• robert cohen-solal Les Shadoks (50th Anniversary Edition) (digipak CD, £8.95)

    WRWTFWW Records is delighted to announce the release of the complete soundtrack of cult French animated TV series Les Shadoks (1968-1974) by Robert Cohen-Solal, available for the first time ever in its entirety. Right in time to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Jacques Rouxel and René Borg’s legendary television cartoon, this collector’s item is cut and mastered from the original reels under the supervision of the artist, and contain liner notes in French and English. Electro-acoustic pioneer and eminent member of the illustrious GRM (Groupe de recherches musicales, the French equivalent of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop), Robert Cohen-Solal has explored music and sound alongside luminaries such as Bernard Parmegiani, Pierre Henry, Luc Ferrari and Iannis Xenakis, and is responsible for numerous projects in the field of applied music, soundtracks (documentaries, shorts etc.), and experimental recordings. His work on Les Shadoks is simply extraordinary - a fascinating and bizarre collage of wacky electro pop (à la Jean-Jacques Perrey), drones, musique concrète, classical and dadaist sound experiments seamlessly mixing into a cohesive and cinematic listening experience. The ideal soundtrack for what will remain one of the weirdest animated TV series ever created! A true literary, cultural and philosophical phenomenon in France, Les Shadoks caused a sensation while airing between 1968 and 1974. Its unique combination of Alfred Jarry-style surrealism, off-centre British humour, and US comic strip inspiration, all brought to life by illustrated bird-like creatures (reminiscent of Paul Klee’s La machine à gazouiller), left a lasting mark, making the term Shadok an often-used satirical expression to describe policies and attitudes considered to be absurd. Tracklisting: 01 Introduction 02 C’était il y a très très très longtemps 03 Cosmogol 999 carburant de la fusée Gibi 04 Au fond du cosmos 05 Le lancinant voyage dans l’espace 06 Les humeurs géophysiques de la planète Shadok 07 Le devin plombier soigne un Shadok malade 08 La machine à pomper dite Cosmopompe 09 Le professeur Shadoko parle de son invention 10 Shadok à bicyclette dans une route et sur et sous et dans des escaliers 11 Thème Gibi classique 12 Air Gibi hot 13 Air Gibi sériel 14 Menuet variation 15 Départ solennel de la Shadokaravelle 16 Sérénade à Gégène 17 Faux départ 18 Fête Gibi et errance des Shadoks dans l’espace 19 Fuite dans l’espace 20 La planète à poissons 21 Guerre musicale 22 Ambiance nouilles 23 Difficile de cuisiner dans l’espace! 24 Arrivée des Shadoks sur terre 25 Fuite des Shadoks. French + English liner notes, poster inlay folded to digipak format, hype sticker.

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