The Blade Runner Thread

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Here we discuss arguably the best sci-fi score of all time and a career peak for the Greek God of the Synthesizer, Vangelis, just off the Academy Award-winning Chariots of Fire. But where the earlier score was soft, crystalline and English, Blade Runner was moody, dark and cut from a relentless futurism. Chock full of hissing string pads and CS-80 brass swells, sumptuous Baker Street sax and vocal arabesques, ambient whispers and proto-techno, Vangelis recorded music for almost every second of the movie -- and then some.

Incredibly, a proper release of the score has never been issued. Despite almost instant acclaim, an official release was only given in 1994, featuring re-recorded bits, dialog from the movie and, worst of all, a mere single disc's worth of material. Myriad bootlegs have surfaced over the years -- the one I dl'd is the Esper Edition, which is quite good and about as definitive as it gets.

What say ILM about this legendary recording?

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 01:31 (twelve years ago) link

Classic. Always takes me to, well, another world when I listen to it. Timeless in a retro-futuristic way, both in 1982 and now.

How can I tell if it's the Esper boot I'm looking at?

Mr. Odd, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 01:49 (twelve years ago) link

Best soundtrack ever.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 01:59 (twelve years ago) link

Definitive edition of the soundtrack is due later in the year to parallel the DVD set.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:00 (twelve years ago) link

See also "Los Angeles - November 2019" which I like a lot and is described as so: "It's not a bootleg version of the soundtrack. Instead, it uses ambience and sound effects from the film (and, according to some sources, also from the Blade Runner video game) along with some of the music low in the mix to recreate the atmosphere of Blade Runner's world. It's a kind of aural travelogue through the film's near future L.A., a somnambulic drift through a seedy, bustling, rain soaked moloch of a city. To give you an idea, think of a brooding, nocturnal urbane counterpart to KLF's Chill Out album." More info about it and the various bootlegs here:

Lie Bot, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:14 (twelve years ago) link

Absolutely essential.

Alex in NYC, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:17 (twelve years ago) link

Man, I'm going to be dumping a load of money on Blade Runner stuff later this year, aren't I?

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:22 (twelve years ago) link

fuck, there's a new revamped soundtrack too? SO MUCH SHIT TO BUY ARRRGH OVERLOAD

latebloomer, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:30 (twelve years ago) link

I wish they gave you the soundtrack with the DVDs instead of, you know, a freaking suitcase.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:31 (twelve years ago) link

i'm guessing the new soundstrack is without the snippets of dialogue awkwardly forced into the songs

latebloomer, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:32 (twelve years ago) link

I wish they gave you the soundtrack with the DVDs instead of, you know, a freaking suitcase.

God, tell me about it. I especially love how the sensibly-packaged versions omit the fifth disc with the workprint just to make fanatics like myself shell out for some flimsy, ugly-ass packaging that won't fit properly on a shelf.

But an expanded soundtrack...! My CD copy is scratched all to hell and I'd been pondering replacing it with the recent UK reissue; now I can't help but think "well, maybe I should pick up both, so I have the 1994 release's running order..."

I am a pathetic junkie and I may need help.

Telephone thing, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:37 (twelve years ago) link

Definitive edition of the soundtrack is due later in the year to parallel the DVD set.

Ned, will we not have to buy the suitcase, then? Is it a multi-disc set?

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:41 (twelve years ago) link

It's actually cheaper to get the five disc version in HD DVD or blue ray, about the same as getting the four disc in normal DVD. But that requires having an HD DVD or blue Ray player.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:42 (twelve years ago) link

According to my quick perusal of Amazon just now, there are a lot of different versions coming out in regular DVD. Basically, there is a two disc version, a four disc version, and the five disc version with the suitcase. The four disc version seems to be the most reasonable of the lot, but it doesn't come with the workprint.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 02:43 (twelve years ago) link

I'm taking the simple approach -- ask for the five DVD set for Xmas. (Since, conveniently, it is released right before Xmas.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:01 (twelve years ago) link

My friends don't like me THAT much.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:03 (twelve years ago) link

(I'm talking family in my case.)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:09 (twelve years ago) link

Ned - do you have a link for info about the forthcoming soundtrack?

Mr. Odd, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:11 (twelve years ago) link

My family doesn't like me THAT much.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:12 (twelve years ago) link

Yeah, come on, Ned -- give up the 411 on this "definitive edition" of which you brag...

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:35 (twelve years ago) link

From a couple months back:

Hi Everyone,

Just finish "BLADE RUNNER" Version 2 project with VANGELIS .....
Three months of works including restoring tape process and new mixes with the last Euphonix Serie 5 desk.

Something's up.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:36 (twelve years ago) link

Similar post, found elsewhere:

June 27th 2007 - Blog of Vangelis' collaborator, Frederick Rousseau:
here is a snip from the blog of Vangelis' collaborator, Frederick Rousseau: "Hi Everyone, Just finish the "BLADE RUNNER" Version 2 project with VANGELIS ..... Three months of works including restoring tape process and new mixes with the last Euphonix Serie 5 desk. This Project brings back a lot of memories to Vangelis from that laps of time. During the last weeks we found a lot of unreleased cues and musics composed for the film and never used in it.... ( Interesting moment of discovery ... ) Blade Runner released date: October 2007".

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 03:54 (twelve years ago) link

man as much as i love this record i am recently way more into the escape from new york soundtrack

r1o natsume, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 04:37 (twelve years ago) link

also, if anyone has the new american orchestra version for ysi i would be much olbiged

r1o natsume, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 04:39 (twelve years ago) link

I highly recommend listening to this while driving around Los Angeles at night!

Spencer Chow, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 06:57 (twelve years ago) link

bonus points if this is your ride:

latebloomer, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 07:01 (twelve years ago) link

The suitcase comes out the day after my birthday. And I find the Amazon US preorder price to be in fact kinda reasonable.

I don't know which bootleg version of the soundtrack I have on my iPod (it has all the synth music, plus two old 78-sounding love songs and the audio from the movie's trailer) but it's fucking great. I downloaded it after listening to Arve Henriksen's Strjon, because one track from that album was very reminiscent of the BR opening music.

unperson, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 11:18 (twelve years ago) link

Esper Edition tracklisting:

1. Prologue And Main Titles - 3:53
2. Leon's Voight Kampff Test - Sushi Bar - 1:37
3. Damask Rose - 2:00
4. Spinner Ascent (Los Angeles November 2019) - 1:31
5. Blush Response - 5:45
6. Wait For Me - 5:18
7. Deckard Meets Rachel - Rachel's Voight Kampff Test - 1:36
8. Rachel's Song - 4:20
9. Tales Of The Future (On The Trail Of Nexus 6) - 4:53
10. Bicycle Riders (Harps Of The Ancient Temples) - 2:11
11. Chew's Eye Lab - 1:17
12. Memories Of Green - 5:31
13. Blade Runner Blues (Extended version) - 10:07
14. Pris Meets J.F. Sebastian - 1:41
15. One More Kiss, Dear - 3:57
16. Deckard's Dream - 1:11
17. Thinking Of Rachel (Love Theme Different Take) - 1:17
18. Esper Analysis - Animoid Row Part 1 - 3:59
19. Animoid Row Part 2 - 1:10
20. Taffey Lewis' Night Club - 2:01
21. Salome's Dance - 1:23
22. Zhora's Retirement - 1:42
23. I Am The Business - 1:29
24. Love Theme (Extended Version) - 5:56
25. I Dreamt Music (Alternative Love Theme) - 4:22
26. Morning At The Bradbury - 3:34
27. The Prodigal Son Brings Death - 3:41
28. Deckard Enters The Bradbury - 3:01
29. Dangerous Days - 0:57
30. Wounded Animals - 10:55
31. Tears In Rain - 2:54
32. Rachel Sleeps - 2:01
33. End Titles (Extended Version) - 7:22

caek, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 12:46 (twelve years ago) link

I am "on" it. Haven't ever really listened to this without watching the movie, but it's probably as lovely on its own.

sonderangerbot, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

I like it. It goes very well with bright blue LED lights.

Richard Wood Johnson, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 14:37 (twelve years ago) link

I downloaded it after listening to Arve Henriksen's Strjon, because one track from that album was very reminiscent of the BR opening music.

Which cut? I'm intrigued...

Naive Teen Idol, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 14:57 (twelve years ago) link

I want the work print, but I do not want the trinkets and briefcase. You can get the five-disc edition without the crap in HD or Bluray, but not on regular DVD. Bah.

caek, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 15:00 (twelve years ago) link

It comes out two days before my birthday! Go figure that.

Jeff Treppel, Wednesday, 15 August 2007 19:25 (twelve years ago) link

It should be noted here that SEVERAL themes from this are catchy as all hell.

My current fave: Mary Hopkin's wordless cooing on "Rachel's Song."

Naive Teen Idol, Thursday, 16 August 2007 15:34 (twelve years ago) link

> Which cut? I'm intrigued...

Can't remember now, and it could be that there was no actual melodic similarity, just one of those instances where a piece of music psychically triggers the need to hear another piece by someone else.

unperson, Thursday, 16 August 2007 16:00 (twelve years ago) link

Milton Parker, Thursday, 23 August 2007 21:37 (twelve years ago) link

i used to put the movie on and just go sit on the doorstep smoking a cigarette and listening to the soundtrack.

theres no other movie I would even consider doing that with.

then the soundtrack came out and the ritual was lost.

off topic but Bladerunner is the one reason Im considering a HDTV this year.

p.s. dont touch the orchestral vinyl soundtrack. it sells on ebay occaisionally for good money and was a blatant cash in.

Hamildan, Friday, 24 August 2007 18:26 (twelve years ago) link

four weeks pass...

So I still can't find hide nor hair about an official 25th anniversary release of the soundtrack...

Mr. Odd, Saturday, 22 September 2007 14:21 (twelve years ago) link

You'll have to steal it.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 September 2007 14:26 (twelve years ago) link,,20056516,00.html

s1ocki, Saturday, 22 September 2007 15:42 (twelve years ago) link a cute supporting role alongside Tom Selleck in the CBS movie-of-the-week Jesse Stone: Sea Change.

This combination is all the more sad when you think about the two of them in the screen test for Raiders of the Lost Ark that's on the extra DVD with the box set.

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 September 2007 15:52 (twelve years ago) link

But WHOA on that James Woods bit:

Some bitterness dies hard. In a 1992 EW cover story on Young, Woods sounded a note of contrition when he said that ''I love and admire Sean,'' and elsewhere he has been quoted as saying ''Maybe she'll say it's time to bury the hatchet. I can only be a gentleman and say I hope for the best.'' But when approached again for this piece, he struck back at the actress in four angry and raw e-mails sent to EW over the course of 12 hours, cc'd to his lawyer and publicist. He wrote, among other things, that the actress perpetrated a ''jihad of terror'' against him and his now ex-wife, that this all ''was certainly not about spurned advances, as they were most assuredly not spurned,'' and that ''I am sure it is fashionable to bash the guy (yawn) and pity the poor woman.'' (He also stressed that a highly publicized urban legend, wherein Young superglued his penis to his leg, was entirely false and if the magazine suggested otherwise he'd take EW to court. The actress also denies the incident.) His lawyer quickly followed up Woods' eruption with an e-mail saying the messages had been accidentally sent, and insisted EW only quote his client using the following statement: ''These incidents took place over 20 years ago, and I have moved on and would suggest Ms. Young do the same.''

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 22 September 2007 15:55 (twelve years ago) link

oh man

s1ocki, Saturday, 22 September 2007 16:25 (twelve years ago) link

one month passes...

watching the final cut in the theater really makes the official version of this score seem like an insult

El Tomboto, Sunday, 4 November 2007 19:05 (twelve years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 19:06 (twelve years ago) link

When the end credits started I could barely move.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 4 November 2007 19:07 (twelve years ago) link

otoh listening to "blade runner blues" from the lame old OST makes me feel like the loneliest man alive*.

* which I might be.

El Tomboto, Saturday, 10 November 2007 10:07 (twelve years ago) link

haha Ned when I saw it (twice) it was the opening credits that made me feel like a tiny bastard for having a bladder!

El Tomboto, Saturday, 10 November 2007 10:09 (twelve years ago) link

Hahah wow. But I hear you. Talk about how a few sounds just nail you to the wall (or rather the chair).

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 10 November 2007 14:06 (twelve years ago) link

Rather than spend $80 on the set, ask for a Toshiba HD-A2 HD DVD player for the holidays (available in certain sales for $98), then rent the HD Bladerunner from Netflix. Best way to truly enjoy the enhanced picture/sound (if you have a good screen and soundsystem).

Fastnbulbous, Saturday, 10 November 2007 14:27 (twelve years ago) link

While I agree the second disc is solid, I surely didn't need a Vangelis album "inspired" by the movie! So I downloaded one of the major bootlegs and all is well.

Mr. Odd, Saturday, 9 February 2008 12:58 (twelve years ago) link


Given the much-discussed nature of Blade Runner, it's a little confusing that Vangelis tacked on a whole disc of new compositions and didn't just release the entire score. The works on the third disc are certainly fine on their own, a nice return by Vangelis to the synthesized new age that he doesn't compose much anymore. The work on this disc sounds dated at times, and sort-of purposelessly includes muffled spoken-word performances from the likes of Ridley Scott, Oliver Stone, and Roman Polanski. Is it really necessary to include, as Vangelis does on "No Expectation Boulevard", actual dialogue of Ridley Scott discussing the Final Cut project?


caek, Saturday, 9 February 2008 13:28 (twelve years ago) link

two months pass...

Finally snagged the set last weekend up in Seattle. The third disc is a bit curious but sonically it's a nice enough follow-on and the spoken word snippets make it a sequel to the 1994 soundtrack that works in its own way.

I still find it interesting that the actual opening music for the initial credits/expository crawl isn't on here but then again all I really have to do is just put on the movie to get that...

Ned Raggett, Monday, 21 April 2008 05:16 (twelve years ago) link

playing of the Blade Runner soundtrack at Massive Attacks Meltdown festival 2008.

tickets available friday.

Hamildan, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 13:48 (twelve years ago) link

As in they just set up the CD or what? A live Vangelis performance would be interesting.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 14:34 (twelve years ago) link

its a massive attack version, i think.

performed live by the Heritage Orchestra, mixed by Massive Attack
17 June" (off the webternet.)

Hamildan, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 20:34 (twelve years ago) link


Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 22 April 2008 20:43 (twelve years ago) link

one year passes...

[skip first five minutes of sid]

i know it's nothing new, but this 'Tyrell' song is gorgeous and with the BR clips just reminds me now why it's still a fucking glorious epic of a film

bracken free ditch (Ste), Wednesday, 25 November 2009 23:40 (ten years ago) link

the scene of the unicorn galloping through just gets me every time

bracken free ditch (Ste), Wednesday, 25 November 2009 23:40 (ten years ago) link

I watched through the 3.5 hour documentary that was with the final cut release, and there were not really that many soundtrack tidbits. Sadly, no Vangelis interview. They did mention that during some of the filming, they had sound systems on the roofs playing either preliminary Vangelis cuts or some of his past work for mood music.

mh, Thursday, 26 November 2009 02:37 (ten years ago) link

one year passes...

Sean Young posted some of her personal behind-the-scenes Polaroids from the set of Blade Runner.

more pics here

Darin, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 00:22 (nine years ago) link

v cool (max arrrrrgh), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 00:36 (nine years ago) link

god I fucking love those

dayo, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 01:53 (nine years ago) link

That awesome hair. Those 'brows. Those red, red, lips. The rewards from this movie are never ending.

Spinspin Sugah, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 03:11 (nine years ago) link

Is the 'New American Orchestra' rendition worth picking up? A cd copy is sitting in my local used record store for cheap.

sam500, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 05:05 (nine years ago) link

Some great polaroid shots, thanks for the link Darin.

Bill A, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 07:30 (nine years ago) link

Slightly awkward to see that she includes 2012 endtimes stuff on her site though (click home, click the symbols to the left and right of the title/her name) :-/

StanM, Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:18 (nine years ago) link

shes always been totally nuts

☂ (max), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:23 (nine years ago) link

^^^ Yes. I remember seeing an interview with her on like Sally Jesse or something when I was little and wondering who the crazy lady with a boy's name and big shoulder pads was.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:26 (nine years ago) link

Those polaroids are really awesome.

\(^o\) (/o^)/ (ENBB), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:29 (nine years ago) link

Is the 'New American Orchestra' rendition worth picking up?

Not really. The magic of the soundtrack is pretty much the Vangelis synth sound, which that recording is utterly lacking.

the girl from spirea x (f. hazel), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:30 (nine years ago) link

god so beautiful

i like that theo parrish record that samples the new american orchestra version

corpse pose (missingNO), Tuesday, 31 May 2011 14:46 (nine years ago) link

@the girl from spirea x (f. hazel) - thanks.

sam500, Thursday, 2 June 2011 02:26 (eight years ago) link

two years pass...

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:31 (six years ago) link

Oh damn, this is an ILM thread.

Johnny Fever, Wednesday, 16 October 2013 23:32 (six years ago) link

haha. the music is inextricable from the movie tho so it's all good. my fav soundtrack ever. :)

i would like to dl the esper edition sometime but i am really torrent-illiterate. i'll figure it out eventually.

dyl, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:03 (six years ago) link

here you go! grab it while you can as 'they' keep taking it down

piscesx, Thursday, 17 October 2013 00:40 (six years ago) link

three years pass...

Funny that this reboot and teh star wars both have a theme of "we found harrison ford and its 20 years later! "

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Monday, 17 July 2017 16:47 (two years ago) link

Coffee shop was playing the cut from the soundtrack with Demis Roussos's voice today. Nice way to begin the morning.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 17 July 2017 17:14 (two years ago) link

My all-time favorite soundtrack. None of the officially released versions satisfy, though, so I found the 3 disc "EMS Recombination" version. It picks up all the random bits from the film and then some!

Details here:

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 July 2017 02:09 (two years ago) link

Well, have spent a lot of fruitless time trying to find a way to download that :(

Mince Pramthwart (James Morrison), Friday, 21 July 2017 04:06 (two years ago) link

It's all over slsk.

Gerald McBoing-Boing, Friday, 21 July 2017 04:14 (two years ago) link

all those hours will be like tears in rain

Dean of the University (Latham Green), Monday, 24 July 2017 17:33 (two years ago) link

two years pass...

The sound design of 'Blade Runner' shaped me as much as the soundtrack--and both were pivotal for 14-year-old-me, circa 1994 and the 'Director's Cut'. And the film and the sound have stuck with me over all these years. Discovering the sound-design-focused bootleg 'Los Angeles, November 2019' some years back, I've wanted to make a mix that treated those sounds as field recordings, to pair with contemporary music that felt like it came from the world of 'Blade Runner' as much as our own world. Now here we are in 2019--and our world is quickly tilting toward 'Blade Runner's, minus the flying cars. But the isolation-in-a-crowd, the paranoiac uncertainty about the meaning of “real,” and oligarchic dehumanization of the oppressed feel intimately familiar. And I realized a lot of my favorite music from this year sounds exactly like what music would sound like in that nocturnal Los Angeles.

So I've put together 'Like Tears, In Rain' as a tribute to today's music and the beautiful squalor of 'Blade Runner':

Various – ‘Like Tears, In Rain’ (2019)

[Music in the World of ‘Blade Runner’]

I. Chinatown
[00:00] Elucid – “A Great Many Wishes” (‘Every Egg I Cracked Today’, 2019)
[02:30] Hildur Gudnadottir– “Gallery” (‘Chernobyl’, 2019)

II. Police Headquarters
[04:50] Debby Friday– “Indulge Me” (‘Bitchpunk’, 2019)

III. Tyrell Corporation
[08:15] Yosuke Tokunaga – “Cabinet” (‘8 Furnitures’, 2019)
[10:50] Tim Hecker – “Step Away From Konoyo” (‘Anoyo’, 2019)

IV. Apartment 9732
[15:15] Yatta – “Francis” (‘Wahala’, 2019)
[19:35] Thom Yorke – “Dawn Chorus” (‘Anima’, 2019)

V. Downtown
[25:15] Burial – “State Forest” (‘Claustro’ EP, 2019)
[30:35] These New Puritans – “A-R-P” (‘Inside The Rose’, 2019)

VI. Animoid Row
[36:45] Christian Scott aTunde Adjuah – “I Own The Night” (‘Ancestral Recall’, 2019)

[42:20] Andrew Wasylyk – “Through The Field Beyond the Trees” (‘The Paralian’, 2019)
[43:50] Nelson Bandela – “Balance 101” (‘Fantastic’, 2019)

VIII. Apartment 9732
[45:30] Sequoyah Murray – “I Wonder” (‘Before You Begin’, 2019)
[49:30] Charles Hayward – “Watching You” (‘Begin Anywhere’, 2019)

IX. Downtown
[53:00] Country Florist – “Outlastr” (‘Outlastr’ EP, 2019)

X. The Bradbury
[57:05] Lealani – “The Mountain” (‘Fantastic Planet’, 2019)
[60:25] Clipping – “Nothing Is Safe” (‘There Existed an Addiction to Blood’, 2019)
[65:25] Fran & Flora – “Doina I” (‘Unfurl’, 2019)

[Total Time: 71:00]

If you're curious, stream or download here:

Soundslike, Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:17 (eight months ago) link

wow, thanks!

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:23 (eight months ago) link

Will listen
If it were my mix I would sub out thom yorke for some hke or dream catalogue stuff

calstars, Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:38 (eight months ago) link

I'm not huge on solo Thom Yorke, but that particular track just fit irrefutably, to my ears, so I had to include it (given especially I'm drawing entirely from 2019 music). . .

Soundslike, Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:40 (eight months ago) link

A dodgy fileshare link to 'Los Angeles, November 2019' is here, btw -

(mentioned at the top of this thread)

Li'l Brexit (Tracer Hand), Saturday, 28 September 2019 20:48 (eight months ago) link

Well, that certainly puts my half-hearted attempt at a Blade Runner-themed playlist from a few years back to shame!

I think I went at it from a different angle and had a few Kuedo tracks that were indebted to Vangelis’ original end credits and a fair amount of Dream Catalogue material

mh, Saturday, 28 September 2019 21:03 (eight months ago) link

Two mentions of Dream Catalogue as related to Blade Runner, never heard of it/them, so will have to investigate.

I think the key for me for this mix was thinking of music that seemed like it could come from the world of Blade Runner, not necessarily music that was especially influenced by 'Blade Runner'. Probably a high degree of overlap in truth, but allowed me to escape the shadow of Vangelis somewhat, while still honoring what he created.

Soundslike, Sunday, 29 September 2019 00:23 (eight months ago) link

Yeah, hke has said that the BR soundtrack played a part in the creation of DC. “Why doesn’t anyone make music like this anymore” or something to that effect

calstars, Sunday, 29 September 2019 00:28 (eight months ago) link

Amazing, thank you

Tsar Bombadil (James Morrison), Sunday, 29 September 2019 02:30 (eight months ago) link

Kuedo's Severance was I think entirely indebted to blending footwork with Bladerunner and one of my favorite records of this soon to be ending decade.

Dream Catalogue I'm familiar with only from 2814, but it appears to be one of the only remaining vaporwave labels with any consistency and credibility. They basically churn out "Bladerunner" style vaporwave music!

octobeard, Monday, 30 September 2019 21:28 (eight months ago) link

DC is not the only “consistent, credible” v wave label around. There’s Geometric Lullaby, My pet Flamingo, pure life, global pattern, virtual dream plaza, BLCR, the Infiniti pool, DMT Tapes FL, just to name a few

calstars, Monday, 30 September 2019 22:25 (eight months ago) link

BTW, looks like a lossless version based on a hypercomplete 'Esper' edition of recent years is here, though with selections of its own. Assuming the quality's any good -- I'm downloading it now -- this could be it:

Ned Raggett, Saturday, 5 October 2019 05:13 (seven months ago) link

thanks ned

calstars, Saturday, 5 October 2019 13:48 (seven months ago) link

Thanks, Ned! Lots of cues I've never heard compiled til now.

SQUIRREL MEAT!! (Capitaine Jay Vee), Sunday, 6 October 2019 08:08 (seven months ago) link

My gosh, Ned, that version is even more "complete" than the thirty-something track version on the 'Esper Edition' bootleg from a few years back. Thanks!

Soundslike, Sunday, 6 October 2019 22:25 (seven months ago) link

Yeah, it's remarkable. At this point I'm assuming we'll never quite get it better than this.

Ned Raggett, Monday, 7 October 2019 04:45 (seven months ago) link

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