Love Theme (from the film, Blade Runner)

Today, I’m sharing an old favourite from the electronic music genre, “Love Theme,” from Ridley Scott’s 1982 film, Blade Runner.

Spoiler alert: in this post I reveal some of the ending of the film so if you haven’t seen it yet, you may not want to read on!

The movie depicts Los Angeles in 2019, a (then) future where the climate and mood are dark, polluted and rainy. It’s a brilliant film, and as a fan of science fiction, I enjoyed it. I wasn’t as interested in Blade Runner 2049; I found it slow-moving, not as engaging as the original. Maybe I should give it another chance as it did earn considerable critical acclaim. Did you see it? If so, what did you think of it?

A memorable part of the soundtrack from Blade Runner is “Love Theme,” composed and performed by the Greek electronic musician, composer and producer, Vangelis. (He also wrote the soundtrack for Chariots of Fire, a 1981 film based on two men who run in the 1924 Olympics for Great Britain and Northern Ireland.)

The piece plays during scenes between Harrison Ford’s character, Richard Deckard and Sean Young’s Rachael. Deckard concludes soon after meeting her that Rachael is a replicant, a bio-engineered humanoid.

“Love Theme” is a calming piece of electronic music, with saxophone prominent in the work. It reminds me of the final scene in the original cut of the film, which seems to represent the escape of Deckard and Rachael, flying through mountainous terrain in a clean, clear sky. (Interestingly, the footage in that final scene is apparently an outtake from the opening credits of Stanley Kubrick’s 1980 film version of the Stephen King novel, The Shining, as told in this Smithsonian Magazine article which shows excerpts from both films.)

Now you know a little about why this is my song of the day for today. Thanks for joining me here, and please enjoy.

Here’s the audio for the piece from the Vangelis YouTube topic channel:

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