Daft Punk - Human After All

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Tracklist:
01. Human After All
02. The Prime Time Of Your Life
03. Robot Rock
04. Steam Machine
05. Make Love
06. The Brainwasher
07. On / Off
08. Television Rules The Nation
09. Technologic
10. Emotion

The first track has been leaked. Here's a link, but it won't be up for long.

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:43 (sixteen years ago) link

http://www.loveromp.com/dp-humanafterall.mp3

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:44 (sixteen years ago) link

I can only hope these bullshit Franks cover "Something About You" by The Outfield.

It's not so hard
We're only human after all

Now there was a band.

logged out, Friday, 7 January 2005 20:46 (sixteen years ago) link

thanks matt! sorry i missed your show tuesday, hope it went well.

Nick Sylvester, Friday, 7 January 2005 20:48 (sixteen years ago) link

It went peachy. Galapagos is a nice place.

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:50 (sixteen years ago) link

and then 4 billion lurkers downloaded the same file all at the same time

firstworldman (firstworldman), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:51 (sixteen years ago) link

sounds fake

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:52 (sixteen years ago) link

Hey, cool, Daft Punk covered Rocker!

FAKE.

Xii (Xii), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:54 (sixteen years ago) link

After the fake tracks for the last album, I trust nothing until I actually have a copy in my hands.

Ned Raggett (Ned), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:54 (sixteen years ago) link

I hope this is the new Daft Punk because it doesn't sound like what I was expecting from them and I like it.

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

no it's alter ego's "rocker"

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:55 (sixteen years ago) link

matt you bad person you

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

i like galapagos too. we tried to put up a hipster version of cats starring andy beta, but beta opted out in the end...

Nick Sylvester, Friday, 7 January 2005 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

haha "punk rocker" haha

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

(I mean, the awesomeness of releasing their most mechanistic, robotic track under the title "Human After All" can't be overstated.)

(xpost OH well, at least I've discovered Alter Ego!)

The Ghost of Dan Perry (Dan Perry), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:56 (sixteen years ago) link

brilliant, boch

Nick Sylvester, Friday, 7 January 2005 20:57 (sixteen years ago) link

Eeek. Sorry.

It was in an rar that I got off slsk. Never been duped there before. It's taken down all ready so no more damage can be done.

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 20:58 (sixteen years ago) link

Feeling like a dick/duped in general.

also:

(xpost OH well, at least I've discovered Alter Ego!)

-- The Ghost of Dan Perry (djperr...), January 7th, 2005.

agreed.

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:04 (sixteen years ago) link

I'd be intrigued to know the kind of person who would actually make fake Daft Punk music.

Naive Teen Idol (Naive Teen Idol), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:11 (sixteen years ago) link

They like The Outfield. And they should.

logged out, Friday, 7 January 2005 21:12 (sixteen years ago) link

the concept of fake files actually makes the pursuit slightly more fun i think

it gives me yet another opportunity to say, maybe i should just wait...

firstworldman (firstworldman), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:14 (sixteen years ago) link

xpost

Personally I've always wanted to make a fake album and release it, claiming it is a famous upcoming release, ever since Nick Sylvester was initially convinced that They Were Wrong So We Drowned was fake.

But, yeh, who mislabels songs on purpose?

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:14 (sixteen years ago) link

ever since Nick Sylvester was initially convinced that They Were Wrong So We Drowned was fake.

wait, you mean it ISN'T fake?

fact checking cuz (fcc), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:15 (sixteen years ago) link

and look who's wrong and drowning now!

Nick Sylvester, Friday, 7 January 2005 21:25 (sixteen years ago) link

nevermind

Nick Sylvester, Friday, 7 January 2005 21:25 (sixteen years ago) link

hahaha. as i've said, yes there is pie on my face. pie pie pie. face.

also, i have scarlet fever and am somewhat delusional. I blame it all on that.

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:27 (sixteen years ago) link

I can see the point of mislabelling in a case like this. Someone loves 'Rocker' and want to see get the attention that it would get if someone thought it was by a big name like Daft Punk.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:28 (sixteen years ago) link

terrible joke alert:

I was Daft Punk'd!

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:35 (sixteen years ago) link

Aw, man. I thought this was gonna be a thread about disproving the theory that Daft Punk were robots.

martin m. (mushrush), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:37 (sixteen years ago) link

Hands up who thinks this is going to be the best album ever!

I'm reading the record/song title as bittersweet.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:42 (sixteen years ago) link

you're setting yourself up for disappointment spencer

i am asusming the fred falke / alan braxe influence will reach fatal proportions on this recording. stevem's suggestion re: slap bass (on the other thread) sent chills up my spine.

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:47 (sixteen years ago) link

My prediction? No matter how great it is, the ILX massive will largely hate on it, because we've already done Loving Daft Punk.

roxymuzak (roxymuzak), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:49 (sixteen years ago) link

I will carry the torch through anything. Vahid, you're too pessimistic.

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:51 (sixteen years ago) link

(I will admit if it's bad, but I doubt it will be, quite the opposite in fact)

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

fake files to throw people off the scent for an upcoming major label album = classic

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:52 (sixteen years ago) link

If they're clearly fake, yes. Otherwise, they create confusion as to whether the act is any good at all. Like it or not, the downloading gets the buzz going. I was put off by those looped bits of the Junior Boys album...

Spencer Chow (spencermfi), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:54 (sixteen years ago) link

it's all going to sound like "vertigo", oh no

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:54 (sixteen years ago) link

i like 6/10 of the song titles. i can't wait to hear what "steam machine" and "the brainwasher" are going to sound like.

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:56 (sixteen years ago) link

hopefully the hook for steam machine will incorporate an orgasmic train whistle, and sound like the beefed-up main theme from "starlight express".

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 21:57 (sixteen years ago) link

the brainwasher will be a mashup of "acid trax" and "clonk"

vahid (vahid), Friday, 7 January 2005 22:00 (sixteen years ago) link

i heard 'rocker' by alter ego for the first time at a club last week and my girlfriend took a picture of me making a fairly disbelieving face. song destroys.

Rollie Pemberton (Rollie Pemberton), Friday, 7 January 2005 23:42 (sixteen years ago) link

This thread makes me smile:

Alter Ego - RFI, C/D, S/D etc.

Alba (Alba), Friday, 7 January 2005 23:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Ah, Halcyon days...

Chewshabadoo (Chewshabadoo), Saturday, 8 January 2005 00:03 (sixteen years ago) link

This duping episode is only helping to contribute to this thread reaching 3000 new posts in a couple months.

major jingleberries (jingleberries), Saturday, 8 January 2005 00:19 (sixteen years ago) link

anyway the first single will not be "human after all" but "robot rock"

--bruno, Saturday, 8 January 2005 00:48 (sixteen years ago) link

I never want to hear "Rocker" again, thank god the link was gone when I clicked it.

Ronan (Ronan), Saturday, 8 January 2005 13:35 (sixteen years ago) link

i heard rocker 3 times an hour over new yrs weekend.
everywhere we went, rocker followed. is there a proper download link to the new single then?

piscesboy, Saturday, 8 January 2005 13:46 (sixteen years ago) link

Do we have an actual release date for the album yet? I heard that it'll be in March but no specifics. Anyone?

Nick H (Nick H), Saturday, 8 January 2005 22:54 (sixteen years ago) link

HMV has it listed for March 21st.

Matt Boch (Matt Boch), Saturday, 8 January 2005 23:03 (sixteen years ago) link

yeh that's what the original press release said

Stevem On X (blueski), Saturday, 8 January 2005 23:19 (sixteen years ago) link

there are tracks on HAA that sound (to me at least) like an especially unpleasant noise or frequency repeated for 5 minutes with very little in the way of variation, lift, propulsion

More of this plz

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:46 (one week ago) link

xp

brimstead, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 20:47 (one week ago) link

Every Daft Punk album is and obviously sounds like a different project with a specific approach. This is a positive thing about the band.


(it is also true and also good that all this stuff sounded way better stripped for parts and mixed in with other songs on the tour. oh wow a bunch of deliberately repetitive tracky techno songs could be used to transformative effect?! shocker of the decade)

stilt in the wings (sic), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 21:22 (one week ago) link

there are lots of non HAA DP songs that don't have especially dynamic or complex songwriting and are trackier and simpler. I dont for one minute think that what makes a Daft Punk song "good" is where it stands on the spectrum of complex > simple

Exactly, every DP album that's not RAM has simple songs in it. But "simple" and "boring" can be mutually exclusive. I paid special attention to highlight how Alive, a song as "simple" as anything on HAA, is more entertaining and less boring than literally every song on it. For me, when I listen to HAA, I get fidgety thinking about how much better the tracks could be with minimal tweaking while simultaneously getting frustrated and annoyed at the sonic monotony. If the band were aiming for many to have that response as an artistic statement, cool - but still makes it a meh listen at best. I'll put on Homework instead.

I find the vast majority of Grateful Dead to be boring too - but that music is the opposite of "simple"

octobeard, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:05 (one week ago) link

Yeah it's the same fidgetiness. It's not the repetition or the fact they set out to make a more "raw" sounding album - I'm cool with those factors, I just don't think the factors work well together here

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:12 (one week ago) link

If the band were aiming for many to have that response as an artistic statement, cool - but still makes it a meh listen at best. I'll put on Homework instead.

i dont think you need an 'if' here and i also think if you're looking for a vibe like 'steam machine' 'but less boring' it doesn't make much sense to listen to homework which is a completely different sound/aesthetic

idk, do you guys like...the trackier end of acid house or techno or industrial music? the comparison to "bad industrial music" dog latin made up thread makes me think its just a specific tonal color you guys are disinterest in, rather than finding it lacking

i suspect that part of this album's sound is based around the live event, and recognizing what gaps exist in their earlier music, and the reason people like "Alive 2007" so much is that they start to hear how all those pieces fit in together... I don't think the versions on "Alive 2007" are "better" than the ones on HAA although I do think they create a context where they make more sense ... something you could as easily say about plenty of other tracky house albums

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:26 (one week ago) link

I think it is largely the tonal colour here.
I don't think this sounds much like the trackier house/techno that I've heard, which at least sounds propulsive and hypnotic and probably still has a feeling of evolvement and change even if it doesn't do very much.
HAA sounds more like a rock album to me: the way the mid-frequencies are filled to breaking point, and the fuzz effect on all the synths etc.

The tempos too - I never really got on with some of Homework because it's this heavy, lumbering, constant chug that I'm not sure what to do with.

I mean, you get repetition and monotony in rock songs - Swans, for example. But it's hard to recreate this kind of nervous energy in the same way perhaps?

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:47 (one week ago) link

I don’t think Daft Punk originated the sound variation that Human After All leans into, but I think there’s a definitely lineage between Human After All coming out in 2005 and Ed Banger records blowing up in 2007

There’s also something to be said about the 2007 Daft Punk tour and the effect it had on the full visual spectacle EDM tours, especially in the US, in the following years. Not just from an influence on younger musicians and their aspirations when it came to touring, but from the corporate side seeing that two guys in masks could do things standing inside a giant pyramid that most of the audience has no idea about, and make a lot of money doing so in huge festival venues

mh, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:58 (one week ago) link

I was not ready for this album in 2005

brimstead, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 22:59 (one week ago) link

You could probably say the same thing about Homework and Discovery. If they weren’t helping originate waves, they were very shrewd about riding them, and didn’t really mine the same niche twice!

mh, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:01 (one week ago) link

xp it was not what I wanted it to be

brimstead, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:02 (one week ago) link

at the very least now it's clear that HAA provided the backbone for Alive 2007. It's almost like it was planned that way ahead of time.

skip, Tuesday, 23 February 2021 23:05 (one week ago) link

I have the suspicion this album was a piss-take.

I do like “Make Love” a lot... it might be the only song in here which doesn’t drive me mad with the absurd repetition and lack of progression, it might also be the only track which doesn’t use that bitcrusher, distorted “yeah” effect sound that is used in every fucking song. Is that a bass ot a guitar thru a pedal? I’ve seen people replicating it with pedals... anyhoo it gets annoying. According to this post on reddit is used 1154 times on the album!

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 03:56 (one week ago) link

It sounds like a guitar when the effect is longer like on”television rules the nation” but even there I can’t stop not hearing it as a “yeah”.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:01 (one week ago) link

But it kind of confirms that those “yeah” sounds are a distorted guitar effect cutted up to trigger on a synth or whatever.

It sounds cool alright but not cool enough to be the party trick you keep using all night.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:05 (one week ago) link

oh for the love of god

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:23 (one week ago) link

you don't get it: it's supposed to sound annoying as shit

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:25 (one week ago) link

I get it, that’s why I think it’s a piss take.

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:27 (one week ago) link

you guys are babies. 'steam machine' doesn't sound annoying it sounds cool as hell

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:28 (one week ago) link

I like Daft Punk, but I don't get why we are supposed to accept them as utterly beyond reproach.

Mr. Cacciatore (Moodles), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:30 (one week ago) link

because discovery is fucking awesome

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:55 (one week ago) link

D40 otm

brimstead, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 04:55 (one week ago) link

Discovery is the boring album

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:18 (one week ago) link

The poppier they became, the worse they were

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 14:18 (one week ago) link

RAM is their poppiest album. I have the absolute opposite problem with it in that it's had a lot of the rough edges smoothed off completely, and the glances at experimentalism (Giorgio By Moroder) don't really land well enough to stand up to future listens. It's a strangely forlorn little album for one that spawned Get Lucky. I can't get my head around the idea that Discovery is boring though.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:13 (one week ago) link

RAM is abjectly terrible

Hello Nice FBI Lady (DJP), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:15 (one week ago) link

they tricked EDM fans into buying a record that sounds like early '80s Deodato which is hilarious to me

eisimpleir (crüt), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:29 (one week ago) link

they really have an all-time weird career arc

ufo, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:33 (one week ago) link

i appreciate ram as an exercise still, making explicit connections between your music and not just the records but the very context of the records that inspired it ('70s/'80s disco/boogie/r&b played by crack studio musicians and sounding like it was produced by quincy jones)? pretty dope

also makes way more sense as a final record probably

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:34 (one week ago) link

whoever said "fragments of time" -> "doin it right" was a peak for them was correct

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:42 (one week ago) link

the release of ram coincided with me getting really into post-disco and electro-r&b and for that i will cherish it as like a talisman or a prism forever

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:46 (one week ago) link

RAM is definitely one of those albums where every track individually sounds pretty great but I cannot get into it at all as an album. by the time "Game of Love" comes on I want to put on literally anything else

frogbs, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:49 (one week ago) link

it is an enormous unwieldy album experience for sure

mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 15:55 (one week ago) link

whoever said "fragments of time" -> "doin it right" was a peak for them was correct

― mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:42 AM (twenty-six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Sup

J. Sam, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 16:10 (one week ago) link

The poppier they became, the worse they were

I agree with this take at the same time as I think Discovery is their best (really only) album.

avatar of a kind of respectability homosexual culture (Eric H.), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 16:13 (one week ago) link

whoever said "fragments of time" -> "doin it right" was a peak for them was correct

― mellon collie and the infinite bradness (BradNelson), Wednesday, February 24, 2021 10:42 AM (twenty-six minutes ago) bookmarkflaglink

Sup

― J. Sam

X3

✖✖✖ (Moka), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:27 (one week ago) link

well at least a couple of people came to praise DP not to bury them

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 17:28 (one week ago) link

Agree that RAM is a bit much to digest in one go despite being made up of some strong elements.

It veers wildly around in mood,so that even the more ebullient moments harbour a twinge of defeated melancholy. One minute we're being invited to Give Life Back To Music, but immediately having the wind taken out our sails with the sad robot music of Game Of Love. This happens throughout, and I'm never quite sure if I'm really meant to be losing myself to dance, or if this is a reverse bathos going on.

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:15 (one week ago) link

i think there are several reasons why it doesn't matter whether you think an album released in 2013 works as a consistent piece beginning to end

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:17 (one week ago) link

or an album released in 2005 even if we're just going to randomly access threads

The Scampo Fell to Earth (Noodle Vague), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:19 (one week ago) link

Does the year it came out matter? One of the things I like about Discovery is how well sequenced it is, which is further cemented by how it was used on Interstella 5555

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 18:28 (one week ago) link

RAM has the best sequencing of all their albums!

eisimpleir (crüt), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 19:08 (one week ago) link

yuman after yall

J. Sam, Wednesday, 24 February 2021 19:14 (one week ago) link

Xp maybe the second half, but I find the sequencing of the first three tracks really odd and jarring

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Wednesday, 24 February 2021 20:10 (one week ago) link

So, I spent an evening editing this down from 45 to 30 minutes, which was surprisingly easy given its loopy, minimal nature. No song is longer than 4 minutes, and some songs like Emotion, The Brainwasher and the title track sound a bit less wanting as they express their core ideas more concisely. I took maybe one creative liberty on a transition, but other than that the edits almost feel completely natural.

Here's a link if anyone's interested:
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/1AeBYVJiThQafBqqtp28CKmShiOsqcqfD?usp=sharing

octobeard, Friday, 26 February 2021 07:14 (one week ago) link

Downloading now. Sounds interesting

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Friday, 26 February 2021 08:24 (one week ago) link

Well that was enjoyable. Definitely felt like an easier listen and less like I was being pummelled into submission in certain places. That said, in others I missed the pummelling, particularly on the first two tracks which I always liked just fine. I did enjoy the artistic liberty you took with Prime Time (I think) though, that was fun

Party With A Jagger Ban (dog latin), Friday, 26 February 2021 09:26 (one week ago) link

🤮

ILX’s bad boy (D-40), Friday, 26 February 2021 17:21 (one week ago) link

Thanks! The creative liberty I think I was referring to was the edit to only a single "Technologic" before the first drop instead of four. The fact that didn't actually stick out as noticeable is a victory I think hah.

Re: PTOYL, it was the hardest song to edit, because it's the only one on the album I actually enjoy its full length for the most part. However, I forced myself to get it below 4 mins just to see, and was able to slice out the 2nd half of the intro successfully. Flows better now I think, but I did cut out the part with the most personality. I still think most people casually listening wouldn't even notice. It's basically an album of radio edits.

octobeard, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:37 (one week ago) link

Thanks for the work - this is kind of reminiscent of the Rex the Dog compilation.

skip, Friday, 26 February 2021 17:45 (one week ago) link


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