Daft Punk’s Thomas Bangalter reveals his face for the first time

Thomas Bangalter, one half of pioneering French electronic duo Daft Punk, who announced their split in 2021, announced their first orchestral solo album – and revealed their face for the first time in a public context, albeit as a realistic illustration. Daft Punk were famously anonymous, performing and appearing in public wearing elaborate helmets, including their performance at the 2014 Grammy Awards, where they won Album of the Year for their latest LP, ‘Random Access Memories’ (pictured above). Early in their career, the duo posted a few blurry photos of themselves but soon adopted an anonymous profile.

To be released on April 7 on Erato/Warner Classics, Bangalter’s new album, “Mythologies”, is a work originally commissioned by choreographer Angelin Preljocaj for the ballet of the same name and created by the Orchester National Bordeaux Aquitaine under the direction of Roman Dumas. . According to the announcement, “As a substantial lyrical work, Mythologies finds the Daft Punk co-founder reinventing his approach to composition” and that the 90-minute score “shows little respect for conventional stylistic boundaries”, revealing “a love of the baroque”. music and traces of American minimalism.

The project dates back to the fall of 2019, when Angelin Preljocaj invited Bangalter to write the music for a new work that will mark the culmination of several years of collaboration with the Opéra National de Bordeaux. The piece was intended for ten dancers from the Opéra National de Bordeaux ballet company, ten others from Preljocaj’s own company and the house’s resident orchestra.

The track list appears below.

Track list:

I. First Movements

II. Catch

III. Thalestris

IV. Gemini I

V. The Amazons

VI. Arrival of Alexander

VII. Thirteen Nights

VIII. Danish

IX. Zeus

X. Childbirth

XI. The Gorgons

XII. rebirths

XIII. The Minotaur

XIV. Eden

XV. Ares

XIV. Aphrodite

XVII. The Naiads

XVIII. no two

XIX. Swirls

XX. Gemini II

XXI. I worry

XXII. Funeral Dance

XXIII. The wars

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