I am a huge fan of Ridley Scott's Blade Runner > both the film and the soundtrack > and 2007 is the 25th anniversary of the original film's release... so it kind of made sense to splash out on some art... and boy am I glad.
The boxset is 5 DVDs of audio-visual goodness > 5 (yes FIVE!!!) versions of the film...
- The definitive 2007 director's cut
- The original US theatrical release (1982)
- The original International release (1982)
- The "director's cut" (1992)
- A "working cut" edit of deleted footage
One of my all time top five fav albums is Vangelis' soundtrack to Blade Runner > it is sheer bliss. Its the album that introduced me to ambient music... electronica... soundtracks... soundscapes... techno... the works. I love it! So you can appreciate how wet my pants (American) were when I discovered that the 25th anniversary celebration included a release of additional music from the film and an "inspired by" CD as part of a 3 disc digipack.
Absolutely awesome... the 2nd disc is a welcome extension of the 1st... most soundscapes from the film from Vangelis. Truly beautiful ambience. The 3rd disc, on the other hand, is something new... different... intriguing. Its like a cross between a "love" remix CD (like the one the Beatles recently released that mashes up and remixes existing material) and something new > as if Vangelis has himself been inspired by the glitchy ambient electro-synthetica of modern times. Lots of "spoken word" samples that help contextualise the work and provide substance > its like hearing sippets... strains of songs... themes in the background as you go about the busy-ness of life. Personally, I love it. Its new and different... and reminds me of 1994 when the original soundtrack was new and different... and yet familiar.
Last... but not least... I was delighted to be able to afford Tom Middleton's debut solo album :: Lifetracks :: I am a huge fan of Tom's... when I grow up I want to be a DJ/Producer like Tom. I have no chance. I am savouring this album... it is full of ambient electronic goodness > spanning an emotional journey for Tom between 1998 and 2007. In some ways... it is a soundtrack to life... not just his > as he has shaped the CD to be. It reminds me of Ulrich Schnauss > upbeat... vibrant... lively... deep... soulful... expressive... contemplative... passive... meaningful. Truly one of the best albums I have heard in a long, long time...
Here's the video to "Shinkansen" to let you get the gist.
I was blessed to receive this award... and I believe I have used the gift wisely... as an uplift and a memorial. I am grateful!
Check them out... if you get the chance... or pop round to mine one evening... and we'll geek out together.