Exclusive Interview with Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) Part 2
What inspired you to get into music and create the legendary and highly influential Tangerine Dream band?
EF: Starting as an art school student, I first wanted to become a surrealist painter or sculptor. After four years at art school I realized that solid material was much too hard and too limited in order to express my visions, feelings and thoughts in art. There had to be something more abstract, more ethereal. That was the main reason switching from picturesque art form into music. What I kept from my early studies at art school was the use of certain colours which I found out could be transformed from the visual level into an audio signal. Also being influenced by all surreal and abstract arts inspiring me to create the same in music in a very unusual original manner.
Has meeting Salvador Dali had an influence on your music and if so in what ways?
EF: Of course it did influence me immensely. Talking to him many times as well as doing some remarkable concerts during his summer parties in his beautiful strange home in Port Lligat, Spain taught me how to express your dreams and visions in an absolutely individual way. Dalí gave me some very important lessons about being authentic.
He also explained quite drastically how to approach new ways of art forms which are transparent enough to attract an audience and at the same time turning away from the known perspectives people usually have. Dalí was much more than just an eye-rolling clown as what often got described in the print media.