You’re worked with Vangelis and Jean Michel Jarre – that’s rare, isn’t it?
“You normally have to choose your camp! I started with Jarre, the Concerts in China, 60,000 people in 1981. We developed the first polyphonic sequencer, the MDB with eight CVs and gates. I made Zoolook with him – and I played keyboards and programmed the Fairlight sequences. It was an amazing experience for me and certainly the last great album he made.
“Then I had a phone call from the guy at Dreyfus Records, he said, ‘You kill my artist! This album is a piece of shit. No hits…’ And I said, ‘Sorry, I think we’ve made a really interesting album’.
“Finally Zoolook had some success, then Jean Michel called me for the next album, and he came up with Rendez-vous and I said sorry, I am not [a] fan, you can do that without me! And I decided with friends to create Studio MEGA in Paris.
“The next time I saw Jarre was for the 1990 show for La Defense, and I re-did all the intros, all the sequences. Two and a half million people in Paris, what an experience!”
Age: 31 Joined: 29 Mar 2006 Posts: 5379 Location: Finland
Posted: Fri Feb 24, 2012 8:54 pm
I think it'd be nice to know what he thought of the new tours (especially the 2007-2008 Oxygene Tour), since he really didn't like T&T. Alas, it's good to know that he still has good memories of working with Jarre.
Personally I hated Zoolook at first, really had a hard time swallowing Ethnicolor I at first. I didn't get it, thought it was boring and awfull. And then the beat came into play at 6:45, I'll never forget that moment hearing the voices kick in and having the piece turn into a musicpiece of epic proportions. The rest of the album was a hit after that, did have some trouble with Wooloomooloo and still have, that track was boring no matter how you look at it
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How anyone can call themselves Jarre-fans and not like Zoolook is beyond me. And yes, it really was his last innovative and great album. Jarre has done three of those, and that's more than most artists. At most they have one like that in them.
Has Jarre done good things since then? Absolutely. Has any of those things been as innovative and experimental as Zolook? No.
As for the interview, I'm surprised about Rousseau's bluntness. I know that he has been very reluctant to be so honest in the past.
Age: 21 Joined: 02 Nov 2016 Posts: 53 Location: Mexico City
Posted: Fri Nov 04, 2016 1:20 am
I'll admit it, when I heard Ethnicolor 1 for the first time, it scared me. I learned to like it after listening to it a few more times. Same thing happened with Wooloomooloo, Ethnicolor 2 and the first half of Diva. I always liked Blah Blah Café, Zoolookologie and Zoolook, though. Those pieces are fun.
(Side note, I think that Zoolook should've been in the '97 version of Images, instead of Wooloomooloo.)
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