MATRIXSYNTH: Vangelis Has Passed Away

Thursday, May 19, 2022

Vangelis Has Passed Away

Some sad news in via Soviet Space Child, spotted on The Gaurdian. Vangelis has passed away at the age of 79. You all know who he is and the influence he has had on the synth world.

The image to the left was taken at the premiere of El Greco in 2007 and is the image used for his Wikipedia page, which includes the following:

"Having had a career in music spanning over 50 years and having composed and performed more than 50 albums, Vangelis is considered to be one of the most important figures in the history of electronic music.

Vangelis began his career working with several pop bands of the 1960s such as The Forminx and Aphrodite's Child, with the latter's album 666 (1972) going on to be recognized as a progressive-psychedelic rock classic. Throughout the 1970s, Vangelis composed 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 1975 he set up his new 16-track studio, Nemo Studios in London, which he named his 'laboratory'. In the early 1980s, Vangelis formed a musical partnership with Jon Anderson, the lead singer of progressive rock band Yes, and the duo released several albums together as Jon & Vangelis.

In 1980, he composed the score for the Oscar-winning film Chariots of Fire, for which he won an Academy Award for Best Original Score. The soundtrack's single, the film's theme, also reached the top of the US Billboard Hot 100 chart and was used as the background music at the London 2012 Olympics winners' medal presentation ceremonies.[1] He also composed the official anthem of the 2002 FIFA World Cup held in Korea and Japan."

There are endless videos and performances of Vangelis. I thought I would share the following classics.

Vangelis - Chariots Of Fire - 1981

video upload by VangelisVEVO

Blade Runner • Main Theme • Vangelis - 1982

video upload by HD Film Tributes

"Soundtrack from the 1982 Ridley Scott film "Blade Runner" with Harrison Ford, Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Edward James Olmos, M. Emmet Walsh, William Sanderson, Joe Turkel, Brion James, Joanna Cassidy & Daryl Hannah."

Vangelis & CS80

video uploads by ANDREASROCKY

You can find additional posts featuring Vangelis here.

1 comment:

  1. A lifetime of inspiration for me. May your story echo through long trailing reverbs, for the rest of time.


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