AIR to Release Méliès Soundtrack Album

 

No need to bruch up on
your French, however – it’s a silent film.

 

By Blurt Staff

 

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-colored 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 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 honor 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 three producers of the restored version have agreed to
let EMI release a special Limited Edition version of the AIR album Le Voyage
Dans La Lune, which will be released on February 7 on Astralwerks. This will
consist of the album plus a bonus DVD or digital download of the restored
colorized film with AIR’s original film score, strictly limited to 70,000
global copies.

 

Tracklisting:

 

Astronomic Club

Seven Stars

Retour sur terre

Parade

Moon Fever

Sonic Armada

Who Am I Know?

Décollage

Cosmic Trip

Homme lune

Lava

 

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