Thomas Bangalter spoke publicly about the reason for the separation of Daft Punk, his musical duo with Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo for almost 30 years.
Talking with him BBC, Bangalter revealed that the growing intersection between humans and technology was the reason behind Daft Punk’s demise, and that the duo’s core was that there should be a clear separation between the two. “Daft Punk was a project that blurred the line between fact and fiction with these robot characters. It was a very important point for me and for Guy-Man (uel) not to spoil the narrative while it was happening,” he said. “It was an exploration, I would say, starting with the machines and moving away from them. I love technology as a tool (but) I’m somehow terrified of the nature of the relationship between machines and ourselves.”
He also shared his concerns about the increasing use of artificial intelligence and how it could “go beyond its use in music creation.” Bangalter shared, “2001: A Space Odyssey It is perhaps my favorite film and the way that (Stanley) Kubrick presented it is so relevant today, because it is asking exactly the question that we have to ask ourselves about technology and the obsolescence of man.”
“We tried to use these machines to express something extremely moving that a machine can’t feel, but a human can. We were always on the side of humanity and not on the side of technology,” she added. “As much as I love this character, the last thing he would want to be, in the world we live in, in 2023, he is a robot.”
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