Queen’s iconic guitarist Brian May has pledged support to synthesizer pioneers Tangerine Dream in their effort to release a feature-length documentary, following the passing of Edgar Froese in 2015.
May, who recorded the album Sonic Universe with Tangerine Dream in 2011 at Tenerife’s STARMUS Festival, said “I’m grateful I have the opportunity to contribute to this piece on Edgar because truly he was something wonderful, and for me it was something wonderful in my life to have an opportunity to interact with him and create together, and I remember him very fondly.”
Tangerine Dream started the production of their first documentary in 2014; after the sudden passing of founder Froese they decided to turn the short documentary into a full-length feature covering both the band and Edgars’ lifetime work. The impressive story of Tangerine Dream will be reconstructed through several interviews with Edgar Froese’s wife Bianca Froese-Acquaye together with band members, close friends, artists and famous collaborators and will include previously unpublished footage from Edgar’s private archive. It’s homage to the great musician Edgar Froese and the early era of electronic music.
Tangerine Dream have started a Kickstarter campaign to fund the shooting of more footage and the acquisition of early tracks’ licenses. “With the help of the crowd – this is YOU – we want to shoot more interviews, obtain more archive material and acquire licenses for the early Tangerine Dream tracks owned by former labels including Virgin and Sony” – the band explains.
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Tangerine Dream is heralded as one of the pioneers of electronic and experimental music worldwide. They incorporated sounds from outer space and heartbeats in their revolutionary and unconventional sound and enriched countless classic movies with their unique soundtrack. The documentary will open the doors on Tangerine Dream’s musical evolution, their style and the philosophy behind their art, depicting the musical heritage of this revolutionary band and its visionary founder Edgar Froese.
Tangerine Dream have announced the release of double CD Starmus – Sonic Universe, a recording of their 2011 performance at Starmus Festival featuring Queen legend Brian May on guitar.
The album will be out on 25th April and can be ordered now through the band’s website WWW.TANGERINEDREAM.ORG.
The New York Times call them ‘The Worlds’ Leading Synth Band’ and now seven times Grammy nominated Tangerine Dream return British shores for a unique one-off UK show as part of their Electric Mandarine Tour 2012 at the O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire in London on Sunday 24th June.
Edgar Froese says about the London Show: “Playing London is like being back home. Our fans make it possible for us to realise every musician’s dream: making a living out of what you love and do best, playing and composing music. As a thank you we would like to share Tangerine Dream’s 45th anniversary (1967 – 2012) with our loyal British fan base. It will be a great show with lots of songs and sounds that our fans grew up with.”
Tickets are £45.00 (subject to booking fee) online bookings from www.gigsandtours.com – credit card bookings from 0844 811 0051.
A legendary instrumental prog rock band characterised by the use of high-end modern technology next to a strong rock’n’roll identity and the pioneers of Krautrock, Tangerine Dream are hard to pigeonhole into any music category. Many have unsuccessfully tried to emulate their trademark sound, but no one could quite nail the secret ingredient of their unique recipe; the way musical layers are structured and finely glued together results in an indescribable musical experience which has always kept them one step ahead of any fashionable trend.
Tangerine Dream have released over 150 albums to date, they have also written scores for several Award winning Hollywood Movies including the Tom Cruise classic, ‘Risky Business’; Katherine Bigelow’s ‘Near Dark’ and ‘Firestarter’ which debuts Drew Barrymore.
Edgar Froese founded Tangerine Dream in autumn 1967 – a prolific period for music worldwide – with a vision to discover new sounds and musical techniques. After more than 40 years and several line-up changes, Edgar is still provocative and challenging in his unique philosophical music universe. A man of few words but with a wry sense of humour, he has shown that music can often reach where words don’t.
At a time when electronic instruments were widely misunderstood and an independent music industry was virtually non-existent, Tangerine Dream were the pioneers of a range of new sounds, effects and production techniques. Phaedra, their biggest album, was released in 1974 and went gold in 14 countries, it featured the MOOG modular system as the main sequencing module and is still considered a cornerstone for modern contemporary electronic sounds and sequences. Tangerine Dream have earned themselves the title ‘The Pioneers of Modern Sound.’
Tangerine Dreams’ reputation, experience and professionalism, together with their record sales, has gained them the freedom to continue challenging traditional platforms and their live shows are unmissable.
Tangerine Dream, seven times Grammy nominated pioneers of electronic music return to the UK for an exclusive one-off show on 28th May at The Lowry in Manchester. As always they promise to take their audience on a psychedelic journey through sight and sound.
The Tangerine Dream sound has a strong rock ‘n’ roll identity as an instrumental band using high-end technology. This intricate sound won them the title of ‘Leading Synth Band in the World’ from the New York Times and has kept them constantly ahead of any fashionable music movement.
They have compiled a special rhythm and bass driven programme for this one off event at the Lowry. The 2 ½ hour performance will be made up largely of new material that has never been performed live before, together with classics from the band’s 40 year history.
The Tangerine Dream experience is always designed to excite and thrill through the use of ground-breaking lighting, special effects, and of course the music. And as always, the band will strive to intertwine music with emotion on a huge scale.
Tangerine Dream recently released, The Island Of The Fay inspired by Edgar Allan Poe’s poem of the same name. This is the first album in their new Eastgate’s Sonic Poem Series where great poetic works will be set against Tangerine Dream’s unique electric sound. The album breathes life into Poe’s tale through a great mixture of contemporary dynamic sequencing rhythms and partly experimental sounds, which go back to the bands early roots in the seventies. The album also features a stunning new violinist Hoshiko Yamane (Berlin Symphony Orchestra).
For the Lowry Show, founder member Edgar Froese will perform with the following long-time collaborators from Vienna and Berlin; Linda Spa (sax, flute, keyboards), Iris Camaa (percussion, V-drums), Bernhard Beibl (guitar) and Thorsten Quaeschning (keyboards). Guest musician: Hoshiko Yamane (electric violin).
The show starts at 7.30pm and tickets are subject to booking fee:
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Tangerine Dream have released over 140 studio and live recordings to date, including the genre-defining 1973 album Atem (John Peel’s album of the year). Their repertoire also includes over 20 film soundtracks including Legend, Risky Business, and the cult classic adaptation of Stephen King’s Firestarter.
Founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream’s early ‘Pink Years’ albums had a pivotal role in the development of Krautrock. Their ‘Virgin Years’ and later albums became a defining influence in the genre known as New Age music. They have been nominated for seven Grammys and 40 years on they are still constantly changing the boundaries of music.