Armin van Buuren & Jean Michel-Jarre produce “a mixture of space meeting Burning Man”
Jean Michel-Jarre’s long-awaited return to electronic music has been a welcome one; his collaborations with M83, 16 Bit Lolitas, and Steve Angello have garnered world-wide attention. Though the French producer is not historically known for making trance music, he decided to try his hand at its production by collaborating with the “king” himself, Armin van Buuren. Inspired by “a mixture of space meeting Burning Man,” both Armin and Michel-Jarre mentioned that they took great care to ensure “Stardust” perfectly encapsulated both of their signature sounds.
The result is a phenomenal trance tune; premiered by van Buuren last night at Tomorrowland, the crowd reaction implies that “Stardust” is going to be one of the biggest tracks of the year. Written on the higher end of BPM range, it very much resembles trance that was written during its heyday in the late 90s and early 2000s, but with a modern edge. Though the underlying track is pure, traditional trance à la van Buuren, Jean Michel-Jarre’s careful synth work and complex melodies make “Stardust” a truly revolutionary auditory experience. “Stardust” certainly proved to be a good name for the collaboration; upon listening, the uplifting sound strikes the eardrums in an impacting way and mimics the feeling of traveling through space.
photo credit: Armin van Buuren