Saturday, September 8, 2012

Electricity - Part 1

This September’s issue of MOJO magazine is dedicated to electronic music. It is striking the absence of any reference on Vangelis contribution to electronic music when Albedo 0.39 (1975), Spiral (1977), Opera Sauvage (1979), just to name a few, are considered among the most representative and influential electronic albums.
Anyway this gives us the chance to write a bit about Greek electronic music.

Stavros Logaridis has composed in 1974 the soundtrack for Kostas Ferris movie Fonissa.
The two have already collaborated before in Akritas album where Ferris has written the lyrics.
Two tracks from Fonissa soundtrack were included in 1995’s Logaridis compilation Mousiki gia Ikona (Music for Image).

Stavros Logaridis – V.22150 G.G.  (from Mousiki gia Ikona, 1995)

Kostas Ganossellis is a keyboard player, orchestrator and composer who has collaborated with many Greek artists.
In 1980 he released his album Synthesis relying extensively on synthesizer and presenting his progressive roots.

Kostas Ganossellis – 5/4 (from Synthesis album, 1980)

As we have already presented Vangelis work in more than one posts, we chose to represent him here with a track from one of his most underestimated albums.
Perceived and composed earlier, See You Later was released in 1980 and is one of the electronic music best kept secrets

Vangelis – Multi Track Suggestion (from See You Later album, 1980)

Dimitris Papadimitriou is a well known Greek composer.
He has composed music for films, for the theatre, Greek popular music, symphonic works, concertos for piano, violin etc.
In 1981 he released the electronic Topia (Landscapes).

Dimitris Papadimitriou – Day One (from Topia album, 1981)

Proxies is a synth-pop band from Thessaloniki.
Their sound reminds early Depeche Mode and OMD.
They have released 5 albums and disbanded in the 90s.
Their first album Groovin’ Over Beirut was released in 1983.

Proxies – Groovin’ Over Beirut (from Groovin’ Over Beirut album, 1983)

Makis Prekkas released this weird album in 1985.
Experimental using reverse tapes, electronic sounds it reminds somehow My Life in the Bush of Ghosts.

Makis Prekkas – T244 (from Recording Is An Art album, 1985)

Lena Platonos is the composer who managed successfully to tie electronic music and Greek language (and be experimental on both) back in the 80s.
The composer remains active until today and is often mentioned as major influence by contemporary electro artists. 

 Lena Platonos – H Lathos Agapi (from Maskes Iliou album, 1984)

No comments:

Post a Comment

Related Posts Plugin for WordPress, Blogger...