- NAME: Giorgio Moroder
- OCCUPATION: Bassist, Songwriter, Guitarist, Music Producer
- BIRTH DATE: April 26, 1940 (Age: 73)
- Did You Know?: Giorgio Moroder talks about his career's origins on the nine-minute song "Giorgio by Moroder," found on the Daft Punk album Random Access Memories.
- PLACE OF BIRTH: Ortisei, Italy
- Full Name: Hansjörg Moroder
- AKA: Giovanni Giorgio Moroder
- AKA: Hansjöerg Moroder
- AKA: Giovanni Giorgio
- AKA: Giorgio Moroder
- ZODIAC SIGN: Taurus
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Giorgio Moroder is a dance-music producer/songwriter known for his hits with singer Donna Summer as well as his Academy Award-winning soundtrack work.
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Born on April 26, 1940, in Ortisei, Italy, Giorgio Moroder became a top producer/songwriter of the disco era, working with Pete Bellotte and vocalist Donna Summer to craft genre-defining hits like "Love to Love You Baby," "I Feel Love" and "On the Radio." An electronic music trailblazer, he also won Academy Awards for his musical contributions to the films American Gigolo, Flashdance and Top Gun.
"Once you free your mind about the concept of harmony and of music being correct, you can do whatever you want."
[From Daft Punk album 'Random Access Memories.']
"Well, with 'Love to Love You' ... it's a sexy song, and there are always sexy songs around. But the big thing with that one was that it was one of the first songs to have a 17- or 18-minute version. I don't think anyone had done that before in this context."
"I didn't have any idea what to do but I knew I needed a click, so we put the click on the 24 track, which then was synced to the moog modular. I knew that could be a sound of the future, but I didn't realize how much the impact would be."
[From Daft Punk album 'Random Access Memories.']
"Daft Punk wanted to do something and do it in a way that's not done by just pushing a note or a chord."
"I discovered the synthesizer when I listened to Walter Carlos, the beautiful album called 'Switched-On Bach,' which was a classical rendering of Bach's music, but only played on the synthesizer."
Producer Giovanni Giorgio Moroder was born on April 26, 1940, in the multicultural village of Ortisei, Italy. Taking up the guitar before leaning more heavily on the bass, he played with bands across Europe before entering the German discotheque scene and settling in Munich in the early 1970s. He also began to hone his craft as a songwriter and producer, penning the Chicory Tip tune "Son of My Father," a No. 1 hit in the United Kingdom.
Moroder had teamed with British song-man Pete Bellotte when they met performing artist Donna Summer, with whom they recorded vocals for a demo. The trio hit it off, and eventually shaped the album that would become Summer's full-length debut, 1974's Lady of the Night.
The following year, playing with Summer's idea of creating a musical landscape around a particular phrase, the three crafted a historical opus to sensuality, "Love to Love You Baby." With a pioneering vision, Moroder modified and expanded the hit Top 5 track to around 17 minutes for placement on the 1975 album of the same name.
The Summer/Bellote/Moroder team crafted albums from the mid-to-late '70s that defined much of disco, with Summer becoming an icon of the times. They released concept albums with lush instrumentation such as Four Seasons of Love (1976), focusing on romance's permutations as seasonal change, and Once Upon a Time... (1977), a contemporary take on the Cinderella fairytale.
For the album I Remember Yesterday (1977), which featured music representing different eras, Moroder wanted to create a sound for the future. Hence he utilized the Moog synthesizer to come up with a bassline for the ethereal "I Feel Love," a huge influence on electronic dance music for decades to come.
With his trademark moustache, Moroder crafted his own albums as well, releasing Knights in White Satin (1976), From Here to Eternity (1977) and E=MC² (1980), with the latter two offerings made completely with synthesizers. He also continued to score big with Summer as seen on the double-platinum Bad Girls (1979), featuring the No. 1 title track as well as "Hot Stuff" and "Dim All the Lights." After the 1980 album The Wanderer, the trio parted ways on good terms.
By this time Moroder had turned to soundtracks with award-winning results. He won an Academy Award for his score to Midnight Express (1978) and received another Oscar for co-writing the tune "What a Feeling," co-written by singer Irene Cara and Keith Forsey from the 1983 film Flashdance. Moroder won two Grammys for his Flashdance work as well, and received another Oscar for the song "Take My Breath Away," from Top Gun (1986).
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