"Music For Supermarkets" (partially lost original recording from Jean-Michel Jarre; 1983)
In 1983, an electronic musician named Jean-Michel Jarre was asked to compose some music for an art exhibition based on supermarkets. He agreed and created Music for Supermarkets in 1983. Only one copy of the album was made, which was auctioned after the art exhibition had ended. To make sure that no other copies of the album would be made, the master tapes and plates were burned in front of the attendees. The reason behind this was that Jarre thought that music is art, and like paintings, it should be treated as such.
The current owner and their location are both unknown as of the time of writing this.
Before the auction, however, Jarre decided to broadcast the entire album on Radio Luxembourg, incidentally allowing for the creation of bootlegs. However, the station played in only broadcasted via AM, meaning that any recorded audio was in very low quality.
Tracks Used in Later Albums
The following tracks were recycled in later albums:
Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 5 and Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 7 became Blah Blah Café and Diva, respectively, and were used on Zoolook in 1984.
Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 3 became Cinquième Rendez-Vous/Fifth Rendez-Vous from the album Rendez-Vous in 1986.
Music for Supermarkets, Pt. 1 was used in the Explorations and Early Works segment of Planet Jarre: 50 Years of Music under the name Music for Supermarkets (Demo Excerpt).
- Wikipedia page on Musique pour Supermarché. Retrieved 07 Nov '16
- Official website for Jean-Michel Jarre. Retrieved 07 Nov '16
- Wikipedia Page on RTL, previously Radio Luxembourg. Retrieved 23 May '19
- Wikipedia page on Jean-Michel Jarre. Retrieved 23 May '19
- MTV interview with Jarre explaining his reasoning. Retrieved 23 May '19