Music is linear, people travel either forward or backward. Daft Punk traveled so far and so quickly ahead that they passed everyone and had to idle by the side of the road for 20 years, waiting for people to catch up. (Or did they travel so far backward they appeared to be traveling forward? Metaphor needs work.)
Then Daft Punk decided music was not a linear thing.
“We hadn’t really found anything that touched us on the radio, except for some classic recordings. We went back into the studio and said, ‘OK, let’s make this music that we want to listen to now, in the present.’”
Access to technology is a good thing, but it’s made it too easy for everyone to make music.
“Computers were never designed in the first place to become musical instruments. Within a computer, everything is sterile — there’s no sound, there’s no air. It’s totally code. Like with computer-generated effects in movies, you can create wonders. But it’s really hard to create emotion.”
“Technology has made music accessible in a philosophically interesting way, which is great. But on the other hand, when everybody has the ability to make magic, it’s like there’s no more magic— if the audience can just do it themselves, why are they going to bother?”
So thank god that there’s still the luxuries of money and time.
“In the history of pop music, a lot of great records cost an enormous amount of money. There used to be a time where people that had means to experiment would do it, you know? That’s what this record is about.”
Daft Punk have been hot-boxing their own shit for the last 20 years, and today they’re here to exclusively tell everyone that they love the smell of it.
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