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.”
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 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 Amazon.com
1. Main Titles
2. Blush Response
3. Wait for Me
4. Rachel’s Song
5. Love Theme
6. One More Kiss, Dear
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
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 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
The Vangelis fansite Elsewhere provides us with a review on CD 2 and CD 3 (CD 1 being the old ’94 soundtrack) in Vangelis Blade Runner Trilogy soundtrack release.
You can read the review here with the latest news concerning Vangelis.
Elsewhere also posts two links to webstores where you can preview the complete trilogy. You can listen to samples from the album at Universal Music UK or i-legalne.cz
You can enjoy some short sneakpeaks upon Vangelis Blade Runner Trilogy: 25’th Anniversary right here
A press release can now be found over at Elsewhere complete with track listings for the three CD’s that this anniversary edition consists off.
All three of the cd’s have 12 tracks.
The first CD is the “old” release of Vangelis Blade Runner Soundtrack.
The second CD consists of previously unreleased + bonus material.
The third and final disc will be of real interest to Vangelis fans – as it contains an entire album of newly written material composed by Vangelis to mark the 25th anniversary of Blade Runner. The music is strong and flowing, and retains the dark, atmospheric sense of the original score. There are some intriguing spoken word contributions too, from Ridley Scott, Roman Polanski, Oliver Stone and a host of distinguished actors, personalities and world dignitaries.
Elsewhere shares some of the rumors about what Vangelis’ next Blade Runner release really is.
It seems like it will be a deluxe set commemorating the 25’th anniversary of Blade Runner, it will be a three CD package containing
- The old release (1994) of the soundtrack
- One disc with never before officially released music from Blade Runner
- One disc with music made for the film but not used or released before
Sounds like an great release doesnt it. It’s expected to be released in December.
Im sure Elsewhere will have more information when it’s available so if youre interested (which I hope you are) keep an eye Elsewhere for the latest news on anything Vangelis related.
It seems like the news about the so-called “New Blade Runner Sountrack” have started some discussions online about what this finally turn out to be. I’d like to point anyone whom want to keep up and know more about this towards Elsewhere which is a great Vangelis website and a site which should be considered as a very good source when you want to keep track of any news on Vangelis productions…
As of now, it seems like it will be a new Vangelis release with Blade Runner inspired stuff, that’s about what’s known about the productuion right now. The Elsewhere website says that
Things have not been finalized. The content, or the format it will be released in may still change or has yet to be decided. There is also – at this point – no schedule for its release.
So, When more news about this is released, you’ll find it here.. As of now, not much is actually known about what actually will be released besides that it has something to do with Blade Runner (which to me is very promising).