In rotation: AIR’s ‘Le Voyage Dans la Lune’


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With Martin Scorsese’s “Hugo” and now AIR’s release of its score to “Le Voyage Dans la Lune” (A Trip to the Moon), this winter has given the world two loving tributes to the work of French filmmaker Georges Méliès. Each approach the cinema pioneer and his work with wonderment, and the expanded edition of this album comes complete with a DVD of the recent restoration to “Le Voyage Dans la Lune.”


Watching the film with AIR’s accompanying music is a delight. The spacey French duo of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoit Dunckel have crafted a score that’s equally vintage and fresh, be it the toyish rhythms and alien effects of “Astronomic Club” or the intergalactic doodles of the celebratory “Parade.” By the time the duo gets to the cosmic funk of “Sonic Armada,” it’s impossible to discern whether AIR is playing with guitars, synths or lasers. The music, like the film, feels as if it’s conjured from a dream.

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Nicolas Godin, left, and Jean-Benoit Dunckel of the band AIR. Credit: EMI