Daft Punk Talk Tron Legacy, Predict the Demise of Synth Music
Published Nov 18, 2010Like a lot of people, we've been hotly anticipating the upcoming Tron Legacy, thanks in no small part to the fact that Daft Punk wrote the score. We've heard samples from the soundtrack, and now, the electronic icons have opened up about what fans can expect from the score.
"[Tron] is by far the most challenging and complex thing we have ever been involved with," Daft Punk's Thomas Bangalter recently told Dazed & Confused [via FACT]. "Coming from our background of making electronic music in a small bedroom, and ending up having our music performed by a 90-piece orchestra, with some of the best musicians in the world... We are lucky to have had the opportunity to experience some powerful moments artistically over the years, but recording this orchestra was a very intense experience."
Throughout much of the interview, Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo extolled the virtues of classical music while predicting the demise of synth-oriented music. Bangalter said, "A cello was there 400 years ago and will still be here in 400 years. But synthesizers that were invented 20 years ago will probably be gone in the next 20. Synths are a very low level of artificial intelligence."
Admitting that he is less interested in dance music as he once was, he continued, "There's more latitude to experiment with an orchestra than an 808 drum machine and synth."
Now, Daft Punk's interest is apparently turning towards classical music. "The soul and emotion of [classical music] is so powerful that to like it is so easy -- it's just people think you need to be educated," said de Homem-Christo.
You can hear Daft Punk's new classical stylings when the Tron Legacy soundtrack is released on December 7. The movie will be in theatres December 17. Check out a trailer (featuring Daft Punk's music) below.