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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2009
    Timmer wrote
    Christodoulides wrote
    Vangelis has a very unique flavor in his music and overall style. I don't listen to him all the time but when I do, i particularly enjoy the experience.


    I like Vangelis a lot but I have to be in the right mood.


    Me too. I don't listen to his music often but when i do, it's always an enjoyable musical trip.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
  1. It always takes new, high profile scores to prompt discussion of anyone round here, Sunil. Hence the extensive threads devoted to many of the greats who are no longer with us. wink
    A butterfly thinks therefore I am
  2. "The Seven Sages of Antiquity" (TV documentary)

    Original music by VANGELIS (Academy Award® Winner for Chariots of Fire)


    Hey, he finally got something after a couple years. Would love to hear it.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    Hey! More info?
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorMarselus
    • CommentTimeMar 24th 2011
    'VANGELIS' and 'Antiquity' is more than enough for me to be excited.
    Anything with an orchestra or with a choir....at some point will reach you
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2011
    Me too.
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
  3. It's 52 minutes long, so it can't be a long score.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2011
    Anything Vangelis is great news!!
    I am extremely serious.
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeMar 25th 2011
    It is! whether film score or stand alone album cool
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012 edited
    Info on this weird project that has surfaced, i got the link thanks to Jennifer Athena Galatis on facebook.

    the Tegos tapes / case

    Prepare to freak out when you read about the concept behind this!
    http://thegrowingbin.blogspot.gr/2012/0 … tapes.html

    http://soundcloud.com/nev-dorrington/tr … amp;page=1
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    Vangelis is a douche.
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    With gyros and tzatziki!
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorMartijn
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    applause My kinda douche!
    ...although I guess the food would get kinda soggy...
    'no passion nor excitement here, despite all the notes and musicians' ~ Falkirkbairn
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    It's all downloadable by the way, if you have jdownloader and copy paste the soundcloud links in that page, or something similar.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    More about TEGOS CASE here

    http://scoremagacine.blogspot.gr/2012/1 … ct-by.html
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
  4. That is beautiful news! I'm a BIG Vangelis fan, having over 30 CDs of his.
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeNov 30th 2012
    Get jdownloader smile
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
  5. I haven't heard this track, "The Dragon", from Vangelis before but, goodness, it's awesome!!

    http://youtu.be/I8FuZjpe6rU
    The views expressed in this post are entirely my own and do not reflect the opinions of maintitles.net, or for that matter, anyone else. http://www.racksandtags.com/falkirkbairn
    • CommentAuthorTimmer
    • CommentTimeOct 7th 2013
    FalkirkBairn wrote
    I haven't heard this track, "The Dragon", from Vangelis before but, goodness, it's awesome!!

    http://youtu.be/I8FuZjpe6rU


    I know it, great track! Triptastic!! cool
    On Friday I ate a lot of dust and appeared orange near the end of the day ~ Bregt
  6. I think it actually sounds more like 1970's Aphrodite's Child than 1978's Vangelis. However: F*****g great!

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
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      CommentAuthorWashu
    • CommentTimeJun 18th 2015
    Reports on Vangelis' new original score for "Crépuscule Des Ombres" (posted: February 26, 2015).

    Yesterday marked the first occasion in Western Europe to view a public screening of the latest Vangelis scored movie: The French Algerian co-production of "Crépuscule Des Ombres" at the Film Festival in the Belgian city of Mons.
    Here follow the first two reports we received on this event:

    Great variety of Vangelis music

    Yesterday I was in the lucky position to attend the screening of Mohamed Lakhdar-Hamina's new movie. Although not completely sold out, Lakhdar-Hamina faced a well filled audience when he introduced his work.
    The music.... "Crépuscule Des Ombres" contains plenty of Vangelis music, all of it new. Some of it reminds a bit of Vangelis' improvisational style we've heard from the "El Greco" score (2007) and "Chariots of Fire - The Play" (2012). For other scenes it feels like Vangelis went further back in time, to earlier films like "1492: Conquest of Paradise", "Francesco", or "The Bounty".

    After a short title sequence played on harp and strings, there is no music for the first 10 or 15 minutes, but once the music starts it never leaves the film unattended. Much of the score feels improvisational and in the background, while there are passages when the music comes to the foreground, at moments where the drama requires this. One memorable piece of music that comes back several times throughout the film is iconic-ally Vangelis: it features a throbbing bass line and a captivating riff that only Vangelis can create. During the movie's end credits Vangelis takes this theme and builds it into a full blown version. It is a truly satisfying moment to hear a Vangelis track like this in its entirety, full of vigor and so distinctly Vangelis.

    The mixing of the score is fantastic and it to be commended, the mix feels detailed and wide, probably the best sounding production I've heard since the El Greco score or even Oliver Stone's Alexander.
    I know this is stating the obvious, but cliches are often true: This Vangelis score really needs a release!

    - A fan from Belgium

    Review of the OST of "Le Crépuscule des Ombres", presented at the "Festival du film d’amour de Mons" (Belgium, 25 February 2015):

    In his introductory speech Algerian director Mohamed Lakhdar Hamina – a very young man of 85 ! - emphasized the fact that a film is a total art production, benefiting from various talents and artistic disciplines from poetry to photography. What I can say is that Vangelis really gave the best of his art to this daring film. Without the music, the film is already very powerful, makes you think deeply about the oppression of man against man – in this case in context of the independence Algerian war - and benefits from exceptional photography (of the Algerian desert in particular). It is also a philosophical tale about tolerance and violence, freedom and faith. But with the music, it takes yet another level of significance and becomes truly humanistic and universal, beyond the Algerian context.

    Just let me say that this is IMO one of the very best of all the soundtracks that Vangelis has composed in his whole career. It is also one of his most diverse works with echoes from his 1980s electronic sound, elegantly mixed with oriental/Arabic style – the sound of the lute is recurring here - and his now trademark symphonic way of playing the synths. The music is not omnipresent, but when there is music, it always plays a prominent role in the story and is very often mixed in the foreground. In this respect the soundtrack of Le Crépuscule differs from other recent Vangelis works for movies, such as El Greco or the score in Trashed. There is not one single "hit" theme (although the end theme is not easy to put out of your mind once you have heard it: see infra), but a huge variety of inspired pieces.

    Here follow my main impressions after having attended the Belgian premiere of the film at the "Festival du film d’amour de Mons" on the 25th of February 2015.

    First it is noticeable that there are no opening titles. You are directly projected in the Algerian desert of the early 1940s. Then after a few minutes a typical modal melody on the harp comes (think the harp themes in Alexander or El Greco OST), underlying the kind atmosphere in which the hero (Khaled) grew up, before the violence he will know in his adult life. Variation on this harp theme and/or different harp melodies comes back a few times during the movie. Vangelis also uses some glissandi effects (like he did in 1492) to punctuate some of the action.

    Harp music aside, I would distinguish between four main types of music Vangelis has composed for Le Crépuscule:

    1) Symphonic music. In his now traditional semi-symphonic style, Vangelis has written i.a. a very moving and lyrical theme (for a flash-back sequence where one of the French protagonists remembers his past violent actions in Indochine), a percussion-based martial piece (think Mythodea or opening title for Trashed), as well as some orchestral staccato sequences for moments of great tension (an attack against an Algerian village e.g.). The moving final scene of the movie is also written in a sumptuous symphonic style (see infra).

    2) Melancholic pieces for solo instruments, including a beautiful theme on the clarinet, but also some "solo" pieces for flute and duduk.

    3) Arabic/oriental music: a nice improvised piece for lute particularly caught my attention. The sounds of the lute comes back a few times in different musical contexts and particularly in a rythmic recurring sequence, through a very simple but effective (as usual with Vangelis) melody. The lute obviously connotes the Arabic cultural background of Algeria.

    4) Electronic synthesizer music. I was very surprised to suddenly hear the famous bass sequence we all know from the Bounty (opening title), but then the piece evolves in a different direction while maintaining the synth bass. I would not have thought that Vangelis would come back to this kind of sonic palette in 2015 but he does here, and it works. The bass sound is used in other pieces during the movie, but following the harmonic progression (and not in a « basso continuo » way). The end titles of the movie are of an electronic kind too (see infra).

    Finally I have to underline the importance of the music during the last minutes of the movie. Firstly, the last scene – and a terribly moving one, although I do not want to spoil its power in this review – is devoid of any dialogue: it is only picture and music. And what a music. After a liturgical introduction – including choir - Vangelis progressively constructs an impressive and very dark orchestral tutti. When the orchestra is at its most powerful, he then adds a tragic melody on the church organ leading the movie to its end. And then follows the end credits with the end theme. Here you can find the quasi-industrial percussive sequence which was already in the trailer for the movie, underlying the lute minimalist motiv we already heard a few times during the film (with some developments though). Heavily reverberated percussions (think opening sequence in Blade Runner) are added on the top of it, as well as Arabic chanting, orchestral melodies, but also some synthesizer soloing. A very original and haunting piece, not in his most usual style, and a very effective way to conclude the score. A score which definitively deserves a proper release.

    - Marc Vanholsbeeck

    Source: http://elsew.com/data/latest.htm

    I wonder if we will ever get to hear this.
  7. There is a big CD set coming up with the recently released remastered Polydor albums, called Delectus. As I am fine with the sound of the original releases I am reluctant to buy it all over again for over 100 Euro bucks. Yet the set looks great.

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
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      CommentAuthorThor
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2017
    It seems to be the norm these days, at least for my favourite artists who were mostly active with new material in the 70s, 80s and 90s. Since then, and especially in the last 10 years, they've been more into releasing box sets of their catalogue than any new studio albums (Pink Floyd, Alan Parsons, Supertramp, Vangelis etc.). They ain't fooling me, though. I already have complete collections of most of these, accumulated over many years, so I have no interest in double-dipping -- despite improved sound quality. If there are bonus tracks (unreleased songs, for example), I'll just buy them individually on iTunes or something. If they're available there.
    I am extremely serious.
  8. I obtained the remastered version of The Friends of Mister Cairo recently because I did not have that album before and compared some songs on this album and on my old Best of Jon and Vangelis compilation. The new masters are louder but in no way more defined. I believe this has to do with Vangelis' recording methods. He does record many things on the fly. So you don't have many separate tracks to work with. I believe it is only the album master that got a polish. In case of Chariots of Fire not even data banks like Gracenote can tell the old CD from the new one.

    Volker
    Bach's music is vibrant and inspired.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2017
    Exactly, frequently they just do a normalization and burn a new cd with Vangelis.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
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      CommentAuthorDemetris
    • CommentTimeAug 17th 2017
    He records on the fly as he plays / improvs on the synths real time.
    Love Maintitles. It's full of Wanders.
  9. CinemaSins review of the original "Blade Runner" film:
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xfQvngEXob4
    The views and opinions of Ford A. Thaxton are his own and do not necessarily reflect the ones of ANYONE else.