Vangelis And The Journey to Ithaka is a new documentary on the Greek composer. Here we get a look at the custom set up that Vangelis uses and how he uses it to create improvised symphonic electronic compositions.
The two-hour documentary includes interviews with Vangelis and many of his friends and colleagues, including Sean Connery, Hugh Hudson, Jessye Norman, Oliver Stone, Akiko Ebi, Julian Rachlin and many others. It also includes rare, historical footage, most of which has never been seen before. Another highlight includes recent footage of Vangelis improvising new music!
Vangelis, a composer of electronic, ambient, jazz, pop/rock and orchestral music, is best known for his Academy Award winning score for the film Chariots Of Fire, and composing scores for the films Antartica, Blade Runner, 1492: Conquest Of Paradise and Alexander, as well as the use of his music in the PBS documentary Cosmos: A Personal Voyage by Carl Sagan.
Vangelis began his professional music career working with several popular Greek bands in the ’60s such as The Forminx and most notably Aphrodite’s Child. Throughout the 1970s Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream.
In the early ’80s, Vangelis teamed up with YES vocalist/songwriter Jon Anderson. The duo recorded a series of successful and critically acclaimed albums under the name Jon & Vangelis. In 1981 Vangelis composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots Of Fire, which won him an Academy Award for Best Original Music Score. The soundtrack’s single ‘Titles’ reached the top of the American Billboard Hot 100 chart and was most recently used as theme music at the London 2012 Olympics.
In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing over 50 albums, Vangelis is regarded as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time. And now, the new documentary ‘Vangelis And The Journey To Ithaka’ celebrates the music legend’s illustrious and fascinating career!
We start with a great demo of the Yamaha CS80 illustrating how Vangelis used presets for many of his signature sounds, music for free – NJ White AKA Whitey lets of steam about an approach from Betty TV, Cassette documentary in the making and finally the panel is split on news of the new Yamaha Tyros 5.
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Drawing from one of Vangelis’ most renowned soundtracks, Solarstone has rebooted the theme from the audio auteur’s hallowed ‘Blade Runner’ soundtrack. He has brought trance purity to the beautifully sinister tones of its title theme. Utilizing it as a last tune of the night ID-weapon for many a month, the track (now christened ‘Love Theme from Blade Runner’) has been given the official seal of approval. The trance master is now set to release his love letter to ‘Blade Runner’.
“The doomy night-black drama of Vangelis’ echoing piano chimes have rarely sounded better” — DJ Mag (Sept 2013)
Losing none of its ominous awe-inspiring atmosfear, through Solarstone’s ‘Love Theme From Blade Runner’ Vangelis’ now exerts a hypnotic thrall over the club floor. Using the classic strains of ‘End Titles’, Richard fires the Original’s balanced nexus of dystopian melancholia and towering elevation through the Pure prism.
Developing a pounding sonic underlay, built from pistoning drums, dramatic orchestral cymbal crashes and undulating bass swells, he sets the stage for its big dramatic soundscapes. Retrofitting Vangelis’ analogue synthesizers & FX with purified trance mechanics and unrelenting tension, he filters its darkly timeless melodic chimes into the mix’s system. Brilliantly drawn out over nine fissionable, charged minutes he points Vangelis’ 30-year-old classic at the very heart of the club floor.
A famous disk – reportedly E-mu sampled the radio for the reggae loop and trumpet.
Vangelis Papathanassiou in a studio in Paris preparing material for his album “See You Later”. In this clip he is warming up (improvising?) and warming the singers and drummers who are assembling for the session. Clip 2 will be material from that recording session. More information about Videoheads’ activities and their collection available at http://videoheads.info
On my Kawai SR-7 organ. Homage to “I Feel Love” by Donna Summer and “Blade Runner Theme” by Vangelis. These seem to gel together in a loose way. Yamaha HS-8 on the right has nice string sounds.
The internationally celebrated Greek composer talks about the role of music in times of chaos, crisis and uncertainty.
Vangelis – conquest of paradise
Vangelis began his professional musical career working with several popular bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite’s Child, with the latter’s album 666 going on to be recognized as a psychedelic “classic”. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed music scores for several animal documentaries, including L’Apocalypse Des Animaux, La Fête sauvage and Opéra sauvage; the success of these scores brought him into the film scoring mainstream. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo went on to release several albums together as Jon & Vangelis. In 1981, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire. The soundtrack’s single, “Titles”, won Vangelis the Academy Award for Best Original Music Score and also reached the top of the American Billboard.
In a career spanning over 50 years, writing and composing more than 52 albums, Vangelis is regarded by some music critics as one of the greatest composers of electronic music of all time
“Working on the moog for a while, didn’t like it at first, vary raw and growly..:) trying to tame it”
Originally created on a Yamaha CS-80, it’s been mimicked on just about every synth released.
Here, mik300z, who’s a master at ‘reverse-engineering’ iconic synth sounds, improvises with his take on the iconic sound, recreated on a Moog Little Phatty, with the help of the ‘Hall’ reverb preset on a Behringer mixer.
Yamaha CS80 with built in ring mod effects.
“Rare footage of Vangelis performing an improvisation on synthesizer at his Nemo Studios.
Some enhancement of the original poor tape video with denoising, contrast improvement and color correction.
Sound remastering for better clearity and stereo imaging.