There’s no such thing as THE perfect piece of music. Perfection is contained within inspiration, composition, recording, performance, and audience.
But there are lots of individually perfect pieces of music. I’ve got a blog, so I’ma talk about some of them.
Now, I’m an original nerd. I learned to program on a PDP-7, played video games in the arcade and on my Atari 2600, and I cut my SF teeth on Asimov, Clark and Le Guin. When I was a kid, the original Tron movie came out, and I loved it, so when Disney announced the sequel I was completely on board.
I had heard of Daft Punk, but never paid much attention to what had been described to me as a french band that plays keyboards.
I had no idea.
This is one of the loveliest, most perfect, most uplifting pieces of music I’ve ever heard. The low brass entrance, the harmonies that build, ever increasing, until the higher brass and woodwinds come in, then the strings lifting over everything else. It settles, and then at 2:13, the fanfare of the fifth!
Another thirty or so seconds of beauty before the first real electronic instruments come in, so subtle, but supporting everything, and at three minutes, the rush peaks, coming to rest back in the strings, returning to the simple strong themes we started with. Slowly, we come to rest, in the octave, and it ends there.
There are true reasons for why certain intervals, like fifths and sevenths, evoke physiological responses in some people. I’m lucky enough to be one of them, and it’s a better rush than almost anything else I get to do.
The entire Tron: Legacy soundtrack is fantastic, and there are far more “classically Daft Punk” sections, but only this track is so achingly beautiful.