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 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 2:42 PM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

In a very interesting Q&A with IMS (International Music Summit) just a few days ago, one of my greatest musical heroes Jean Michel Jarre speaks about his reluctance to compose film music, his intention to do more, the fact that he was offered films like MIDNIGHT EXPRESS and AMERICAN GIGOLO, his relationship to his father and the current state of film music (especially science fiction):



Go to 32:45 for that particular bit, but the whole thing is really great.

I would die and go to heaven if Jarre decided to do a sci fi score!

 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:05 PM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

Hopefully he will stay away from film music.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 3:23 PM   
 By:   Mr. Shark   (Member)

Wonderful interview. Thanks for posting, Thor. smile

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 16, 2013 - 4:48 PM   
 By:   FalkirkBairn   (Member)

Thanks Thor for the link to the video. Interesting to hear his views.

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 10:49 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Hopefully he will stay away from film music.

Delete "he" and "film music". Insert "pzfan" and "this forum".

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 10:52 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Very peculiar that he was offered Midnight Express AND American Gigolo AND Cat People, all ending up being scored by Moroder!

I really agree about his thoughts on electronic film music. Film music is more than the orchestra.

I will have to see the entire interview later.

 
 Posted:   Jul 19, 2013 - 2:20 PM   
 By:   Adm Naismith   (Member)



I would die and go to heaven if Jarre decided to do a sci fi score!


You have heard Tron: Legacy, right? Half of that already sounds like lost J-M Jarre tracks.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:50 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)



I would die and go to heaven if Jarre decided to do a sci fi score!


You have heard Tron: Legacy, right? Half of that already sounds like lost J-M Jarre tracks.


Absolutely! One of my most-played soundtracks in recent years.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:55 AM   
 By:   OnlyGoodMusic   (Member)

Film music is more than the orchestra.

And it's much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much more than a bunch of synthesizers. wink

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 5:59 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

Great to see he took notice of Cliff Martinez. I would also love to see Jean Michel Jarre take on a movie score, not necessarily sci-fi or futuristic though, I think his sound is diverse enough to tackle more genres than sci-fi.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 6:20 AM   
 By:   pzfan   (Member)

Film music is more than the orchestra.

And it's much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much more than a bunch of synthesizers. wink


This. And there are more than enough uninspiring sound designers ruining film music with their dull efforts.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 7:04 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Great to see he took notice of Cliff Martinez. I would also love to see Jean Michel Jarre take on a movie score, not necessarily sci-fi or futuristic though, I think his sound is diverse enough to tackle more genres than sci-fi.

Agreed. His score for the drama/crime movie LES GRANGES BRULEES (1973) is proof of that. But I must admit that sci fi draws some extra excitement out of me.

 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 8:23 AM   
 By:   First Breath   (Member)

Film music is more than the orchestra.

And it's much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much, much more than a bunch of synthesizers. wink


Some films function best with an orchestral score, some with an electronic one. How hard can it be?

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 22, 2013 - 6:31 PM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Plus some films function very well with the actors singing throughout the whole film, wish we had more of those.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 12:26 AM   
 By:   dan the man   (Member)

Why does one care to hear what a musician has to say about why he does not want to do film scores, who cares, negativity comes in again.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 12:30 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

While some of the replies in this thread certainly are (unnecessarily) negative, my intention for posting it certainly wasn't. Quite the contrary. Jarre has rarely talked about film music and his relationship to it, so this was a rare window of opportunity. I thought others might find it equally interesting, not to mention his desire to do MORE of it in the future.

 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 12:52 AM   
 By:   Francis   (Member)

While some of the replies in this thread certainly are (unnecessarily) negative, my intention for posting it certainly wasn't. Quite the contrary. Jarre has rarely talked about film music and his relationship to it, so this was a rare window of opportunity. I thought others might find it equally interesting, not to mention his desire to do MORE of it in the future.

I think Jarre's notion that sc-fi should be scored more electronic as opposed to orchestral is very provocative around here, not to mention people seem mostly ignorant of him and his music if they dismiss him as an 'uninspiring sound designer', I think he inspired lots of composers himself and I'd dare say even the orchestral ones. wink

By the way, has it come as far that there is now a divide between the orchestral elite and the pro tools plebs? wink

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 1:34 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

The great thing about Jarre is that he's able to do so many things. There's wild avantgarde music inspired by the likes of Pierre Boulez and the 'musique concrete' of Pierre Schaefer and Karlheinz Stockhausen, like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2ByiviC3wbw (AOR Bleu - 1972)

...or more melodic stuff like this:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fpWNimba344

...or more experimental, riff-based stuff like this (I can picture this in a sci fi!):

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DoCrbtnapeA

....genuine ethnic music with no to very few electronics, like the beautiful "Fishing Junks at Sunset":

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3jMame1N6VU

...and even symphonic music, 'street music' (like the accordion-based "Band in Rain") and so much more.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 2:40 AM   
 By:   razorback64   (Member)

Peter Weir used his Oxygene part 2 in his movie Gallipoli.

 
 
 Posted:   Jul 23, 2013 - 3:36 AM   
 By:   Thor   (Member)

Yes, his studio album music has been used in many films over the years.

"Zoolook", for example, but I can't remember which one off the top of my head.

I adore the track "Miss Moon" from the underrated METAMORPHOSES. If THIS doesn't sound like an unused cue from a contemporary sci fi film, I don't know what does:

 
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