Kenna has worked in the entertainment business for over 20 years, promoting special events with musicians, celebrities, and dignitaries.
The best way to describe Daft Punk is DJs in funky helmets that resemble what a motorcycle rider wears. We never see their faces or the color of their skin and hair. Who are these guys, and what is their electronic music story?
Grammy Award-winning Daft Punk rose to prominence when Disney released a 20-minute sneak peek of TRON: Legacy at the designated IMAX theaters across America. The free promotional screening tickets sold out within a couple of hours.
One of the best promotional events through Disney movies introduced mainstream America to Techno music.
In chorus with the promotional screening, Disney issued sound clips of the TRON: Legacy soundtrack. The clips were different from America's way of experiencing music. The clips introduced us to the exclusive and decisively acclaimed French techno duo Daft Punk.
Directed by Joseph Kosinski, the highly anticipated movie about a young man searching for his father, who disappeared into a computer some years ago, matched perfectly with the electronically energized music.
Daft Punk's music soundtrack connects with the Disney movie. Not long after the promotional release of the soundtrack clips, the complete soundtrack hit the streets, and it swiftly climbed the Billboard charts to number ten and didn't let up the following weeks.
The duo proved to the world the brilliance of techno music when the genre performs in the relevant content. TRON: Legacy is the proper content.
The soundtrack achieved "Best Original Score" from the Austin Film Critics Association. It honored Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film by the International Film Music Critics Association.
Daft Punk composed Tron: Legacy's soundtrack, which plays like a creative process that brings the audience into the computer with the lead character.
Who is Daft Punk?
The two performers are Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter. To create the movie soundtrack, they brought together 100 talented musicians from London and formed a symphony. They recorded the soundtrack at AIR Lyndhurst Studios, Britain's main scoring facility.
Devotees were euphoric over the thought that the electronic music duo was developing the soundtrack for a Disney movie. The movie added prestige that named Daft Punk's first film score. The soundtrack achieved "Best Original Score" from the Austin Film Critics Association. It honored Best Original Score for a Fantasy/Science Fiction/Horror Film by the International Film Music Critics Association.
Tron’s Recognizer moved over to the "Resident Evil: Retribution" teaser trailer. The Game Has Changed arrived in the "Game of Thrones" trailer, and a portion played as part of the 2014 Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.
Disney is known for its detailed and strategically staged promotional campaigns. The second TRON movie’s announcement of Daft Punk’s 90-second piece became was a sure-fire success. A 10-week promotional campaign consisting of something new every Tuesday about TRON: Legacy at Facebook ran successfully. Befittingly called “TRON Tuesdays,” a global countdown to the sequel's official release brought attention to the movie. So much attention that true to Daft Punk fans, they gathered at Facebook to listen to the electronic duos latest rendition.
Daft Punk’s “Derezzed” played every Tuesday during the campaign. The music generated a hypnotic affect.
So much so that fans became mesmerized when they heard and saw the music where Michael Sheen looks menacing with his white hair as Castor, a conniving and renowned program in The Grid. He controls the End of Line Club at the top of a tower in the computer system where the story happens.
Games of Thrones
Daft Punk magnifies the meaning of Techno performances. Their super-charged performance fills the venue with multi-electronic lights, including visual machinery, and laser effects play an integral part in their musical performance.
Both Homem-Christo and Bangalter are renowned for their heavy beat on visual and story composition with their productions. They wear ornate robot regalia in public and while performing in their monogram trademark, which they orchestrated collectively with Disney's production design of TRON: Legacy.
The music received so many accolades that Tron's "Recognizer" played in Resident Evil: Retribution teaser trailer and "The Game Has Changed" played in the Game of Thrones trailer. A portion was part of the 2014 Winter Olympics 2014 opening ceremony in Sochi, Russia.
Daft Punk Tour
During 2017, rumors were rampant on the Internet about a possible Daft Punk tour. As stories go, they were just rumors. Daft Punk did release a holiday song called "Celebrate the Holidays: Face to Face."
Daft Punk began in 1994 and continues as a duo, so keep your ear to any news of plans on touring in the future.
© 2018 Kenna McHugh