|Air: Le Voyage Dans La Lune|
Air's commission by the Institut Francais to produce a complimentary soundtrack—released today in the U.S.—for the first sci-fi French film by George Méliès, (the inventor of special effects) Le Voyage Dans La Lune, (A Trip To The Moon), has resuscitated the outmoded silent film from 1902 back to life with a new contemporary landscape of sound, in pure Air style.
The sound has a hypnotic haunting effect, much like the soundtrack Air did for Sofia Coppola's film, The Virgin Suicides back in 1999.
Nicola Godin (featured above, right) of the music duo admits (in a recent interview), "It was all done at our studio, Atlas again, but we wanted to do something more home-made because the nature of the film is hand made. We knew [doing] something clean would be in horrible taste against the film."
The movie has been recently re-released: this time in color as well as in 3D, and with Air's music aesthetic to narrate the story with a more modern musical lens.
Apparently, the band's tactic to pairing the film with their idea of a soundtrack was something of an intense labor of love, according to Jean-Benoit Dunkel (featured above left): "We were watching the film constantly and searching for something that can fit. It was a constant battle to try to find and get things down as fast as we can and synchronize the music. Once we had the main scenes then we could start to make them thicker, more interesting and add melodies and other musicians."
Have a watch at some of Air's interviews they did for this project (featured above) and a short playlist via Air with movie clips, as well as a listen at the full album, (both featured below).
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