Love Theme

Perhaps a polarizing palette of sounds to modern ears, a reverb soaked Grover Washington Jr.-styled alto sax, chorused fretless bass and a Yamaha CP-80. All the components of a Kenny G ballad, but strangely these ingredients amount to something greater than the sum of their parts:

The chord progression is quite simple. In the key of Db (marginally easier than scoring C#) we have a repetition of the IV and iii chords for the first eight bars. There’s then a fairly long-winded turn around moving from ii, III7, vi, viº, bVII, V7, I. Below is the string-like pad:


If you’re unfamiliar with chord naming conventions, have a look at this.

We can infer that the chord in bar 12 is a Bbº because of what the bass is doing; similarly with the final chord, the Rhodes plays a low Db:


One More Kiss, Dear

A pastiche of 40s Parisian jazz number with vocals courtesy of Don Percival and lyrics by Peter Skellern. I could only find one example of this being sampled, Powerman 5000’s Watch the Sky for Me from 1999:

Blade Runner Blues

Outside of the main titles, this is perhaps one of the most famous cues from the film as it’s been sampled relentlessly:

Quite a simple CS-80 improvisation on just two chords, F#- and D.

F# A C# F#
D (1st inversion)
F# A D F#

I’ve gotent close to the string patch by tweaking the CS-80v preset HS_Four-Strings, resetting all of the voice panorama to the middle, disabling most of the modulation (except LFO 1 and 2), removing the delay and adjusting the filter and amplitude envelopes to fit.

All of the improvisation is around the F# blues scale (F#, A, B, C, C#, E) so you can quite easily blag your own Blade Runner Blues:


This piece gives the film perhaps some of its more obvious auditory film noir head nods, and is to my knowledge the most sampled piece from the soundtrack. Let’s have a look at some examples:

Dillinja – The Angels Fell [1995]

JDL – The Runner (Blade Runner Blues) [1996]

Dave Wallace – Blade Runner [1996] (unreleased)

Dillinja – Silver Blade [1997]

Aesop Rock – Commencement at the Obedience [2000]

Blu Mar Ten – Blurunner [2003]

Calyx – Inner Distance [2004]

G Dub – Forever VIP [2008]

Basher – Biometrix [2009]

Seba – Dangerous Days [2009]

Original Sin – Dangerous [2009]

Note that although this samples multiple elements from the dialogue in Blade Runner, the main line is actually an interpolated piano part from Blade Runner Blues.

Tantrum Desire – Runner Way Blues [2010]

SPKTRM – Nocturne [2012]

Fanu – Roy Batty Is Still Alive [2012]

This guy is a Vangelis nut and has a YouTube channel with him playing various covers of the song where he gets quite close to the original sounds. Here’s another nice interpretation that captures the mood nicely:

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