Tron Legacy Soundtrack – Daft Punk Tron Legacy Soundtrack – Daft Punk

Tron Legacy OST By Daft Punk

Tron Legacy OST By Daft Punk

It is not everyday when a film’s soundtrack is as popular as the movie itself. There have been examples in the past:

Goblin/Suspiria (1977)
Simon & Garfunkel / The Graduate (1968) Curtis Mayfeild/Superfly (1972) Autograph/Fright Night (1985)

but few in recent memory. In fact, another example of a soundtrack on equal status with its cinematic parent is the 1982 science fiction film Tron; scored by electronic musician Wendy Carlos. By the 80’s, Carlos had already reached mild fame with his moog interpretations of Bach pieces, his work on A Clockwork Orange and The Shinning soundtracks and finally his sex change operation and transformation from Walter Carlos. The original Tron soundtrack was a phenomenal synthesis between the budding electronic arts and standard film orchestration. The anticipated sequel to Tron is going to be large, possibly decimating anything within 200 feet of its center. This movie’s hype has been intensified by reports surrounding the film’s soundtrack. Already the trailers running for the movie echo with a menacing electronic spirit. If anyone can follow Carlos it is Daft Punk.

The choice to hire semi-famous yet deeply respected electronic artists seems to be yet another good choice Disney has made before the film’s opening. Daft Punk is not new to the arena of film as their 2001 album Discovery was used as the basis for the 2003 animated film Interstella 5555. Their music and production credits run far into the universe. They are film. Daft Punk was born for this moment.

The 55 plus minutes on this soundtrack offers dark electronic interludes and grand orchestration but seldom anything resembling dance music. Derazzed is the closet one gets to a club hit if that club existed in a dystopian future overrun by a tyrannical alien race.
Composing scores for films is different than dropping a song in the middle of the scene. Scores are used to accent action, drama and the emotional content onscreen. Very rarely do scores stand up by themselves as independent records. The Tron Legacy soundtrack is different in the fact that it is listenable, moving and above all else; rad as fuck.

A few weeks ago, Daft Punk revealed that their work on the Tron Legacy soundtrack would be accompanied by a 90 piece orchestra. In an interview with Fact magazine they mused on the nature of classical

“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. Whereas you have a Stradivarius that will live for a thousand years.”

The interview is misleading in the fact it leads one to believe that the majority of this soundtrack is orchestra. It is surprising how many times string and horn sections are used but also surprising how well they integrate with the electronic elements. It is hard not to be excited for the film as the soundtrack does an superb job of advertising. I have not been this enthusiastic for a piece of cinema since Autograph’s contribution the Fright Night. If the movie turns out to be terrible then at least there is an awesome soundtrack to accompany it.

Tron Legacy Soundtrack - Daft Punk, reviewed by Kaptain Carbon on 2011-01-06T16:11:16-08:00 rating 3.9 out of 5

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