Jean-Michel Jarre Video About the History of Electronic Instruments

Here is a great video of Jean-Michel Jarre talking about the evolution of electronic instruments:

It’s really interesting how the VCS 3 was his first synthesizer and also his favorite for a long time. He created most of the sounds on his 1976 album Oxygene using that synthesizer.

What was even more interesting was what he said about the late 80s, how digital synthesizers were not quite evolved enough at that point, but companies had stopped making analog synthesizers. The Roland D50 was used a lot on his 1988 album Revolutions and has a lot of recognisable sounds from that time. I think that may have also been the synthesizer that Enya used on her song Sail Away.

Then he goes on to talk about plugins, and how he initially just used VST plugins for effects, but now he uses VST plugins in place of a lot his hardware synthesizers. So his approach to making music has changed a lot over the years.

By the way, Jean-Michel Jarre has a new album coming out. Also, take a look part 2 of Jarre’s history of electronic instruments.


  1. ernst marc

    It’s great to see how electronic instruments have evolved and became more and more involved in how music is made, and became a genre itself. Electronic music always inspires me. It’s soothing in a way I can’t really describe. The electronic recommendations made here certainly have a promising future and it will bring innovation to the music.

    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Glad you liked it, Ernst. Have a great day!

  2. Hal

    I still have my Roland D-50 and several years ago, managed to track down all 6 Roland factory patch cards for it. These days, of course, I can just as easily use it as a controller, but it’s nice owning the original Digital native dance and Nylon Atmosphere.
    BTW – you have a nice site here, Marcus. Thanks for it. Oh, and BTW – I enjoy your original music, too!

    1. Marcus (Post author)

      Thank you, Hal. Yes, I can imagine it is fun owning a D-50, although I do wonder if you would end up sounding like a lot of music that came out in the 80s. The D-50 was definitely used a lot back then. Not just Jean-Michel Jarre, but many others like Gary Numan, Duran Duran, Pet Shop Boys, and even Enya.


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