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.
Here is the highly unofficial ElecTRONica head canon that we came up with over the course of the final week of the show (mostly about Eckert). All of this is subject to change or be added upon. Most of it is super crack-y and random. Reblog or leave notes with changes or additions (cause you know you wanna nerd out on this :P)
Here it is in no particular order rhyme or reason!
Eckert and Castor are not the same program
Eckert takes various forms that’s why he looks different from night to night
He uses a shake weight to stay in shape
He loves waffles and is a big fan of brunch
Eckert hates the dance move known as “shufflin’” but begrudgingly accepts it and allows it in his club because users are so fond of it
No outside food and drink are allowed at the End of Line Club (take your churros elsewhere)
Eckert’s cane’s name is Pearl; they are very much in love
He’s thinking of forming a band called “Eckert and the Programs” to entertain at the club and elsewhere on the grid
He’s had his tonsils removed twice
Eckert’s other job is running a bakery (with the best muffins on the Grid). Baker by day, MC by night. He keeps everyone happy
His favorite musical is Cabaret, his favorite movie is Moulin Rouge and his favorite musician is David Bowie (but only during the Ziggy Stardust days)
He never misses an episode of Ru Paul’s Drag Race and Selena Gomez Nicki Minaj is his guilty pleasure
He’s omni-sexual, attracted to anything and anyone and he’s a huge flirt
Ada, Eckert and Castor are all the program equivalent of sibling (fraternal twins).
Castor is the corrupted file from too many years living under Clu’s reign, the other two are still inherently good and were activated after the downfall of Clu (or were stored elsewhere or were just not jerks).
Eckert does miss his brother but also thinks he was an idiot and made his own bed.
ElecTRONica as a whole was an experiment to see if Users and Programs could live (or party) together in harmony. (the whole thing was potentially Sam Flynn’s idea)
It was all under the guise of a theme park attraction as not to arouse suspicion and went remarkable well (aside from some users not being able to handle their libations).
I would’ve written this last night, but when I got home I just utterly crashed.And just now, when I tried to post it, I screwed up the Read More AGAIN and lost it all. I hate that thing.
But yes, last night…the final night of ElecTRONica…and can I just say, from the start, that the money I spent getting an annual pass and upgrading it from Select to Normal SoCal, instead of just getting a 2-day pass for my birthday like I had originally planned, was the best decision I could ever have hoped to make. From the first time I stepped onto the Grid in March to the moment when the lights went out on Sunday, I have never not regretted anything more. The four nights I was privileged to attend made me wish desperately that I had known about ElecTRONica sooner, that I had gotten my pass sooner, that I had been inducted into the Tron fandom sooner. Everything should’ve been sooner!
This fic idea came to me while I was driving home from the second-to-last night of ElecTRONica and it just ripped my heart out all over again. This is for Eckert, who gave us all so many wonderful nights on the Grid, and for Expo, Shiro and Dreamer, who I am so very glad I met and shared the last nights of ElecTRONica with.
Finite ElecTRONica Tron/Disney RPF The time has come, the portal closes. Eckert bids final adieu to the Disneyland Grid. (tissue warning may apply.)