#musicmonday : Daft Punk – Outlands

I remember enjoying the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy but forgot about it until it started showing up on all those end-of-year lists as one of the best albums of 2011. (It was technically released in December 2010, but most lists from the previous year had already been compiled by that point.)

I then bought the soundtrack on CD, and put it on the side of my computer desk, intending to listen to it and remind myself what all the fuss was about. I forgot about it again until a forum thread on favourite-soundtracks-of-all-time listed Tron repeatedly. Here’s why.  .

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The score was recorded with an 85-piece orchestra at London’s AIR Lyndhurst Studios, and is a blend of the orchestral and the electronic. Daft Punk cite original Tron composer Wendy Carlos as an influence, along with Max Steiner, Bernard Herrmann, John Carpenter, Vangelis and Maurice Jarre. Personally, I think of Hans Zimmer’s Batman score when I hear it.

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I can imagine Daft Punk fans being disappointed, expecting more of a straight electronic album rather than this tantalising genre mash, but I’ll take this music any way it comes.

 

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