Sunday, December 28, 2008

Mr. Moroder

No conversation about Disco or Italo Disco could be complete without paying tribute to super producer Giorgio Moroder. Known primarily for his work with Donna Summer, Moroder also made a killing at the box office producing unforgettable soundtracks for films in the 80s such as Flashdance, Top Gun, American Gigolo, Midnight Express, Never Ending Story, and many more. His mastery of the synthesizer has inspired countless electronic musicians and his sound left an imprint on a generation, even if it may have been subconscious to many. He released a few solo albums in the 70s and 80s but I think his track From Here to Eternity is the pinnacle of his solo achievements.

He also has a pretty extensive website detailing many of his accomplishments. But the most impressive has to be his custom designed super car. Touted as "The Super-Performance Sports Car the Rich Daydream About," the Cizeta-Moroder V16T is definitely out of my price range. And don't worry, he still keeps busy with music. He recently won a competition by the Chinese Government to compose the theme song, "Forever Friends," for the closing ceremonies at the Beijing Summer Olympics 2008 (yikes!).

If you want to get into the head of this synthesizer mastermind has an extensive collection of Moroder interviews from 1978 to 1996. This video is an amazing documercial (?) for his album E=MC2.