SF MUSIC: Did Christopher Franke rip off Vangelis?

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Driving in the car the other day, listening to "The City" by Vangelis, I noticed something. Firstly, I noticed this is one of his lesser outings - far inferior, to, say, Direct - and that it had been 10 or 15 years since I'd even bothered to listen to it. Secondly, I noticed a theme that comes in about three minutes into the final track on the album, "Procession"

There's a progression that comes in around three minutes in, then disappears, then comes back around five minutes and repeats until the (musical) end of the track. (There's a minute or so of musique concrete after the actual music stops). Given it had been such a loooooooooooon time since I'd listened to this CD, I somehow had missed the obvious similarity to the Babylon 5 theme by Christopher Franke:

The theme in question comes in right around 55 seconds in, so you can skip ahead to that point. Is it a ripoff? A plagiarism? I don't know. On the one hand, the B5 theme showed up about three years AFTER "The City." On the other hand, it's well known that Vangelis has a time machine, and frequently goes forward in time to steal things that haven't been recorded yet. ("Chariots of Fire," rather famously, is from a Chinese feminine hygiene commercial from the late 22nd century). So we'll never know. THoughts? -------------------- Kevin Long is very popular. The sportos, the motorheads, geeks, sluts, bloods, wastoids, dweebies, dickheads - they all adore him. They think he's a righteous dude. Check out his website here: http://www.kevin-long.com And buy one of his freakin' books, why don't'cha?