Penelope Eckert, a linguistics professor at Stanford, is one of the foremost scholars examining what’s known as the “California Shift.” The California Shift is a linguistic theory covering the particular changes in dialect that affect the Pacific coast of the United States. Eckert was nice enough to humor me and listen several times to a song I chose based on its particularly egregious “pop-punk voice,” Blink-182’s “First Date.” I love the song, but am aware others may find it horribly annoying. “It really does sound like someone’s messing around,” she told me. […]
Eckert walked me through the Blink-182 song word by word, pointing out places where DeLonge was playing around with accent. “When they say ‘to pick you up on our very first date,’ the interesting thing about ‘date’ is that he renders it as a monophthong ‘dehhht’ instead of ‘date,’ says Eckert. “In most American English it’s a diphthong.” A diphthong is a vowel sound with two simpler sounds in it; for most Americans, “date” is a kind of compound vowel made up of the “eh” sound and the “ee” sound. Not so much for Tom DeLonge, who eliminates all but the “eh,” making it a single sound, or a monophthong.
The short time I attended ElecTRONica was the best time I have ever experienced, and being there on the final nights broke my heart. That is why I have created this fanmix.
Recognizer / Armory Played one after the other on a loop, these two songs built the suspense as the crowd waited for Eckert’s opening act, Power Surge, as he enticed the crowd first in the daytime to stick around until night fell, and later at duskto enter the Portal.
Separate Ways (Worlds Apart) The theme of Power Surge’s first act, featuring Users in 80’s fashion playing and dancing around the old Tron arcade game.
The Game Has Changed/Fall opening of the second act, as the Users are replaced by the Programs, and a choreographed dance/disk battle takes place.
Aerodynamic/Superheroes/Crescendolls Eckert arrives, to one of three themes, to rile and rev up the crowd with his usual enthusiasm and flair. When I attended, it was usually Aerodynamic in the pre-show, Superheroes in the night show, and then Crescendolls as the crowd left to enter the portal.
Technologic Time to teach you Users a dance. This is the only song Eckert teaches you a dance to that isn’t also used at some other point in this tracklist. It wasn’t used on the Final Night, but I included it anyways. The other two songs to dance to are Around The World and One More Time.
Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This) Not technically used on the Final Night, but still an important song for Tron fans - it’s the song that plays when Sam discovers the laser lab in the basement.
Party Rock Anthem Eckert’s favourite song - only not really; he thinks shuffling is a dance for Users, not programs. It was played often enough to include it on this mix.
Amidst tears and sobbing and exuberant cries from the audience, screaming NO and ONE MORE SONG, Program DJ Michael Paul whipped up a special mix for One More Time. And Users and Programs danced together, one more time. And suddenly, the music began to warp. The screen on the wall began scrolling command lines, shutdown procedures. A countdown began, as the MCP’s booming voice counted down from ten. Everyone was distracted by the wall. I happened to glance back at the dais - all the programs had vanished, even the ones on the platforms! A great beam of white light, the Portal, was shooting up into the sky. With finality, the lights began to shut off, one by one.
End of Line, growled the MCP, and the Portal went dark.
Anyways. If you like this fanmix, try putting it together yourself and getting a taste of what the final night gave us.
Tron, Legacy, Eckert, ElecTRONica belong to Disney, the music belongs to the assorted artists, the photo is from Flickr and the crowd vector I used in the front cover is from All-Silhouettes.com.
NOTE: I tried to make this into an 8tracks playlist for everyone, but it wouldn’t let me save because there were too many Daft Punk songs. ;-; Sorry.
Anon requested some crossover between Nivens and Eckert. Kind of took a couple of personal preferences when doing Eckert, such as keeping the white/grey skin because I’m a fan of the first installment of the Tron series… and I may or not have used other type of references for his face, so, yeah.
I hope one day they come back to haunt you; your memories, that is. I hope they invade your dreams so that you turn restless, as I have done for you. I hope they interrupt you when you’re supposed to be writing that essay. I hope it ruins that outing with your friends when you realize my absence. Better yet, I hope every time it rains you think of me, and how I am probably curled up drinking a cup of coffee and writing about someone who is not you. Because this is it- this is the last time I’ll write about you, about the past we never had but can’t seem to escape. I am done, but I hope you get stuck in these painful memories and I hope you run into something as you’re living your life because you’re too busy turned around looking at me in the recesses of your mind to see what’s right in front of you. I hope you run right into it and pass it by because you are too haunted by my ghost to stare straight ahead.
And it was like she forgot how to be herself. All that was left were the pieces he abandoned and she couldn’t figure out what went where, like a puzzle you can never seem to finish but you know if you did it would make the most marvelous picture.
She had awoken in a cold sweat. Her eyes fading to a dark blue. She shifted over to the edge of the bed; getting up and going to the door of her bedroom she paused, turned back to see the still sleeping Eckert. Something was off. Her mind went fuzzy.
Disney California Adventure held a night dance party entitled “ElecTRONica” in the Hollywood Pictures Backlot to promote TRON Legacy. ElecTRONica included a live DJ, Program, Server, and Siren dancers, a replica of Flynn’s Arcade featuring classic games and TRON, End of Line Club where alcoholic drinks were served, performances by Laserman, and a face character named Eckert, an equal to Castor. ElecTRONica ran from October 8, 2010 to April 15, 2012.