Vangelis – Blade Runner (End Titles) Live Cover By Kebu

Sunday Synth Jam: Synthesist Kebu (Sebastian Teir) returns, with a live cover of VangelisEnd Titles from Blade Runner.

We asked Teir to tell us about his performance, and this is what he told us:

I was invited to give a concert at the FedCon 26 science fiction convention in Bonn, Germany in the beginning of June. I made two new covers with the event in mind. Since the new Blade Runner movie is coming out this year, I thought it would be timely to make a cover of the original theme.

I tried to make the cover as closely to the original as I could, using only my analog synthesizers.

Technical Details:

Teir also shared the details of his rig for this performance:

Alesis Andromeda A6: Brass lead and low bass
Korg Mono/Poly: Main arpeggio
Roland Alpha Juno 1: cowbell-type of sound in the first half and supporting pad in the second half.
Roland Alpha Juno 2: Timpanis (a preset sound!)
Touched-by-sound DRM1: Clap (heavily filtered)
Roland TR808: all other drums
Korg Polysix: Main strings
Roland JX8P: additional strings
Korg Poly 61: Harp runs
Dave Smith Tetra: High-pitched effect sound
Oberheim Matrix 1000: additional brass

The whole mix was generated in realtime with the synths sequenced with an Akai MPC2500 and mixed with a Yamaha 01V96, with a couple of Lexicon outboard reverbs (MPX1, MPX500 & MPX550).

11 thoughts on “Vangelis – Blade Runner (End Titles) Live Cover By Kebu

  1. Brilliant cover!

    Main thoughts:
    – the Andromeda holds its own surprisingly well as a cs-80 replacement
    – even in this most rhythmic of all of bladerunner soundtrack’s pieces
    the melodic genious of Vangelis is striking. I very much doubt that
    Jonhannsson’s textures (as great as they are) can match up.
    – I am not clear what are the original instruments/samples used for the
    diverse and prominent metallic/clanging sounds in this piece.
    Any info that anyone has?

    1. Since recorded history of Earth there has only ever been one Vangelis, Miles Davis, Nina Simone et al.

      Alhough this is true for every person, when it comes to composition :
      unfair comparing “dime a dozen” as Jóhann Jóhannsson to once in the history of Earth as Vangelis.

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