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Happy 64th birthday Jean Michel Jarre!

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Happy 64th birthday Jean Michel Jarre!

Today is Jean Michel Jarre’s 64th birthday. He sure is one of my heroes and has been my favorite composer since, well, as far as I can remember. It was my aunt who was very much into electronic music and got me my first Jean Michel Jarre record. It was for me a revelation: the […]

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Securing your house with a Commodore 64

Making sure all doors and windows are locked and the alarm system is armed is the everyday ritual we all go through when we leave our house to go to work. Today’s alarm systems come in many flavors and operate on several principals, like using built-in sensors on the windows to determine the open/close state, […]

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A Commodore 64 keytar

Earlier this week Yves Bolognini, the curator of the amazing Musée Bolo in Lausanne, Switzerland informed me of something quite interesting that happened at the Bay Area Maker Faire earlier that week. Jeri Ellsworth (you may remember her from an earlier project which was the C64-in-a-joystick, back in 2004) came onto the stage with an […]

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Music, lasers, lights and a couple of C64s

Jean-Michel Jarre in 1990 in Paris, Vangelis in Rotterdam in 1991, Mike Oldfield in 1999 in Berlin, … all of these were amazing concerts, the height of synthesizer music and the ultimate fusion of electronic music with a tremendous laser and light spectacle. Surely something like this requires a lot of computers with a lot […]

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Be like Jean Michel Jarre… on your C64!

I’ve always been a huge fan of Jean Michel Jarre, from his early records (back on vinyl in those days) to his more recent work (I just looooove the track “Vintage”).  I remember trying to play tunes from Equinoxe or Magnetic Fields on my keyboard back at my parent’s house when I was a teen, […]

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What are you doing on 10-10-10?

Today it is October 10th, 2010 or written differently 10-10-10.  It is one of those magical days where all the numbers (days, month, year) add up nicely.  Sure enough, next year we’ll have November 11th, 2011 (11-11-11) but the number ten is all the more special as it is a number that we associate with […]

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Music of the future… with the Artikulator

Today, thanks to innovators such as Robert Moog, we have a huge range of digital music machines that allow composers like Jean Michel Jarre to create captivating and moving instrumental masterpieces using a “mere” keyboard and computer. Of course innovation goes on and we’re seeing drum machines, music-making software and even mobile phones now compose […]