12/10/10

Thoughts on Music #6 (Thomas Bangalter)

Thomas Bangalter
This is the sixth post in my "Thoughts on Music" series which feature quotes containing interesting thoughts on music that someone has said or written (or both). This post is related to my last post about Daft Punk, Tron & the legacy of Kraftwerk

Here's Thomas Bangalter of Daft Punk sharing his thougths on longevity and ephemerality;

"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. In the past, we have worked with clashing genres like disco and heavy metal, and here we would do it with film scores... this idea of the ultimate retro-futurism."
-Thomas Bangalter, Daft Punk, Dazed & Confused Magazine dec. 2010

Good point. I sense this kind of "machine melancholy" behind his statement. I've seen it other places as well. Might be worth exploring further. Look out for related blog posts in the future :)
Anyways, Daft Punk makes extensive use of a 90 piece symphony orchestra on the Tron:Legacy soundtrack and so far I can say that they've expanded the Daft Punk formula to also include classical instruments and epic, emotive sci-fi film scores...the hairs on my back stood up on two occasions while listening. That's nice.
The final verdict will have to wait until the film arrives though. This is music for a film, y'know.

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