Jean-Benoît Dunckel

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Jean-Benoît Dunckel
Jean-Benoît Dunckel, Air @ Teatro La Cúpula 1.jpg
Jean-Benoît Dunckel performing in 2010 as one half of Air
Background information
Born (1969-09-07) 7 September 1969 (age 49)
Versailles, Île-de-France, France
GenresElectronica, downtempo, space rock
Occupation(s)Musician, songwriter, composer
InstrumentsVocals, synthesizer, drums, percussion
Associated actsAir, Tomorrow's World, Darkel, JB Dunckel, Starwalker

Jean-Benoît Dunckel (born 7 September 1969) is a French musician best known for being one half of the French music duo Air, along with Nicolas Godin.[1]

In the 1980s, he formed the band Orange with Alex Gopher, Xavier Jamaux and Jean de Reydellet. He studied mathematics and physics and taught at a middle school in Paris, before embarking on a career as a professional musician. Since 1995, he has been one of two members of the band Air, along with his partner Nicolas Godin.

Working under the name "Darkel" he released his first solo album, Darkel, in September 2006.

In 2011, he formed the electronica side project Tomorrow's World with Lou Hayter of New Young Pony Club. Their first album, Tomorrow's World, was released in 2013.

Dunckel collaborated with Icelander Barði Jóhannsson under the name Starwalker and released an E.P. in March 2014 featuring "Losers Can Win" and "Bad Weather". A new song not featured on the E.P. was issued in November 2014, called "Blue Hawaii". In April 2016, a self-titled full-length album was released.[2]

In March 2015 he issued the 4-track mini-album titled The Man Of Sorrow. Also in 2015, he composed the soundtrack for the film The Summer of Sangailé. The soundtrack album was released on 24 July.

As a composer in his own right, Dunckel spun a lush, dreamy web for The Summer of Sangaile, the 2015 teenage romance by Lithuanian director Alante Kavaite; apparently confirmed Dunckel’s exponential taste for loads of violins and improvisation in the studio. He accompanied the youthful subjects of the French documentary Swagger (directed by Olivier Babinet) with pulsing, shimmering energy, and most recently scored K.O., a thriller about a businessman who wakes up from a coma, for French director Fabrice Gobert (The Returned).

He also performed experimental musical electronic concerts named Hypersoleil with the video artist Jacques Perconte in 2015.these two played at « la cinematheque «,gaiete lyrique »,in Mexico Mutek Festival on november 2018… 

As a recording artist, Dunckel has collaborated with Jarvis Cocker, Beck, and Radiohead’s Nigel Godrich. With AIR, Dunckel helped reinvent the sound of Paris—injecting his love of astrophysics, science-fiction, and classical music into the electronica genre, scoring enormous hits with the group’s 1998 debut, Moon Safari.{[cn|date=May 2019}}

Jean-Benoît Dunckel is back now in the guise of an augmented man with H+, an exceptionally futuristic and optimistic, contemporary sound odyssey. H+ represents a positively charged hydrogen ion, known as a proton; it also the symbol of transhumanism. Recently JB has worked with the director Justin Pemberton, and composed the music for the documentary based on the Number 1 New York Times best-selling book (translated in 40 languages, 3 million copies sold) by Thomas Piketty, « Capital In the 21 st Century ». A New Album called Mirages is on its way in 2019. ; it is the result of the collaboration between JB and Jonathan Fitoussi.They got together to record music for the Venice Biennale 2017 in the artist Xavier Veilhan ‘s Studio Venezia.

Mirages sounds like an aquatic imaginary soundtrack that combines the electronic sounds of rare synthesizers (Arp, PPG, Synthi, Buchla, Moog ...) and many acoustic instruments.


  1. ^ Thompson, Dave (1 November 2000). Alternative rock. Hal Leonard Corporation. pp. 149–. ISBN 978-0-87930-607-6. Retrieved 31 July 2011.
  2. ^ Band's homepage

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