Recorded at Jean-Michel Jarre's studio, Paris, France from January to August, 1978.
Personnel: Jean Michel Jarre (organ, Mellotron, keyboards, synthesizer, ARP synthesizer, Oberheim synthesizer, vocoder, computer).
Audio Mixer: Jean-Pierre Janiaud.
Recording information: Jean Michel Jarre's Private Studio (01/1978-08/1978); Jean-Michel Jarre Priveate Studio (01/1978-08/1978); Studio Prive (01/1978-08/1978).
Author: Scott Hull .
Photographers: Charlotte Rampling; Helmut Newton.
Synthesizer master Jarre built an entire career around the renown he achieved through this 1978 recording. Performed entirely on synthesizers, EQUINOXE consists of a single piece divided up into eight movements. Clearly influenced by the more melodic side of mid-period Tangerine Dream and Vangelis, Jarre filled this album with gauzy, atmospheric synth textures marked by an inviting, impressionistic feel.
The cinematic vistas evoked by Jarre's dreamy analog synthscapes are also undoubtedly influenced by his father, famed film composer Maurice Jarre. EQUINOXE takes a decided turn towards the mainstream when the bouncy, sequenced rhythms kick in, but the moodier sections are intoxicating, worthy of Klaus Schulze at his best.
Perhaps the best of Jarre that I have heard, even surpassing "Oxygene" in my opinion. The music seems to be inspired by everything from synth-pop to classical music, and the melding seems to work remarkably well. The sounds are as amazing as they are rich and deep. I would agree that there have been very few who could rival Jarre's efforts on this CD. For anyone into electronica and rich synthesiser music, this is a must have.
Here Jarre is heavily into space synth and his use of the synth sounds of the time is astounding.. In fact I find myself thinking (just like when I listened to Oxygen) what sound is like coming from which keyboard. Is this coming from the Roland Juno, the Moog or other keyboard. Equinoxe part 3 is a classic and is right up their with some of his best tracks ever. This is before he becomes too avantgarde for his own best and makes utter junk like Zoolook and tracks like the horrid London Kid. This is such a good album that it lacks modern equivelent and Jarre still has not found the creative touch that he so much had during the 70's