One of the frustrations of fans of synthesist Vangelis is the huge volume of his soundtrack work that remains unreleased.
Blade Runner fans are still pining for a comprehensive soundtrack. The soundtracks to films like Missing, The Plague and The Bounty are only officially available in fragments.
And then there’s his soundtracks for Cavafy, Francesco, Splendeur Sauvage and many other films that have never been officially available.
The Tegos Tapes is an interesting example of these obscure Vangelis soundtracks. Continue reading
The European Space Agency made history this week by landing the first spacecraft, the Philae Lander of the Rosetta mission, on the surface of a comet 4 billion miles away from Earth.
They also released three videos celebrating Philae’s Journey, scored by Vangelis. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a performance by Vangelis of his infamous theme from Chariots of Fire. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: This video, via studioliv1, captures a performance of Vangelis’ Blade Runner Main Titles. Continue reading
Sunday Synth Jam: Here’s a rare example of Vangelis, improvising music on video.
The vintage video makes it clear how Vangelis uses multiple keyboards to create electronic arrangements live. He actively uses three keyboards with his right hand, completing a piano part, playing a CS-80 melody or adding a synthesized accent on what looks to be a Sequential Circuits Prophet 5. Continue reading
ZenSound has released Trail of Nexus 6 – a free sound library for u-he’s Tyrell N6, inspired by Blade Runner.
Here’s what they have to say about the sound library:
This soundset have a futuristic sound, it is the natural continuation of the soundset Rebeld. All the sounds of this soundset are good for all styles of music and perfect for futuristic electronic compositions.
Here’s an audio preview: Continue reading
In this video, via Future Music Magazine, Sebastiaan Vandevoorde, aka Moonlight Matters, explains why he loves his classic analogue synth, the Alesis Andromeda.
Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures reader Olivier Lebra‘s live performance of Abraham’s Theme, from Vangelis‘ score to Chariots of Fire. Continue reading