This recording saw Tomita becoming more experimental and international in approach, incorporating the strange, ethereal 'Unanswered Question' by the equally strange American composer Charles Ives, and inventive reworkings of works by J.S. Bach and Richard Strauss.
The Moog Polymoog, which was the first polyphonic synthesiser, was introduced here, no doubt making life somewhat easier for Tomita.
The album in which Tomita acquired a Synclavier II, a hugely expensive music production system. Its advanced sampling capabilities accounted for the 'real' instrument sounds.
Great digital thunderstorm effects, in the debut appearance of the 'Plasma Symphony Orchestra'.
On ‘Odes’ Vangelis teams up again with an old friend who'd worked with him before on the Aphrodite's Child album '666'. All songs Greek actress Irene Papas sings on this album are Greek traditionals to which Vangelis adds two instrumental tracks. ‘Odes’ is one of the very few projects Vangelis has been involved in that also has any sort of literary component. Greek author turned politician Arianna Stassinopoulos, who wrote books on Maria Callas and Pablo Picasso, contributes some poems and texts along with Irene Papas, which are printed in the booklet.