Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a 2014 documentary on the Acadamy Award winning Greek composer and synthesist.

The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others.

It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. In addition, the documentary includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music.


Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots Of Fire, and composing scores for the films Antartica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest Of Paradise and Alexander, as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.

Vangelis began his professional music career working with several popular Greek bands in the ’60s such as The Forminx and most notably Aphrodite’s Child. Throughout the 1970s Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream.

In the early ’80s, Vangelis teamed up with YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson. The duo recorded a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums under the name Jon & Vangelis. In 1981 Vangelis composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots Of Fire, which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single ‘Titles’ reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was most recently used as theme music at the London 2012 Olympics.

In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing over 50 albums, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time. And now, the new documentary ‘Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka’ celebrates the music legend’s illustrious and fascinating career!

Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is available now on DVD via Amazon.

via Gil Gonxalves

4 thoughts on “Vangelis and the Journey to Ithaka

  1. OMFG! Outstanding documentary. A real visionary of electronic music and a person who has kept the joy alive for a 50 year career. Perhaps the best synthtopia post ever.

  2. Great stuff, even if it left me wanting more! I went over to Amazon and got this, so I can see it on the 55″ TV with big sound.

    Anybody else intrigued by all the music that Vangelis apparently has in his Vault?

    I wish he could do what Aphex Twin has done, and upload the stuff that didn’t make it to a record in its raw form.

    Even with his official releases, there’s a lot left out – like the missing Blade Runner score parts, the Tegos tapes, the Bounty soundtrack… makes being a fan of his music frustrating as it is rewarding.

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