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Daft Punk Unchained got its US TV debut last night on Showtime TV, and while the documentary hasn’t made it onto Youtube in full just yet (we’re looking almost every hour) there is a new clip from the documentary that focuses on the duo’s legendary live performance at Coachella in 2006.

Before the show no-one – not even their manager – quite knew what the duo had install for Coachella, apparently the robots cleared the backstage for an hour before they took to the stage to make sure everyone was in the dark.

It’s turned out to be one of the most awe-inspiring live performances in dance music history, it was the blue-print for today’s huge EDM shows, and saw more than 40,000 people attempt to catch them in a tent that was meant for just 10,000 people.

Check out the clip above, and head over to Rolling Stone for an interview with documentary’s director Hervé Martin Delpierre who tries to explain the robot’s cultural impact, “I came to the conclusion that certain groups exist with the desire to sell the maximum amount of records and other groups like Daft Punk seek above all to create, protect their creative capacity to protect their dreams, their original wishes, their view of the world,” explains Delpierre to Rolling Stone.

“A group like Daft Punk has had a lot of influence on the world of music for 20 years. At the end of it all I’m curious to know what genre of music has been most influenced by them because I believe that it is their artistic position — what we call the freedom to create — which is the most successful aspect to Daft Punk. This example has no limits on genre, style, race or language. This is the best example of the most exciting young artists today.”

Andrew Rafter

Andrew Rafter is the editor and founder of Harder Blogger Faster.