Daft Punk - TRON: Legacy OST
Sense of melancholy and creeping doom pervades perfect retro-futurism pairing
There’s as much hype and hyperbole around Daft Punk’s TRON: Legacy score as there is around the film itself. Putting aside the massive media assault that is now building around the Disney sequel, the hiring of the Parisian electronic dons for the project seemed too good to be true – who better to orchestrate the reanimation of such a seminal piece of retro-futurism? The finished product is not, however what many are perhaps expecting it to be. As a whole, the score has more in common with Hans Zimmer’s recent work for Christopher Nolan’s Inception than it does with Daft Punk’s oeuvre to date, or even Thomas Bangalter’s fantastically mindbending yet still unmistakeably Daft Punk-esque soundtrack for Gaspar Noé’s Irreversible.
The much-vaunted interplay of 90-piece orchestra and Daft Punk’s familiar electronic approach has perhaps been overstated, but the end product is still an evocative and stirring mix of enormous strings, huge booming drones and finally some familiar and full throttle Daft Punk. The recurring theme first featured in ‘Overture’ owes more than a little to Aaron Copland’s ‘Fanfare for the Common Man’, written in 1942, and the more overtly dancefloor friendly tracks (‘Derezzed’ is ubiquitous in the publicity but is in fact very short) are few and far between. However, a strange sense of melancholy and creeping doom pervades and that’s what really makes it work as a cohesive whole, even if at first listen those few blasts of classic Daft Punk are what catch the ear. Ultimately, the success of a soundtrack is hard to judge in isolation but, even with the weight of expectation, this one doesn’t disappoint.