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Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou, best known as Vangelis, is a famous Greek composer of new age and electronic music born in March 29, 1943. His most famous works have been the score for the movie Chariots of Fire (winner of the Academy award for the best movie score in 1981) and the original soundtrack for the movie Blade Runner, music for Cosmos, produced for television by Carl Sagan and Ann Druyan, as well as for 1492: Conquest of Paradise (1992). He also composed the anthem for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea-Japan.

The music of Vangelis is distinguished for the particular use of synthesizers and keyboards that fuse together to create captivating spheres of sound full of content. Vangelis was one of the first owners of a synthesizer in Greece. His first steps in the world of music were in the group The Forminx. Later, he played in a band called Aphrodite’s Child with Demis Roussos, Silver Koulouris, and Lucas Sideras. They were very successful in Europe and recorded three albums. After building controversy, the group dissolved and Vangelis started his solo career with the release of two albums: Hypothesis and The Dragon.

In addition to his albums, Vangelis has collaborated with many artists such as Vanessa Mae and Jon Anderson of the band Yes, and has composed many scores of independent movies and documentaries.

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