Well put

Posted by · 2:41 pm · December 6th, 2010

Misconceptions about Daft Punk’s musical score: Fans became excited when it was announced that Grammy winning electronica duo Daft Punk would be scoring the film. They received their first taste of the music when the track “End of Line” was played in the hidden room that displayed the new lightcycle at the Flynn’s arcade set-up for San Diego Comic-Con 2009. Immediately fan produced mixes of the track were created and music released by other electronica artists was falsely labeled as new tracks from the Tron Legacy score. A few weeks back another up tempo track Derezzed was released in anticipation of the score’s December 6 release. Yet many fans fail to realize that most of the music Daft Punk has composed for the film is not dance music, but an actual score. It works fine on it’s own, but it’s meant to support and enhance the theatrical film. Daft Punk even incorporated a 90 piece orchestra making for some exciting and truly emotional music cues. If you expect to be dancing along to the Tron Legacy soundtrack you’re gonna be sorely disappointed.

From Ron Henrique’s Latino Review piece entitled “10 things surrounding ‘TRON Legacy’ that bug me.”

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  • 1 12-06-2010 at 2:52 pm

    Alex Billington said...

    Um I don’t know who actually expected the album to be “danceable” in that sense, but I don’t think it was that many people. Plus, everyone I know who has been listening to the early leak of it (which is just about everyone) has LOVED the soundtrack, even if it’s not what they expected. Don’t know what Henrique was trying to say except to be overly nitpicky about something that I don’t think is really an issue at all. There is nothing negative about Daft Punk’s involvement or their album in the end, so I don’t really get why/how this is “well put.” Just sounds like cynicism at its finest.

  • 2 12-06-2010 at 3:07 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Clearly he’s not implying that people wouldn’t like it once they saw that it was in fact a score with some traditional leanings. But I do think there has been an air of misunderstanding about what the score would be, and I can appreciate that such a thing might annoy someone given all of the random re-mixing and, in a sense, dilution, leading up to the film and soundtrack release.

    So, yeah: “Well put.” Basically I think you’ve misread his and my tone entirely. And if you’ve read anything I’ve written about the film today, then you know I think the score is sensational.

  • 3 12-06-2010 at 3:13 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Oh, wait, I get it. You’re taking “If you expect to be dancing along to the Tron Legacy soundtrack you’re gonna be sorely disappointed.” to be far too literal a commentary. Henrique is not dismissing the work for not being danceable.

    (Kinda surprised to have to spell that out, but anyway…)

  • 4 12-06-2010 at 3:15 pm

    Alex Billington said...

    Nah I know, I saw your review, but this just seems like an odd thing to focus on, especially considering his article is: “10 things surrounding ‘TRON Legacy’ that bug me.” It’s a negative-themed article from the beginning.

    Sure it’s about expectations and that everyone hears someone or something and you think one thing, when it’s not always exactly that. Not surprising, just seems like an odd thing to bring up. I never had a misunderstanding about the score, mostly because I had no clue what to expect and was just excited to hear whatever they came up with.

    Anyway, I’m just saying seems like an odd pull quote to give a “well put” thumbs up to. :)

  • 5 12-06-2010 at 3:36 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    I don’t think it’s overly negative and I’m not embracing negativity or cynicism by posting it. If anything, it’s a way of getting that info to listeners who might not know as much going in (and really, I’m by and large people are expecting typical Daft Punk here).

  • 6 12-06-2010 at 4:06 pm

    Jacob S. said...

    It’s actually fairly dancable, IMO. Anyway, one of the best things about Daft Punk is that they’re sampled very often (see: Kanye West) so their music will be part of other dancable music even if you don’t consider it dancable in its pure form.

  • 7 12-06-2010 at 4:07 pm

    Graysmith said...

    Well put indeed. I definitely expected the score to be more Daft Punk-y, not necessarily “danceable”, but less traditional than it actually is. That said though, I think what they actually made is far better than what I was expecting. I didn’t think at all it’d have this grandeur to it. It’s a proper score, a really rather spectacular score, one of the year’s best and I’m already bummed about the sad fact that it’s not going to get an Oscar nomination.

  • 8 12-06-2010 at 4:53 pm

    Fitz said...

    If they wanted dancing they got “Derezzed”. So what’s the issue?

  • 9 12-06-2010 at 5:19 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    “I think what they actually made is far better than what I was expecting.”

    I agree. And so, I’m sure, does Henrique. No “issue,” Fitz.

  • 10 12-06-2010 at 6:05 pm

    Robert Hamer said...

    #9 is the biggest issue for me. I realize that Jeff Bridges has just come off an Oscar victory, but would it kill the marketers to remind us that, hey, the story focuses on the son?

    And why the hell wouldn’t they plaster Olivia Wilde’s supernaturally gorgeous face on every publicity material for this thing?

    Anyway, rant over.

  • 11 12-06-2010 at 7:16 pm

    Alex said...

    I would love to see Royksopp score the sequel. They’re like Daft Punk but better (in my view, anyway)

  • 12 12-06-2010 at 8:25 pm

    Noodles and Waffles said...

    Listen to it now. It’s fantastic.

  • 13 12-06-2010 at 11:04 pm

    Kristopher Tapley said...

    Heads up. The score is available for download at Amazon right now for $3.99.

  • 14 12-07-2010 at 1:41 am

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    I love the score on the soundtrack. Some surprisingly strong orchestral cues as well. A pleasant surprise, and an even more expensive christmas…

  • 15 12-07-2010 at 2:37 am

    Rashad said...

    The score is phenomenal. Best this year.

  • 16 12-07-2010 at 4:14 am

    Tye-Grr said...

    I just got the score… It’s BRILLIANT! Now I’m scared that the score will be better than the film itself, but I digress. This is amazing, and in my opinion, up there with ‘Inception’ and ‘The Social Network’ as one of the best film scores this year. Daft Punk have exceeded my expectations.

  • 17 12-07-2010 at 10:13 am

    DCist said...

    I think everyone is just waiting for the next “Discovery” or “Homework.”

  • 18 12-07-2010 at 12:11 pm

    Jonathan Spuij said...

    Can they be nominated? They’re a group and there’s probably a lot of previous material in the film. Kris do you know more about this?

  • 19 12-07-2010 at 12:43 pm

    Matthew Starr said...

    I don’t think there is any previous material? I thought the entire soundtrack is brand new music from them.

  • 20 12-07-2010 at 2:49 pm

    Antonio A said...

    I think it’s an amazing score, hopefully it gets a nom for Best Score along with Reznor and Ross’ work for The Social Network, both feel fresh and exciting and complement the movies perfectly.

  • 21 12-07-2010 at 3:33 pm

    Speaking English said...

    I was shocked today when I saw the Chicago Tribune give the “TRON: Legacy” soundtrack **1/2 out of ****.