Stimulus: Daft Punk – TRON Legacy Soundtrack
If you’re expecting Daft Punk to bust out dancefloor classics on the new TRON soundtrack, you’re going to walk away disappointed. There is a slick track titled “Derezzed” which is vintage Daft Punk, but that’s about all the fanservice this score has to offer. In the place of robot rock are rather high-minded symphonic tracks, the type of tense string use that is reminiscent of Hans Zimmer’s Pirates of the Caribbean scoring or his work with James Newton Howard on The Dark Knight. The best example of this is in the tremendously monstrous “Rectifier,” which sounds like a Kraken devouring Jack Sparrow.
Though it’s not their home genre, Daft Punk makes a great transition to film scoring, and hopefully we’ll see more such efforts from the group in the future. If the movie is as good as it sounds, no sequel fears will be necessary.