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    A sad new: Today is dead Basil Poledouris

    - Dalmatius -

    "I'm forbidden to reign, but I'll never yield before the facts: I am the Cat"

  • #2
    Basil Poledouris [Greek: Βασίλης Πολεδούρης] was an American film soundtrack composer.

    Born on August 21, 1945, in Kansas City, Missouri, Poledouris credited two influences which gravitated him towards his initial introduction to film music: the first was composer Miklَs Rَzsa and the other element had to do with his Greek Orthodox heritage and raising where he used to sit in church and just be enthralled with the choir ([1]).

    Presenting a powerful, epic-sounding style, he became well-known because of his works on the soundtracks of The Blue Lagoon (1980), Conan the Barbarian (1982), Conan the Destroyer (1984), Red Dawn (1984), RoboCop (1987), The Hunt for Red October (1990), Free Willy (1993) and its sequels, Starship Troopers (1997) and For Love of the Game (1999).

    Poledouris had been married to his wife Bobbie since 1969 and had two daughters, Zoë and Alexis. The eldest, Zoë Poledouris, is also a film soundtrack composer.

    He died on November 8, 2006 in Los Angeles, California ([2]), aged 61, due to complications with cancer.

    I don't recognise the name I'm afraid, but I am some what familiar with the soundtracks for Robocop & Red October, so I'll listen out for them next time I see the films.
    _"For an eternity Allard was alone in an icy limbo where all the colours were bright and sharp and comfortless.
    _For another eternity Allard swam through seas without end, all green and cool and deep, where distorted creatures drifted, sometimes attacking him.
    _And then, at last, he had reached the real world – the world he had created, where he was God and could create or destroy whatever he wished.
    _He was supremely powerful. He told planets to destroy themselves, and they did. He created suns. Beautiful women flocked to be his. Of all men, he was the mightiest. Of all gods, he was the greatest."


    • #3
      Sorry to say I'm not familiar with Mr Poledouris or his work, I am more familiar with Miklَs Rَzsa.
      I can say he was too young. Sad, indeed.
      Character, like a photograph, develops in darkness.
      -Yousuf Karsh


      • #4
        He made the soundtrack of Robocop, Conan, The wind and the lion, Hunting for Red October and other.
        In my opinion he is one of the better musician in soundtracks I remember...

        - Dalmatius -

        "I'm forbidden to reign, but I'll never yield before the facts: I am the Cat"