Electronica 1: The Time Machine is the seventeenth studio album by French electronic musician and composer Jean-Michel Jarre, released on 16 October 2015 by Columbia Records. It was recorded with the help of 15 separate collaborators, including Vince Clarke, Gesaffelstein, M83, Armin van Buuren,John Carpenter Robert "3D" Del Naja of Massive Attack fame, Pete Townshend (from The Who) and the late Edgar Froese of Tangerine Dream, the collaboration being one of Froese's last projects before dying in January 2015.
Jarre announced on 20 April 2015 Conquistador as result of his collaboration with French techno producer Gesaffelstein. On May 15, 2015 a second collaboration, this time with French electronic band M83 titled Glory was announced, with a music video for the track being released on June 23, 2015. A third collaboration, this time with German electronic band Tangerine Dream was announced on 22 June 2015.
The collaborations were teased over a period of months in 2015 before the album itself was announced by Jarre on 10 July 2015, under its project name "E-project". It is to be his first release of original music since his 2007 album Téo & Téa. Pre-orders of the album were announced, as well as 2 limited edition box sets.
On 28 August 2015, details of the album and the title Electronica volume 1 (The Time Machine) were announced, together with the Little Boots track If..!. A trailer accompanying the announcement has Jean Michel Jarre talking about the concept of this album and how it all came together. A 2nd volume was released in May 2016.
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