I am devastated by an announcement about Daft Punk split up, published yesterday in the duo oficial page, after 28 years of a consolidated musical career. The French duo created by musicians Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, broke the news with an 8-minute enigmatic video titled “Epilogue,” excerpted from their 2006 film Electroma. Asked if Daft Punk were no more, their longtime publicist Kathryn Frazier confirmed the news to Pitchfork but gave no reason for the breakup. The Grammy Award-winning act are known for using computerized vocals and wearing robot headgear in public and in all of their music videos.
In the eight-minute film called “Epilogue”, the duo – Bangalter and Christo – are seen walking in a desert in their signature space-age helmets and leather jackets. One of the pair removes his jacket, revealing a detonator on his back. The other presses a button on the detonator. His companion walks away and eventually explodes.
Daft Punk reinvented electronic music with its diverse artistic references and mixtures of styles of electronic music. They elevated French underground house music into the mainstream, but without corrupting the origins of electronic music, or making it a purely commercial genre with no sound quality. The Parisian producers scaled to the heights of dance music with a trademark sound that blended pop, funk, synthpop, hip-hop, house and techno with indie rock overtones, accompanied by eye-popping, future-shock videos directed by the likes of Spike Jonze, Roman Coppola and Michel Gondry that mixed animation and surreal imagery.
See the video “Epilogue” below
During almost 3 decades, they set their history in the entertainment and pop music industry and will never be forgotten by their fans like me. Pop music will not be the same without the creators of the hit songs “One more time”, “Around the world”, “Digital Love”, “Get Lucky” and “Da Funk”, but the dance floors in the hellish clubs will always revere the legacy that the duo has left.
In 2010, they made their film score debut for the sci-fi movie “Tron: Legacy.” Also, many films and movies contain their songs. In tribute to Daft Punk fans, I selected some songs that were featured in movies and TV series. Have a look at this and have some nostalgic memories listening to Daft Punk.