I have been a great fan of A R Rahman. The story goes so far as to say that I was motivated to experiment (for lack of a good word to explain my endeavor) with sound because of his works. Everybody has an inspiration, and I always wondered who was A R Rahman's inspiration. It turns out its Vangelis. Vangelis is by and the far the best electronic instrumentalist ever (so far at least). In fact, after listening to Vangelis I even wonder if A R Rahman lifted a few tracks, some of A R Rahnman's scores resemble Vangelis's work so much that can pass for plagiarism!
I am particularly impressed by Vangelis's score of 1492. Amazing to think that it was composed so many years ago and still the sounds are almost unmatchable. I am in deep love with his theme score for 1492, unbelievable rendering of sound, finest mix of electronics with acoustic sounds and human choir, topped with a beautiful piano melody -- just plain brilliant. I would have already listened to it a hundred times now!
Vangelis is such a patron of electronic music that he wrote the forward for MIDI books. To be honest, I use synth 100% but I was never proud of it. I had no option -- that was my take. I always thought electronic music was a substitute. But after listening to his sounds and his explanations I am fairly convinced that electronic sounds is just the next step. I am more inclined to add electronic sound into a score without a second thought as to mudding it. Here is my crude attempt to use synth to create some sort of soul to the sound.