Exclusive Interview with Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream) Part 6
William Friedkin used Tubular Bells for the Exorcist film but he was also very excited when he heard Tangerine Dream's music. Sorcerer album has just been remastered and is a great soundtrack which introduced the band to an even wider audience. What's the story behind collaboration with Friedkin and were there any challenges creating the soundtrack?
EF: I got a call from Branson telling me that Bill Friedkin wanted us to score his new picture. I immediately said ‘no’ because I thought it will definitely be the Exorcist II Bill needed music for. At that time a movie format I wasn´t too enthusiastic about. Few days later I got the message that it will be a remake of ‘Wages of Fear’ the old Clouzot movie. I called Friedkin and asked for a picture we could work on. “There is no picture yet, I want you to do the music before I even start the shooting”, he said.
We found it very bizarre but we did read the script, composed and recorded 1 hour of music and met him in Paris with our Master tapes. In his suite we hooked up a reel tape recorder and a sound system and played the music quite loud with a description where we would have placed it later in the movie. To our surprise he was totally impressed, took the tape as it was and was playing it all the way through while shooting in various places on the planet. We never had to change anything on that score. It was the most uncomplicated work we did for Hollywood out of over 50 productions we scored within the coming years.