Look Into How 'Blade Runner' Created its Haunting Synth Music

Saturday, 20 May 2017 - 12:34PM
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Saturday, 20 May 2017 - 12:34PM
Look Into How 'Blade Runner' Created its Haunting Synth Music
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If someone were to ask about Blade Runner music, even if it's been a long time since you saw the movie, you'd still know exactly what they meant. Blade Runner's iconic score was a collection of moody, slow-moving synthesizers that went a long way in building the movie's cyberpunk, noir style.

Put together by Oscar-winning composer Vangelis - a nickname for his full, very Greek name of Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou - the music never had too much melody behind it, but that was the idea. Instead of catchy, almost in-your-face pieces that would set the mood, like John Williams' music in Star Wars or Jurassic Park, the sounds and reverbs of Blade Runner built up a more subtle atmosphere that the rest of Rick Deckard's story could take place in. 

In a video-essay from YouTuber Nerdwriter1, he goes into what Vangelis was doing with all his Yamaha keyboards, and how it turned Blade Runner into the dreamlike movie it was, and into the rare 1980s film where all the synth music actually holds up decades later. Check it out:



While Vangelis is still making music and even released a studio album last year, he won't be returning for Blade Runner 2049 when it hits theaters this fall. That difficult task falls to Icelandic composer Jóhann Jóhannsson, who's worked with 2049 director Denis Villeneuve on films like Arrival and Sicario. Based on the trailers, it sounds like Jóhannsson's going for something similar:



The new music is a little punchier than the original score, but it's hard to tell if that'll be part of the completed film, or if it's just following the trend of nearly every movie trailer mimicking Inception's ridiculous levels of bass. We'll see soon, Blade Runner 2049 comes out October 6, 2017.

Via: SyfyWire
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