The new Daft Punk / Giorgio Moroder collaboration on Daft Punk‘s new album, Random Access Memories, is not only a great track, but it tells a great story too, courtesy of Moroder’s autobiographical voiceover. Moroder’s dialog not only gives insight to his start in electronic music, but frames the music in the track perfectly and proves its relevance in the musical journey of the track itself.
Here are Moroder’s words:
“When I was, 15, 16 when I really started to play guitar, I definitely wanted to become a musician. It was almost impossible because it was … the dream was so big that I didn’t see any chance because I was living in a little town, was studying, and when I finally broke away from school and became a musician, I thought well, now I may have a little bit of a chance, because all I really wanted to do is music. And not only play music, but to compose music.
At that time in Germany, in ’69, ’70, they had already discotheques, so I would take my car, would go to a discotheque, sing … maybe … 30 minutes (I think I had about 7, 8 songs…). I would actually sleep in the car because I didn’t want to drive home, and that helped me for about almost two years to survive, in the beginning.
I wanted to do an album with the sounds of the ’50s, the sounds of the ’60s, of the ’70s, and then a sound of the future. And I said, ‘Wait a second, I know the synthesizer, why don’t I use the synthesizer, which is the sound of the future.’ And I didn’t have any idea what to do, but I knew I needed a click, so we put the click on the 24-track, which then was synced to the Moog Modular. I knew that could be a sound of the future. But I didn’t realize how much the impact would be.
My name is Giovanni Giorgio, but everybody calls me Giorgio.”
And finally, Giorgio Moroder’s final, timeless statement in the track:
“Once you free your mind about the concept of harmony and of music being correct, you can do whatever you want. So nobody told me what to do, and there was no preconception of what to do.”
If you haven’t already, buy this song – now!