Daft Punk is a cultural phenomenon, despite being largely absent from the music scene since 2005 (unless you count their contribution to the TRON soundtrack). The band’s new contract with Columbia records and subsequent new spring album has also brought some much-needed updates to their fabulous soundboard app, iDaft.
The app is a simple soundboard that allows you to remix classic songs like “Technologic” or “Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger.” Just push on the large buttons and iDaft plays the accompanying sample. The app mostly benefits from the artist’s characteristically sparse lyrics, allowing users to easily impress or annoy coworkers with lunchtime DJ sessions.
Most Daft Punk fans familiar with the app will be happy to know that Around the World and many other songs are getting added soon – sooner than the new album actually.
This music app is far superior to They Might Be Giants whose skeuomorphic designs and free song a day marketing scheme was not well received. Since a fan created the free app, it gave fans the obvious advantage of having smart phones – the ability to manipulate and interact with songs in ways they never have before. This interactive music form was explored by Beck when he released his 2012 project, Song Reader:
In the wake of Modern Guilt and The Information, Beck’s latest album comes in an almost-forgotten form—twenty songs existing only as individual pieces of sheet music, never before released or recorded. Complete with full-color, heyday-of- home-play-inspired art for each song and a lavishly produced hardcover carrying case (and, when necessary, ukelele notation), the Song Reader is an experiment in what an album can be at the end of 2012—an alternative that enlists the listener in the tone of every track, and that’s as visually absorbing as a dozen gatefold LPs put together.
It’s quite possible that the musical experience doesn’t end with musicians creating finite pieces of sound – especially when the technology allows them to create opportunities for permutations.