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Jean-Michel Jarre Announces Live Album 'Welcome To The Other Side'

Friday, 23 July 2021 Written by Jon Stickler

Photo: Louis Adrien Le Blay

Jean-Michel Jarre has shared details of a new live album.

'Welcome To The Other Side' will arrive on September 10 and captures the electronic music pioneer's trailblazing 2020 New Year's Eve livestream performance set in the computer generated environment of the Notre-Dame cathedral.

Combining cutting-edge lifelike virtual reality technology with real live studio audio, the mixed media concert experience will be available on physical formats, including vinyl, as well as CD and Blu-Ray box set.

Ahead of the record's release, Jarre will share digital singles of live versions of tracks, including Oxygene 19, Zero Gravity, and Herbalizer, the latter of which you can listen to below. He said:

"The world was in lockdown, we were all living in isolation, confined to our homes which became the central hub of our lives and the only space we had to maintain some form of normality. Where work, family, love, leisure and play was all contained inside those four walls. We shared and interacted with the 'outside' world via our screens.

"As a musician, performer and creator of concert events, like all my peers, I needed to create, to perform and share, that’s the only vocation I know…"

He added: "A world heritage monument, familiar to the masses, seemed to me an ideal landmark to set the scene. Notre-Dame in Paris is one of the most visited sites for tourists across the globe – it seemed a perfect setting for a New Year's Eve invitation to travel and celebrate…even if it was just virtually. I designed the concert in 3D virtual reality, but constructed the entire project to share via all possible media available, the VR experience was expanded to a traditional broadcast which could be live-streamed on social media platforms, global TV networks and radio - whoever wanted to join us was welcome…and they did!"

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