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Soundtrack review: Tron: legacy (Daft Punk, 2010)

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Soundtrack review: Tron: legacy (Daft Punk, 2010)


Tron: legacy is a 2010 sequel for a 1982 movie about a software engineer who disappears into the virtual reality he created, and his son who is transported into the same place, “The grid”, to look for him. The movie was visually stunning and I really enjoyed watching it and the bright turquoise and black computer world it depicted.
Director Joseph Kosinski had the brilliant idea to not go with a film music composer or the score. Just like he later did with Oblivion, he had a clear vision of how the music should sound and asked French duo Daft Punk to write the score. Joseph Trapanese arranged and orchestrated the music, and the result was an unbelievably beautiful mix of electronic and orchestral music that blends together as well as I’ve ever heard. It took two years for the score to be completed, and the result is worth it.
I watched the movie trailer dozens of times because of the trailer music. It was so thrilling, so adrenaline inducing that I couldn’t stop replaying it. The cue I was hearing was unique. Trailer music is usually epic, motivating, arousing, but this went beyond that. It sounded like trailer music for trailer music, the effect was doubled. It still is the best trailer music cue I’ve ever heard. It worked perfectly with the on screen images. I didn’t even think that it might be from the actual score, but when I got to see the movie, that cue resurfaced at the right moment, for the perfect scene. “Fall” is my favorite track of the score and doesn’t miss from my speed work training sessions. It’s a 2 minute long tornado.
Listening to this score always gives me a great feeling. It sounds like it’s played by an orchestra of robots who understand human feelings. The introduction of Jeff Bridges’ voiceover on “The grid” is brilliant. It illustrates the mixed and unnatural nature of this score and it introduces us in the Tron world. 
This score feels like a run in the park on a freezing winter evening: it starts with a stride and very chilling… then, after a few minutes, I get that unmistakably wonderful sensation of warming up from the inside out all of a sudden, when I’ve ran fast enough that my body temperature rises. Nothing can stop me then and it’s the same with this score. The electronic part is the freezing weather outside while the orchestral delight is the warmth inside. The combination is like a drug to me. In the middle of that run, once the heat has settled inside for good, I can slow down a bit and just enjoy the beauty of winter, the stillness of the park around me, the frozen lake. This is “Adaggio for Tron”, the 10thtrack of the score. The I get the rush to run even faster, it’s time for “Fall”. Once that winter run gets close to the finish, the feeling inside is even better. I know I’ve won, I know I’ve beaten the cold and the temptation to stay in and the satisfaction is great. The score for “Tron: legacy” ends in the same triumphant manner: “Arrival”, “Flynn lives”, “End titles” and “Finale” are the culmination of this robotic orchestral wonder.
This score ended up as my third favorite in 2010, after “Inception” and “The last airbender”, and it’s still one of the scores I cherish the most.
My ratings:
Cue rating: 87 / 100
Total minutes of excellence: 49 / 59
Album excellence: 84%
Cues to listen to:
The Grid
The Son of Flynn
The Game Has Changed
Adagio for TRON
End of Line
Solar Sailer
Flynn Lives
TRON Legacy (End Titles)
Mihnea Manduteanu

I have been listening to film music for 25 years and writing about it since 2014. I've written over 1000 reviews and I can't imagine myself doing anything else. I am also a member of IFMCA (International Film Music Critics Association).

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