Been a while ladies and gents, but I've had a bee in my bonnet about a particular subject, ever since I saw the trailer for it over 6 months ago.In that time it's been at the cinema, been released onto DVD and even had a remix album made.
Daft Punk were chosen by Disney to produce a soundtrack for a film that lets be honest doesn't have the greatest of story lines. The original I'll admit I've never seen, but I get the feeling Tron Legacy although a continuation of the story with the same characters is a whole new experience and certainly one worth watching.
Disney didn't just let Daft Punk go crazy on this however, they monitored them and gave a very precise direction, along with added help from soundtrack big man Hans Zimmer.
The soundtrack was a must buy, and was one of those purchases that had to be in physical form. Getting a CD is a real treat for me these days.
I can listen to it over and over and it hasn't got boring yet. During the film the soundtrack features fully, which I really admire. Some scores are merely cut here and there into the actual film, but if you watch Tron Legacy you can re live each track and enjoy them as the film unfolds in front of you.
The movie was also a 'proper' experience at the cinema, not just because of the 3D sections, but because with anticipation and the help of the subtle soundtrack, it smoothly leads you scene by scene. The end comes even before you've got to grips with how much of an experience it actually is.
Below are two tracks, the first from Daft Punks 'Alive' album. It feels like the original Tron film, it sounds like a basic and preliminary sound that isn't quite polished enough to pass onto a film score, but nevertheless still reminds me of the final product they produced for the movie.
The second is a snippet of a lovely track from MJ Cole. It doesn't have the same epic feel that Daft Punk communicated with the film score but you feel that they could've blended it well into Tron Legacy if they had wanted to.
Daft Punk-Too Long/Steam Machine (Alive 2007) by a boy named fr3sh
Manta [clip] by MJ Cole
Although the Reconfigured album has some excellent remixes on it (Moby, Glitch Mob, Boys Noize and Avicii are all stand out performers) it kind of takes away the raw genius of the soundtrack as a masterpiece, because Tron Legacy sounds just as good from the telly at home as it does in your headphones whilst on the move.