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Daft Punk fans will finally be able to lick their mustaches again, after two years of nostalgia and sadness since their favorite electronic duo announced their unexpected breakup.
For the re-release of the band’s latest studio album, Random Access Memories (which will be released tomorrow, Friday 12 May, in a new guise for the tenth anniversary) an unreleased song will be included. The piece will be previewed today at the Georges Pompidou National Center for Art and Culture in Paris, where the legendary duo (who said goodbye – and said goodbye to us – two years ago) will give a world premiere of a song never heard before. The song is called Infinity Repeating and is a 2013 demo featuring the collaboration of Julian Casablancas and his band, the Voidz.
The event comes 24 hours ahead of the official 10-year anniversary of Random Access Memorieswhich will be celebrated tomorrow, Friday 12 May.
Infinity Repeating it won’t be the only new entry on the tracklist of the reissue of the robotic duo’s album: RAM (the album is almost always identified by its acronym) will contain many unreleased tracks and outtakes from what were the last Daft Punk studio recordings. The extended reissue that will be available from tomorrow is called Random Access Memories (10th Anniversary Edition).
In Paris there will be numerous events-experiences to listen to the unreleased piece
Anyone who happens to be in the Ville Lumière in these hours may be lucky enough to experience one of the events-experiences organized in Paris to listen to the unreleased song by Daft Punk.
There are, to be precise, three ways to go to enjoy Infinity Repeating in the French capital. However, all roads lead not to Rome but to the Pompidou Center… Here there will be a sound system of 30 speakers, a video clip projection in the cinema room and another on a big screen at the forum.
Meanwhile, the social profiles of both Daft Punk and Pompidou are sharing some video loops of walking figures, from the skeleton to Leonardo da Vinci’s Vitruvian man. A short excerpt from an interview with Julian Casablancas has also been published. At the bottom of this article you will find all the videos posted in these hours by Daft Punk.
There are those who hope for a great return of Daft Punk
This news bodes well for fans of the robotic duo who have not yet come to terms with the breakup of Daft Punk. In fact, there are those who hope for a great comeback, even if at the beginning of April 2023 one of the band members had explained the reasons for the breakup for the first time, bringing artificial intelligence into play. Therefore, according to the words of Thomas Bangalter, it seems unlikely that he and his partner will return to the scene as Daft Punk, given that this is the era in which AI begins to spread in a worryingly uncontrolled way.
Bangalter opened up about the reasons for the dissolution (which took place in 2021) during an interview with BBC released last April 4, also saying he was concerned about the rise of artificial intelligence and the “nature of the relationship between machines and us”. And the AI seems to have a hand in what concerns the farewell to the seven notes of Bangalter and his partner, Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo. Two years ago, dressed as the two robotic characters they inaugurated in 1999, they said goodbye to everyone and walked off the screen, with one of them even self-destructing. This was the video shared on the band’s official channels, after which – to dispel the many doubts of the fans – their manager had to confirm that the duo had ended their story.
Interviewed by the correspondent of the BBC specializing in music, Mark Savage, Thomas Bangalter explained that “Daft Punk was a project that blurred the line between reality and fiction with these robotic characters. It was a very important point for me and Guy-Manuel not to screw up the narrative as it was happening.” Bangalter went on to say the following: “I love technology as a tool but I’m somewhat terrified by the nature of the relationship between machines and us. Now that the story is over, it was interesting to reveal a part of the creative process that relied heavily on humans and not on algorithms”. And he concluded by stating: “As much as I love this character, the last thing I would like to be, in the world we live in, in 2023, is a robot”. So it’s unlikely that he’ll go back to wearing those robotic clothes now. But the avenues of showbiz are endless, so who knows…
Below we show you the videos published in these hours of the official social network accounts of Daft Punk and the Pompidou Center. By clicking on the audio, a message appears informing that “this song is not currently available”. It will probably be starting tomorrow (since today it will only be possible to hear “live” in Paris).