Daft Punk Electronic Music Lingers
DJs in funky motorcycle-like helmets. Never seeing their faces or the color of their skin and hair.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, Disney release a 20-minute sneak peek of TRON: Legacy at designated IMAX theaters across America. The free screening tickets were gone within a few hours.
In the chorus, Disney issued sound clips of TRON: Legacy soundtrack. The clips were so different to my way of expecting music. The clips introduced me to the exclusive and decisively acclaimed Grammy Award-winning French techno duo Daft Punk.
I liked their music because it abstractly interconnected TRON. Not long after the soundtrack clips were released, the complete soundtrack hit the streets on December 7, 2010, and it swiftly climbed the Billboard charts to number 10 and didn’t let up there the following weeks. The soundtrack reached its highest point at number four.
After all the excitement, I decided there is something to techno music when it is used in the right content. TRON: Legacy is definitely the right content.
The soundtrack achieved "Best Original Score" from the Austin Film Critics Association and honored Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film by the International Film Music Critics Association.
Daft Punk’s composition of Tron: Legacy’s soundtrack comes across as absolute and definitive creative process. The two performers (Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter) put together a symphony of one hundred gifted musicians in London and recorded the orchestra at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain’s principal scoring facility. Devotees were euphoric over the thought that the electronic music duo was developing the soundtrack for Disney’s movie. The added prestige that named Daft Punk’s first film score. The soundtrack achieved "Best Original Score" from the Austin Film Critics Association and honored Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film by the International Film Music Critics Association.
Tron’s Recognizer was used in Resident Evil: Retribution teaser trailer and The Game Has Changed was used in Games of Thrones trailer and a portion was used as part of the 2014 Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.
Disney is known for their detailed and strategically staged promotional campaigns. The second TRON movie’s announcement of Daft Punk’s 90-second piece became was a sure-fire success. A 10-week promotional campaign consisting of something new every Tuesday about TRON: Legacy at Facebook ran successfully. Befittingly called “TRON Tuesdays” with a global countdown to the official release the sequel. True to Daft Punk fans, they gathered at Facebook to listen to electronic duos latest rendition.
Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” played every Tuesday during the campaign. The music had a hypnotic effect on fans who could hear and see the music in the movie where Michael Sheen looks menacing with his white hair as Castor, a spirited and renowned program in The Grid. He controls the End of Line Club at the top of a tower in the computer system where the story happens.
Daft Punk is celebrated for their creative and super crafted live shows with an array of electronic lights, in which visual machinery and special effects are integral to their musical performance. Both Homem-Christo and Bangalter are renowned for their heavy beat on visual and story composition with their productions. They don ornate robot regalia in public and while performing is their monogram trademark, which orchestrated collectively with Disney’s production design of TRON: Legacy.
I need to make a note that Tron’s Recognizer was used in Resident Evil: Retribution teaser trailer and The Game Has Changed was used in Games of Thrones trailer and a portion was used as part of the 2014 Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.
During 2017, rumors were rampant on the Internet about a possible Daft Punk tour. As rumors go, they were just rumors. Daft Punk did release a holiday song called Celebrate the Holidays: Face to Face. I am curious to see what Daft Punk has in store for 2018.
© 2018 Kenna McHugh