Awesometracks: Blade Runner

I was going to start this new section with another soundtrack but I ultimately decided to talk first about Blade Runner‘s OST, as it has been my latest addiction.

Blade Runner's OST Cover

Blade Runner is a 1982 film by Ridley Scott, starring Harrison Ford, based on the 1968 novel by Philip K. DickDo Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?. It’s a classic and overall great movie, at least the Final Cut version.

The soundtrack was composed by Vangelis, of Chariots of Fire fame, and is full of synthesizers, evoking a sense of futureness. And just as the movie itself, there are a several version of the OST. The one I’ve grown fond of is the 1994 official version, as other version like the 2007 and the Esper Edition just seem too long. I find 1994’s a perfect fit, neither long nor short. Now, I don’t mean the others are bad, they work as extended versions of the OST, which is great if you want to spend more time with the same genre.

One of the things I like about the soundtrack is how there’s some dialogue from the movie along with the tracks; it feels like a very abridged version of the movie (the 1994 version). It kind of reminds me of this aquarelle version of the movie (it’s about 30 minutes long).

There’s one song, One More Kiss, Dear, that disrupts the general feeling of the album. It’s like an Insert Song. However, the song serves a good purpose, as it’s refreshing to the otherwise sad and melancholic soundtrack, as well as a throwback to the early 1900’s. And it just makes sense, as Blade Runner is essentially a film noir, a genre with heavy roots and influences on such times.

Rachel, the femme fatale
Rachel, the femme fatale

My favorite track must be Tales Of The Future. It’s a strange and exotic experience, full of mysticism, that makes me recall Space Lion (from the Cowboy Bebop OST).

The music reflects the gloomy feeling of the Blade Runner world
The music reflects the gloomy feeling of the Blade Runner world

The Main Titles and End Titles are also great, as they are the theme songs. I’ve also noticed how Blade Runner’s theme song sounds somewhat familiar to that from Deus Ex (but more on that in the future, *wink*).

As the OST is short (at least the 1994 version) and the whole album is just great, there’s no need for a custom playlist. So, here’s the playlist for the full work:

Blade Runner’s soundtrack is wonderful and full of character, and a perfect companion for work.

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