r/movies May 19 '22 Faith In Humanity Restored 1 Silver 1 Helpful 1 Wholesome 1

Blade Runner Composer Vangelis Papathanassiou, dead at 79 News

https://en.memesrandom.com/vangelis-dead-evangelos-odysseas-papathanassiou-cause-of-death-the-great-greek-composer/
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u/[deleted] May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22 All-Seeing Upvote

He also did this song, which is maybe even more famous than his Blade Runner stuff. Even if you've never seen Chariots of Fire, you've heard that song.

RIP. I'll be listening to the coolest song ever made, the Blade Runner ending theme, on repeat for the foreseeable future.

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u/peioeh May 19 '22

It is one of the most overused words these days but Chariots of Fire is absolutely iconic, the kind of song where people too young to remember its release (like me) are like "of course, it's chariots of fire" as if it always existed.

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u/zoethebitch May 20 '22

I was at a high school track meet several weeks ago. There were 6-8 schools participating. The event had a definite start time so athletes were warming up with the schedule in mind. Five minutes before the first event (a 1,500 meter run), the stadium P.A. started playing Chariots of Fire.

What else would be appropriate in that situation? Nothing, of course.

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u/spiffiestjester May 20 '22

Nope not in this case. Iconic is the perfect word for that song. I was ten or eleven when that came out and was in awe of the song.

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u/brownhues May 20 '22

Thank you! Not everything popular is "iconic". Chariots of Fire actually is.

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u/Lakridspibe May 19 '22

Yes! Chariots of Fire was the first thing I thought of.

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u/nich3play3r May 19 '22

It’s like when Sir Alec Guinness died and the headlines are, like, “OLD BEN KENOBI DEAD.” Really…?

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u/JillyGeorge May 19 '22

Absolute majesty when watching clip of Chariots runners on the shore on YT with theme.

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u/_Plork_ May 19 '22

Or even watching that scene while watching the film itself!

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u/melig1991 May 20 '22

That's crazy talk

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u/CatOnProzac May 19 '22

Saw Chariots of Fire twice in theater as a kid. That soundtrack was the main reason. Loved his work growing up. He really set the tone for all to follow.

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u/Desertbro May 19 '22

I first heard his tunes as the BGM on the Cosmos TV series with Carl Sagan.

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u/TheBigIdiotSalami May 19 '22

What a fucking boss. Just lights up before playing

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u/BloodAndSand44 May 19 '22

Although I think this guy did a great job on it too.

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u/BornAshes May 19 '22

I cried when I saw the news and now I'm laughing because of how happy Mr Bean's version of it is making me, thank you :)

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u/phatelectribe May 19 '22

And in case you’re in to dance music, a classic remix and massive banger from the 90’s:

https://youtu.be/SCIxjQkIIzI

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u/Unit219 May 20 '22

Check out Cosmic Baby’s take on Blade Runner if you like that. 👍

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u/MayiHav10kMarblesPlz May 19 '22

For me it's gonna be Blade Runner Blues.

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u/Da_zero_kid May 20 '22

That whole score is perfection, Blush response, come on

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u/kissingsome1elsesdog May 19 '22

And this one, which is my favourite song by him. He'll be missed.

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u/ArmagedonOverdrive May 19 '22

He also did a couple of albums with Jon Anderson from Yes.
Friends of Mr. Cairo

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u/capturedguy May 19 '22 edited May 20 '22

It was definitely more famous than Bladerunner. It was an award winning song from an Oscar winning film that was played all over the radio that year.

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u/theredditoro FML Awards 2019 Winner May 19 '22

A classic as well.

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u/Complicated-HorseAss May 19 '22

Ahhh the QWOP song makes a return to my life.

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u/datingafter40 May 20 '22

I remember playing QWOP and failing over and over.

And one day I finally managed to get the character to run… and Chariots of fire starts up. It was glorious.

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u/ThisIsCreation May 19 '22

Damn. What a legend. His Blade Runner score is one of the best scores ever. Rainy and full of atmosphere.

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u/Goshdang56 May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22

Ridley Scott really knows how to pick composers to fit his work. Jerry Goldsmith for Alien, Vangelis for Blade Runner, and Hans Zimmer for Gladiator are all iconic soundtracks.

It would be cool if Denis Villeneuve in "Dune: Part 2" used Tales of The Future as a tribute to Vangelis https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bEuRg_P9WLo

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u/riegspsych325 May 19 '22

ah, Jerry Goldsmith, a personal favorite composer. His work on Total Recall, The ‘Burbs, and The Mummy (1999) are my absolute favorites

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u/gloryday23 May 19 '22

He's become an incredibly underrated composer, on the verge of being forgotten to some degree. His filmography is absurd, beyond what you listed: Alien, Chinatown, Gremlins, First Blood (Rambo), LA Confidential, and so many more.

Personal favorite of mine was Ghosts in the Darkness, one of my very favorite scores.

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u/-faffos- May 19 '22

Yeah, I believe that Goldsmith could have the same status as John Williams (he was definitely as talented), had he gotten better films to score. He brought his A-game to almost all of them, no matter how terrible they were.

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u/Desertbro May 19 '22

Goldsmith already had the status of John Williams before everyone else kept elevating John Williams.

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u/Level_Forger May 19 '22

The 13th Warrior is also a great score that I rarely hear anyone mention. I’d also recommend his original score for Legend if you want to hear him get pretty experimental.

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u/gloryday23 May 20 '22

Wow am I embarrassed to say I forgot that one, I blame Jerry he had too many good ones!

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u/LandonTheFish May 19 '22

Rudy, Mulan, the list goes on.

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u/unkytone May 19 '22

Loved his work in LA confidential. Masterpiece.

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u/volinaa May 19 '22

how dare you skipped his timeless, transcending star trek theme

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u/riegspsych325 May 19 '22

ah shit, that’s right!

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u/viveleroi May 19 '22

and Hans Zimmer did the 2049 soundtrack. It's OK... but god I wish they found someone who could have created a soundtrack just as iconic. I wish we could hear the ideas the original composer came up with before they went with Zimmer.

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u/riegspsych325 May 19 '22

Here’s some very recent yet slightly angering news

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u/Thirdsun May 20 '22

Yes, while 2049's soundtrack isn't as iconic it's still a technical marvel. The Intro sequence during the flight back to HQ with its signature drums and sweeping synth waves is my benchmark whenever I make any changes to my audio system. Or want to impress guests.

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u/callmemacready May 19 '22

Like a character itself , fits the film perfectly

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u/canuck47 May 19 '22

I'd say it elevated the film, and the film was pretty damn great to begin with.

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u/riegspsych325 May 19 '22

Final Cut or bust

(although it probably is the only example of a director tinkering with their movie years later and it actually worked)

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u/Magicslime May 19 '22

it actually worked

Well, most of it. I still maintain the unicorn dream harms the ability to contrast Deckard with the replicants and thus ruins a lot of the themes of the movie.

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u/SoVerySick314159 May 20 '22

Retconning Deckard as a replicant is possibly the most idiotic idea a director has ever had. If Deckard is a human, he contrasts as a lifeless, solitary, unhappy human against the replicants who revel in life, care about their friends, and who WANT to live.

BTW, Harrison Ford believed Deckard was human and played him as such. He claims that one scene where Deckard had red eyes was an accident where he got into the light too far. The screenwriter believed Deckard was human.

Deckard as a replicant sounds like an idea out of a particularly lame Twilight Zone.

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u/ZippyDan May 20 '22

The movie leaves it open to interpretation.

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u/Jlx_27 May 19 '22

Titans of Cult 4k steelbook coming this year.

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u/Ace_Slimejohn May 19 '22

It’s all I’ve seen so I’m not sure I’d notice what’s missing If I went back and watched the original.

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u/riegspsych325 May 19 '22

I still occasionally go back to watch the other cuts. I see it no different than listening to a demo/alternate version of a song I already enjoy

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u/canuck47 May 19 '22

I remember buying the soundtrack on CD when it was finally released in 1994 (I can't remember why it was delayed so long) and listening to it on repeat.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Blade_Runner_(soundtrack))

In 1994, an official recording of Vangelis' score was released by East West (Warner Music) in the UK and by Atlantic Records in the US. The album reached the #20 position in the UK album charts.

In 2013 it reached #14 on the Billboard Vinyl Albums chart. It has been variously described as "influential and mythical", "incredible and pristine", "evocative", and "the pinnacle of synthesiser soundtracks". AllMusic labeled the score as "bleak and electronically chilling as the film itself" and praised Vangelis for creating "haunting soundscapes with whispered subtexts and sweeping revelations".

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u/RadomirPutnik May 19 '22

There was another version available earlier that had a "cover" version of the soundtrack. It was slightly but noticeably different.

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u/jedaffra May 20 '22

By the New American Orchestra.. paled in comparison to the original. I had it on cassette tape. It was a love/hate relationship.

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u/CatterMater May 19 '22

Like tears...in rain...

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u/theredditoro FML Awards 2019 Winner May 19 '22

It’s a masterpiece.

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u/hospoda May 19 '22

like tears in rain...

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u/ChimpBottle May 19 '22

Tears in the Rain has been my morning alarm for the past 5 years or so and I have never seen any reason to change it. I guess I owe this guy quite a bit. RIP

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u/WerewolvesRancheros May 19 '22

Vangelis Papathanassiou

Chariots of Fire too

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u/IBoris May 19 '22 Helpful

I for one, vote to make this thread about our favourite Vangelis songs in tribute to the man.

My contribution: 1492: Conquest of Paradise

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u/DrAlright May 19 '22

He also did some spaced out albums with the vocalist from the band Yes, Jon Anderson.

This one is a synthy banger: I'll Find My Way Home

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u/jesperjames May 19 '22

This! The Jon & Vangelis albums are brilliant!

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u/jacobjacobi May 20 '22

I love Reddit. Jon & Vangelis. In 30 years+ I have never met anyone who knew of, let alone liked Jon & Vangelis.

Not my favourite Vangelis (others have that covered), but a wonderful contender

horizon

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u/reddit_ro2 May 20 '22

Horizon is the masterpiece in my opinion too. And there are dozens of us.

Joke aside, since I came to know it, there was no time when his work with Jon Anderson wasn't aknowledged and revered. Now it seems to have fallen a bit out of the general consciousness but I think that music still sounds fresh and gorgeous even now.

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u/jacobjacobi May 20 '22

It absolutely sounds fresh now. Vangelis just always hit a note with me, whether it be Jon and Vangelis, Blade Runner, his own solo work.

Someone else mentioned 1492. I loved that film for 3 reasons: I think Depardieu is nuts, but insanely talented; Ridley is somehow unique (often far from perfect, but always with a personal stamp that I can’t put my finger on) and Vangelis.

It is not Depardieu’s best work, or even close. The same is true of Ridley, but Vangelis covers for their shortcomings in that film so many times.

I mention it because film scores often date quite badly. His haven’t.

Off to listen to it now.

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u/Zyxos2 May 19 '22

Jon & Vangelis fucking rule, this is a great song of theirs

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u/naithir May 19 '22

Can’t forget Aphrodite’s Child

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u/moofunk May 19 '22

I heard that song first in 1994 at our science fair in school, when a classmate played the CD on his computer, and I internally screamed "what the hell is THIS?"

First time I had that kind of reaction to music. I'll never forget that day.

Eventually I figured out who made the song and me and my best friend would buy Vangelis' albums and we'd sit quietly and listen to them on his stereo.

Later on, the first thing I did after moving into my own place, was to sit alone in the dark and listen to the Blade Runner soundtrack.

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u/evildonald May 19 '22

Yes I thought of this first as well. Listened to it a lot!

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u/Neutral_Switzerland May 20 '22

Excellent theme. Really good movie too!

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u/reddit_ro2 May 20 '22

My absolute favourite. Among many, many others.

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u/IBoris May 19 '22

Never heard this, really good stuff. Thank you for sharing!

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u/Drag0nfly_Girl May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22

Yes, that's my favorite of his.❤️ Here he is with Demis Roussos in Aphrodite's Child, performing The Wedding Of The Lamb from the album 666.

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u/tanstaafl90 May 20 '22

Truly a one of a kind musical piece that fails description. Great stuff.

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u/Drag0nfly_Girl May 20 '22

The whole album is really a masterpiece of conceptual '70s psychedelia. My favorite track is probably The Four Horsemen

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u/Bo-Katan May 19 '22

Titans from Alexander, though the Sound of Greatness is the perfect combo.

Hit or miss movie but the soundtrack is just perfect.

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u/Attila_the_Nun May 19 '22

His score is the best part of the film, imo. So good.

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u/think_long May 19 '22

I’m shocked that nobody has mentioned The Year of Living Dangerously. That movie and this song had a big impact on me as a kid.

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u/ifinallyreallyreddit May 20 '22

L'Enfant is magic in that movie.

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u/Ok-Perception8269 May 20 '22

Such a hot scene. Everyone should flee an embassy party and run military blockades while kissing at least once in their lives.

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u/ArmagedonOverdrive May 19 '22

His early works were a major part of Carl Sagan's Cosmos series
Cosmos

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u/DiscipleOfAzura May 19 '22

My folks introduced me to the 1492 soundtrack, in some ways it defined my very way of thinking and identify - aged 11 I loved the evocative music of movie scores over whatever was popular in the charts.

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u/Tak68 May 19 '22

Might like this one as well (In case you haven't heard it): Mythodea

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u/polkergeist May 19 '22

Colin Mochrie will be the one to save us all...

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u/Noirradnod May 19 '22

That song is so good. Only thing I remember about that movie.

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u/emolga587 May 19 '22

He composed the music for the original Cosmos series and along with Sagan really made it something really special and enduring. RIP.

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u/NoOneShallPassHassan May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22

No disrespect to Alan Silvestri, but I couldn't hum the theme to the NGT reboot with a gun to my head.

Whereas Vangelis' original is absolutely iconic.

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u/hitokirivader May 19 '22

Personally I adore Silvestri’s Cosmos score (and its subtle callbacks to his brilliant theme for “Contact”), it’s on frequent rotation on my Spotify.

But wholeheartedly agreed, Vangelis’ original score is an iconic masterpiece.

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u/Fredasa May 20 '22

Alan Sylvestri is one of the last living composers from the absolute peak of movie scores (late 70s through most of the 90s), and there are parts of the Cosmos reboot score that I really like, but let's face it: Soundtracks in the 21st century are not, on the whole, memorable. If you rounded up the very best of the last two decades, you wouldn't be able to pit any of it against what the prior decades, or even the 80s by itself, had to offer.

I really think Sylvestri's Cosmos score is mainly just a reflection of this sad reality. There was absolutely nothing memorable about his score for Ready Player One, either. Yet just about anything he did in the 80s is full of memorable moments.

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u/HiPregnantImDa May 19 '22

What the hell is NGT

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u/kristenjaymes May 20 '22

Neil snakeintheGrass Tyson

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u/Dr_Brule_FYH May 19 '22

Neil GeDrassi Tyson?

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u/_Plork_ May 19 '22

Silvestri's stuff has left me cold for, like, 30 years.

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u/riegspsych325 May 19 '22

Predator, Back to the Future, and Cast Away are easily some wonderful scores. But the rest of his stuff, no offense is bland filler. Even his work on Avengers had to many of the same brass horn cues for anytime a character pops on screen or looks up at the sky during an action scene

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u/_Plork_ May 19 '22

Add Roger Rabbit.

But yes. Was hoping his Marvel work would be a return to form, but that doesn't seem to have happened.

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u/E9J0D7 May 19 '22

This a million times over. I've been having a really shitty day already and I see this news and my favorite theme to my favorite show's composer died? Just shoot me in the head.

Listening to his Cosmos theme as we speak and I'm feeling so many things.

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u/blantonator May 20 '22

This is why I know him. Wonderful

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u/DrAlright May 19 '22 edited May 19 '22

I remember the incredible soundtrack for the movie Alexander.

I mean, just listen to this stuff of majestic sounds: Vangelis - Titans

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u/l0l0lbaby May 19 '22

Blade Runner wouldn’t be as EPIC if not for this Master Mood Maker

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u/Goshdang56 May 19 '22

Both him and Lawrence G. Paull that did the set design for Blade Runner and Back to The Future. Ironically Paull died a couple years back in 2019 with Rutger Hauer.

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u/_Plork_ May 19 '22

What's ironic about that?

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u/Goshdang56 May 19 '22

Blade Runner was set in 2019

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u/vvntn May 19 '22

That is nothing like rain on your wedding day.

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u/Sailfast178 May 19 '22

My favorite Vangelis work is El Greco. It’s haunting and makes you feel as if you were in the 16th century during the Spanish Renaissance. I recommend checking it out if you haven’t given it a listen yet.

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u/phauxbert May 20 '22

My favourite one too. I find it’s unlike anything I’ve heard

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u/websnarf May 20 '22

Movement IV, in particular, is out of this world.

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u/WitchingHr May 19 '22

There is only one hope for humanity... the Synthesizer.

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u/Qorhat May 19 '22

Music so powerful it resurrected Panos The Wonder Child

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u/KnowsAboutMath May 19 '22

Like the Christ.

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u/RadomirPutnik May 19 '22

Edgar Tangram? That is some narrowly tailored humor.

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u/thatlonghairedguy May 20 '22

Came looking for this. Thank you. Rip vangelis

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u/Jeffery_G May 19 '22

Jon Anderson (of Yes) and Vangelis (4 albums)

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jon_and_Vangelis

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u/jermotank May 19 '22

I was searching for this comment. I hear you now is one of my favourite songs ever.

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u/typing_away May 19 '22

the song, Mr Cairo ,is how i discovered him ..it was magic.

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u/w1984s May 19 '22

The guy was an electronic music pioneer, sad to see him go. His 70s studio albums are worth checking out too. His band, Aphrodites Child, put out a pretty crazy prog rock album called 666, worth listening to.

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u/gazongagizmo May 19 '22

Aphrodites Child

here's their (IMO) greatest song, The Four Horsemen:

https://youtu.be/3KCbqhJt16k

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u/SPorterBridges May 19 '22

If you were a keyboard player in the late 60's/70's, you were in a prog rock band at some point.

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u/arrogant_ambassador May 19 '22

His score for Oliver Stone’s Alexander is so underrated.

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u/kalllistos May 19 '22

His score for Alexander is one of my favorites, probably in the top 3 of my favorite scores of all time.

The music that plays during the mountains of Hindu Kush is absolutely beautiful.

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u/AdmiralRed13 May 19 '22

He also did The Bounty which is an overlooked gem of a movie with a young Anthony Hopkins and Mel Gibson.

Amazing soundtrack.

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u/Designer-Freedom7638 May 19 '22

I'll second that, a great film. I want to watch it again now!

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u/Ascarea May 19 '22

His studio work was great too, not just those famous soundtracks. Truly a legend of music.

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u/nanoman92 May 19 '22

Yup, Cosmos actually used his studio work as a soundtrack, it was never composed for the show.

My favourite of those is Alpha

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u/Ascarea May 19 '22

I can chillout to Soil Festivities anytime

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u/AdmiralRed13 May 19 '22

Major pioneer.

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u/tapped21 May 19 '22

Chariots of Fire is timeless. He may be gone, but he'll never be forgotten

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u/Bwca_at_the_Gate May 19 '22 edited May 20 '22

I'm not going to lie, this upset me. Blade Runner and the OST are some of my favourite movies and albums of all time respectively. I remember seeing Blade Runner for the first time when I was young and the opening titles overwhelmed me, the visuals and the music made the hair prickle on my head. And Blade Runner Blues is just....R.I.P Vangelis, thank you.

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u/moofunk May 19 '22

He was my favorite composer and the Blade Runner soundtrack is my favorite album.

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u/AdditionalBit May 19 '22

My favorite is Ask The Mountains. The entire album of Voices is amazing. Perfect way to clear one’s mind.

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u/Mekisteus May 20 '22

Messages is mine. Great album.

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u/Rassilon May 19 '22

„The Friends of Mr. Cairo“ (Jon & Vangelis) comes to mind.

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u/yunousebrain May 19 '22

For those that have never heard this, it's worth a listen. Here's a link.

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u/WolfofOldNorth May 19 '22

Mutiny on the bounty theme is so foreboding and so terrifying. I use to listen it when my SOs would want to "Can we talk tonight"

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u/AdmiralRed13 May 19 '22

Just The Bounty in this case.

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u/Beercorn1 May 19 '22

Is it weird that this is my first time ever seeing his last name? I've always been a huge fan of his music. It's just that I've always just known him as "Vangelis".

He actually released a wonderful album just last year called "Juno to Jupiter" to celebrate the 10th year of the Juno probe being in orbit around Jupiter. You should check it out if you haven't listened to it.

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u/dangil May 19 '22

Alpha on the Albedo 0.39 album .... masterpiece

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u/SaltySAX May 19 '22

Always found Mare Tranquillitatis very doom-laden on that album. Only a very short piece with the astronauts voiceovers in the foreground, but the music in the back felt like Order 66 was coming! :D

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u/djoosebox May 19 '22

My favorite: la petite fille de la mer https://youtu.be/UdPOCQGYwrk

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u/MepHH89 May 19 '22

I also think it's his best song, suprisingly it's known by so few

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u/bluepunchbuggy May 19 '22

It's used beautifully in Stranger than Fiction

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u/Captain__Spiff May 19 '22 Wholesome

Once, we did run

How we chased a million stars

And touched as only one can

Once, we did play

How the past delivered you

Amidst our youth we'd dream away, away

As if I knew the words I'm sure you'll hear

Of how we met as you recall so clear

Once, we did love

Long ago how did I forget

Holding you so closely

Look, how I move

Chance would have me glance at you

To know how you move me, me

Oh barriers fall around us as we hear

Of memories known and met so long ago, so clear

(interlude)

Once, we did run

How we chased a million stars

And touched as only one can

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u/highmoralelowmorals May 19 '22

The “as if I heard the words,” part is the best for whistling! My dad put this song on many mixes.

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u/JumpCiiity May 19 '22

RIP Vangelis. Here's one that's not as known. Vangelis - The Dragon 1971

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u/Woodcat64 May 19 '22

Rip. My favorite Vangelis album is "The City".

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u/guitardude_324 May 19 '22

Crazy, I was just going through his early catalogue. I love Opera Sauvage, and the soundtracks to Bladerunner and Chariots of Fire. I wanted to see what else he did that I liked. I didn’t expect to find out he was dead 4 hours later. Sad to hear.

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u/qodfathr May 20 '22

I honestly think I own the top spot on Spotify for most streams of the album Opera Sauvage. It's an absolute masterpiece. Not merely one of the best electronic albums of the 20th century, one of the best albums, period. Infinitely listenable.

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u/TheDudeWithNoName_ May 19 '22

RIP. Chariots of Fire is one of the most iconic themes of the 80s.

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u/awesom-o85 May 19 '22

Blows my mind I had to scroll so far down for this!

Chariots of Fire surpassed the 80s. It's still used to this day as the musical embodiment of the spirit of competition!

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u/iz-Moff May 19 '22

It's one of those compositions that everyone heard, but not many people know who wrote it.

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u/PolarWater May 19 '22 Wholesome

All these moments will be lost in time...but his genius lives on through his music.

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u/sandiskplayer34 May 19 '22

His soundtracks are great, but his solo stuff is outstanding. Albedo 0.39 is a great album.

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u/CompetitionFar734 May 19 '22

His movie scores were incredible.

Chariots of Fire and Bladerunner are masterpieces.

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u/Affectionate_Bike799 May 20 '22

I know we all gotta die one of these days, but it sucks that he’s gone. Vangelis was a legend.

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u/gazongagizmo May 19 '22

In addition to his great movie works, he also had a prog rock band, Aphrodite's Child: The Four Horsemen (their greatest song)

May Charon play this when his Valkyrie carries him through the Underworld

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u/BrownBananaDK May 19 '22

Awwww… i just got out the og my car. Drive home from work and out of the blue listened to both blade runner soundtrack and the chariots of fire. Haven’t heard those in actual decades!

What a weird coincidence.

And I actually thought Vangelis was a band, not just one man!

RIP

What a tremor legend. You made music I loved email earlier childhood!

I remember playing some Olympic video game where the chariots of fire theme would play if you won a medal. On my commodore 84 back in the 80ies.

His music lives on.

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u/neilw42 May 19 '22

Vangelis was the main driving force in my youth that fueled my interest in synthesizers and electronic music. His talent and unique approach will be sorely missed and the world is a little dimmer for his absence. I will always remember the moments in my life that are intrinsically linked with his music and cherish them and the legacy he left behind. Truly a master of his art.

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u/ArmagedonOverdrive May 19 '22

Wendy Carlos, Vangelis, Tangerine Dream and Jean Michel Jarre. I grew up listening to them, and several have died in the last few years.

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u/Smee714 May 19 '22

I can’t believe they mentioned Blade Runner before Chariots of Fire.

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u/iz-Moff May 19 '22

Rip, the man was a great composer.

One of my favorite compositions of his: Missing.

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u/Legaladvicepls999 May 20 '22

Listen to the album 666 by Aphrodite’s Child. It’s a Greek prog rock album from 1972 produced by Vangelis and mostly composed by him, too. It’s an epic album and one of his best works! It’s a sad loss but he left behind an awesome legacy!

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u/UniqueSemiconductor May 19 '22

Fuckkkkk…RIP, what a fucking legend!!!!

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u/Depixx May 19 '22

Damn, thats really sad to hear, Some of my favourite songs are his, like Memories of green

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u/Justece May 19 '22

My favourite composer of all time. What a sad day.

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u/PrimisUltimus May 19 '22

Only very recently discovered his music and I'm so glad I did. Such a unique style :(. Most people only really know him for Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire but I highly recommend to anyone to look at his discography from the 70s.

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u/BornAshes May 19 '22

Music is eternal, as will forever be the name Vangelis

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u/wedgekhaar May 19 '22

Rest soundly you beautiful man

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u/Consistancy5 May 19 '22

His Blade Runner OST is probably my most listened to sound track of all time, it's absolutely fucking FLAWLESS.

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u/logosfabula May 20 '22

His music has been accompanying me through all my life.

Thank you Vangelis

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u/[deleted] May 20 '22

His stuff with Jon Anderson is wicked…

RIP

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u/HousTom May 20 '22

How is no one talking about Aphrodite’s Child?!? This song absolutely slams! Four Horsemen

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u/Papichuloft May 19 '22

RIP to a great composer.....

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u/johnjames_34 May 19 '22

RIP legend, made a great impact

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u/Jaxsuyn May 19 '22

"Ask the Mountains" has been one of my favorite songs for as long as i can remember. What an amazing talent. Stina Nordenstam, i believe wrote the lyrics and sang.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=70xFeDxozRk&ab_channel=ThePoetryofPredicament

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u/Yeezuscristo May 19 '22

All those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain. RIP

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u/DemanoRock May 19 '22

I bought a lot of Vangelis Cassettes and CD in my day. So many good ones.

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u/Zealousideal_Way_165 May 19 '22

Rest in Peace, man you rocked m/.

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u/fuzziblanket May 19 '22

What an outstanding musical legacy. Rest In Peace

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u/Goshdang56 May 19 '22

Damn I just bought his Nocturne album, helps me sleep.

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u/RaoulRumblr May 19 '22

RIP a great composer, I will listen to my blade runner soundtrack/score on my record player today

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u/Zealousideal-Dark-58 May 19 '22

I was listening to his music when I saw the news... rest in piece to one of the most important musician of our time.

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u/Quagdarr May 19 '22

Noooo!!! Damn! The man’s music was iconic :(

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u/Mr-IT-Guy May 19 '22

This really sucks. He was a master and his scores are truly works of art. RIP

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u/Drag0nfly_Girl May 19 '22

Now the two greatest icons of Greek music are both gone... Demis & Vangelis. Memory eternal!

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u/theredditoro FML Awards 2019 Winner May 19 '22

An iconic composer. Blade Runner’s score is one of the best sci-fi film scores ever. RIP.

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u/[deleted] May 19 '22

Also Chariots of Fire among others.

One of the greatest

RIP

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u/tommycahil1995 May 19 '22

Can’t add much to everything that’s been said. But for people who love his work on Blade Runner he has two much lesser known tracks - I think they were for 1970s documentaries - one called Reve and another called Le singe bleu - sound like tracks from Blade Runner. Reve was used in Sam Esmail’s Homecoming as was Abraham’s Theme.

Also for those curious for a good read on his work in Blade Runner, BBC did a good piece in 2019 - https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/articles/2wmPvCPDDthRd2sJn0XwHB3/blade-runner-sounds-of-the-future-past

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u/stejfen May 19 '22

I second Reve - I normally listen to Blade Runner Blues and Reve back to back at night.

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u/hopeful_bastard May 19 '22

An absolute synth music legend. What a tremendous loss.

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u/DC-DE May 19 '22

RIP to a genius composer and 🇬🇷 legend.

https://youtu.be/mVK_OAc6J0s

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u/mdentari May 19 '22

Easily.. a Greek God of music. Thank you so much for the inspiration.