Vangelis, ‘Blade Runner’ Composer and Electronic Icon, Dies at 79

Vangelis, the innovative Greek composer whose catalog spans electronic music, progressive rock and major film scores (Blade Runner, Chariots of Fire), has died at age 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis tweeted (per an English translation), "Vangelis Papathanassiou is no longer with us." While a cause of death has yet to be announced, the Associated Press reports that the musician died in a French hospital late Tuesday.
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Vangelis ‘Juno To Jupiter’ Limited Edition Signed Box Set Announced

In memory of Vangelis (29 March 1943 – 17 May 2022), a limited edition box set of his final work Juno To Jupiter, which was released on CD and digitally in 2021, will be available from 24 June. The special edition, which was planned at the start of the Juno To Jupiter project for release in June 2022, includes a lenticular bookmark hand-signed by Vangelis alongside the CD, 2LPs (including a bonus track), a poster and a 172 page hardback book released for the first time.
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The Ringer

Vangelis’s Return Flight to the Cosmos

The first time I talked to Vangelis, the Oscar-winning composer of Chariots of Fire, he was in a recording studio in Paris. (I was calling from L.A.) I asked if he lived in Paris, and he said, “No, just passing through.” Where do you call home? I asked. “Well, that’s a difficult question,” he chuckled. “Could be London, could be Paris ... could be anywhere.” Could be outer space? I joked. “Oh yeah,” he said. “That’s every day.”
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The Quietus

Vangelis Has Died, Aged 79

The Greek composer was famed for his evocative synth-based scores for films such as 'Blade Runner' and 'Chariots Of Fire'. Greek composer and electronic music pioneer Vangelis has died, aged 79. The musician, real name Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, passed away at a French hospital on Tuesday (May 17), according to...
Attack Magazine

Celebrate Vangelis With A Vangelis Listening Quiz

Celebrate the life of Vangelis and International Synth Day with this challenging quiz. We recently lost a titan of electronic music, Vangelis. Vangelis was the original synth lord, a wizard always ensconced in his studio, surrounded by banks of synthesizers and effects. As a film composer, he helped bring a sense of gravitas and drama to electronic scores and proved that synthesizers could be just as moving and emotional as traditional orchestral ones.

Forever No. 1: Vangelis’ ‘Chariots of Fire’

Click here to read the full article. Forever No. 1 is a Billboard series that pays special tribute to the recently deceased artists who achieved the highest honor our charts have to offer — a Billboard Hot 100 No. 1 single — by taking an extended look at the chart-topping songs that made them part of this exclusive club. Here, we honor the late Vangelis with a flashback to his lone Hot 100-topper, the perennially rousing and graceful early-’80s athletics anthem “Chariots of Fire.”  A wonderful irony of American sports – jingoistic during Olympic season, mostly provincial otherwise – is that so much of it...

Vangelis On The Double-Edged Sword Of Success

In this short interview except, Vangelis shares his take on the double-edged sword of success in the music business. From Vangelis, achieving mainstream success was necessary to be able to have the tools of his trade – a recording studio of his own, stocked with state of the art gear.

Vangelis obituary

Composer whose work ranged from pop, jazz and classical to the Oscar-winning Chariots of Fire soundtrack

Vangelis wasn’t just a film composer – he blew apart the boundaries of pop

Greek pop music of the 1960s is not an area of musical history where anyone who doesn’t fondly remember it first-hand is advised to dwell. There are a few exceptions – garage rock collectors have unearthed a string of obscure, impressively raw singles by the Stormies, the Persons and the Girls – but the archetypical mainstream Greek response to the rise of the Beatles might be Vangelis Papathanassiou’s band the Forminx, who dealt in novelty instrumentals, weedy Hellenic-accented stabs at Merseybeat and a side order of lachrymose balladry.

Vangelis – 1943-2022: cinema great whose futuristic synthscapes changed film forever

Whether encapsulating the grit and glory of Olympic endurance or the decay of a dystopian future cityscape, the textures of composer Vangelis, who died yesterday (May 19) aged 79, burst from the screen to influence pop culture. Like those of just a handful of soundtrack greats, his scores transcended their cinematic roots. Hand in hand with the electropop revolution, the evocative synth overtures of Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner helped to embed electronic music at the heart of the 1980s.

‘Chariots Of Fire’ Composer Vangelis Was A Groundbreaking Mix Of Mad Scientist And Greek Prophet

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou has passed away at the age of 79, and even if you don’t recognize that name, you definitely know his music. Under the mononym Vangelis, the Greek composer and instrumentalist revolutionized electronic music and movie soundtracks in the early 1980s. Who among us hasn’t heard this steady synthesizer pulse in our heads as we’ve sprinted along the beach?

R.I.P. Vangelis: The Composer Who Created the Future Noir Soundtrack for Blade Runner Dies at 79

It would be difficult to overstate the prominence, in the late twentieth century, of the theme from Hugh Hudson’s Chariots of Fire. Most anyone under the age of 60 will have heard it many times as parody before ever seeing it in its original, Academy Award-winning context. Unfortunately, encountering the piece in nearly every humorous slow-motion running scene for two or three decades straight has a way of dampening its impact. But back in 1981, to score a nineteen-twenties period drama with brand-new digital synthesizers marked a brazen departure from convention, as well as the beginning of a trend of musical anachronism in cinema (which would manifest even in the likes of Dirty Dancing).

The Greek composer Vangelis has died

Vangelis, the Greek composer best known for his epic film soundtracks to Blade Runner and Chariots of Fire, has died, aged 79, in a hospital in Paris. Over the course of a 60-odd-year career, his influence spread far and wide, from Hollywood to the world of electronic music, thanks to the fearless imagination behind his synth-driven soundworld.

OBITUARY: Famed composer Vangelis dead at 79

Evángelos Odysséas Papathanassíou, better known as synthesizer pioneer Vangelis, died Tuesday at the age of 79. The electronic composer won an Oscar in 1981 for his soundtrack for the film “Chariots of Fire.” Vangelis’ haunting synth and piano theme for the film about two British Olympic runners became synonymous with dramatic music that inspires audiences during slow motion montages.

Vangelis, who composed Academy Award-winning score for "Chariots of Fire," dies at 79

Vangelis, the Greek electronic composer who wrote the unforgettable Academy Award-winning score for the film "Chariots of Fire" and music for dozens of other movies, documentaries and TV series, has died at 79. Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis and other government officials expressed their condolences Thursday. Greek media reported that...