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.