” – Weird Al Yankowic

Come to think of it, I saw Yankowic in Trondheim as well. Oh well, this is a parody of a hiphop song I’ve never heard. But the lyrics are hilarious and the video is awesome too.

11) “Chronologie Part 4” – Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre and Neil deGrasse TysonWhen the French electronica hero created an album about time, called Chronologie, in 1993, he name checked Stephen Hawking and thanked him for his book “A Brief History of Time,” in the liner notes. The book was a huge source of inspiration for Jarre when he worked on this album.

Last year when I was in Trondheim Jean-Michel Jarre received “The Stephen Hawking Award,” together with Neil deGrasse Tyson and the producers of the TV Show “The Big Bang Theory.”

12) “Talkin’ Hawkin'” – Pink Floyd

Hawking pops up again on the very last Pink Floyd album, “The Endless River.” I think this is a beautiful track, and a nice closer to this playlist.

What did you think of this list? Should I create other lists? Leave your comments below.

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