Giorgio Moroder, the Cat in the ’Stache, Comes Back

In his high-rise apartment in the Westwood neighborhood here, a white Yamaha baby grand (with digital recording built in) and a life-sized golden statue of Buddha flank glass doors to a terrace with a panoramic view. A few steps away is a subtly high-tech studio with a custom-built high-speed computer and digital keyboard where Mr. Moroder works on new songs. White-haired and mustachioed, wearing a loose white shirt with gray pants, Mr. Moroder greeted a visitor with a fist bump — not as a hip-hop pose, he explained, but to protect a broken finger. Jovial and avuncular as he discussed his songs, old and new, Mr. Moroder often described himself as lucky before mentioning the work he had put in.

On a glass table were two Oscars, two Golden Globes, a People’s Choice award and three Grammys, including the one he shared for his appearance on the 2013 Album of the Year, Daft Punk’s “Random Access Memories.” On the walls there are gold, platinum and multiplatinum albums — in the form of vinyl, CDs and even cassettes — for his writing and production on Donna Summer’s hits, the “Flashdance” soundtrack and “Take My Breath Away,” the ballad sung by Berlin for “Top Gun.”