Jarre’s Time Machine is ‘most ambitious project’

Jean-Michel Jarre will launch latest album Electronica Part 1: The Time Machine next month – and he says it’s his “most ambitious project” to date.

It features guest appearances from 15 artists across the electronic music spectrum, including the late Edgar Froese, Air, John Carpenter, Moby, M83 and 3D of Massive Attack.

Jarre has aimed to explain the history of the genre with the work. He says: “I’ve wanted to tell a story for a while, regarding its legacy from my experience, from when I started to nowadays.

“So I planned to compose for and collaborate with an array of artists, with people I admire for their contribution to our genre, that represented a source of inspiration for me.

“I had no idea how the project would evolve – but I was delighted that everybody I reached out to accepted my invitation.”

Jarre worked with each collaborator personally, rather than via remote connections. Moby says: “It would be very easy for him to sit in Paris, email people and have them send things back.

“But to physically sit down with every one on multiple occasions, to be in a studio with people and push them to look at different parts of themselves as musicians – that will make this album interesting.

“It’s about humans coming together in a very unique way.”

Electronica 1: The Time Machine is released on October 16. It’s the first of two titles, featuring a total of 30 collaborators.


  1. The Time Machine – with Boys Noize
  2. Glory – with M83
  3. Close Your Eyes – with AIR
  4. Automatic Pt 1 – with Vince Clarke
  5. Automatic Pt 2 – with Vince Clarke
  6. If..! – with Little Boots
  7. Immortals – with Fuck Buttons
  8. Suns Have Gone – with Moby
  9. Conquistador – with Gesaffelstein
  10. Travelator Pt2 – with Pete Townshend
  11. Zero Gravity – with Tangerine Dream
  12. Rely On Me – with Laurie Anderson
  13. Stardust – with Armin van Buuren
  14. Watching You – with 3D
  15. A Question Of Blood – with John Carpenter
  16. The Train & The River – with Lang Lang
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