The 1982 science fiction classic “Tron” is an interesting bag to say the least… there are people that love it, and people that hate it with almost no middle ground to speak of (unless you consider having never seen it to be a middle ground). Unfortunately for the people who loved the original tale of Flynn and his adventures in The Grid, disappointing box office returns on the Academy Award-nominated movie would mean Disney’s refusal to produce a sequel for almost three decades!
Flash forward to 2010: “Tron: Legacy” has come and gone, and it was good. Eye-tearingly beautiful detail in just about every single frame of the film, with repeated viewings it just gets more awe inspiring… especially when you begin to take note of the soundtrack, featuring an almost creepily out-of-context usage of “Journey – Separate Ways”, but more importantly, an original score by none other than Daft Punk.
Daft Punk, perhaps most widely known for the “Discovery” album (used for the feature film “Interstella 5555″, an animated interpretation akin to Disney’s own “Fantasia” or Julie Taymoor’s “Across the Universe”), blended their traditional sound with a full live orchestra… creating mesmerizing, dynamic musical compositions like I’ve never heard before. Despite no Academy Award nomination in a year that saw Trent Reznor of Nine Inch Nails fame winning Original Score for “The Social Network”, “Tron: Legacy” is probably my favorite soundtrack of 2010… I’m hopelessly addicted to it.
When I thought it couldn’t get any better, I’m sitting out in the backyard about twenty minutes past 4:00pm (heh) and the Slacker Radio App on my phone randomly queues up…
About thirty seconds into it, I fully recognize what I’m listening to and decide to bring up the track info: Sure enough, it is a remix of Daft Punk’s original “Derezzed”, performed by The Glitch Mob on the “Tron Legacy: R3configur3d” album! Upon further inspection, several world-calibur talents came together and contributed remixes of the original soundtrack for this compilation: The Crystal Method, Paul Oakenfold, Kaskade, Moby and Ki: Theory are just a few names you may recognize. The remixes are a natural extension of the original soundtrack and sound (in cases like the above) even MORE complex than their original counterparts… not an easy achievement, many “remix” albums tend to be quick cash-grab scams anchored around one or two particularly well-produced tracks: This sucker is through-and-through good.
“Tron: Legacy – Original Soundtrack” and “Tron Legacy: R3configur3d” are a couple of great albums that’ll probably slip right by many people who will enjoy it immensely simply because they didn’t know it existed… I’m doing my part to spread the word, at least. If you haven’t seen either of the “Tron” movies, I also recommend them to you… for reasons I’m sure I will one day address in the movie review section of this site.
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