Drone

Vangelis has always been my favourite music artist.  I listened to his music incessantly in my late teens/early 20s, and while I don’t listen to him as much nowadays, he’s a mainstay and remains my biggest single-artist collection to date at 16 albums (all the other artists average at 3-5 albums).

Many of Vangelis’ compositions contain a distinct musical sequence: a slow, deep drone-like bassline, overlaid with luminous, tinkling, treble notes.  It’s most distinctive in “Rêve” (Opera Sauvage), “Antarctica Echoes” (Antarctica OST), and “Abraham’s Theme” (Chariots of Fire OST).  It also appears in different permutations in “Summit” (China), “Monastery of La Rábida” (1492: Conquest of Paradise OST), “Come to Me” and “P.S.” (Voices), “Dawn” (The City), “Love Theme from Blade Runner” and “Rachel’s Song” (Blade Runner OST), and “Spotkanie Z Matką” (Blade Runner 25th Anniversary).

I’ve heard this sequence nowhere else except in Vangelis’ music.  Until recently, when I started listening to drone and white-noise generators at myNoise to help me concentrate, and came across this particular noise generator.  It produces a drone that sounded uncannily like the one I heard in Vangelis’ music.  That URL above links to the custom sound I’ve tuned to sound somewhat like that tinkling sequence in Vangelis’ music.

I’d never ever noticed before that Vangelis uses drone sequences in his music.  Now that I recognize what it is, I’m hearing it in every single composition.  This explains why whenever I’m feeling stressed or blue, I always turn back to Vangelis to soothe my soul.  His tunes are so melancholy but very beautiful, and very comforting and calming.  It’s because of the melodious drones.  And no one composes music like Vangelis

It’s currently a stressful time.  I’m listening to lots more Vangelis these days.

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