Say the phrase “science fiction” and instantly an image forms in your mind. Perhaps it’s of area. Perhaps it’s high-tech equipment. Perhaps it’s some odd-looking creature. Whatever it is, that picture possible has a sound as effectively, and for many people, that sound was written by a composer named Vangelis, who handed away this week on the age of 79.
Vangelis, actual title Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, was a musician and composer who crafted the unforgettable, ethereal, and completely magical synth music for Ridley Scott’s 1982 film Blade Runner. That sound, lovely and soothing however with an digital edge, got here to outline science fiction for a lot of followers to at the present time. Not like the extra wave-y, string-y, bizarre music one may affiliate with sci-fi of the Fifties, or the bombastic sounds composers like John Williams made within the Nineteen Seventies, Vangelis’ Blade Runner rating break up the distinction. There’s that distinct, sci-fi, metallic really feel to it but in addition, it may very well be as mushy as a lullaby or as brash as a horn part. It actually captured the essence of the dystopian tales that sprung from the minds of Philip Okay Dick, Ridley Scott, and others.
And whereas it’s his rating for Blade Runner that sci-fi followers maintain most expensive, that’s solely his second most well-known work. A yr earlier, Vangelis received the Oscar for Finest Unique Rating for his work on Chariots of Hearth, the sports activities drama that additionally received Finest Image. In the event you aren’t already buzzing it simply on the mere point out of it, you can listen here. On the time, the rating wasn’t only a vital success, it was a industrial success too, which is a uncommon feat for a movie rating even at this time. It stays a really well-known and referenced piece of music—and probably the greatest and most recognizable scores ever.
Then, to suppose, these scores make up simply two years of labor from Vangelis’ close to 80-year life. He grew up in Greece, discovered to play music, joined a number of bands, traveled the world, and finally turned one of many world’s foremost and in-demand composers, working not simply in movie, however for the stage as effectively. It was an unimaginable life that ended, according to Variety, in a French hospital whereas being handled for covid-19—a tragic finish to a story that may eternally dwell in our hearts, minds, and ears.
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