Joshua Gizelt (swashbuckler332) wrote,
Joshua Gizelt

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"…billyuns and billyuns…"


Assembling my Light and Shadow: The Historical Epics of Ridley Scott meant working extensively with Vangelis' music from 1492: Conquest of Paradise for the first time in a while. I have been rather enjoying delving into some of his non-film related music as well, including such sublime albums as Voices, El Greco and Mythodea, some of which I hadn't listened to for some years. Except for a few stylistic exceptions (e,g, the opening of Heaven and Hell), Vangelis' music has tended to age relatively well mostly because of the judicious use of cavernous reverb that gives the music an aural presence (usually evoking vast cathedrals) that most of his electronic contemporaries don't have.

Vangelis looks particularly frightening in this old photo.

I was listening to the Vangelis album Heaven and Hell on the way to work this morning, and I got to that spot in "Part I" that was used as the theme from Cosmos. Carl Sagan's use of this piece of music in that series caused me to forever associate that expansive sound with a sense of wonder at the beauty and breadth of the universe. I have been considering the idea of a non-film Vangelis compilation, something I hadn't really thought of earlier but would probably be quite nice (I once made a non-film Michael Nyman compilation in the past, however, so it isn't a completely unheard of concept for me; that was back in the tape cassette mix days, though).

No Tribble At All

After receiving my Season 1 Blu-ray set (which is an absolutely beautifully produced package), I have also started work on a new Star Trek compilation consisting of various re-recordings of the original series music. The disc will feature music from the two Varése Sarabande compilations conducted by Fred Steiner, the two Label X compilations conducted by Tony Bremner, two different recordings of "The Cage" suite, one conducted by Erich Kunzel, the other Paul Bateman, and I'm going to close the whole enchilada with Mike Townend's version of the title theme (with the Jill Washington soprano line). I can't think of any more recordings of music from the show proper (recommendations or pointing out ones I've missed would be greatly appreciated).

Jim Kirk weighs in on the idea of my new Star Trek mix… everybody's a freakin' critic.

I reserve any attempt to create a mix with the original series tracks until after it becomes clear that we won't be able to expect any more releases of Star Trek scores… which La La Land's recent announcement now makes a total possibility. While there is a decent amount of the music that was made available on the GNP Crescendo records, there is plenty still left that would be great to have (George Duning's "Metamorphosis," Fred Steiner's "Who Mourns for Adonis" and "Elaan of Troyius," the full versions of Joseph Mullendore's "The Conscience of the King" and Gerald Fried's "The Paradise Syndrome") and the pilot scores album could use a good remastering. A quick glance at Jeff Bond's book The Music of Star Trek and Star Trek show that a box set of all the music from the series actually wouldn't be that many discs (many of the episodes that have a credited composer were only partial scores anyway; for example, Steiner is listed as the composer for "The Omega Glory" when the only original music in that episode is the perverted "E Plebniste" version of the Star-Spangled Banner).
Tags: film music, high def, michael nyman, mix workshop, sandy courage, star trek, vangelis
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