Vangelis Papathanassiou

Vangelis Papathanassiou
Vangelis Papathanassiou (b.1943)

The film score of Vangelis's that I've been influenced by is of course from Ridley Scott's Bladerunner (1982). Vangelis's music is a perfect match to the film's luminescent grandiosity. A strking moment happens when a police craft flies over a futuristic building: Vangelis tracks this action with a sweeping, reverbed, analogue synthesizer portamento. Simple and beautiful, this is sound painting.

I sung with the choir on his soundtrack for Ridley Scott's 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992) at the former CTS studios in Wembley. A bit of insider trivia for you: the Latin-sounding words are (apparently) not Latin at all, but words made up to sound like Latin! The vocal arrangements were made by the skillful Guy Protheroe.

Bladerunner (1982) directed by Ridley Scott


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