Fireside Chat

Giorgio Moroder

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60 minsFirst aired 12 Mar 2019
Eric Voake

The man, the myth, the legend: Disco and electronic music pioneer Giorgio Moroder recalls four decades of club culture.

One of the true greats of disco and electronic music, Giorgio Moroder brought a European aesthetic to black American dance grooves. Although Italian by upbringing, Moroder did most of his work in Munich, and the influence of Düsseldorf’s Kraftwerk can be heard in his work for Donna Summer, which includes two of the ultimate disco anthems, “I Feel Love” and “Love To Love You Baby.” This was motorik music: Spacious, trippy, ever-lasting, far removed from the relentless bounce of most disco. Moroder is also a supreme composer of soundtracks, scoring an unlikely success with “The Chase,” the theme from Midnight Express; additionally, his footprints are all over British synth-pop, from Pet Shop Boys to New Order to Human League. It was with the latter’s Phil Oakey that he got his biggest self-credited hit in 1984, “Together In Electric Dreams.”

Credits:

Interview by Todd L. Burns
Written and engineered by Frank Westerkamp
Produced by Carmen Hofmann and Jordan Rothlein

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