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.
Last week we posted on Vangelis and now more material are showing up, restored from old VHS tapes I guess, enjoy
“Vangelis and Neuronium perform together in a live session at the Nemo Studios in 1982.
Poor VHS images restored a little on contrast, sharpness and colour. Sound remastered for better clearity and stereo imaging.
Neuronium released this live performance years later on a cd; the complete track is available on iTunes if you search on their name.
Enjoy! – Nimanty -“
Interview ‘The Man And His Music’, with Vangelis in 1984, at his own Nemo Studios.
Re-edited and remastered for better audio quality and stereo imaging