When Todd Edwards visited the California studio Daft Punk was working in, the duo were seeking a "west coast vibe" for the album. Edwards was asked to implement his signature "cut-up" method of music production for a portion of "Fragments of Time", which ultimately served as the chorus section.  Edwards initially thought his production section would be used as an eight-bar break rather than the chorus. Edwards also recalled that the microphone he sang on for his contribution to the album is "more than my car is worth" and had previously been used by Frank Sinatra.
Edwards commented that the lyrics of "Fragments of Time" were inspired by his desire to capture the moments he experienced during his visit to the duo's studio sessions in California. He expressed that it was difficult keeping his involvement a secret. Edwards had previously collaborated with Daft Punk to create the song "Face to Face" on the 2001 album [Discovery]]. He summarized his experience in the studio recording "Fragments of Time" as being life-changing, as the sessions inspired him to move from New Jersey to California on a permanent basis. Edwards also pointed out the irony of "two androids [...] bringing soul back to music".
- Lachman, Ed (8 April 2013). "Daft Punk | Random Access Memories | The Collaborators, Episode 2: Todd Edwards". The Creators Project. YouTube. Retrieved 8 April 2013.
- Warren, Emma (May 2013). "Todd Edwards – Red Bull Music Academy". Red Bull Music Academy. Retrieved 18 May 2013.
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