|Studio album by Jean Michel Jarre|
|Recorded||January 1978 – August 1978|
|Genre||Electronica, new-age, ambient, pop, chill-out|
|Producer||Jean Michel Jarre|
|Jean Michel Jarre chronology|
|Singles from Équinoxe|
The album reflects a day in the life of a human being, from morning to night. Parts 1 to 4 (i.e. side A) and tracks 5 to 8 (side B) segue smoothly from one to the next.
Jarre had developed his sound, employing more dynamic and rhythmic elements, particularly a greater use of sequencing on basslines. Much of this was achieved using custom equipment developed by his collaborator Michel Geiss. Also, it includes sounds of wind, storm and rain, which are usual in France at equinox dates (spring or autumn).
Release and promotion
Two singles were released from the album, "Équinoxe Part 5" first, and then "Équinoxe Part 4". The short piece of music at the beginning of "Équinoxe Part 8" has been played live with different arrangements, including a version for an acoustic street organ, under the title of "Band in the Rain".
The release was followed by a concert on the Place de la Concorde, Paris on 14 July 1979. The concert attracted 1 million people, becoming Jarre's first entry in the Guinness Book of Records for the largest crowd for an outdoor concert.
As with Jarre's previous album, reviews for Équinoxe in the UK were unfavourable. Melody Maker's review at the time of Équinoxe's release scorned the record, saying "it is as slushily, pseudo-galactically crass and vapid as last year's Oxygène. The melodies are trite, harmonies predictable, textures almost determindly hackneyed (even down to artificial 'weather' effects to generate mood). There isn't even much that's danceable."
A retrospective review by Allmusic commented, "As the follow up album to Oxygène, Équinoxe offers the same mesmerizing affect, with rapid spinning sequencer washes and bubbling synthesizer portions all lilting back and forth to stardust scatterings of electronic pastiches. Using more than 13 different types of synthesizers, Jarre combines whirling soundscapes of multi-textured effects, passages, and sometimes suites to culminate interesting electronic atmospheres... So much electronic color is added to every track that it is impossible to concentrate on any particular segment, resulting in waves of synth drowning the ears at high tide."
- "Équinoxe Part 1" – 2:25
- "Équinoxe Part 2" – 5:00
- "Équinoxe Part 3" – 5:09
- "Équinoxe Part 4" – 6:54
- "Équinoxe Part 5" – 3:54
- "Équinoxe Part 6" – 3:28
- "Équinoxe Part 7" – 7:06
- "Équinoxe Part 8" – 4:57
- Jean-Michel Jarre – ARP 2600 Synthesizer, EMS Synthi AKS, VCS 3 Synthesizer, Yamaha CS-60, Oberheim TVS-1A, RMI Harmonic Synthesizer, RMI Keyboard Computer, ELKA 707, Korg Polyphonic Ensemble 2000, Eminent 310U, Mellotron, ARP Sequencer, Oberheim Digital Sequencer, GEISS Matrisequencer 250, GEISS Rhythmicomputer (a custom designed programmable rhythm box), EMS Vocoder
- "Jean Michel Jarre | Artist | Official Charts". United Kingdom: Official Charts Company. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- ""Jean Michel Jarre – Équinoxe" Awards at Allmusic". Billboard 200. United States: Nielsen Business Media. Retrieved 9 June 2014.
- NZ On Screen – Our World
- DeGagne, Mike. Jean Michel Jarre – Équinoxe > Review at AllMusic
- Sigerson, Davitt (2 December 1978). "Review: Jean Michel Jarre – Équinoxe". Melody Maker (London, England: IPC Media): 49.