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Composed, Arranged, Performed, and Produced by:
Vangelis

Conducted by:
Blake Neely

Solo Vocals by:
Kathleen Battle
Jessye Norman

Performed by:
The London Metropolitan Orchestra

The National Opera of Greece Choir
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Sony Classical
(October 23rd, 2001)
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Regular U.S. release.
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Buy it... if you like to be smothered by excessively brutal and massive music spanning the opera and new age genres.

Avoid it... if even 200 performers and Vangelis' distinct style of mixing layers of vocals can't compensate for questionable inspiration and simplistic melodic development.
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FILMTRACKS TRAFFIC RANK: #703
WRITTEN 10/20/01, REVISED 11/9/08
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Mythodea: Music for the NASA Mission: 2001 Mars Odyssey: (Vangelis) It's not everyday that a NASA space mission gets its own new age opera, but that's exactly what you'll hear in "Mythodea." With much hype, NASA launched the spacecraft Odyssey in April of 2000 so that it could survey the surface of Mars for several years later in the decade. The opera for the spacecraft was released on album just as the orbital craft was finishing its approach to Mars, and after its landing, the much relieved NASA unleashed it on its mission of mapping the chemical surface of the red planet. Ultimately, the Odyssey was programmed to try to determine where there has been (and could still be) water on the hostile world, and it continued to succeed in that task until 2008, when its positioning on the planet led to diminished sunlight and therefore power depletion shut-downs. With an enormous amount of American resources tied into the program, the Odyssey paved the way for more planetary roving devices to be landed on Mars by the Americans in the decade. The publicity machine for NASA put an adventurous spin on the mission and argued the "we won't know what we'll find" idea to help sell it to the people of the world. One part of the publicity campaign was the space opera contracted for and arranged by new age artist Vangelis specifically for this mission. Vangelis has been a very popular composer of new age and film music for many decades, with a controversial Academy Award under his belt and several best-selling albums. He started playing the piano when he was only 4 years old and had a similar interest in science and mythology while raised in Greece. Since then, his stint with a new age rock band came and went, and he has expanded his personal performances of instruments to a variety that includes drums, flutes, vibes, tablas, cembalo, clarinets, tubular bells, timpanies, cymbals, and gongs. When Vangelis was approached about the possibility of writing a new age opera for the NASA Mars program, and the Odyssey in particular, he did not hesitate. After all, this is a man whose full name is Evangelos Odyssey Papathanassiou.



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Music from god transfered through vangelis...
ariel - December 9, 2009, at 2:53 p.m.
1 comment  (1044 views)
VANGELIS IS GOD , nothing more to say   Expand >>
carlos - September 11, 2009, at 4:53 a.m.
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Newest: October 19, 2009, at 5:39 p.m. by
Richard Kleiner
Soundtrack , it is
Tomislav - August 28, 2006, at 1:48 p.m.
1 comment  (1884 views)
I think this soundtrack reflects the fact that humanity can achieve anything
Sheridan - May 11, 2006, at 8:34 a.m.
1 comment  (1865 views)
Mythodea - LOVED it
Chaya - August 18, 2005, at 10:26 p.m.
1 comment  (1809 views)
Images In Mind
Joe Almeida - July 29, 2005, at 12:10 p.m.
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TRACK LISTINGS AND AUDIO
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Total Time: 62:48
• 1. Introduction (2:45)
• 2. Movement 1 (5:40)
• 3. Movement 2 (5:39)
• 4. Movement 3 (5:50)
• 5. Movement 4 (13:42)
• 6. Movement 5 (6:35)
• 7. Movement 6 (6:27)
• 8. Movement 7 (4:56)
• 9. Movement 8 (3:06)
• 10. Movement 9 (5:02)
• 11. Movement 10 (3:01)

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The insert contains a note from Vangelis as well as an overview of the NASA Odyssey program.
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