Among the few styles I like, I really dig prog and space rock. For me, three artists manage to capture the essence of a science fiction landscape. Vangelis is one, and a little known album titled Marco Polo - NOT the soundtrack - begins with a haunting piece which unfortunately I can’t share because YouTube has scoured it off the net.
But of the other two, one is a guy named Larry Fast which produces music under the name Synergy, and most of his work was done before the age of all these incredible computerized wondersynths. In fact the crazy guy built some of his own instruments. Two of his best albums are Cords and Games. The first song on Cords captures the essence of The Sim marvelously in a cluster of synthesized strings. Rather stark but captivating. I managed to redo it on my synthesizer a few weeks ago. The next album, Games, is likely his best work, and the second piece, Delta IV, fits the mood perfectly of an explorer encountering something unusual in his travels. And then the extensive mini rock symphony Delta III takes you through an epic struggle against an intimidating unknown. Honorable mention to his followup album Audion.
But for sheer unearthly, mysterious beauty, you can’t beat Tomita. His synthesized versions of classical pieces have never been equaled. Stravinsky’s Firebird Suite begins with a truly haunting piece which sets the stage for many other passionate worlds to follow. And of course the most fitting album to take while jumping to unknown star systems is his rendition of Holst’s The Planets, an astral journey through ecstacy and fear. Complete with liftoff sequence.
(But not this one!