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Le Voyage Dans la Lune [CD]

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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 ... Read more in Amazon's Air Store

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  • Audio CD (6 Feb 2012)
  • Number of Discs: 1
  • Format: CD
  • Label: Virgin Records
  • ASIN: B0069K38EU
  • Other Editions: Audio CD  |  Vinyl  |  MP3 Download
  • Average Customer Review: 4.1 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (19 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 83,751 in Music (See Top 100 in Music)

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Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip To The Moon) is a classic black and 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 Nicolas and JB have returned to explore the further regions of their very unique musical `space'.

BBC Review

A classic black-and-white short, silent film by revered French director Georges Méliès from 1902, Le Voyage Dans La Lune (A Trip to the Moon) is rightfully considered one of the most important pieces in cinema history, itself inspired by HG Wells and Jules Verne. In the years since its unveiling, the film has influenced (read: been nicked by) a whole range of talented artists and musicians… and The Mighty Boosh.

Asked by the Fondation Groupama Gan and Fondation Technicolor to compose a new soundtrack for the film – an enormous honour, in the French film world and beyond – Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel set about creating a modern score to bring the film to the attention of a new generation. As luck would have it, the results were ready in time for 2011’s Sundance Film Festival, and the restored film, complete with its all-new music, continues to play to audiences worldwide.

Removed of its cinematic context, Le Voyage… is every bit an Air album. Since their debut LP, 1998’s Moon Safari, allowed the pair to pioneer an entirely new genre of lifestyle-accompanying melodic ethereality bound by a flexing of terrestrial funk, inspiring countless imitators in the process, the duo has always been on safe ground when their subject matter is off-Earth.

By no means strangers to the soundtrack – hear their wonderful Virgin Suicides work, and the elegant ennui of Lost in Translation – Air have conjured up yet another mini-masterpiece that fits the film and evokes the period it hails from perfectly. With guest vocalists Victoria Legrand and Au Revoir Simone on hand to play chanteuse roles on the sublime Who Am I Now? and Seven Stars respectively – tracks which easily exceed the usual vocalised fare on a soundtrack – and vignettes such as Retour sur Terre and Homme Lune, the album as a whole works well without the visuals. Opener Astronomic Club lopes menacingly, like spooky monks building an analogue spacecraft in the keen expectation of top-hatted adventurers. Cosmic Trip sprinkles itself kaleidoscopically into a starry blanket of layered keyboards, while closer Lava features a nice bit of what sounds like prog-banjo planking.

La Voyage Dans La Lune is the ‘most Air’ thing this duo may ever craft, a perfect set with which to remind audiences of their continuing excellence. If you’d lost touch with Godin and Dunckel after their last few albums, this might just be the return ticket needed to step back into their (other)world.

--Ian Wade

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Customer Reviews

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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars We're going on a journey... 9 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
The 'French electro-pop guys'have made it good on a contemporary foray into the 'Themed Album' a la prog/avant garde of the late 60's/early 70's.
It tells, as if you didn't guess, of the Jules Verne story and subsequent early film by G. Melies, taking us on an aural journey to the moon and what was found (and lost) when 'man' arrived. - So something to turn on and become absorbed in.
There is definitely no particular single going to come out of this album IMHO, but then the whole is what works. And it certainly does. If one listens closely, there is a hint of Vangelis in there amongst others, which I find an intelligently amusing nod of respect rather than a rip-off. It makes me want to find the film and play the music along to it, but then Air have probably done this already as an accompanying video....
You don't need to like Air's previous albums, some of which, I don't, or electro pop, as it is neither. But if you can 'open your ears', you may well enjoy it.
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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Blast From The Past 6 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
My first encounter with George Melies' marvelous little 1902 film
'Le Voyage Dans La Lune' occurred in 1987 when I saw South African
artist William Kentridge's installation at the Hamburger Bahnhof
Gallery in Berlin. His was a haunting and strangely beautiful response
to Melies' magical work; part personal commentary, part homage.
Air's musical response to the original is an imaginative and entertaining
programmatic interpretation which, in its rather old-fashioned, post-prog
way captures the fantastical spirit and charm of Melies' quirky invention.

The album comprises eleven tracks which could have sprung fully-formed
from the nineteen seventies. From the sombre opening track 'Astronomic Club'
with its wobbly male choral vocal statements, reverberating percussion and
abrasive electric guitar; through the jazzy twists and turns of 'Sonic Armada';
the delightful blips and tinkles of 'Cosmic Trip' and the quaintly epic
resolution of final track 'Lava', we are swept back to sound-worlds created by
the likes of Patrick Moraz (particularly his 1976 album 'Story Of I'), Chic Corea's
Return To Forever (1976's 'Romantic Warrior came especially to mind) and even,
to some degree, John McLaughlin's Mahavishnu Orchestra. Truly nostalgic stuff!

For fans of that era there is much to enjoy. For new listeners the journey
will be both engaging and entertaining. Either way it's a fine recording.

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9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Seven Stars 18 Feb 2012
By Fletch-a-sketch TOP 1000 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
"Le Voyage Dans Le Dune" is a great album of music which definitly does not outstay its welcome. Yes the album is short barly 30 minutes but packed full of ideas. If you get the opportunity get the version with the DVD. The music was commissioned for the film, though only 15 minutes of it was used, the film made by Georges Méliès, in 1902 is considered a pioneering film, the accompaying film is a restored hand coloured print and while a bit jumpy at times is a masterpiece of early film making and the music does do justice to the film, which its Gallic feel. A nice touch as well is that the music is uncompressed LPCM (48/16) rather than compressed Dolby Digital, and sound great.
The album expands on that music for the film almost double the playing time. Favourite tunes on the album tend to be the longer more complete pieces such as 'Astronomic club', 'Seven Stars' and 'Sonic Armada'
While reminiscent of earlier Air albums such as 'Moon safari' and 'Premiers Symptomes' , this really does stand up well as a brand new album. I would add that for me this is an early contender for album of the year.
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4 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Celestial Voyage 12 Feb 2012
Format:Audio CD
"Le Voyage Dans Le Dune" by Air is a great cd that features a medley of songs running the gamut of electronica and chillout musical genres. All of these songs evoke a futuristic vibe (it is as if they can be used in any upcoming science fiction/fantasy and/or family film). "Astronomic" and "Cosmic Trip" are two of the fun musical tracks that nourish my spirit. The dvd comes with an early 1900's movie called "A Trip To The Moon." It was for avant-garde for made in 1902. This is because the rocketship concept was imaginatively flirted with before becoming an eventual reality many years later. The characters involved six men that appeared to be either scientists and/or teachers. "Le Voyage Dans Le Dune" by Air is best for those who enjoy unique electronica/chillout music genre hyrbrids.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Decent Air soundtrack 18 Mar 2014
By Mark
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This is typical of a soundtrack in that the tracks are eclectic and a bit odd at times, but it's worth getting if you're a fan of the band.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Great Air 18 Mar 2014
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
Le Voyage is another of Air's brilliant film-inspired albums. Some mediocre tracks mixed in with some brilliant stand out tracks.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good but not the best 27 Jan 2014
By Chris w
Format:Audio CD|Verified Purchase
A good all round album, some pop, some ambient but not my favourite Air album hence the 4 stars, deserves 3.5 really. I got the 2 disc version with the film, you should commit to watch this first, the music will make more sense on further listenings
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4.0 out of 5 stars Brilliant....! 6 Dec 2013
Format:MP3 Download|Verified Purchase
A good buy and very emotive music, although a little short. A lot different from Moon Safari, my only other Air album purchased.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars well done
This album is a homage to Georges Melies
of whom I first heard while watching Scorseses
movie Hugo. Liked both
Published 9 months ago by Rado
4.0 out of 5 stars Different
Strange band, Air. It took a few listens before I could decide whether I liked it or not. Now I definitely do, though I don't think it's up there with Moon Safari
Published 12 months ago by Paul T
5.0 out of 5 stars great
this is a wonderful product and i would truly recommend this to other people. Wonderful and thank you for a great delivery service!
Published 14 months ago by M. J. Lock
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Bonus!
This cd was a great buy
because not only do you get the cd
you get a DVD as well of the 1902 classic Georges Melies Film (In Colour) Trip To The Moon!!!! Read more
Published 17 months ago by Ethan
4.0 out of 5 stars Be careful when ordering this CD!
This is my first CD purchase by `Air'. I stumbled upon this as I love everything `Moon'. I understand that this is the soundtrack for an early silent movie? Read more
Published 17 months ago by FAMOUS NAME
2.0 out of 5 stars dissapointing
Was bought this as a present recently and very much looked forward to listening to it being a long tome follower of Air and their work. Read more
Published on 16 Mar 2012 by thrubwell
5.0 out of 5 stars Astonishing
I can't begin to describe how good this is, but I'll try. I first heard Moon Fever on the Radcliffe and Maconie R6 show and wondered what it was all about and bought the CD on the... Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Tartychops
5.0 out of 5 stars Melies The Magician The Magic of Melies (A Film by Jacques Meny)
There are only two words to describe the film of Melies The Magician and that is 'Absolutely Amazing'. I was captured by the skill of the the man was Stunning. Read more
Published on 9 Mar 2012 by Robert Hill
2.0 out of 5 stars Dissapointing
I appreciate it may be a soundtrack, but as a new release in it's own right, judged by the quality of the songs, it's not a patch on their previous stellar work. Read more
Published on 3 Mar 2012 by Matt
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