4 days ago
I was deeply involved in the making of the album with Jean-Michel Jarre throughout the recording process.
Technically, I had made the sequencer that you hear throughout the album (the Matrisequencer 250), as well as a drum machine (the Rythmicomputer).
I had designed a method of synchronisation that used a track on the tape recorder to record several sequences synchronised with each other, and always locked to my drum machine.
My sequencer drove an ARP 2600. An input for the ARP keyboard allowed the sequences to be transposed in real time, which not only allowed the sequences to be transposed, but also the pitch of the notes to be modulated while the sequencer was running.
In this way we were able to produce the music in a very unusual way.
Not just higher tempo, it's also in different key (one semitone higher), so a full-blown "sped-up tape" effect. If you slow it down by approx. 5% it will sound very much like the album version.Richard-Eastham wrote: ↑Tue Mar 28, 2023 3:36 pm Off the back of this thread, I've just been listening to Equinoxe Pt. 4 (Extended Mix) from the Rarities Vol 3 collection:
Q1: Is the extended mix played a higher tempo than the album edit? It certainly sounds "faster" to my ear
Q2: Was it produced contemporaneously with the album? Did Michel Geiss have a hand in the mix/recording? Or did it come later, some years after the 1978 release?