Published Aug 15, 2007Thanks go out to Pitchfork for discovering the motherload: a view from the top of Daft Punk's concert pyramid. Shot as an all-access exclusive for mixmag, Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo allowed the British dance mag to give a first-hand account of just how the superstar French duo pull off their legendary shows.
Here's the lowdown from Bangalter:
"The show revolves around Ableton Live software on custom made super-computers, which we remotely access and control with Behringer BCR2000 midi controllers."
"Next to the ethernet remote computer screens there are four Minimoog Voyagers, the classic analog synthesizers. They're a 30-year old design."
"We can mix, shuffle, trigger loops, filter, distort samples, EQ in and out, transpose or destroy and deconstruct synth lines. We keep some surprises on the side too!"
"There's a direct connection between our rig and the lights and visuals of the show. The light and video engineers can also add or control layers during the show."
"Inside the pyramid are synthesizers and remote controls connected to the rest of the music equipment and computers, which are in rack-mounted towers off stage."
"Working the music equipment, lighting and video equipment, and building the pyramid for each show takes around 10 people, including both of us."
Daft Punk live in Toronto