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Last post Fri, May 27 2022 by Macker, 7 replies.
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Posted on Thu, May 19 2022 21:17
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1115

a.k.a. Vangelis, as he was known internationally, died a couple of days ago, aged 79.

I thought I'd pay scant tribute here on this forum to that Composer, that Artist, that Innovator!

It's not just Chariots of Fire, that masterpiece Blade Runner, and 1492 (where the main theme of Gladiator is virtually copied-pasted from - probably due to temp-tracking) but what came long before (Heaven and HellMask etc.), and after (DirectBitter Moon etc.) that completes a catalogue of extraordinary breadth and invention in a field he pretty much invented and owned.

May he rest in peace.

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

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Posted on Fri, May 20 2022 17:24
by agitato
Joined on Mon, Jun 22 2015, Posts 441

Thanks Errikos for this sad news.

Firstly I didnt know that Vangelis had a Greek last name. It is sad that I didnt hear the news anywhere.

Chariots of Fire was such a remarkable score and illustrates to me that a highly effective film score need not necessarily have anything to do with gigantic orchestral arrangements (despite me being a big fan of the latter). Blade runner was also truly amazing and a pioneering score, to one of my favorite movies.

It shows me that genuine creativity and originality does not depend on the tools used, which could be an old synth or the bongo drum, or the VSL or the LSO. Any of these could sound great (or horrible) in the right (wrong) hands.

Lets drink one to the memory of Vangelis!

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Posted on Sat, May 21 2022 00:38
by Cyril Blanc
Joined on Thu, Dec 19 2002, Paris France, Posts 2747

Such a sad new !

I am a Vangelis Fan since many many years

We lost the Master because of Covid

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Posted on Sat, May 21 2022 19:49
by Errikos
Joined on Tue, Jun 12 2007, Posts 1115

Thank you for commiserating guys!

If you can't notate/MIDI it yourself, it's NOT your music!

In these modern days to be vulgar, illiterate, common and vicious, seems to give a man a marvelous infinity of rights that his honest fathers never dreamed of. - Oscar Wilde
Posted on Sun, May 22 2022 00:46
by William
Joined on Sun, Nov 24 2002, USA, Posts 5726

He created really powerful music - I still remember the intense resonant sound of the analog synthesizers he used on Blade Runner which I saw and heard in the theater when it first came out -  it had such timbral complexity and a "fat" immense sound that fit the huge visuals by Douglas Trumble brilliantly.  I would await each of his CD releases as an "event" because they were so vivid and beautiful.  He doesn't fit into the old style of great composers but is actually a new kind of greatness.  

One thing that is interesting - the original Blade Runner was composed and played entirely with analog synthesizers, and then - afterward - various orchestras tried to duplicate it.  But they didn't.  They couldn't match that sound.  That is a total turnaround from what used to be assumed about analog synthesizers.  It showed that they are a timbre and sound unto themselves.      

Posted on Sun, May 22 2022 15:57
by Dewdman42
Joined on Tue, Feb 27 2018, Posts 983

Originally Posted by: William Go to Quoted Post

He created really powerful music - I still remember the intense resonant sound of the analog synthesizers he used on Blade Runner which I saw and heard in the theater when it first came out -  it had such timbral complexity and a "fat" immense sound that fit the huge visuals by Douglas Trumble brilliantly.  I would await each of his CD releases as an "event" because they were so vivid and beautiful.  He doesn't fit into the old style of great composers but is actually a new kind of greatness.  

One thing that is interesting - the original Blade Runner was composed and played entirely with analog synthesizers, and then - afterward - various orchestras tried to duplicate it.  But they didn't.  They couldn't match that sound.  That is a total turnaround from what used to be assumed about analog synthesizers.  It showed that they are a timbre and sound unto themselves.      

+1

Posted on Fri, May 27 2022 16:11
by Macker
Joined on Tue, Aug 21 2018, London, Posts 612

At what I now know must have been about the time of the passing of Evangelos, I felt and followed an impulsive urge to play certain scenes from the original Blade Runner film. I probably caught peripheral sight of Vangelis' name somewhere while I was browsing the web but wasn't consciously aware of it. I just acted on a strong impulse to revisit certain extraordinarily atmospheric scenes from Blade Runner that have always had a cherished place in my memory. A few days later I was surprised and saddened to discover news of the passing of Evangelos.

The originality of Vangelis' music and sound design has always been unquestionable. For example, how many soft synths don't include various factory patches that attempt to emulate certain sounds that Vangelis designed and used in the original Blade Runner film?

His music has universal accessibility and potential appeal. Vangelis clearly was not interested in signalling any sort of exclusivity in his music, nor in aiming at any particular demographic sector. His music was made for anyone and everyone. He will be missed.

"Music embodies feeling without forcing it to contend and combine with thought, as it is forced in most arts and especially in the art of words."
~ Franz Liszt
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