We’re keeping up with our week of electronic music today, by taking a look at a song from Daft Punk’s 2013 album, “Random Access Memories”. You knew we couldn’t go a whole week without anything from the now legendary electronic duo. But this song in particular also gives a nod to the origins of electronic music.
“Giorgio By Moroder” is not your typical song. There are lyrics, but they’re spoken, not sung. And there is music, that changes and evolves over the course of this nine minute track.
Giorgio By Moroder
“Giorgio By Moroder” is Daft Punk’s tribute song to Giovanni Giorgio, the man responsible for electronic music. During production of the track, Daft Punk invited Giorgio into the studio, and interviewed him about his life for three hours. They recorded his voice using several different microphones made between the 1960s and the 2000’s. You probably won’t be able to pick up on the differences, but the idea was to record Giorgio’s voice using the microphone that was available in each decade of his life.
The song starts off with Moroder’s monologue, and as he continues talking, the music slowly builds. It begins in a funk style, with a grooving bass and rhythmic, funk guitar. But once Giorgio starts talking about the specifics of his new technique, this cuts out.
“And I didn’t have any idea what to do but I knew I needed a click”, is accompanied by a percussive click, which continues until he stops talking. “So we put a click on the 24 track which was then synced to the moog modular / I knew that it could be a sound of the future / But I didn’t realize how much impact it would be / My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio”.
After that, the track launches into a synth arpeggio that continues for most of the rest of the song. It moves from electronic, to a keyboard-driven solo that hearkens back to disco. And from there a short, orchestral reprieve before launching back into an electric fusion of them all.
While I wanted to steer clear from mostly instrumental electronic tracks, “Giorgio By Moroder” will be my one exception. It’s a masterpiece of musical fusion. Composed by one of the great electronic groups of our time, and honoring a living legend of electronic music. You can’t ask for more than that.
Tomorrow, we’ll finish up our week of electronic music with a final song that also manages to straddle some genres.