This week we Sonic Academy welcomes back self-proclaimed synth obsessive Matt Thomas aka King Unique for a journey into the dystopian sounds of Blade Runner solely using ANA 2.
As much as Scott's film relied on its rain-drenched nightscapes and neon-glazed city sprawl to reflect the existential angst of Harrison Ford, it also succeeded due in no small part to the score by the former Evangelos Odysseas Papathanassiou. Besides his work on the score for Chariots Of Fire, Vangelis' most lauded film work resides here.
Also, with the recent release of Blade Runner 2049 where the mammoth task of creating a soundtrack that's brimming with all the right sounds that fans needed to hear to not only know they’re in the same universe but one that has since evolved, was passed to Hans Zimmer and Benjamin Wallfisch they undoubtedly succeeded in a total evolution of what Vangelis set in motion way, way back in 1982. It’s louder, it’s gloomier, it’s heavier, and it’s much more expansive, all qualities one might tag with Villeneuve’s breathtaking sequel.
In this fascinating course, Matt recreates the sounds that define these two movies in two different patches on ANA 2, delving deep into this powerful synth's capabilities and giving us a masterclass in sound design.
The end result is two incredibly satisfying soundscapes that pay tribute to these two awesome films and their respective soundtracks.