24 August 1948, Lyon, France. This enigmatic composer and keyboard wizard became the premier exponent of European electronic music in the late 70s and early 80s. The son of film composer Maurice Jarre, from the age of five Jean-Michel was playing the piano and guitar. He studied harmony and structure at the Paris Conservatoire, before abandoning classical music and, in 1964, joining Pierre Schaeffers Groupe de Recherches Musicales at Beaubourg. Becoming gradually more fascinated with the scope offered by electronics, his debut release in 1970 comprised the passages La Cage and Eros Machine on EMI Pathé in France. In 1971, he composed a piece called Aor for the Paris Opera ballet. The following year he released Deserted Palace and produced the soundtrack for Jean Chapots movie Les Granges Brulées, among others. After meeting his future wife, actress Charlotte Rampling, he set about composing his first...
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