Since announcing that they were on-board to compose the soundtrack for the upcoming Tron sequel, Daft Punk have been mostly quiet about the project, drip-feeding fans with 20 second snippets of tracks and tiny molecules of information that the press continue to swarm over like vultures. Understandable, given that the 22-track album will be the influential duo’s first original full-length since 2005’s Human After All, for which the producers have called upon an entire orchestra to assist them. For the first time, Daft Punk have spoken at length about the project with Dazed and Confused magazine, and have finally answered all those questions many have been dying to ask.
They talk about the contrasts between the origins, producing music in bedrooms and how hearing it performed by a 90-piece orchestra was an “very intense experience”. Guy-Manuel (gold helmet) has put forward his optimism that this could encourage many of their fans to listen to more classical music and focus their attention on orchestral instruments rather than synths, which unlike the “timelessness” of a cello, Thomas Bangalter (silver helmet) argues “will probably be gone in the next 20 [years]”. Indeed, despite their dance music origins, the pair appear to have fallen in love with the more traditional music composition experience, as Thomas continues…
“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… there’s more latitude to experiment with an orchestra than an 808 drum machine and synth.”
The soundtrack will be released on December 6th, 11 days prior to the movie hitting cinemas. We are excited, Rick McCrank is excited, are you?