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  • Speaking of technology...

    JJ the Ponty Fan

    I now have two portable devices with Jean-luc's music. I now have Cosmic Messenger the title cut as my ringtone on my new G1 phone.
    Jan 23, 2009 5:52pm
  • Great Music

    Michael D.

    I realized I was a bit too be brief, in my original message and in my latest message also, and so… It was never my intention to actually suggest achieving complete world peace with my request, and so sorry if my message may have implied that. Just thought it was a really great song, and wondered if it might be worthy of being played without the use of a sequencer. There is much great music and songs to be enjoyed. All other implications that may seem to arise as a result of such communication can lead to a road of complicated controversy. So, sorry if my previous communication was either incomplete, too vague or unclear. MD
    Jan 23, 2009 2:26pm
  • Good luck with your tour plans

    Michael D.

    Huntley IL U.S.

    Jean Luc: If my memory serves me correct, of the many times I’ve seen you perform live in and around the Chicago area, I’ve seen you perform Computer Incantations For World Peace, and it sounded pretty good to me. As for using sequencers on stage, I totally get it. I did see a live video of you of more recent, doing a solo, and at the beginning I think you played what seemed to be a part of the song Nostalgia “acoustically”, the computer sounding part I think. That got me to thinking about computer incantations for world peace being played without the sequencer. So, I thought I’d give it a shot and put it out there, and ask. In my opinion, you certainly have the superb technical ability and creativity, and so does the rest of the band, for pulling it off. Computer Incantations For World Peace is a great song. As for your comment about accomplishing total utopia, sure, that is quite true. I decided to kind of overlook that. Any discussion about what would accomplish that physically would be quite tricky, to say the least. But really, whatever you decide to play from all your material, when you tour the U.S., it is all great music, so it will all be great. I hope to get a chance to experience that once again. So, good luck with your tour plans, and take care. And thanks for the response about Computer Incantations For World Peace. Michael D.
    Jan 22, 2009 11:05am
  • Incantations

    JJ the Ponty Fan

    I have a bootleg of an 1983 show which includes Incantations live on stage. It sounds pretty cool. I don't if I'd put it down, as it sounded neat on the recording. However it may have been hard to manage on tour and Jean-Luc makes a comment on stage about some technical difficulties. It is interesting that both Civilized Evil and Invidual Choice are both politically minded. I always wondered if Demonagmania was a reference to Stalin and other power mad people.
    Jan 20, 2009 5:06pm
  • answers to your questions


    LUC: I want to tour in the U.S. this year and I am doing my best to make it happen, most likely in the summer. Please keep visiting the concerts page for updates JOHN D: I first recorded the song 'Point of No Return' with my band, then sent the recording to Allan Holdsworth who added is guitar part in his home studio. This is happening a lot nowadays. MICHAEL D: Computer Incantations for World Peace is one of those songs that rarely sounded as good live as on the album, because what made that piece special was the use of sequenced synthesizers to achieve that robotic and rhythmic background, and I don't want to use sequencers on stage anymore. I wish playing it would help promote peace around the world but, as you say, it's a tall order, I would even add that unfortunately it is total utopia. Music can achieve a lot but not everything.
    Jan 19, 2009 9:44am
  • USA Concerts

    Luc Benoit

    Dayton Ohio USA

    I was wondering if Jean Luc and his band have plans to tour the US in 2009?
    Jan 13, 2009 2:39pm
  • Computer Incantations For World Peace

    Michael D.

    Huntley IL USA

    Hello Jean Luc and friends. Jean Luc, hope you are doing well. I have been listening to many different recordings, past and present. When recently listening to Atacamas “Desert Crossing”, “Point Of No Return”, and “Celtic Steps” – I found it interesting that I felt I was hearing a touch of flavour from a 1969 recording – “Electric Connection”, – but that’s just me and my hearing. Anyway, of all the many requests and things I might comment on though, I have a major thought and it is this. Since you are now performing more diverse materials from the past, – and with all that is going on in the world, … I thought, how about if you incorporated – “Computer Incantations For World Peace” in your live repertoire, – to include the entire band as well, and to record it live so the whole world can all be motivated and moved by this wonderful piece and concept. I know this to be a tall order, but that is my main thought and request, … introspection, … these days, … with music, art, influences, … world affairs, … mental, spiritual and physicial projections. Thank You, Peace, and Take Care. Michael D. Huntley, IL USA
    Jan 12, 2009 5:58pm
  • an oldie... but goodie



    Greetings Jean Luc and band! In the early 1980s, I bought the Civilized Evil album and made a cassette for listening on my Walkman. I listened frequently in those days. I do remember “Once a blue planet” as a favorite. I still have the album! As a drummer myself, I do remember Mark Craney’s playing on your album. Last year, I was saddened to read his unfortunate struggle with kidney failure. I downloaded the CD version from Amazon this morning, and as I listen to this wonderful music, I feel the positive attitude of those days returning to me. Amazing the power of music holds. Thank you for such unique and innovative music over the years!
    Jan 10, 2009 6:27pm
  • Point Of No Return

    John D

    Huntersville NC USA

    Bonjour Michael, I was listening to "Point Of No Return" on the way in to work this morning, and became curious about how it was recorded-specifically, Allan Holdsworth. Can you share some information with us as to how Allan contributed to this? Specifically-did he get the music in advance, study it a bit, rehearse with the band, then do the recording? Did he get a preliminary recording, listen to it, come in to rehearse, then record? Or did he just walk in, hear one take, and then sit in with the band and do the recording?
    Jan 9, 2009 12:27pm
  • Point of No Return

    Michael/JLP Productions

    Hi John D, I have to ask Jean-Luc to find out how Allan recorded his guitar on that piece, and JLP is on his way to Venice, Italy, for his concert on Monday. So, please be patient!
    Jan 9, 2009 12:13pm