Iconic Composer Vangelis of “Chariots of Fire” and “Blade Runner”, RIP

Greek composer and pioneer of synthesizer music Vangelis – who created the extraordinary soundtracks to Chariots of Fire (1981) and Blade Runner (1982) – has died aged 79.

“My music doesn’t try to evoke emotions like joy, love or pain from the audience. It just goes with the image, because I work in the moment,” he said. day about his film music.

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Born Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, Vangelis was largely a self-taught musician. He found success in Greek rock bands such as Forminx and Aphrodite’s Child, the latter selling over 2 million copies before disbanding in 1972. One of his earliest film scores, written while still in Aphrodite’s Child, was for a French nature. documentary titled animal apocalypse.

An innovator in the field of electronic music, Vangelis is arguably best known for his work on chariots of fire and Ridley Scott blade runner. When the film starring Harrison Ford was released, many noted that Vangelis’ score was as important a part as Ford’s character, Rick Deckard, in bringing the futuristic film noir to life. Years later, it is considered by many to be a benchmark in the timeline of electronic music.

High image: Ian Patterson (DC BY 2.0)

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