Oxygène and its simple setup
“Of course, I’ve always been very pleased with Oxygène and I’m proud of what it has achieved. I wanted to create real songs with machines, and wanted those songs to exist as a proper album. This music was not a joke to me.
“I had no studio. Just a spare room in my home that had been the kitchen. I took all the kitchen equipment out and installed my musical equipment… very minimal. There was the VCS 3, the ARP 2600, the Eminent 310, an RMI Harmonic synth, a Small Stone Electro Harmonix guitar pedal, a Korg Mini Pops for the loop and my Revox which helped me create the delay. I have always said that the biggest trick on Oxygène is creating a big delay on the right, a delay of the dry left signal. That, for me, is what caused 50% of the album’s success.
“Ah, there was one other instrument: a broken old Mellotron. Only a few of the notes actually worked, so I had to choose my chords and melodies from the notes that were available to me. Just because you are limited by notes, does not mean you have to be limited musically.”