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Daft Punk
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Daft Punk
傻瓜朋克

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Date: Jul 15 2013

Themes: Music, Pop Culture

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense

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French electronic music duo Daft Punk has just released a new album called Random Access Memories, and it’s climbing the charts. The group originally became popular in the 1990s house music scene in France, and they continued to build a significant following. Daft Punk puts on elaborate live shows with many special effects. The members of the group often dress up as robots, too.

Of course, there are many kinds of dance music. Daft Punk’s electronica is only one example. If you don’t like synth sounds and repetitive beats, then they might not be your cup of tea. Still, they have had a major influence on artists of all genres over the last few decades. Find out whether Mason and Jeff are fans in this music English lesson.

法国电子音乐二人团体傻瓜朋克 (Daft Punk) 刚刚发布一张新专辑《超时空记忆体》(Random Access Memories)。该专辑一经发布,便大受欢迎。该音乐团体早在 20 世纪 90 年代法国浩室音乐流行时便一举成名,后来持续对音乐风格产生巨大影响。傻瓜朋克借助许多特效为观众奉献精妙设计的现场表演。团体成员也常常打扮成机器人。

诚然,舞曲风格多样。傻瓜朋克的电子舞曲只是其中一种。如果你不喜欢合成音色和重复的节拍,那他们可能无法满足你的喜好。过去几十年,他们一直对所有音乐风格的艺术家都产生了重大影响。在这节以音乐为主题的英语课上,看看梅森和杰夫是不是他们的歌迷。

Dialog

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Jeff

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Mason

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Mason:  (makes music sounds) Have you been listening to the new Daft Punk?

Jeff:  Yeah, a little bit. I like them.

Mason:  Cool. I do, too. I’ve got to get around to listening to the new album. It’s definitely cool to see them making a comeback.

Jeff:  Yeah, they’ve always taken breaks between projects, which in a way I respect.

Mason:  Yeah?

Jeff:  They’ve gradually become more and more successful and, from what I hear, they usually invest any profits into their next project. I respect them artistically, as artists.

Mason:  Cool. And it’s just a duo, right? Just two guys?

Jeff:  Yeah. Two Frenchmen.

Mason:  Huh. I grew up listening to them more in the 90s and stuff, and it kind of feels like a lot of where indie rock went with the synth stuff, that sort of thing, had some roots in Daft Punk. For me.

Jeff:  They’ve been a big influence, to be the forefathers of lots of synth stuff, certain styles of dance music. They brought French modern music to the public’s ear, I guess you could say.

Mason:  They’ve taken it around the world, if you will.

Jeff:  They have. They’ve been there and back.

Mason:  Get it? Because that’s one of their songs.

Jeff:  I know.

 

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Mason and Jeff are both fans of Daft Punk. Mason hasn’t heard the new album yet, but Jeff has. In addition to liking their music, Jeff respects them artistically. He likes that they take their time releasing new music, in order to make each album special.

Jeff and Mason also talk about the fact that Daft Punk has been such an influence on other bands. Many bands started using electronic elements in their songs after they heard Daft Punk. The duo really brought synth music to a global audience.

Do you like Daft Punk? What do you think about electronic music in general? Do you like it, or do you prefer listening to music made with more traditional instruments?

 

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phn_uk

phn_uk

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I actually like some of their songs. They are an old group from 90s I recall one of their video clips from then which there were a group of people with in robot costumes going up and coming down of steps in a dark room. Their new single is pretty nice which is called “Get Lucky” featuring Pharrel Williams and it’s been in the UK’s top 40 single charts for the past few weeks.

10:51 AM Jul 16 2013 |

knuschu

knuschu

Germany

I listen to music 8 hours each day, because at our production line is always playing radio, if I want or not :) So maybe I already heart Daft Punk, but I can’t  match to a song :) I associate french electronic music with Jean Michel Jarre, a pioneer in electronic music and I like it. Maybe I like Daft Punk to? I am sure, I will know it in the next days :)


07:00 AM Jul 16 2013 |

loverflower

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I’ve never hear about Daft Punk and I don’t like electronic music,because in my idea it is without pacification

03:06 PM Jul 15 2013 |

Jasonlongo

Jasonlongo

Congo, Democratic Republic Of The

I’ve never heard speaking of them but they sound to be great and amazing, I really like it, and hope to download this new song

12:28 PM Jul 15 2013 |

a2020

a2020

Iran, Islamic Republic Of

I have not hear Daft Punk but  it seems they are great,I think electronic music is acceptable just for the voice that are acceptable,I like both of them,it depends on the situation like in car i prefer electronic music.anyway i like both.

11:31 AM Jul 15 2013 |

dreadslayer

Turkey

i like them as well.i met them with their song named ’’One more time’’ .i was listening it almost everyday when i was a child.it became all our country.and other songs havent been as popular as it was :) to be honest i only listen them as electronic music.they’Re doing something different and attract people interests :)

03:00 AM Jul 15 2013 |

Irene Forever

Ukraine

I’m not much into such kind of music, but actually I can listen to different styles of  music according to my mood. Electronic music with special effects is exciting, and young people must like it for some occasions, for instance, discothèques. I don’t mind it too.

12:05 AM Jul 15 2013 |

shaerwan

shaerwan

Syrian Arab Republic

i dooont like electronic music


i like natural music made by indtruments

11:54 PM Jul 14 2013 |

drallon

drallon

China

I have not heard Draft Punk and their music. But I heard the synth music which is sung by Chinese and her name is Wenjie Shang. To my surprise,the synth music is much more beautiful and the sound is clear and melodious though I am not like the synth music very much.

07:33 PM Jul 14 2013 |

StephFacchini

Brazil

I never heard about Draft Punk. Actually, I don’t listen eletronic musics so much, but I like. I prefer listen to musics made with traditional instruments. But sometimes I want to go a party ( called “Balada” here in Brazil ) , and eletronic musics are necessary, if not , isn’t a party.

06:29 PM Jul 14 2013 |

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