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Watch This Incredible 15-Piece Orchestra Slay Daft Punk's 'Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger'

This ensemble gave the 16-year-old song a fresh twist.

It's been 16 years since French electronic duo Daft Punk first released the iconic "Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger." A live version of the song was later recorded and released back in 2007 and went on to win a Grammy for Best Dance Recording in 2009. The song was then sampled, covered, and parodied, but it's been awhile since we've seen it make headlines. Recently, though, a 15-piece orchestra reminded us just how funky the song sounds. 

The Rundfunk-Tanzorchester Ehrenfeld, which translates to "Radio Dance Orchestra of Ehrenfeld," is a German orchestra that recently performed a cover of the song. While Daft Punk relied on electronics to create the track, this mini-orchestra showed what it sounds like on real instruments. 

You'll notice the keyboard player has a long tube hanging out of his mouth. This tube is connected to a Rocktron Talk Box, a piece of technology that's used to create and amplify that robotic voice Daft Punk is so famous for using. The result is a tune that sounds like a jazzed-up version of the original. 

Check out the performance in the video below.


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