• robert cohen-solal Les Shadoks (50th Anniversary Edition) (LP + 7", £25.50)

    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: A1 Introduction A2 C’était il y a très très très longtemps A3 Cosmogol 999 carburant de la fusée Gibi A4 Au fond du cosmos A5 Le lancinant voyage dans l’espace A6 Les humeurs géophysiques de la planète Shadok A7 Le devin plombier soigne un Shadok malade A8 La machine à pomper dite Cosmopompe A9 Le professeur Shadoko parle de son invention A10 Shadok à bicyclette dans une route et sur et sous et dans des escaliers B1 Thème Gibi classique B2 Air Gibi hot B3 Air Gibi sériel B4 Menuet variation B5 Départ solennel de la Shadokaravelle B6 Sérénade à Gégène B7 Faux départ B8 Fête Gibi et errance des Shadoks dans l’espace B9 Fuite dans l’espace B10 La planète à poissons B11 Guerre musicale B12 Ambiance nouilles B13 Difficile de cuisiner dans l’espace! / Bonus 7" A1 Arrivée des Shadoks sur terre B1 Fuite des Shadoks. Collector’s VINYL Edition): high glossy gatefold sleeve, French + English liner notes / poster inlay with Shadok drawing by Robert Cohen-Solal, hype sticker.

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