Exclusive Interview with Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream)
by Lenny Kalcic
Edgar Froese is a true electronic music pioneer, best known for founding the legendary, seven time Grammy nominated, Tangerine Dream band. The band's 1973 album Atem was named as Album of the Year by British DJ John Peel, and this attention helped Tangerine Dream to sign to the newly founded Richard Branson's Virgin Records in the same year.
Soon afterwards they released Phaedra, the highly influential album, recorded at the Manor studio, that became one of Virgin's first bona-fide hits along with Mike Oldfield's Tubular Bells. In 1977 they recorded the incredible soundtrack for William Friedkin's 'Sorcerer' film.
Tangerine Dream created over fifty of hunting scores for Hollywood movie productions. At a time when electronic instruments were widely misunderstood and an independent music industry was virtually non-existent, Tangerine Dream became recognized as the pioneers of a new instrumental music and introduced new sounds, sound effects and production techniques.
Great painters, photographers, actors, architects, writers and dancers have honored Tangerine Dream for the inspiration for their own work they‘ve drawn from listening to the music of TD.
After more than 40 years, through dozens of people joining and leaving the band, Edgar is still provocative and challenging in his uniquely philosophical musical universe.