Most electronic scores begin to feel dated in 5 – 10 years after the film’s release. Take any B-movie from the 80’s or scores by Vangelis. Even the original Tron’s soundtrack feels 8-bit compared to electronic music today. In order to help overcome this quick turnaround into passe, Daft Punk has done an excellent job of mixing a classic score with the electronics. The ominous low-end of strings and horns mix well with the higher pitched synth doodleage which invoke more naive character themes. The middle string and keyboard washes display the emotion. The soundtrack is expressive, lovely, and catchy. It invokes a feel of John Williams in a space suit and helmet and delivers an emotional score for an unemotional film. (Rumor: Daft Punk is taking some of these things and rearranging them for a full-on Daft Punk album.)
Must Hear: “The Game Has Changed” for a great mix of classic and electronic score and “End of Line” for those that just want classic Daft Punk.