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Why Jóhann Jóhannsson is not longer making the BR2049 Soundtrack


As you already might know. Jóhann Jóhannsson, composer and long time collaborator with Denis Villeneuve is no longer attached and doing the soundtrack to Blade Runner 2049. The reason to why this is has never been answered until now.

The website Al Arabiya let’s us know that alot of things, one is that David Bowie was the original choice to have the role of Niander Wallace (now done by Jared Leto) but also the reason to why Jóhann Jóhannsson is not doing the soundtrack for Blade Runner 2049. The score is instead created by Hans Zimmer (Gladiator, Interstellar, Inception) and Benjamin Wallfisch (It, Annabelle Creation, Hidden Figures) and the reason is somewhat related to the result not sounding more like Vangelis.

“The thing I will say is that making movies is a laboratory. It’s an artistic process. You cannot plan things. Jóhann Jóhannsson is one of my favorite composers alive today. He’s a very strong artist.


“But the movie needed something different, and I needed to go back to something closer to Vangelis. Johan and I decided that I will need to go in another direction—that’s what I will say. I hope I have the chance to work with him again because I think he’s really a fantastic composer.”

Blade Runner SACD release



AudioFidelity whom released the Blade Runner Vinyl is going to release Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack on SACD (a format that has multi channel capabilities, longer playing time) which is a format that many audiophiles prefers.


You can find more information at AudioFidelity


Vangelis Blade Runner soundtrack Vinyl release



Vangelis masterpiece soundtrack from Blade Runner is to be released on vinyl for the first time (The New American Orchestra version can also be found. That is however an old release and not done by Vangelis). The single disc LP vinyl will be released as a 180 gram transparent red vinyl and comes in a gatefold which includes many colourful stills from the movie.

Pre-order your copy from

Track Listing

Side 1

1. Main Titles

2. Blush Response

3. Wait for Me

4. Rachel’s Song

5. Love Theme

6. One More Kiss, Dear

Side 2

1. Blade Runner Blues

2. Memories of Green

3. Tales of the Future

4. Damask Rose

5. Blade Runner (End Titles)

6. Tears In Rain


Blade Runner – Scoring the music


The unofficial Vangelis website Nemo Studios has posted an very interesting article about Vangelis music in Blade Runner and the recording process, the article is called “Blade Runner – Scoring the music” and it’s recommended reading. If you’re into Vangelis you’ll find the website very interesting.

Vangelis Interview (BR 25’th Soundtrack)


Vangelis fansite Elsewhere reports that there is a brand new interview with Vangelis available..

The radioshow “Front Row” on BBC Radio 4 has done a interview with Vangelis (and those are rare) about his movie scores (Blade Runner & Chariots Of Fire) among many other things. If you want to take a look on what the show has to offer then check out the list of Front Row’s past programmes. If you’d like to listen to the interview, click on the Tuesday link here (Don’t forget to scroll down to Front Row)

You will find the Vangelis Interview about 9 minutes into the show

Source: Elsewhere

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