Daft Punk: Daft Plagiarists?

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On the heels of the announcement that Daft Punk’s Alive 2007 is scheduled to drop in November of this year comes a few interesting revelations regarding their production methods and raises some questions about the “ethics” of production.

Kanye West’s new single “Stronger” features a sample from “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger,” slowed down and rearranged as suitable backing material, a fact that’s easily recognized by anyone who’s familar with DP’s work. But in a strange, meta-twist, it turns out that KW is sampling a sample, and even self-referentially referring to the sample-sampling in his own lyrics:
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The robots are coming! Daft Punk movie to drop in July

31964daftpunksmall.jpgSo Daft Punk have a new movie set to make its American premiere in July: Electroma. However, don’t expect to hear a Daft Punk soundtrack or even appearances from the camera-shy boys themselves, as they’re on the other side of the camera directing (the protagonists are played by actors). The soundtrack also features the odd choices of Brian Eno, Todd Rundgren, Sébastien Tellier and Curtis Mayfield.

This apparently very “arty” movie follows two robots on their quest to become human, featuring long tracking shots and a “focus on imagery” opposed to plot and character development (one would assume). So far it’s gotten mixed reviews, with its initially brief run extended in Paris, but with a crowd at Cannes walking out on it.

It’s a somewhat odd turn for the duo who also produced the satisfying Daft Punk anime mega-music-video / movie, Interstella 5555, but hey, who doesn’t love robots?

Watch the trailer:

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