Music / Vangelis

Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou (born 29 March 1943), better known as "Vangelis", is a Greek composer most famous for making incredible music with synthesizers since The '70s. He famously scored films such as Chariots of Fire, Blade Runner and The Bounty.

Some of his albums:

  • Earth (1973)
  • Heaven and Hell (1975)
  • Albedo 0.39 (1975)
  • Spiral (1977)
  • Hypothesis (recorded 1970, released 1978)
  • Beaubourg (1978)
  • China (1979)
  • See You Later (1980)
  • Soil Festivities (1984)
  • Mask (1985)
  • Invisible Connections (1985)
  • Direct (1988)
  • The City (1990)
  • Voices (1995)
  • Oceanic (1996)
  • El Greco (1998)
  • Mythodea (recorded 1993, released 2001)
  • Rosetta (2016)

Some of his film soundtracks:

Tropes related to this artist and his work

  • As Long as It Sounds Foreign: Some of his choral works, such as "Symphony to the Powers B" from Heaven and Hell and the main theme from 1492: Conquest of Paradise use an invented musical language reminiscent of dog Latin.
  • Author Appeal: Vangelis is a dedicated environmentalist, and as such many of his works deal with environmental themes, such as Soil Festivities and some of his documentary soundtracks.
  • Bolero Effect: "Alpha" from Albedo 0.39 employs a variant in which a simple theme of a few bars is developed through increasingly complex instrumentation.
  • Electronic Music: A forerunner in the use of electronic instrumentation to create beautiful, classical-style music.
  • Never Learned to Read: He can't read sheet music.