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Kid Koala Space Cadet
Kid Koala - Space Cadet - Graphic Novel / Soundtrack
(10") Ninja Tune ZEN174, 2011-07-20
(MP3 or WAV Download & PDF book / Book & CD) ZENDNL174/ZENCD174, 2011-09-19

Space Cadet is a 132-page graphic novel drawn entirely on etchboards. It is accompanied by a "still picture score" of music composed and recorded by Kid Koala. This charming story of an adventurous space cadet and her guardian robot touches on the relationship between technology and isolation, and celebrates the idea of connectivity through family and the cycles that build generations. A tomorrow-days lullaby about finding your place in the universe, the use of etchboards have given Koala's trademark pathos-drenched tales of love and loneliness a whole new depth and beauty. The music, meanwhile, matches this mood. Built up from the Kid's own piano playing, which sounds like a speakeasy pianist playing Satie when the punters have staggered home, Koala has added strings, horns, marimba and subtle use of his core instrument, the turntables. The results are scintillating, a suite of music that certainly reflects the moods and themes of the book, but which bear repeated listening in their own right.

Kid Koala Space Cadet
Kid Koala - Space Cadet - Graphic Novel / Soundtrack
(10") Ninja Tune ZEN174, 2011-07-20
(MP3 or WAV Download & PDF book / Book & CD) ZENDNL174/ZENCD174, 2011-09-19

Tracklisting :
01. Main Title Theme: open your book
02. Goodbye: page 8
03. Remembrance: page 10
04. Window: page 25
05. Today Tomorrow: page 37
06. Expedition: page 45
07. Birthday: page 71
08. Void: page 86
09. Dawn: page 97
10. Cardboard Stars, Seashells: page 100
11. Speed Of Light: page 102
12. Recyclotron: page 110
13. Hope: page 115
14. Return: page 125
15. Connectivity: page 129

Links :
Pre-Order from ninjatune.net
Kid Koala : official | discogs | facebook | myspace | twitter | wikipedia
Ninja Tune : official | facebook | french promo agency | myspace | soundcloud | twitter | youtube

Press Release :
"He's the guardian robot programmed to protect the sweetest astronaut on this (or any) planet. But when she blasts off on a solo mission of outer-space adventure, he is left to wonder... What now? A tomorrow-days lullaby about finding your place in the universe."

"Space Cadet" is a 132-page graphic novel drawn entirely on etchboards. It is accompanied by a "still picture score" of music composed and recorded by Kid Koala.

This charming story of an adventurous space cadet and her guardian robot touches on the relationship between technology and isolation, and celebrates the idea of connectivity through family and the cycles that build generations. A tomorrow-days lullaby about finding your place in the universe, the use of etchboards have given Koala's trademark pathos-drenched tales of love and loneliness a whole new depth and beauty.

The music, meanwhile, matches this mood. Built up from the Kid's own piano playing, which sounds like a speakeasy pianist playing Satie when the punters have staggered home, Koala has added strings, horns, marimba and subtle use of his core instrument, the turntables. The results are scintillating, a suite of music that certainly reflects the moods and themes of the book, but which bear repeated listening in their own right.

To work out the accompanying live show and gallery exhibition, Koala took part in an artist residence at MASS MoCA (Massachussetts Museum Of Contemporary Art) in December 2010. The Space Cadet Headphone Concert and Gallery took shape, an immersive concept involve live visual-making, a pop-up planetarium and so much other stuff its perhaps best explained by heading to YouTube to watch the trailer!



All in all, "Space Cadet" shows a deepening of the themes and methods which have marked out Kid Koala as a musician and artist of rare quality, one for who technique is always used in the service of emotion. Oh, and one who likes robots, too...

About Kid Koala :
Kid Koala is a world-renowned scratch DJ who has made a name for himself not only with his music, but also with his visual art. He has released three solo albums on Ninja Tune: Carpal Tunnel Syndrome (2001), Some of My Best Friends Are DJs (2003), and Your Mom's Favorite DJ (2006). He has also been involved in collaborations such as Gorillaz, Deltron 3030, and The Slew. He has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, John Medeski, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, Jack Johnson, DJ Shadow, and The Preservation Hall Jazz Band. He has contributed to scores for director Edgar Wright's Shaun of the Dead and Scott Pilgrim vs. The World as well as director Rian Johnson's Looper and has composed music for The National Film Board of Canada, the Cartoon Network, and Adult Swim. His unforgettable live shows range from silly touring turntable carnivals like Short Attention Span Theater (featuring turntable bingo) to quiet-time events like Music To Draw To.Following up on the success of 2003's Nufonia Must Fall, Space Cadet is Kid Koala's second graphic novel. He lives in Montreal with his wife, baby daughter, and pet shrimp Amanda.
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