Not debating with his use of the CS80 in the most expressive of ways - but - it's incorrect to say that he never played static patches on the CS80.Bitexion wrote:Vangelis never played static patches on his CS-80s, he used all expression features like volume pedal, filter cutoff pedal, full aftertouch, he really plays with his whole self not just the static patches. That's why it's so difficult to mimic his sounds on another keyboard. You have to PLAY like him not just make the same patch sound. The swelling of the sound is more often a volume pedal rather than a static envelope.
I believe he said that his fave synthesizer of all time is the CS-80 because it allows you to lean into it and play with your whole body not just fingers.
Firstly, he uses preset patches on most of his synths. Indeed he isn't really into designing sounds at all - he finds a preset he likes, and plays. His music is laden with unchanged presets from all kinds of synths.
But more to your point - if you listen to "Hymn" for example, or "To The Unknown Man" as just two examples of many - he's using a CS80 preset (Guitar) with no modification and indeed not a huge amount, if any, expression (because the y don't need it).
My original point is only this: it has been assumed almost unanimously that the lead line in Bladerunner Blues is CS80, and it may not be. Firstly, he used the CS40M for ALL lead-lines in several other high profile albums: See You Later title track, He Is Sailing and all of the lead work on Horizons. All of these were released at the same time as Bladerunner was being composed. Furthermore, owning and knowing both the CS80 and CS40M, some of the lead characteristics of Blade Runner Blues suggest the CS40M - the solo cut of notes (admittedly achievable on Sustain II on the CS80) - but more importantly - the pitch bend of notes is more reminiscent of a pitch bend wheel than a ribbon controller (they are very different in how they operate and each can achieve pitch bending in ways the other can't); while the post above by OEZ intriguingly points out that the low and high notes of the piece correspond to the lowest and highest notes of the CS40M keyboard.
Make no bones about it - the CS40M is a keyboard capable of delivering expressive lead lines - Vangelis himself mastered it and used it to great effect on multiple albums over several year period at the time Bladerunner was being composed.
I'm not making any absolute claim here - just highlighting how important the CS40M was to Vangelis during that period and that it may be the lead synth on Bladerunner Blues