A pendant to yesterday's post: the soundtrack to Tron: Legacy, by Daft Punk ('le punk fou' as I, but nobody else, likes to call them) is very good, perhaps my favourite SF music of the year.
It works well in context, but honestly I think works even better on its own as a stately half-orchestral-half-early-Vangelis-synthesiser blend of mood and musical structure. In part this is because there is a genuine dignity and expressiveness to its main theme. On the opening track, 'Overture', this gets cleanly stated over a nice synth bass hum. The theme is, of course, a rip-off: it takes the first two phrases from Aaron Copland's 'Fanfare for the Common Man' (shaving Copland's very first note off, for fun) and then, for the third phrase, replaces the original's splendid slow, downward arpeggio with multiple repeats of the second phrase, a semitone lower, or tone higher, here and there, before resolving the melody nicely, if obviously. But the second-handedness of this suits the retro theme rather well, and the truncation of Copland's three note opening to a two-note version carries with it a Last Post-y vibe that inflects the whole with a pleasant and elegaic melancholy. The rest of the album rings atmospheric and effective changes on this theme, and the blend of orchestra and old-school synth comes very nicely off, I'd say.