Revisiting Vangelis – 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise

While webbing the net for analogue synthesis, I stumbled on Vangelis once again.

So I listened to some of his work. Started with the album Antarctica, moved on to the soundtrack of one of my all time fave movies Bitter Moon by Roman Polanski and ended up (for now) with 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise.

I’ve seen the film multiple times and always loved the soundtrack but never listened to it by itself. No images, just the soundtrack. And it’s gorgeous.

1492 - Conquest Of Paradise

1492 – Conquest Of Paradise

Early 80’s synth music has been an enormous influence in me becoming a musician; Kitaro, Vangelis, Jean Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, Tomita… those names. When I was little Harry, the first music that I ever recorded with my Technics SX-K200 home keyboard and Philips 4-Track tape recorder was Kitaro’s Silk Road.

Technics SX-K200

Technics SX-K200

philips n4506 stereo tape deck

The joy I’ve had with my tape recorder…

Now one would call it ambient music I guess. Back then all I knew is that is was made with synthesizers. And I wanted one!

After hearing Giorgio Moroder, Pete Belotte, Patrick Cowley, Jolley & Swain (Imagination), Bobby -O- Orlando and Depeche Mode, I knew what I wanted to make of myself in life…

Anyway, find 1492 – Conquest Of Paradise and have (another) listen. It’s beautiful. Twenty Eighth Parallel is my fave track. Watch the movie too if you have the chance.

Yamaha CS-80

Vangelis’ (former) secret strings weapon : The now legendary Yamaha CS-80…ahem.. presets.

Kitaro's secret weapon: Korg 700s

Kitaro’s secret lead synth weapon: Korg 700s

Tony Swain's (Imagination) secret bass synth weapon: Roland SH-1000

Tony Swain’s (Imagination) secret bass synth weapon: Roland SH-1000

Lemon8's secret weapon

Lemon8’s secret wea..oh..Oops!

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