Daft Punk 'Veridis Quo' - how to make with DRC

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DRC Sound Design Tutorial - Daft Punk 'Veridis Quo'

Over the years, Daft Punk have masterfully sampled many tracks by other artists, taking it as source material, then twisting, transforming and turning it into massive records of their own. In some of their tracks, the ‘borrowed’ elements are undeniably plain to see, like the guitar riff from the 'Human After All' track ‘Robot Rock’, relatively unchanged from the original, it's easily identifiable as ‘Release The Beast’ by Breakwater.

Moving towards the more creative side of sampling, where the original audio/track is not immediately obvious but still identifiable, ‘One More Time’ chops up and loops the brass of Eddie John’s ‘More Spell on you’ to great effect.

Then at the other end of the spectrum, it’s more a debate over whether any sampled elements of the alleged original appear at all. Which brings us to today’s featured track from the album Discovery, ‘Veridis Quo’. The main melody shares some similarities with French disco track ‘Supernature’ by Cerrone, but opinion is split on whether any part of its audio is actually present in Daft Punk’s 2001 masterpiece.

A 2007 compilation album entitled ‘Discovered (A Collection of Daft Funk Samples)’ - (note the use of ‘funk’ and not ‘punk’ in the title) includes Supernature, attributing it to (the incorrectly spelt) ‘Verdis Quo’, but the credibility of this album’s authenticity is questionable. (As a side note: In a 2016 interview, Cerrone stated that Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo visited him one day to talk about samples, which earned his respect.)

One thing we do know for sure is that half of the samples used on Discovery were sound-a-like recreations recorded by the band - a sensible approach to keeping licencing and royalties costs down!

In today’s DRC Sound Design Tutorial Lucas takes you through six different disco patches from Daft Punk’s - ‘Veridis Quo’.

Click here to download the Ableton project file.

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