Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter Announces Orchestral Solo Album – Billboard

The Daft Punk camp has been as quiet as an empty nightclub since the French icons officially announced their breakup in February 2021. But Tuesday (January 24) offers tangentially related Daft Punk news via the group’s Thomas Bangalter. .


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This April, the producer will release his first solo album, an orchestral project called Mythologies. The work comes with a predictably high-pedigree backstory, having been commissioned by French choreographer Angelin Preljocaj for the ballet of the same name. The show premiered in Bordeaux at the Orchester National Bordeaux Aquitaine.

A press release on this project states that the 90-minute score “reveals a love of baroque music and suggests traces of American minimalism, its short phrases subject to a process of progressive variation.” The orchestral work does not incorporate any electronic element. See her cover art below.

The project, which came out on April 7 via Erato/Warner Classics, began in the fall of 2019 when Preljocaj invited Bangalter to write the music for a new work. Preljocaj reported that this piece was intended for 10 dancers from the Opéra National de Bordeaux ballet company, another 10 from Preljocaj’s own company, and the house’s resident orchestra.

“This invitation,” the press release continues with a nod to kismet, “came at the very moment that Bangalter was eager to write for a full orchestra.”

The resulting 23-scene production and its corresponding music do nothing less than “delve deeper into the legacy shared by all humanity by embracing the ancient and modern myths that reflect and shape us.”

“I think all artists should have freedom,” Bangalter’s father, Daniel Vangarde, told Billboard last November. “I helped Thomas, Guy-Man and his friends as much as I could to allow them to break free without barriers. They were only 20 years old and the industry could have squeezed them: a normal contract generates interference between your work and the moment it is published… My contribution was to help create a good environment that allowed them to produce freely”.

Thomas Bangalter, “Mythologies” Stephane Manel

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