Floating on air— Paris


Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel, aka French ambient electro band Air, talk to Monocle about their working life, from a reluctance to dance on stage and their inner maths geeks to finding studio voodoo power.

Air, Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Le Voyage dans la Lune, Nicolas Godin, The Virgin Suicides

Journey to the moon

The duo have just completed the soundtrack to Le Voyage dans la Lune, a 14-minute lost masterpiece by French cinema pioneer Georges Méliès.

The film is widely regarded as the first international blockbuster in film and pre-empted many now-standard sci-fi storylines: a rocket-trip, aliens and a narrow escape back to earth. The film was brought back to life by Technicolor experts and a lot of love, not least from Air themselves for whom it acted as an inspiration for the new full-length album of the same name.

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