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ScoreKeeper Has Five Copies Of BSX Record's BLADE RUNNER Soundtrack To Give Away!

Published at: Nov. 8, 2012, 9:45 a.m. CST

Greetings! ScoreKeeper here back from an excursion into the dark ages of communication. I've been absent for a while (did you miss me?) due to the fact that my studio has not had an internet connection in almost two months. My WIFI supplier moved to a new building so I decided to get my own hard line. Problem was, there were no lines running into my suite. So I had to get them installed. That was not a fast process.

However, I am currently online and and it feels great. I've got a bunch of stuff to write about, giveaway, and report that's been piling up so hopefully I can get caught up in the next couple weeks.

To get things rolling I wanted to give away five copies of BSX Records' new recording of  BLADE RUNNER produced and performed by Edgar Rothermich. I reported on this just before I lost my net connection and I was quite fond of it then and I still am. There's been a mixed reaction to this as it is not the original Vangelis recording; however, all the previous soundtrack releases of this score (put out by Vangelis himself) were messed with and re-arranged to the point where none of them truly felt like the actual film score. Ironically, it took somebody else entirely to recreate the BLADE RUNNER score from scratch and the more I listen to this, the more I'm convinced it's the most faithful soundtrack album of the score to date.

I've never been much of a re-recording type of collector but this album along with BSX's recreation of THE THING are definitely turning me around. I want to give you a chance to win one for yourself. If you're a fan of BLADE RUNNER and it's score, I think you'll enjoy it as well.

So what do you have to do?

First of all, you have to email me at scorekeeper@aintitcool.com using the subject: I AM A REPLICANT! and include your name, mailing address, a valid email address, and your favorite moment in BLADE RUNNER. I'll collect all the entries and then randomly select five winners who will receive the CD soundtrack for BLADE RUNNER by Vangelis, produce and performed by Edgar Rothermich, courtesy of BSX Records. The deadline for submission is Thursday, November 8, 2012 at 11:59pm CST. Only one entry per person. International entries will be accepted. Duplicates will be discarded.

For more information regarding this release including track listing, audio demos, and purchasing information, check out BSX Records.

 

"BLADE RUNNER is the most difficult kind of score to deconstruct," said BSX producer Ford A. Thaxton. "Symphonic music can usually be determined because the instrumental palette is known. But the 1970s-era electronic technology and the improvisational style in which Vangelis created the score made it especially difficult. But we feel Edgar's made a very close replication of what the score sounded like in the film. He's true to the sound the original but he's brought it into today's world."
"The objective from the very beginning was to be as close as possible to the original score as heard in the film," Rothermich said. "It was never a case of my interpreting the soundtrack. It was essentially a re-recording of the soundtrack music."

 

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  • Nov. 2, 2012, 2:03 p.m. CST

    Vangelis and the Mercury commercial theme.. DOPE

    by Baron Karza

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:04 p.m. CST

    Edgar Rothermich added...

    by Pat

    ...and to accomplish all of this on my dusted off Apple II C while drinking New Coke, smoking Benson and Hedges, and eating Steak-ums was quite a chore, but it in the end it sounds pretty rad!

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:31 p.m. CST

    It'd take at least an Amiga to do this, menstruatingheart.

    by Bill C.

    Dammit, now I'm looking for a MOD of this...

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:45 p.m. CST

    There was a terrible Vangelis version...

    by Righteous Brother

    that had bits of dialogue from the film all over it. Rubbish. When I was a kid I had the New American Orchestra version on vinyl, which at the time I really liked.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 3:55 p.m. CST

    wow..im impressed.

    by Robert Evans

    I listened to those samples and they sound pretty decent.

  • I'll pick this one up and give it a listen though.

  • It's been often said Bladerunner is one of those films that truly has another star, the score. The film is simply not the film without the score. For me, it's the score, the sound FX, and the dialog. They all dance together. I can admit the sfx more so than the dialog make it all work. This is why I like the Esper edition so much. Hearing that rain falling during, Blade Runner Blues and Tears in the Rain, completes that piece of music. Just as the sound of the Spinners whizzing by in the opening theme do. It's just how I interpret my love for it.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:11 p.m. CST

    The drums from the open are too pronounced and gapped.

    by Pixelsmack

    The drum hits in the beginning are too gapped from each other and too heavy. In Vangelis's they drum hits start tighter, then gap out as they progress, but are much more subdued overall. They fade in to reverb more. The "whine" is also far more soothing and gentle in the original. This BSX version is definitely a modern take on this legendary score. It's not BAD at all. It's just different. I will buy this for the same reason I listen to both vinyl and SACD versions of Dark Side of the Moon. It is nice to hear these pieces of music recorded with a modern interpretation.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:14 p.m. CST

    pixelsmack

    by Robert Evans

    then you must LOVE the original score release of APOCALYPSE NOW. i really cant hear the score without the dialogue and listening to the REDUX score (without the dialogue and effects) is kinda off putting.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:23 p.m. CST

    Has anyone bought THE THING score from BSX?

    by Robert Evans

    its sounds pretty good. but im not as familiar with that score as i am BLADE RUNNER

  • Sadly I lost it and have been waiting for it to show on Ebay or......elsewhere. BSX's The Thing is very well done.

  • Totally forgot to mention that! My friend mixes his own scores and soundtracks for films that either don't put out completes or don't put out at all. He's done Ferris Bueller, Bladerunner, and Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2. Now all of his, except Bladerunner, feature dialog smartly placed. For Bladerunner, like Esper, he only did sound FX. He did a much nicer job than Esper though. Not as harsh as he mixed in the film versions with the Vangelis score versions. And it's a continuous one-track mix. Blends seamlessly from song to song, venue to venue. I generally mean MOJO when I say "Esper" only because everyone knows the Esper version and not his.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:34 p.m. CST

    kinda pissed the DVD of THING has isolated score

    by Robert Evans

    but is not anamorphic and the blu drops the score but has a glorious transfer.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:36 p.m. CST

    i need to get that Esper version.

    by Robert Evans

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 4:38 p.m. CST

    but what of the BLADE RUNNER Trilogy release from 2007?

    by Robert Evans

    its the Vangelis disc with two bonus discs but are they related to the film or original compositions?

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 6:03 p.m. CST

    Why cant they just put out a proper release

    by judge dredds fresh undies

    Whats the deal? And that new recording of the thing, I listened to some snippets when score keeper posted about it on release and it sounded awful to me. Again they need to do a proper release and there is definately no excuse for the thing since they did the isolated score for the dvd.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 6:07 p.m. CST

    look up Edgar Rothermich, that troolish face will be familiar...

    by Squinty CGI Flynn

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 8:15 p.m. CST

    2007 release was music from film and "inspired

    by Pixelsmack

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 9:02 p.m. CST

    Re: Confused By Your BLADE RUNNER Soundtrack Reviews ...

    by ArmageddonProductions

    Which version are you talking about?!? There's that godawful 1990 version performed by Tom Scott and the New American Orchestra (containing like three versions of the "Love Theme" and little else), which was the only version ever available for the longest time and sounds like the one you're referencing in your review. The version Vangelis himself released in 1994 on Atlantic was THE ACTUAL SOUNDTRACK -- it was cleaned up a bit, had some reverb added to it and a couple of soundbites, but it was definitely the entire original score and sounded amazing (it even included a cut or two NOT featured in any version of the film). I have no idea about the latter-day releases, but if you're telling me that what essentially sounds like another New American Orchestra cover job is better than the actual thing, you're fucking crazy. In the liner notes, this dude is actually talking about having to replicate "70's-era synthesizers", when Vangelis was about as state-of-the-art (for 1982, anyway) as it got.

  • Nov. 2, 2012, 10:15 p.m. CST

    The 1994 BLADE RUNNER album has issues

    by fordat1

    VANGELIS remixed alot of the tracks so they sounded very different from the soundtrack of the film and THERE IS DIALOGUE over a number of the tracks from the film....This release was much more a VANGELIS Concept Album then the original soundtrack recording....

  • This album was produced because VANGELIS prevented the original soundtrack recording from being release...THE NEW AMERICAN ORCHESTRA was a real orchestra here in LA that was made up of some of the best LA Session players out there......This album was put together due to the issues of not being album to get the OST released at the time and this was the next best thng that could be done at the time........ While it's not the OST, it's pretty good in it's own right and and is even more amazing given they to translate the original eletronic tracks into a orchestral setting with nothing more to work from other then just listening to the original tracks.......It's worth noting that Angela Morley's version of MEMORIES OF GREEN turns up in another Ridley Scott film SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME........Does it replace the OST, no.. But as orchestral version of this score, it's pretty outstanding IMHO.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 4:47 a.m. CST

    Just stick with the 3-Disc edition from 2007...

    by Darkness

    It's the only commercial release that you will have of some the original cues (mostly disc 2). Flawed in it's presentation, but what a fucking awesome soundscape it creates. Vangelis was way ahead of his time. Even today the score sounds contemporary, while these new arrangements date his compostions by 50 years. There are some good, and not so good, editions of the score floating around out there - the closest you will get to having the music in complete form anyway.

  • It's a great score and sound canvas isn't it? Yes.

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 12:57 p.m. CST

    awful

    by max404

    listened to this months ago when it when some site posted about this release (yes again old hat here) and it's awful compared to the original music by Vangelis nice that some synth nerd put sooooo much effort in trying to recreate the original music. but mostly fun for himself. it simply compares very badly sound and production wise that the thing album is even worse. horrible to hear Ennio's amazing lush orchestrations recreated with bad orchestra samples

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 5:32 p.m. CST

    this edition is $9.99 on iTunes

    by bruce

  • Nov. 3, 2012, 5:33 p.m. CST

    same for THE THING...$9.99

    by bruce

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 10:28 a.m. CST

    Just run the midi files thru some vst plugins

    by Bong

    Like atmosphere... Add reverb

  • Nov. 4, 2012, 3:32 p.m. CST

    This soundtrack was VERY disappointing

    by Carmen A

    Did not like it. The good tracks are just note-for-note mimickry of the Vangelis music, and then there are the BAD tracks... the vocals on Tales of the Future are so impossibly bad, you have to wonder if a deaf person produced it. It really sounds like a cat being tortured while a bad singer is being burned alive. The vocalist does not have the necessary range, so just gives up and sings everything off-key. This release doesn't make much sense. Why mimic tracks we can easily get from already-published and widely-released CD's? And then why mutilate the others? There is so much music in the film that isn't on the standard CD releases to date, and BSX could have added that, but instead we get this horrid, horrid thing. Really, really disappointed.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 3:10 a.m. CST

    LaLa Land 'Innerspace' score, autographed by Joe Dante on Ebay-

    by Fortunesfool

    http://tinyurl.com/ctn37nc

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:02 a.m. CST

    The THING score is horrible.

    by JIMBOCOP

    Especially when you consider the original is not a 'lost score'. It was released on Varese Sarabande.

  • Nov. 5, 2012, 7:08 a.m. CST

    Google VSD-5278

    by JIMBOCOP

  • The VARESE release has been out of print since the 1990's, never released digitally by UMG. Also the out of print VARESE CD starts at about $70.00 on AMAZON and goes up from there....http://www.amazon.com/gp/offer-listing/B0000014RQ/ref=dp_olp_0?ie=UTF8&condition=all....if you have any doubts....Also, the new recording features some additional cues by Carpenter and Howarth that were not on the OST...