Though electro heroes Daft Punk are probably best known for the hit single "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger," which was again a hit when remixed by the Neptunes, the French-born act is likely to be known from "TRON: Legacy" from now on. A rousing sound experience that meshes with and enhances the visuals of the film, the soundtrack is certainly a standalone hit that has hit even kids with the dance bug. Sounds used in the soundtrack could be compared to works by Philip Glass and Gustav Holst. The hot score also pumps up the awesomeness of the movie, raising the futuristic scenes to the spine-tingling next level. The musical duo makes a brief in-person cameo in the film, albeit in helmets in the window.
The score to this movie is simply hot. In moments when something big is going on, like a race or an explosion, the deep bassy dance feel of the music in the movie really pumps it up and makes it amazing. The theater bass is perfect for the low electronic sounds and synth horns in the soundtrack, since it makes the bass in the music so loud that the viewer and listener can feel it rumbling deep through the seats of the theater with the sounds of the movie.
The original "Tron," released in 1982, had a soundtrack created by an artist named Wendy Carlos. Carlos is an electronic musician who makes frequent use of synthesizers like Wurlizer and Moog instruments. She was also responsible for the ominous music score to the ultraviolent surreal 70s hit, "A Clockwork Orange." Daft Punk's view on the sounds of "Tron" present an entirely new-school, modern electro response to the sounds of the original "Tron" grid.
"Tron: Legacy" is a great soundtrack to get for a kid who likes upbeat music with a strong, driving bass feel, but it is also an enjoyable soundtrack for adults. In fact, Daft Punk in general is a good bet if you have a kid who likes this music. A special bonus with the "Tron: Legacy" score is that it seems to be a bit Disneyfied in its own way, making it extremely accessible on a pop level as well as in the movie as a soundtrack.
Much of the soundtrack is movie soundtrack background score that passes affecting only the subconscious before the music pumps up and rockets the emotion in the movie to the next level. Fans of the original film will see some familiar faces and will love the upgraded visual technology, especially for the IMAX and 3D versions. The costumes are awesome and the electronic instruments used in the soundtrack fit the techno feel of the film. Expect this soundtrack to be huge among adults and kids of all ages; even though soundtracks are not usually a big hit for kids, look out for this one on every 8-year-old's iPod for the next few months.
- the Neptunes
- electronic instruments
- Philip Glass
- Gustav Holst