Pulstar – Vangelis (Live Cover)

Sunday Synth Jam: This video captures a live performance by Carlos Trilha of the Vangelis classic, Pulstar.

Video Summary:

A piece of music from the album Albedo 0.39 by Vangelis. . . .

“Pulstar” (possibly a portmanteau of “pulsar” and “star”) builds on a synthesizer pulse sequence, a main line and various other synthesizer brass lines. It ends with a recording of the speaking clock. . . .

Albedo 0.39 is a studio album by the Greek electronic composer Vangelis, released in 1976. It was the second album produced by Vangelis in Nemo Studios, London, which was his creative base until the late 1980s.

It is a concept album themed around space physics (the reflection of light i.e. physical truth[3]). Its title is inspired by the idea of a planet’s albedo, the proportion of the light it receives that is reflected back into space. The album title refers to the average albedo value of the planet Earth as it was in 1976.

12 thoughts on “Pulstar – Vangelis (Live Cover)

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  1. Carlos, you nailed it! “Pulstar” was the very first Vangelis piece I ever heard, so its a major marker in my synth history. Its simple, but I have a special fondness for it. You did it proud.

  2. Stunning sound craftsmanship, musicianship, attention to detail. A fitting tribute indeed. Bravo! I grew up listening to this music, saving for my first synthesizer… an MS-20… this almost brought a tear to my eye… Thank you!

  3. A very brave performance. What is also great is the image of the leaves blowing in the wind. As if the tree seen through the window is responding to the ‘Euro’ emotion!

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