Vangelis
Blade Runner Soundtrack


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by ocelot-05 USER (20 Reviews)
January 15th, 2006 | 41 replies | 17,242 views


Release Date: 1994 | Tracklist


5 of 5 thought this review was well written

Aside from being the best science fiction movie ever made, Blade Runner is also one of my favorite films of all time (The Directorís Cut, that is). I know this isnít a film website, so I wonít go into great detail about the movie. What makes it so wonderful for me is its intelligence and humanity. I love every single thing about it. I know that sounds naive, but there is genuinely everything to love about Blade Runner. The visionary world of the future so vividly painted by Ridley Scott is morbid and powerful. Blade Runner is one of the many 80ís films about the future, but it isnít a dated vision. The movieís subject matter can only leave one to ponder the human creation of artificial intelligence, and the philosophical and moral implications that follow.


To add to the visuals, acting, superb script, and overall magic cast by Blade Runner, is the soundtrack. When one thinks of the movie, perhaps one of the first things to come to mind will be an image of a huge Coca-Cola advertisement floating through a dark urban metropolis. When I think of Blade Runner, itís not just a picture that comes to mind. It is a combination of images and sounds that collectively make Blade Runner what it is. You can only imagine how happy I was to find the Blade Runner original soundtrack in an old indie record store called ďThe Last Record Store" in Santa Monica (I just got back from Los Angeles visiting family).

The artist is Vangelis, whom Iíve never heard of. I was surprised to find out on the internet that he is a fairly famous renowned musician. For me, the artist didnít matter. Iím not saying that he isnít important, but in this case more than any other it is the music itself that matters, and not the artist. That may seem redundant, but it is especially true. The music goes along with its context; the futuristic world of Blade Runner, not the artist behind it.

By God, is the music wonderful. Vangelis composes ambient songs that gently flow from one to another. They do not all sound the same, though. The album is mostly ambient, but isnít one constant warm ambient sound. Different songs and passages convey different emotions, in correspondence with their role in the film. The closest thing to this album I can think of is probably Selected Ambient Works 85-92, but I have recently found the Blade Runner soundtrack to be a greater album. It is constantly beautiful all the way through, yet there are dark, intense moments.

The music has such a profound effect on me that it stimulates my imagination. The sound bytes of dialogue from the movie remind me of Blade Runner of course, but it seems that there is some other message within the music. I do not mean some kind of secret code, or anything I can put into words and make sense of. The music simply compels the imagination to look beyond the constructs of humanity and society. It makes me think the future, of the present, the past, technology, human emotion, beauty, and evil. I may seem like Iím going on, and maybe those of you who have heard any of this music donít get the same feeling as I do. I would like to think that this music is open to interpretation, but all I can explain is my individual response to it. I would very much prefer to think that everyone who listens to it is captivated as I am; lost for words. I canít expect everyoneís jaw to drop, but I know there are a lot of people out there who appreciate true beauty, which is often found in ambient music.

Not that this album fits within the confines of ambient. There is almost always a beautiful melody leading the music, as opposed to a big, lush, warped ambient mass of a sound. Elements of blues and jazz can be found in The Blade Runner soundtrack, as well as other kinds of music I canít even begin to explain. There is also some very soft rock, or perhaps progressive. For instance, the song One More Kiss, Dear seems like a more modern version of a 50ís love ballad. There are also some lovely female vocals on the Rachelís Song. You must understand that this isnít just a mellow, chillout album to listen to when you go to sleep. True, there are some very peaceful tracks, but a great deal of the music will wake you up more than anything else. Tales Of The Future is a bizarre, slightly middle-eastern song, with very powerful female vocals. Her voice is soothing and haunting at the same time. It sweeps you into a state that canít be rendered by anything else. This is just one example of the great moments of intensity found of the Blade Runner soundtrack.

It was DJ Shadowís Entroducing that compelled me to buy the movie in the first place. The very ending of Stem/Long Stem, which I have regarded as a perfect song, sounded remarkably like the music from Blade Runner. I was reminded of how much I love the film and the music, so I bought the Directorís Cut DVD. My love of the music then led me to buy the soundtrack, though it was only a coincidence that led me to find it. I donít believe in fate, but I am quite impressed that the very music I had come to adore and had listened to for years while watching Blade Runner just so happened to be available right in front of me. I have found other rare cdís, but this one just seems like it was meant to be found. The music is so close to my heart, and always has been, and now I can listen to it at my leisure. It may seem like a small thing to some, but the purchase of this album has been one of the single things that have made me the most happy in my life. I doubt that any of you have this album, but maybe some of you have seen the film, and appreciate the music as much as I do. If not, I could not make a greater recommendation to see the movie, not just for the music, but for everything that is Blade Runner. This album is so magical, and sometimes brings a tear to my eye. It would be my dream for everyone to feel the same way, but then it wouldnít be the same. Blade Runner is a very personal experience for everyone who watches or listens to it. For me, itís a dark heaven.



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grigoriosp
February 14th 2006



1 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

ALL TIME CLASSIC.THE BEST SOUNDTRACK EVER MADE.DREAMY,EMOTIONAL,FANTASTIC.HEAR IT ONE TIME AND IT WILL FOLLOW YOU FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIFE...THE MUSIC OF THE ANGELS!

ocelot-05
February 14th 2006



807 Comments


grigoriosp, thanks for the comment. There were some more comments, and some votes, but they were deleted in the site crash.

I feel so cheated. :-/



masada
February 16th 2006



2733 Comments


This film was loosely based on Philp K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? novel.

gimo80
August 28th 2008



223 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

One of my all time favourite albums, just an amazing journey from start to finish. The atmosphere is really brooding yet, in places, kind of warm and nostalgic.
Great review, incredible album.

Tiphanycufflinks
September 2nd 2008



52 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

This is amazing. Might end up a 5.

kygermo
October 8th 2008



994 Comments

Album Rating: 4.5

I completely love this record. It can scare you, move you, and bring you to tears especially the "Love theme". Powerful stuff.

AsspaiN
January 17th 2011



27 Comments


I absolutely love the movie, I've watched it so many times and never get sick of it, the atmosphere sucks you into its world and amazes you every minute. It's also the most human movie I know, it's emotional, sad, beautiful...

I like the movie's soundtrack, it's very special. I'm thinking about buying the 25th anniversary edition (3 CDs), does anybody own it? Is it worth the money? What do you think about that one?

In 2007 I bought the 5 DVD set with the movie's final cut and it's amazing.

As your review, btw, which I found to be surprisingly sincere and honest. The best thing about it is I can totally relate to everything you say.

Regards

AsspaiN
January 17th 2011



27 Comments


I absolutely love the movie, I've watched it so many times and never get sick of it, the atmosphere sucks you into its world and amazes you every minute. It's also the most human movie I know, it's emotional, sad, beautiful...

I like the movie's soundtrack, it's very special. I'm thinking about buying the 25th anniversary edition (3 CDs), does anybody own it? Is it worth the money? What do you think about that one?

In 2007 I bought the 5 DVD set with the movie's final cut and it's amazing.

As your review, btw, which I found to be surprisingly sincere and honest. The best thing about it is I can totally relate to everything you say.

Regards

AsspaiN
January 17th 2011



27 Comments


I absolutely love the movie, I've watched it so many times and never get sick of it, the atmosphere sucks you into its world and amazes you every minute. It's also the most human movie I know, it's emotional, sad, beautiful...

I like the movie's soundtrack, it's very special. I'm thinking about buying the 25th anniversary edition (3 CDs), does anybody own it? Is it worth the money? What do you think about that one?

In 2007 I bought the 5 DVD set with the movie's final cut and it's amazing.

As your review, btw, which I found to be surprisingly sincere and honest. The best thing about it is I can totally relate to everything you say.

Regards

AsspaiN
January 17th 2011



27 Comments


I absolutely love the movie, I've watched it so many times and never get sick of it, the atmosphere sucks you into its world and amazes you every minute. It's also the most human movie I know, it's emotional, sad, beautiful...

I like the movie's soundtrack, it's very special. I'm thinking about buying the 25th anniversary edition (3 CDs), does anybody own it? Is it worth the money? What do you think about that one?

In 2007 I bought the 5 DVD set with the movie's final cut and it's amazing.

As your review, btw, which I found to be surprisingly sincere and honest. The best thing about it is I can totally relate to everything you say.

Regards

AsspaiN
January 17th 2011



27 Comments


omg, sorry for all the posts, something was wrong with the page... xD

YHB
May 15th 2011



45 Comments


To above poster:

I've heard the special edition soundtrack, and quite honestly, it may be just about the best soundtrack I've ever heard. If you loved the original soundtrack, consider it a wise investment. YouTube or Spotify it if you're still not sure, but I was sold the second I heard "Dimitri's Bar", a beautiful blend of electronica and smooth jazz.

MisterTornado
Contributing Reviewer
June 17th 2011



4507 Comments


2001: A Space Oddyssey is the greatest science fiction film ever made

bladerunner53331
November 9th 2011



93 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

badass soundtrack for badass movie

TheKleszcz
January 26th 2012



42 Comments


Great, a very personal review.

Snooze00
October 2nd 2012



229 Comments

Album Rating: 3.5

Its really deppressing but in a really good way. I love it so much and the movie is glorious.

Wizard
June 4th 2013



19206 Comments

Album Rating: 5.0

2001: A Space Oddyssey is the greatest science fiction film ever made

Dear fucking lord, NO!

Digging: Merzbow - Dust of Dreams

oltnabrick
July 11th 2013



30035 Comments


but its still dope

DikkoZinner
August 12th 2013



2594 Comments


Is this to be an empathy test? Capillary dilation of the so-called blush response?

Digging: Morta Skuld - Surface

oltnabrick
August 12th 2013



30035 Comments


let me tell you about my mother



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