Thoughts On Daft Punk ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ For Orchestra
“Work It, Make It, Do It”
Daft Hands is what introduced me to this piece – and it remains as one of my favorite Daft Punk songs. I think, how did this piece fly under my radar for years? With a video that would have normally been taken down, it has now served to introduce this Daft Punk masterpiece to 50 million new evangilists.
The discovery of this piece really solidifies the beauty of Creative Commons, sharing pieces, and the internet as a true medium that brings us together. If it weren’t for Daft Hands, I wouldn’t have heard this piece, and FrEckleStudios wouldn’t have had a medium to display his creativity.
The truth is everything is a remix, and to create a law or to say that that’s bad, is missing the point. We discover by sharing, remixing, and telling others. It’s been that way since the beginning of time. The internet is a vehicle that not only makes this possible, but part of it’s actual DNA.
“For Orchestra” started when I remixed Jonathan Coulton’s music years ago. What if that never happened? What if Mr. Coulton didn’t allow others to share his music? Well, he wouldn’t have made money, his possible fans wouldn’t have discovered him, and the internet wouldn’t have had songs to enjoy about robots and zombies. This is why Creative Commons rocks. It’s what makes the music world so fun and engaging to each other. We like to share, tell others about pieces, and express our thoughts. It’s not stealing, it’s discovering and expressing. It’s contributing to something bigger, and ultimately everybody wins.
And to think of how fitting that ‘Harder Better Faster Stronger’ was released on Daft Punk’s album titled “Discovery“. Daft Punk is one of the best, and I was thrilled to lend my take on this composition.
So that’s what this piece means to me. It’s about working harder, better, and faster. It’s about being stronger. But it’s also meaningful because of how I stumbled upon it, which sheds light on how backwards some things can be, and the state of the music industry today.
I believe all things will eventually iron themselves out, for as with anything new, there are uncertainties. The reason why this orchestration is powerful is because I wanted capture that thought – the idea that we’re entering a new world, and while it’s scary, it’s definitely exciting.