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Formed: 1995 (20 years ago)


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AIR ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) by Georges Méliès

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AIR ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) by Georges Méliès

‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) is a classic black & white silent film by revered French director Georges Méliès. Released in 1902, this legendary 14-minute film is widely considered one of the most important works in film history, and the very first to use science fiction as its theme, incorporating special effects that were very state-of-the-art at the turn of the 19th century. It was loosely based on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne's ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ and H. G. Wells ‘The First Men In The Moon’.

A hand-coloured print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, and many years of painstaking, manual restoration took place until 2010, when digital technology finally came to the rescue. Following another year at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles, it was finally ready to share with the world. Eager to put a contemporary spin on this classic silent film, the producers decided to approach AIR’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to compose an original modern soundtrack, an enormous honour for French musicians, considering the film’s place in the canon of French cinema. With the aim of premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, AIR set themselves a tight deadline, locking their studio doors and working around the clock to serve these classic images with brave new sounds. Complete with a new soundtrack by AIR, the film debuted at Cannes on May 11, 2011, to immediate and unanimous acclaim.

Spurred on by their work on this short movie, AIR decided to develop the project into a full album inspired by the film. Expanding the original musical themes beyond cinematic instrumentals, the album also features the vocal talents of Au Revoir Simone and Victoria Legrand (Beach House). The band’s lunar fascinations have been evident since the beginning of their career with the release of the seminal 1998 classic “Moon Safari”. Now in 2012 Nicolas and JB have returned to explore the further regions of their very unique musical ‘space’. Nicolas explains: "'A Trip to the Moon' is undoubtedly more organic than most of our past projects. We wanted it to sound 'handmade,' knocked together’, a bit like Méliès' special effects. Everything is played live … like Méliès' film, our soundtrack is nourished by living art."
The 3 producers of the restaured version have agreed to let Virgin release a special Limited Edition version of AIR album ‘Le voyage dans la lune’. This will consist of the album + a bonus DVD or Digital Download of the restored colorized film with AIR’s original film score, strictly limited to 70,000 global copies./

ALBUM TRACKLISTING

1 Astronomic Club
2 Seven Stars
3 Retour sur terre
4 Parade
5 Moon Fever
6 Sonic Armada
7 Who Am I Know?
8 Décollage
9 Cosmic Trip
10 Homme lune
11 Lava

_________________________________________________________________________________________

If Androids dream of electric sheep, what does Air dream of? Does the Parisian band float on wistful clouds, pondering deep philosophical questions, or do they just want to get down and dirty with Texan cheerleaders? After listening to their second proper album, 10 000Hz legend, you’ll be forced to conclude that the answer is clearly all of the above.

From the road movie wanderlust of Lucky & Unhappy‚ or the Beck collaboration The Vagabond‚ to the uncut sauce of Sex Born Poison or blow job fantasy Wonder Milky Bitch‚ ("We like blowjobs!" they enthuse "Doesn’t everyone?"), this is a tangerine dream of an album. An unstoppable soft machine pondering everything from the deepest existential questions of life to the joys of sex. It’s an album recalling everything from classic seventies rock, to eighties synthesiser experiments while still looking forward to a bright shining digital musical future.

We’ve been here before of course: when Air released their debut Moon Safari in 1998, they changed the way we listened to music forever. Its lush soundscapes of vintage instruments and eternal melodies gave us a whole new musical playroom to romp in, one in which Gainsbourg could record with Bardot, Bacharach and John Barry. One in which the listener could frolic in the waves with the Beach Boys before driving off to see ELO at the Hollywood Bowl.

Since then, of course, Air have kept busy. Two years later, the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s critically acclaimed film The Virgin Suicides, with its hit Playground Love, recast JB and Nicolas as nouveau progressive rockers. They left their studio set in the idyllic Versailles countryside that inspired so much of their early, playfully pastoral music settling in Paris, giving what they freely admit is a more paranoid, urban edge to this new album. They first met and bonded with two members of Beck’s band who played live with Nicolas and JB, and then the urban cowboy himself.

They toured America, criss-crossing the country for months in a tour bus, re-living the 70s rock nightmares of so many of their heroes. But while most rock stars would happily lose it smoking groupies and snorting hot dogs, Air says the experience made them feel more like rootless Jack Kerouac beat novel characters. Their incredible Beck collaboration The Vagabond was inspired by this homeless, on the road feeling, while the introspective Luck & Unhappy‚ recalls pondering the deeper meanings of life as they whiz through LA’s deserted nightime streets. I guess that’s what being a band made up of a former architect and teacher will do for you.

Now, with 10 000Hz legend‚ they’ve contoured our pop cultural landscape once again, reaching further out for ever more arcane musical and lyrical references. This is still the languid, laid back band that have helped make listening easy once again. But this time they’re making music to watch robots go by. "With this album we have done exactly what we wanted to do," Nicolas Godin tells us. "I realize now it is quite deep, but much more complicated than Moon Safari. But with Moon Safari we were like children – this is our first grown up album as men.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

AIR ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) by Georges Méliès

‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) is a classic black & white silent film by revered French director Georges Méliès. Released in 1902, this legendary 14-minute film is widely considered one of the most important works in film history, and the very first to use science fiction as its theme, incorporating special effects that were very state-of-the-art at the turn of the 19th century. It was loosely based on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne's ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ and H. G. Wells ‘The First Men In The Moon’.

A hand-coloured print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, and many years of painstaking, manual restoration took place until 2010, when digital technology finally came to the rescue. Following another year at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles, it was finally ready to share with the world. Eager to put a contemporary spin on this classic silent film, the producers decided to approach AIR’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to compose an original modern soundtrack, an enormous honour for French musicians, considering the film’s place in the canon of French cinema. With the aim of premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, AIR set themselves a tight deadline, locking their studio doors and working around the clock to serve these classic images with brave new sounds. Complete with a new soundtrack by AIR, the film debuted at Cannes on May 11, 2011, to immediate and unanimous acclaim.

Spurred on by their work on this short movie, AIR decided to develop the project into a full album inspired by the film. Expanding the original musical themes beyond cinematic instrumentals, the album also features the vocal talents of Au Revoir Simone and Victoria Legrand (Beach House). The band’s lunar fascinations have been evident since the beginning of their career with the release of the seminal 1998 classic “Moon Safari”. Now in 2012 Nicolas and JB have returned to explore the further regions of their very unique musical ‘space’. Nicolas explains: "'A Trip to the Moon' is undoubtedly more organic than most of our past projects. We wanted it to sound 'handmade,' knocked together’, a bit like Méliès' special effects. Everything is played live … like Méliès' film, our soundtrack is nourished by living art."
The 3 producers of the restaured version have agreed to let Virgin release a special Limited Edition version of AIR album ‘Le voyage dans la lune’. This will consist of the album + a bonus DVD or Digital Download of the restored colorized film with AIR’s original film score, strictly limited to 70,000 global copies./

ALBUM TRACKLISTING

1 Astronomic Club
2 Seven Stars
3 Retour sur terre
4 Parade
5 Moon Fever
6 Sonic Armada
7 Who Am I Know?
8 Décollage
9 Cosmic Trip
10 Homme lune
11 Lava

_________________________________________________________________________________________

If Androids dream of electric sheep, what does Air dream of? Does the Parisian band float on wistful clouds, pondering deep philosophical questions, or do they just want to get down and dirty with Texan cheerleaders? After listening to their second proper album, 10 000Hz legend, you’ll be forced to conclude that the answer is clearly all of the above.

From the road movie wanderlust of Lucky & Unhappy‚ or the Beck collaboration The Vagabond‚ to the uncut sauce of Sex Born Poison or blow job fantasy Wonder Milky Bitch‚ ("We like blowjobs!" they enthuse "Doesn’t everyone?"), this is a tangerine dream of an album. An unstoppable soft machine pondering everything from the deepest existential questions of life to the joys of sex. It’s an album recalling everything from classic seventies rock, to eighties synthesiser experiments while still looking forward to a bright shining digital musical future.

We’ve been here before of course: when Air released their debut Moon Safari in 1998, they changed the way we listened to music forever. Its lush soundscapes of vintage instruments and eternal melodies gave us a whole new musical playroom to romp in, one in which Gainsbourg could record with Bardot, Bacharach and John Barry. One in which the listener could frolic in the waves with the Beach Boys before driving off to see ELO at the Hollywood Bowl.

Since then, of course, Air have kept busy. Two years later, the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s critically acclaimed film The Virgin Suicides, with its hit Playground Love, recast JB and Nicolas as nouveau progressive rockers. They left their studio set in the idyllic Versailles countryside that inspired so much of their early, playfully pastoral music settling in Paris, giving what they freely admit is a more paranoid, urban edge to this new album. They first met and bonded with two members of Beck’s band who played live with Nicolas and JB, and then the urban cowboy himself.

They toured America, criss-crossing the country for months in a tour bus, re-living the 70s rock nightmares of so many of their heroes. But while most rock stars would happily lose it smoking groupies and snorting hot dogs, Air says the experience made them feel more like rootless Jack Kerouac beat novel characters. Their incredible Beck collaboration The Vagabond was inspired by this homeless, on the road feeling, while the introspective Luck & Unhappy‚ recalls pondering the deeper meanings of life as they whiz through LA’s deserted nightime streets. I guess that’s what being a band made up of a former architect and teacher will do for you.

Now, with 10 000Hz legend‚ they’ve contoured our pop cultural landscape once again, reaching further out for ever more arcane musical and lyrical references. This is still the languid, laid back band that have helped make listening easy once again. But this time they’re making music to watch robots go by. "With this album we have done exactly what we wanted to do," Nicolas Godin tells us. "I realize now it is quite deep, but much more complicated than Moon Safari. But with Moon Safari we were like children – this is our first grown up album as men.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.

AIR ‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) by Georges Méliès

‘Le Voyage Dans La Lune’ (A Trip To The Moon) is a classic black & white silent film by revered French director Georges Méliès. Released in 1902, this legendary 14-minute film is widely considered one of the most important works in film history, and the very first to use science fiction as its theme, incorporating special effects that were very state-of-the-art at the turn of the 19th century. It was loosely based on two popular novels of the time: Jules Verne's ‘From the Earth to the Moon’ and H. G. Wells ‘The First Men In The Moon’.

A hand-coloured print, the only one known to survive, was rediscovered in 1993 by the Filmoteca de Catalunya. It was in a state of almost total decomposition, and many years of painstaking, manual restoration took place until 2010, when digital technology finally came to the rescue. Following another year at the Technicolor Lab of Los Angeles, it was finally ready to share with the world. Eager to put a contemporary spin on this classic silent film, the producers decided to approach AIR’s Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel, to compose an original modern soundtrack, an enormous honour for French musicians, considering the film’s place in the canon of French cinema. With the aim of premiering at the 2011 Cannes Film Festival, AIR set themselves a tight deadline, locking their studio doors and working around the clock to serve these classic images with brave new sounds. Complete with a new soundtrack by AIR, the film debuted at Cannes on May 11, 2011, to immediate and unanimous acclaim.

Spurred on by their work on this short movie, AIR decided to develop the project into a full album inspired by the film. Expanding the original musical themes beyond cinematic instrumentals, the album also features the vocal talents of Au Revoir Simone and Victoria Legrand (Beach House). The band’s lunar fascinations have been evident since the beginning of their career with the release of the seminal 1998 classic “Moon Safari”. Now in 2012 Nicolas and JB have returned to explore the further regions of their very unique musical ‘space’. Nicolas explains: "'A Trip to the Moon' is undoubtedly more organic than most of our past projects. We wanted it to sound 'handmade,' knocked together’, a bit like Méliès' special effects. Everything is played live … like Méliès' film, our soundtrack is nourished by living art."
The 3 producers of the restaured version have agreed to let Virgin release a special Limited Edition version of AIR album ‘Le voyage dans la lune’. This will consist of the album + a bonus DVD or Digital Download of the restored colorized film with AIR’s original film score, strictly limited to 70,000 global copies./

ALBUM TRACKLISTING

1 Astronomic Club
2 Seven Stars
3 Retour sur terre
4 Parade
5 Moon Fever
6 Sonic Armada
7 Who Am I Know?
8 Décollage
9 Cosmic Trip
10 Homme lune
11 Lava

_________________________________________________________________________________________

If Androids dream of electric sheep, what does Air dream of? Does the Parisian band float on wistful clouds, pondering deep philosophical questions, or do they just want to get down and dirty with Texan cheerleaders? After listening to their second proper album, 10 000Hz legend, you’ll be forced to conclude that the answer is clearly all of the above.

From the road movie wanderlust of Lucky & Unhappy‚ or the Beck collaboration The Vagabond‚ to the uncut sauce of Sex Born Poison or blow job fantasy Wonder Milky Bitch‚ ("We like blowjobs!" they enthuse "Doesn’t everyone?"), this is a tangerine dream of an album. An unstoppable soft machine pondering everything from the deepest existential questions of life to the joys of sex. It’s an album recalling everything from classic seventies rock, to eighties synthesiser experiments while still looking forward to a bright shining digital musical future.

We’ve been here before of course: when Air released their debut Moon Safari in 1998, they changed the way we listened to music forever. Its lush soundscapes of vintage instruments and eternal melodies gave us a whole new musical playroom to romp in, one in which Gainsbourg could record with Bardot, Bacharach and John Barry. One in which the listener could frolic in the waves with the Beach Boys before driving off to see ELO at the Hollywood Bowl.

Since then, of course, Air have kept busy. Two years later, the soundtrack to Sofia Coppola’s critically acclaimed film The Virgin Suicides, with its hit Playground Love, recast JB and Nicolas as nouveau progressive rockers. They left their studio set in the idyllic Versailles countryside that inspired so much of their early, playfully pastoral music settling in Paris, giving what they freely admit is a more paranoid, urban edge to this new album. They first met and bonded with two members of Beck’s band who played live with Nicolas and JB, and then the urban cowboy himself.

They toured America, criss-crossing the country for months in a tour bus, re-living the 70s rock nightmares of so many of their heroes. But while most rock stars would happily lose it smoking groupies and snorting hot dogs, Air says the experience made them feel more like rootless Jack Kerouac beat novel characters. Their incredible Beck collaboration The Vagabond was inspired by this homeless, on the road feeling, while the introspective Luck & Unhappy‚ recalls pondering the deeper meanings of life as they whiz through LA’s deserted nightime streets. I guess that’s what being a band made up of a former architect and teacher will do for you.

Now, with 10 000Hz legend‚ they’ve contoured our pop cultural landscape once again, reaching further out for ever more arcane musical and lyrical references. This is still the languid, laid back band that have helped make listening easy once again. But this time they’re making music to watch robots go by. "With this album we have done exactly what we wanted to do," Nicolas Godin tells us. "I realize now it is quite deep, but much more complicated than Moon Safari. But with Moon Safari we were like children – this is our first grown up album as men.”

This biography was provided by the artist or their representative.