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Giorgio Moroder - film songs with a beat

Giorgio Moroder - Midnight Express soundtrack CD album cover The Italian born song-writer and record producer Giorgio Moroder had a significant impact on film music, particularly during the 80s when he was at the height of his phenomenal career. His music and songs are typically characterised by their pulsating beat and use of synthesisers and other electronic effects, e.g. the Donna Summer song "I Feel Love". In this field Moroder was certainly something of a pioneer and he has had many imitators, though as a score composer he has also created some dark and suspenseful moments for films like "Cat People" and "Midnight Express". On the latter movie Moroder worked with Harold Faltermeyer, and the two composers were associated once more on the Axel-F sequel "Beverly Hills Cop 2".

Giorgio Moroder - Flashdance CD soundtrack album cover As far as we are aware, Moroder is no longer actively writing though he is in his 70s and deserves a little time off. Nevertheless his songs and remixes of these have always been popular and they still make frequent appearances on films. In total Moroder has won 3 Oscars for his film music: Best Score for Midnight Express, Best Song for "Flashdance: What a Feeling" and then sharing the Best Song oscar with Tom Whitlock for "Take My Breath Away" in Top Gun. On YouTube here is Giorgio Moroder giving a lesson in using a vocoder, which was quite a new synth effect back in 1979 when this film was made to promote his E=MC² album. The composer's official website is at www.moroder.net.

Films by Giorgio Moroder:

    Giorgio Moroder - Cat People soundtrack CD album cover
  • Midnight Express - compelling Alan Parker film with atmospheric Turkish-sounding music and the "Chase" track which has all the Moroder trademarks, and electronics and arranging with help from Harold Faltermeyer
  • American Gigolo - score and songs, in particular "Call Me" with Blondie/Debbie Harry
  • Cat People - with a theme song sung by David Bowie called "Putting Out the Fire"
  • From Here to Eternity
  • E=MC²
  • Flashdance - including the title song "What a Feeling"
  • Scarface - Moroder composing the film score and several songs including "Turn Out The Light" sung by Amy Holland
  • Superman 3 - a song contributed to this film
  • Giorgio Moroder - E=MC2 soundtrack CD album cover
  • Electric Dreams
  • Electric Dreams - partly inspired by the Philip K. Dick novel, this has the song "Together in Electric Dreams", "Duel" based upon the Minuet by Christian Petzold (and hints of "Canon in D"), "Madeline's Theme", and songs from Culture Club, Jeff Lynne and more
  • Metropolis - the 1984 edited and reconstructed version with colour tints
  • The Neverending Story - the catchy title song, with the score co-written with Klaus Doldinger
  • The Neverending Story II: The Next Chapter - Moroder's songs (including "The Neverending Story" from the first film) with the score by Robert Folk
  • The Money Pit
  • Top Gun - songs for this including "Take my Breath Away" written with Tom Whitlock
  • Over the Top - score and songs for this Sylvester Stallone movie
  • Beverly Hills Cop 2 - songs
  • The Assignment - with co-composer Raney Shockne

TV themes by Giorgio Moroder:

  • Hand in Hand

Giorgio Moroder - Recommendations:

You'll find keyboard arrangements of some of Moroder's songs in various collections of famous film music, and the following are among the albums available:

Giorgio Moroder - Memorabilia:

The following album cover has been signed by Klaus Doldinger, Moroder's co-composer on "The Neverending Story". Our thanks to Petr Kocanda for permission to use his collection of autographed CDs. Click the thumbnail below to see the image full size in a separate window.

Klaus Doldinger & Giorgio Moroder - The Neverending Story - signed CD