"Air" is a French duo, consisting of Nicolas Godin and Jean-Benoît Dunckel. The two studied architecture at the École Nationale Supérieure d'Architecture de Versailles before forming a band in 1995. Their debut EP, ''Premiers Symptômes'', was followed by the critically acclaimed album ''Moon Safari'', the re-release of ''Premiers Symptômes'', ''The Virgin Suicides'' (soundtrack), ''10,000Hz Legend'', ''Everybody Hertz'', and ''Talkie Walkie''.
Although Air's music is often referred to as electronica, their form of electronic music really owes more to the synthesizer sounds of the 1970s such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Vangelis and Francis Lai. Other influences are psychedelic rock pioneers Pink Floyd; Krautrockers Tangerine Dream; Jean-Jacques Perrey (although there are some echoes of dance music styles in the production); and French crooner Serge Gainsbourg. Air's music also has jazz inflections at times. Before founding Air, JB and Nicolas played together in the band Orange, with others such as Alex Gopher, Xavier Jamaux and Etienne de Crécy – names that have recently reappeared in connection with Air's remixes.
Air uses many of their studio instruments (like Mo...
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|current members|| Nicolas Godin|