The music of pioneering French electronic duo Daft Punk will resound on Thursday through Paris’ Centre Pompidou, as a never-released track is unveiled at the spot where their love affair with the genre began. Dubbed “Infinity Repeating”, the tune was recorded as the robot-helmeted pair were working on their 2013 album “Random Access Memories” but it was left on the cutting room floor in favour of others like global mega-hit “Get Lucky”.
Two years after the group broke up for good and ten years after that album’s release, fans of their pop, funk and disco-infused sound can head to the central Paris modern art museum to discover the new track. Entry is free on a first-come first-served basis.
Featuring the voice of The Strokes’ Julian Casablancas, the demo and its accompanying video will be played at “ultra-high-fidelity” for 150 people in a gallery space, as well as in a 350-seat cinema auditorium and on a giant screen in the Centre Pompidou atrium. The Pompidou was the jumping-off point for Daft Punk’s leap into electronica, as the teenaged Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo attended a 1992 rave there that opened their eyes to machine music’s possibilities.
“The first rave we went to was on the roof” of the Pompidou… “We discovered a different kind of music, as well as an energy, with people dancing to songs they didn’t know,” Bangalter said in a 2009 podcast. “We said to ourselves there was something we could do with electronic music”. Their new name was appropriated from a scathing review of their guitar-based band Darlin’ in British magazine Melody Maker. “Infinity Repeating” forms part of 35 minutes of unheard material included on a new release Friday of “Random Access Memories” — Daft Punk’s fourth and final studio album that won five Grammy awards.— AFP