Based on the electroacoustic wildlife created by Pierre Tardy and Christian Zanesi for René Laloux's animated film Les Maîtres du Temps, this album is an immersion within a lush ecosystem, a forest of swarming sounds, dreaming trees and eerie gleams…
Composed by Boris Lelong
Electronic textures and arrangements
Electroacoustic lifeforms created by
Christian Zanesi and Pierre Tardy
Perdide is a wild planet imagined by writer Stefan Wul in his novel The Orphan of Perdide (1958).
A few years ago, while discovering René Laloux and Moebius's movie adaptation, Les Maîtres du Temps (1982), I was struck by the lush sounds that illustrate the scenes taking place in the wilderness of planets Perdide and Devil-Ball.
Created by Pierre Tardy and Christian Zanesi, these electro-acoustic soundscapes give life to a fascinating insectoid world, that I wished could be listened to in a lengthy way and independantly from the film. Since such a record doesn't exist, I thought of doing it myself.
I started by picking the few moments in the movie when the sounds can be heard without dialog nor music. I recut, reworked and deployed them over an hour. I then added my own textures, floating gently throughout this vibrant environment.
After two years of work, I ended up with this new soundscape that echoes the strange beauty of Perdide and Devil-Ball but also the phosporescent nights of Pandora in James Cameron's Avatar (which I watched for the first time a few hours after completing the mastering of the album...)
With its thematics and sensibility, this immersive work connects to another realm of animated cinema : Hayao Miyazaki's films and the mysterious, seductive animism they carry over.
review (in french)