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The Role Of Synthesizers In Music By Marc Hairapetian & Rob Waters
Published June 2020


In a rare interview, legendary composer Vangelis shares his thoughts on the role of synthesizers in music — including his beloved Yamaha CS80.

"As I cannot release what I feel — as I have to pass through the customs of the music industry — there is a vast amount of music that I composed that has never had the chance to see the light of day," reveals Vangelis. "Not all my works have had the same exposure, due to the fact that the majority of them have not been tied to a movie, so they didn't have the chance to be heard widely.

"We all know that record companies never spend the right amount of effort and funds to promote these works to the public properly. They prefer the easy way: for another media like a movie to do the job for them. Therefore, our discussion is limited, because what is known to you and to the public represents a fraction of my works."

It's a tantalising prospect for fans of the Greek composer, who revolutionised the movie soundtrack with his scores to films such as Chariots Of Fire and Blade Runner. Equally tantalising for us was the chance to talk to Vangelis, who rarely speaks to the press, about his work. This brief conversation was conducted over email, in English.

Worlds Collide

For many people, the most distinctive thing about the music that Vangelis is known for is its prominent and skilful use of synthesizers. For the man himself, however, the distinction between electronic and acoustic instruments is an unhelpful and meaningless one.

"I have repeatedly said that I don't find any difference between what we call acoustic and the electronic instruments. I have the impression that there has been a kind of misconception about the difference...

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Published June 2020