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Jean-Michel Jarre - Magnetic Fields, Part 2

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Published on Nov 16, 2010

This is part two from JMJ's 1981 electronic music epic, "Magnetic Fields." The album is notable for being the artist's first attempt at using digital (rather than analog) synthesizers, in particular his trademark Fairlight CMI.

The original title of the album is "Les Chants Magnetiques" ("Magnetic Songs") - a pun on the homonymous French word for magnetic fields, which is "champs magnetiques." Since the pun would be lost to English-speakers, the international version of the album is given a different title that can be easily understood by those not fluent in French.

The video itself consists of images and videos (mostly taken by an educational video produced by the Maryland Department of Education) depicting the various instruments used by astronomers to gather data on the universe in which we inhabit. These range from optical and radio telescopes to observational satellites such as the Hubble Space Telescope and the Chandra X-Ray Observatory. (And just for the sake of variation, I have used a different image of the HST from the one I used in the video featuring Vangelis's theme music from "Missing.") The ultimate theme of the video, however, is the search for extraterrestrial life, as the last images are intended to suggest a message being recieved from space (which resembles mechanical noises.)

I would also like to give apologies (and thanks) to T0y0Tac0roll4, for providing me with the music.

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