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In 2021 the French electronic music duo daft punk announced their separation, after a successful career of more than 20 years. However, their fans always wondered what brought their members –Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo– to make that decision, since then they were expected to release another album.
In a recent interview he gave to BBC Bangalter, 48, explained that the entire project was losing “the human touch” in the way the music was presented.: “We tried to use those machines to express something extremely moving that a machine cannot feel, but a human can. We have always been on the side of humanity and not of technology. And as much as I liked that character, The last thing I want to do, in the world we live in, in 2023, is be a robot.”
Thomas (who has composed the music for films such as “Irreversible”, “Climax” and “in body”) he is now focused on his solo projects, which are far removed from technology-focused concepts: “My concerns about the rise of artificial intelligence go beyond its use in music creation…Daft Punk was a project that blurred the line between reality and fiction with those “robot characters”. It was a very important point for me and Guy-Manuel not to spoil the narrative while it was happening. Now that that story is over, I found it interesting to reveal part of the creative process, which It was very human-based and not algorithmic of any kind…it was an exploration.”
daft punk They had hit singles like Around the world, “One more time”, Get lucky and “Lose yourself to dance”. In 2010 they recorded the music for the film Disney’s “Tron: Legacy” and four years later they won the award grammy for Best Album of the Year for Random access memories. By then the musicians no longer showed their faces, instead hiding them by wearing helmets with dark visors.
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