Vangelis - Blade Runner (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

Vangelis — Blade Runner (Music From The Original Soundtrack)

Warner Music Group, 1982

The score for Ridley Scott’s sci-fi opus Blade Runner is a fitting companion for the film’s dystopian vision of 2019 Los Angeles. The tracks are epic, sweeping soundscapes of electronic and ambient glitter punctuated with dialogue from the film itself. It’s an immersive soundscape that comes to an end all too soon. I’m reminded of the film’s climactic monologue: “… all those moments will be lost in time, like tears in rain…”

BEST: 1, 5, 7, 12

 

1. Main Titles [3:42]— The shimmering electronic heart of the film. Starts with some mumblings from Harrison Ford.

2. Blush Response [5:47] — You hear Dr. Eldon Tyrell explain the Voight-Kampff test, over a texture of glittering ambient sparkles.

3. Wait for Me [5:27] — Mysterious bells and grand electronics. Hints of saxophone.

4. Rachel’s Song [4:46] — Ominous drips n drops with a single, heavenly voice at the fore.

5. Love Theme [4:56] — Distorted, smoky sax.

6. One More Kiss, Dear [3:58] — A 30’s era jazzy cut.

7. Blade Runner Blues [8:53] — Mournful electronics. Expansive, adventurous ambient sound.

8. Memories of Green [5:05] — Saloon-style piano and distorted ambient noise.

9. Tales of the Future [4:46] — Indecipherable singing over electronic noise.

10. Damask Rose [2:32] — Low, ominous hums.

11. Blade Runner (End Titles) [4:40] — Over-the-top end credits suite. Not the best track here.

12. Tears in Rain [3:00] — Gorgeous, hopeful, epic soundscape from the film’s climax.

Will Gottsegen