On That Note


Since a-ha's "Take on Me" and Daft Punk's "One More Time" are the newest additions to my iTunes library, they (in specific, "One More Time") are the most repeated tracks within my library at this point in time.  Given this fact, coupled with watching part of Tron, I found it more than appropriate to write about Daft Punk for this week's "On That Note."

An intro of intros.  I'm not exactly sure what it is, but the intro to "One More Time" gets me.  One of my favorite pitches, I think the tonic D just says words that only I can understand or something.  This tune is sure to get any crowd moving.  A steady, moderate tempo keeps the beat consistent as rich but simple melody woos the ears into Good Music Land.  Contrary motion (between the bass and soprano synth) is a device used in this song that helps it get to this Land.

Equally impressive is the French duo's composition for Tron: Legacy.  If you were able to pay attention to anything other than the visual effects in this film, it was likely the soundtrack.  Blending various styles of music, namely orchestral and electronic, the duo is successful, if nothing else, for producing music suitable for the context of the film.  Few musicians are successful at this - even those who do it for a living.  Simple, rich melody, like in "One More Time" caught my attention and sustained it for whatever amount of mind I paid to the movie at large.  Think The Matrix but slightly less brassy.

Until next time

"These are not the droids you are looking for." -Daft Punk

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