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EōN by Jean-Michel Jarre

Jean-Michel Jarre released EōN today with the help of the BLEASS guys. This is a self-generating "musical experience" app, rather than anything you could play as an instrument. But it's Jean-Michel Jarre! The app also has infinitely generative visuals thanks to Sony Computer Science Laboratories.

EōN by Jean-Michel Jarre App Store Description:

EōN produces infinite, ever evolutive music, abundant in variations, composed by electronic music pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre, accompanied by a constant progression of organic visuals.

Once you launch the EōN app, you can listen and watch a new infinite musical experience which has been designed to be absolutely unique for each listener, and always different each time you launch the app.
You can take this journey for as long as you want, the only limit is your device's battery!


« EON » is an ancient Greek God associated with Time & Eternity.

The « time » represented by EON is infinite and unbounded in the sense of « ages » and « forever ».

In cosmology, geology or astronomy, EON is often used in reference to a period of a billion years…

I named this project EōN, as it best defines exactly what it is – an infinite musical and visual creation, which offers each individual a unique experience on its primary support as an App: on each device, and on each launch of the EōN App, you will hear and see a unique ever-evolving orchestration of the music & the visuals. EōN is a never ending, never repetitive, organic art-piece that will live & grow forever in everyone’s own singular space-time continuum, at the tip of their finger.

Personally, I truly feel that EōN is probably one of my most exciting creative projects since Oxygene. I always wanted to create a music specific for each listener and which could constantly evolve. Here it is. EōN is conceived & composed for your own infinite journey.

I had a very clear idea of the organic, living visuals I wanted to accompany my music creation, and I was very lucky to have spent some time in Tokyo at Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL) where I found Alexis André and his singular visual world. Sony CSL with Alexis have conceived and developed an algorithm generating the endless flow of ever-evolving graphics, which like the music is never ending, nor repetitive.

The algorithm and audio engine that orchestrates the music of the EōN App have been engineered by Alexis Zbik & Vianney Apreleff from BLEASS after we defined the rules of the system together."


Conceived & Composed by Jean-Michel Jarre

Digital graphics by Alexis André of Sony Computer Science Laboratories, Inc. (Sony CSL)
Music algorithms & audio engine powered by BLEASS

Produced by Aero Productions

Terms of Use: http://jeanmicheljarre.com/eon/terms-of-use

There's no official video for this, which seems like an obviously missed opportunity. The only thing I could find on it is this press conference coverage by servicesmobiles. You can see Jean-Michel using the app at 5:30.

Reader Comments 5

Well...Brian Eno did the same a few years ago...to be honest, I find this kind of repetitive self-generating app very boring...if at least is was AUv3 ;o)
November 07, 2019  | person_outline Hubert
This is an interesting app, but let down (a little) by the lack of user interaction. Ten bucks (give or take a few euros depending on where you live) will essentially get you a nice electro-ambient thingy to play in the background or project onto a screen if you are that way inclined and endowed. Talking of endowed, have you seen how Monsieur Jarre is shaping up? He’s 71 and looks younger than I do (I’m 45). I guess he sucked on oxygène whilst I spent my youth sucking on too many Hydro-Carbons....

P.s. I bought the app out of curiosity and I think it’s pretty cool. A price tag of 5.99 would have been better, though, given the lack of interaction. Much as Brian Eno’s last App should have been half the price too...
November 07, 2019  | person nreyes
@nreyes: Wow! I didn't realize he's 71! Yeah, he's looking great.
It looks like a cool generative app, and I’m a big fan of Jarre, but that terms of service is a no go for me. I’m sure no one would care if you used bits of this in your own work, but it’s still annoying. I hate when famous artists put out sound packs, for example on launchpad, where there is a dislcaimer that they retain the rights to any use of the music. As someone who uses my ipad to sometimes produce commercial tracks, I avoid anything with this kind of terms of service.
November 22, 2019  | person_outline claude
I should add if I was a famous electronic composer and created an app like this, I would make it open source and allow users to do whatever they want with the music they generate from it. It seems ridiculous to do otherwise.
November 22, 2019  | person_outline claude

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