Wednesday, March 4, 2009

Punks Are Doing the Score...


The website Upcoming Film Scores is reporting that Daft Punk is recording the score for "Tron 2" and has gotten confirmation of this apparently...

This will be their first film score. Interesting move. Things are coming into play. People are starting to fit in the missing pieces of the puzzle. The story is being revealed to us, page by page... or maybe that should be webpage by webpage? This film has gone from almost zero to white hot in a little more than half a year.

Developing...

Hat Tip to /Film.

16 comments:

TRON UNIT said...

That is absolutely f'n HORRIBLE! Bring back Wendy Carlos!!!

elite medium said...

I think she couldn't make her connecting flight back from the 80's.

TRON UNIT said...

Daft Punk is so 90's trip hop. I wanted Wendy to revisit her avant garde electronica motifs established in the original film with state-of-the-art synthesizers and equipment To me the music to Tron was just as innovative as the special effects were for their time. Why not have the original composer take their work to a new level? This really bums me out. I was really looking forward to some new Carlos material for Tron.

Eric said...

really ... REALLY lame.

It's not TRON without Wendy Carlos' score.

PERIOD.

I was so looking forward to this movie ... this taints the effort.

Luke said...

It sounds like I'm in the minority on this one, but I really think this is an inspired choice. Daft Punk is one of the few electronic bands that bridges the generation gap between new and old techno, that same gap roughly corresponds to fans of the original movie and the intended audience of the new one.

That aside, they're also an incredibly versatile and critically acclaimed band. They're sound is constantly evolving and they're music naturally suited to the cinema. In fact a few of their albums have been adapted into feature length animated films including the trippy 80's inspited sci-fi "Interstella 5555" by Japanese animation legend Leiji Matsumoto.

Like I said, it's an inspired choice.

Eric said...

They always mess this stuff up.

I HATE this news ... in fact ... I'm legitimately depressed about it. So much so, that I'm posting twice.

I KNOW! Let's have Madonna do a song for it too!!! Yeah!!! Or Springsteen. That would work GREAT.

LAME, LAME, LAME, LAME, LAME.

TRON UNIT said...

I'll second Eric. It's not inspired. If I wanted to hear Daft Punk do a techno soundtrack I'll watch The Saint. Wendy/Walter was a pioneer in avant garde experimental electronica and created an immersive electronic soundscape for the electronic world of Tron. Carlos' themes transcended the film and have becoming synonymous with the themes of the classic Bally Tron arcade game. Carlos masterfully infused early electronica with a fully symphonic score. Daft Punk is great for a night of clubbing but is totally inappropriate to continue the legacy of Tron. I'm very disappointed by this.

Edward said...

This is an inspired choice! I like me some electronicia, and I can't think of a better fit for bridging back to the Wendy Carlos' Tron sound. Speaking of Wendy, not to be ageist, but isn't she 69 and been just remastering old works for the last 10 years?

Anonymous said...

John Williams is 77, so what?

Sierra said...

I think Edward's point is that although Wendy might have created a great score 20 years ago, a lot of time has passed with her doing little else then remastering her old material over and over again. John Williams might be 77 but he still writes great new music.

I don't think Daft Punk's the best choice, but I also don't see why you'd hire someone who's been out of practice for the past two decades to score your film.

Kyle Reese said...

The same reason why I'd hire Brad Fiedel to score a new Terminator film seeing as how he's done pretty much nothing since.

Seth said...

Actually Brad Fiedel's done quite a bit since, it's only been the past five years or so where he's started to slow down. Whereas Wendy Carlos has literally scored next to nothing in the past 20 years.

TRON UNIT said...

Carlos has released several albums since Tron. Just because she hasn't done a film score doesn't mean she hasn't been busy as well. I'm sure she is more than capable and willing to revisit her old Tron themes again. It's unfortunate that she will not be given the opportunity to do so.

Eric said...

I don't care if he/she Carlos has been living in a cave since scoring the original TRON ...

In fact, is he/she HAD been living in a cave ... they probably would have hired he/she to score the damn sequel. You know ... "she's so brave", etc., etc.

So ... Carlos would need only be commercially viable in order to revisit his/her ground-breaking score???

I don't care if Carlos is 100 years old ... he/she should be the ONLY FREAKING ONE scoring any TRON movie.

A film score has a whole-hell-of-a-lot to do with the emotional core of a film (in varying degrees of course). When you're dealing with an iconic title like TRON, and the composer is still around and available ... it's so, SO wrong not to use him/her.

Anonymous said...

Somebody posted this over at one of the other filmsite boards and I think it some up my feelings pretty well:

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I really am not too familiar with Daft Punk but this but this makes perfect sense to me to let Tron's music evolve from the heavy syth-laden 80's track to a more electronica style, which is is essence the synth music of today's generation. One of the biggest obstacles this film faces is being mired in 80's nostalgia. I want this film to as relevant and cutting edge as the original one was 25 years ago. That can't happen if we insist on rigorously adhering to the past.

Sierra said...

Thank you, I couldn't have said it better myself!