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Just as Tron: Legacy was big news for fans of the original Tron movie, Disney’s hiring of Daft Punk to compose the soundtrack was equally as exciting for audiophiles. The French electronic music duo, consisting of musicians Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter, has not released any new music since 2005, unless of course you include the recording of their 2007 concert in Bercy, France, Alive 2007, which won two Grammy Awards in 2009 for Best Electronic/Dance Album and Best Dance Recording. But even with that, nothing truly original has come from the duo since.

As Americans, who are used to hearing the names Katy Perry, Lady GaGa, Kanye West, Jay-Z, and other pop mentionables dominate the airwaves, Daft Punk isn’t exactly a household name. Only until Kanye West sampled their hit “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger” for his 2007 chart-topping single “Stronger” did they gain any kind of a mass audience in the United States.daft punk pryamid

Daft Punk has been around for some time, though, and has seen huge success around the world.  De Homem-Christo and Bangalter met it 1987 while attending a secondary school together in Paris. They formed a punk rock band called Darlin’ in 1992 with Laurent Brancowitz (who would later go on to form Phoenix), with Bangalter on bass and de Homem-Christo on guitar. Bangalter later admitted that the rock music they were making was pretty average, but that it led to one positive thing: a negative review from a magazine that dubbed their music “a bunch of daft punk.” When the band split in 1993, de Homem-Christo and Bangalter began experimenting with synthesizers and drum machines and formed their helmeted, DJing duo named Daft Punk, after the review that so amused them.

daft punk portraitSince their formation, they have gone on to release three studio albums, two live albums, two remix albums, one anthology, three movies, and now a movie soundtrack. Discovery, which was released in 2001, is by far their best album, and most renowned, featuring “One More Time,” “Aerodynamic,” “Digital Love,” and “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Though, Human After All, their third studio album, features some great tracks as well: “Human After All,” “Robot Rock,” “Technologic,” and “The Prime Time of Your Life.”

The Tron: Legacy soundtrack is a slight departure from their past musical inclinations, as Bangalter admits, “We knew from the start that there was no way we were going to do this film score with two synthesizers and a drum machine.” Instead, they got an 85-piece orchestra, and then added some synthesizers and drum machines. The soundtrack overall includes both elements of orchestral and electronic music, with some tracks being more orchestra-centered (“Adagio for TRON”) and others being purely electronic, (“Derezzed.”). So, not the normal Daft Punk music fans are used to, but definitely a Daft Punk album that can be enjoyed by anyone who loves music.

from daft punk to tron / Issue 116 - September 2018
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