Jarre at the royal wedding : 1, laser harp : 0

by Stephen Hobley on July 5, 2011

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I got an email from Dan Wilson about the recent Jarre gig for the Monaco royal wedding. Looks like an excellent concert, although the laser harp had some issues – and JMJ didn’t look too happy about it.

I found this video on Dailymotion (with apologies in advance for all the ads they make you sit through!). The laser harp bit is about 20 minutes in…

Jean Michel Jarre – Monaco Royal Wedding(01… by alexandru2006

It’s always a struggle getting a laser harp to function well at an outdoor event. There’s never enough smoke to see the beams properly, and when you crank it up too much you start getting false triggers – which I suspect might have happened in Monaco.

It’s interesting to hear what happens to the rest of the backing during the harp problems – the rhythm continues, but everything else stops. Glad to see that more of his music is live – I remember some discussion about his “Swatch” tour back in the early nineties about how he used a master control tape that had prerecorded music and effects sequencing.

I hope they release this concert on video – without the ads.


{ 3 comments… read them below or add one }

Matt July 5, 2011 at 9:36 am

I wonder if the wind is not guilty too, messing with the smoke

PA July 5, 2011 at 3:45 pm

Hi Steve,

I was in Monaco in front of the scene… we were 85.000 people
JM Jarre had problems with the harp on both rdv 2 & 3
the entire concert is here : http://www.ustream.tv/jeanmicheljarre

Ricardo Melo July 11, 2011 at 10:03 am

Hi Steve,

I was in Monaco too. My first Jarre’s concert. I met him before the concert in his hotel and honor him with a special plaque from Brazilian fan club. He liked a lot. Concert was perfect, but the harp had this problem. But this is ok. Maybe he can use YOUR Harp next time….

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