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Tech & Science Daft Punk: the robots unplug

03:02  23 february  2021
03:02  23 february  2021 Source:   lepoint.fr

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  Daft Punk: les robots se débranchent © Supplied by Le Point

O shock on the music world: it is through an enigmatic video posted on social networks, simply titled "Epilogue", that the French Daft Punk , the most famous electro duo in the world, announced Monday their separation.

The video of a little over 8 minutes shows the two members, under their traditional robot masks, advancing in a desert.

But they no longer walk at the same pace and after a few evocative nods of the head, those of a renunciation, one ends up triggering the system of self-destruction of the other, which pulverizes.

A historical press officer of the duo confirmed to the AFP the end of the tandem formed in 1993 by Thomas Bangalter, 46 years old, and Guy-Manuel de Homem- Christo , 47 years old.

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"They have always cultivated a taste for paradox, and when the whole world keeps its mask, they remove it", commented for AFP Jean-Michel Jarre , pioneer of the electro planet, saluting their "unique sound "and that" extremely elegant way of saying goodbye to their audience. "

The announcement of the separation of the electro duo has sparked Twitter , generating an average of 32 tweets per second, according to the firm Visibrain. Christine and the Queens posted on this social network: "Eternally grateful".

More unexpected homage, the Ministry of the Armed Forces in France retweeted a medley of Daft Punk played by a military band during the official ceremonies of July 14, 2017 in front of Emmanuel Macron and Donald Trump.

Another wink, the Paris Firemen tweeted: "If a career can end, a vocation, it endures forever. Thank you Daft Punk for igniting the dance floors and remember to return our helmets ".

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They who were therefore famous for their hit "One more time" ("Again") will never make music together again. After all, the end of a story is human, it's also the name of one of their album ("Human After All").

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To say that the rumors of a new album swarmed cyclically ... Until recently, the twitterosphere was igniting to say that they could make an appearance at the halftime of the Super Bowl. But no one saw the end coming.

The duo was, since the thunderous and abrasive "Homework" (1997), the greatest ambassador of French electro. An indestructible status solidified with three other opuses with success each time planetary, "Discovery" (2001), "Human After All" (2005), "Random Access Memories" (2013) with the essential tube "Get Lucky", as well as outstanding stage performances.

It had been fourteen years since Thomas Bangalter and Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo, friends since high school, had not performed in concerts, except for very rare appearances during televised ceremonies.

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An absence, coupled with a strategy of media silence adopted from their beginnings - we do not officially know their faces, hidden under a robot mask - which inevitably arouses expectations, fantasies and desires.

Nugget of the past

Their anonymity was also a running-gag from the movie "Eden" by Mia-Hansen Love. While their records are broadcast everywhere, the two young men can not enter the Parisian evenings where they are invited, because the physiognomists at the entrance do not know their features.

In recent years, the Parisian duo with six Grammys gleaned in the United States had been content to collaborate with the Canadian The Weeknd for two tracks, "Starboy" and "I Feel It Coming", before producing the track "Overnight" of the Australian group Parcels.

At the beginning of the year, a nugget had resurfaced. A new "set" had just been found 25 years later, recorded on two banal audio cassettes forgotten at the bottom of a shoebox. A little gem discovered by chance, near Avignon.

At the origin of this discovery, Benoît Chow, 25, was barely born when the pioneers of the French Touch performed this Saturday, November 18, 1995, on the stage of the Privé, the discotheque that his father then ran, in Les Angles. (Gard), in the suburb of the city of the Popes.

But he had heard of that time. "I found a box of K7 that I knew and I started to look at what was really in it, and I saw these K7!", Explained the young man to AFP. A treasure that is even more valuable today.

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