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

“We’ve recorded our last two albums in our new studio – it’s great but we’re worried it’s too nice. Maybe it’s a danger to be comfortable in case you forget how to be creative, you know? But then we remember that The Beatles recorded all their albums at Abbey Road and we draw a little comfort from that. And anyway, we’re glad we built the studio now – in 10 years’ time perhaps there won’t be record companies to pay for a studio anymore, but here we can make music forever.

We love the vintage synths and acoustic instruments but we also use new…

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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