Soundtrack Review: TRON: LEGACY R3CONF1GUR3D
The one thing that seemed inevitable after Daft Punk released their first foray into film scoring for TRON: LEGACY was to have the well-known electronic duo’s work to get remixed by some of the genre’s top DJs, artists, and producers. After watching Daft Punk spin their tunes in the film, I understood the urge to jump in and put one’s own “spin” on the score. The extra back beat and electronic elements that are mixed in to the duo’s original creations succeed in taking some of the more high-energy songs and kicking them into an even higher gear.
Remixing is a tricky balance of staying true to an artist’s original intent while still infusing it with one’s own style, all while trying to avoid sounding too repetitive. Both The Glitch Mob and Avicii took on “Derezzed” and the comparison between the two shows that remixing really is an art form unto itself. The Glitch Mob kept up the song’s fast-paced vibe while Avicii dove more into the harmonies and expanded the tonal range of the piece. The Glitch Mob and Avicii were not the only artists to take on the same song as Moby and Ki: Theory each put their spin on “The Son of Flynn.” Moby took to fleshing out the more emotional aspects of the piece, while Ki: Theory’s version focuses more on upping the dance factor.
M83, along with Jonathan Bates’ Big Black Delta, take the idea of remixing one step further by infusing vocals into their version of “Fall” that previously was only instrumental with no vocal elements. It is interesting to see how the various artists interpret each song and are able to take a completed piece of music and flesh it out even further. The only “vocal” element used in Daft Punk’s score were words lifted from the film (as spoken by Jeff Bridges’ character Kevin Flynn) and are re-spun and repeated by The Crystal Method on “The Grid”, taking one of the film's ominous introductory tracks and peeling back that feeling to turn up the dance beat.
One of the more emotionally dynamic pieces in Daft Punk’s score was “Adagio for TRON” which, under the hands of Teddybears, trims back the more classical string elements and repopulates the space with electronic elements and tones. The sense that this piece is foreboding is still present, but that feeling is almost record scratched back into orbit as the pulsating bass beats take over. The emotional elements of the original score are never abandoned, but the weight of those elements is decreased as the dance beats are turned up. For those who may have found Daft Punk’s score a bit heavy as it played to support the different emotions felt by the characters in the film are redeemed here as the more expected and dance-worthy beats associated with Daft Punk's music take to the forefront.
The remixes play well on their own (particularly if you are looking to start a futuristic dance club in your own home), but I found it even more interesting to listen to the remixed versions of the songs back-to-back with original versions from the soundtrack. The direct comparison helped highlight the different elements that were either drawn out or pushed back to give the songs a different feel and impression. However, the main feeling of TRON: LEGACY R3CONF1GUR3D, whether listened to on its own or in conjunction with the original score for TRON: LEGACY, is to get up, dance, move. If you ever wanted to know what it would sound like to party on the grid, this remix album gives you that answer. Never betraying the original work, R3CONF1GUR3D delivers TRON: LEGACY with some added back end punch.
This soundtrack is available on Walt Disney Records.
1. "Derezzed" - Remixed by The Glitch Mob
2. "Fall" - Remixed by M83 VS Big Black Delta
3. "The Grid" - Remixed by The Crystal Method
4. "Adagio for TRON" - Remixed by Teddybears
5. "The Son of Flynn" - Remixed by Ki: Theory
6. "C.L.U." - Remixed by Paul Oakenfold
7. "The Son of Flynn" - Remixed by Moby
8. "End of Line" - Remixed by Boys Noize
9. "Rinzler" - Remixed by Kaskade
10. "Encom Part 2" - Remixed by Com Truise
11. "End of Line" - Remixed by Photek
12. "Arena" - Remixed by The Japanese Pop Stars
13. "Derezzed" - Remixed by Avicii
14. "Solar Sailer" - Remixed by Pretty Lights
15. "TRON Legacy (End Titles)" - Remixed by Sander Kleinenberg