Mythodea by Vangelis is is a choral symphony created by the Greek composer. Mythodia was first played in public in 1993, but released 8 years later in 2001 after an association with NASA.
There was an official concert held in Athens, Greece on June 28, 2001 and the new album was officially released on October 23, 2001, to coincide with the 2001 Mars Odyssey spacecraft entering the orbit of the planet Mars.
Vangelis said “I made up the name Mythodea from the words myth and ode. And I felt in it a kind of shared or common path with NASA’s current exploration of the planet Mars. Whatever we use as a key — music, mythology, science, mathematics, astronomy — we are all working to decode the mystery of creation, searching for our deepest roots”.
The album reached #1 in the sales charts of Greece, where it attained platinum certification The album managed to reach the charts of other countries as well in Europe and was included in the list of CDs and albums for the Summer Olympics 2004.
There are still many people considering Mythodea a secret message to the outer space, thinking that the involvement of NASA with Vangelis’ music was not accidental, however these are conspiracy theories that have nothing to do with Greek music in general.