Thursday, 15 September 2016

TANGERINE DREAM "Stranger Things" covers go viral...viral...viral..

Over the last four days Tangerine Dream's two "Stranger Things" 'covers' have gone viral, not only being covered by 25+ major websites (ROLLING STONE, NME PITCHFORK, CONSEQUENCES OF SOUNDS etc), but have also gaining the group a major boost on theie Soundcloud page (see the link below).  FULL stats:.

As of 10.00am 15.9.16:

Total plays: 167, 533
Plays in the last 24 hours:  35,600
Followers: 3,084

Wednesday, 24 August 2016

TANGERINE DREAM live in 2017

2017 will see TANGERINE DREAM return to live improvisation as part of Edgar Froese's vision for the final stage of the band - THE QUANTUM YEARS.

+++ Official TANGERINE DREAM Newsletter AUGUST 2016+++

Hi Guys,

We hope you had or still have a good summertime and good music is always your life companion.

Here are some news for you:


We are happy to announce the following LIVE Double CD:


Please get more details from our EASTGATE shop:

Release date: 02 Sep, Shipment: 5 Sep 2016

Finally we are also very happy to release the live concert  "STARMUS - SONIC UNIVERSE - LIVE AT TENERIFE ISLAND 2011" on DVD.

A unique cooperation between TANGERINE DREAM and QUEEN guitarist BRIAN MAY.

Please get more details here:
Release date: 02 Sep, Shipment: 5 Sep 2016

Please remember TANGERINE DREAM's following concert dates:

03 September 2016, SATURDAY: SCHWINGUNGEN FESTIVAL, Germany (close to the airport Cologne/Bonn), 9:30h, Tickets:

Tickets in English language:

08 September 2016, THURSDAY: AUGUSTA RAURICA (amphitheatre in an old Roman village), Augst, Switzerland (close to Zurich/Basel), 8 pm, Tickets:

Tickets in English language:


TANGERINE DREAM's second and third official concerts continuing the aera of THE QUANTUM YEARS - in honour of Edgar!

PS: We are planning a bigger tour for next year! As soon as this concert project gets more concrete we will of course inform you!

ARTE TV informed us that they will broadcast the Tangerine Dream documentary by mid November. This film (60 min)  was realized by German director MARGARETE KREUZER in cooperation with ARTE, RBB, TAG/TRAUM film production and EASTGATE MUSIC & ARTS. Edgar still witnessed the beginning of the film shooting and he and Bianca (his wife) had many meetings with Margarete before discussing details. We think that this film is a good - but too short - historical document of TD's musical activities within a revolutionary time. The successful crowdfunding campaign we started earlier this year will give us the possibility to produce a documentary of the band of 90 min. Hopefully this second project will be released in spring next year. At this point once again a big thank you to all those who contributed to this additional film project!

Of course we will inform you on the precise ARTE broadcast date soon.


Edgar Froese: "Tangerine Dream" is Science Fiction! // a film by Margarete Kreuzer
Both projects are in progress, we are working continually on them. We hope that the autobio can be released in late autumn, but it mainly depends on the clearing of some certain rights in connection

with this book and how fast this will go. So we still have to be a bit more patient with regard to a precise release date, but no doubt, the book will definitely be released.

Once again for all those who don't want to wait any longer, you will be refunded immediately, just send an email to But please keep in mind that the pre-sale offered

a reduced pre-release price. After releasing the book the final sales price will be higher. Cordial thanks to you, folks, for supporting this book project with your pre-sale order!


Bianca's TANGAUDIMAX museum's project for Tangerine Dream and her husband Edgar is progressing, a great museum's concept for the band and their historical and revolutionary career has been developed.

In due course we will present you this concept which shall be realised in the German capital Berlin.

If you like to support the TANGAUDIMAX, you can do it simply with purchasing in our EASTGATE shop - 20 % of the income will directly be invested into the museum's project. Every sponsor will be named in the future museum.

Please click here for more details:

Sunday, 21 August 2016

'QUANTUM KEY' EP to be reissued...

Tangerine Dream's EP "Quantum Key" will be re-issued on vinyl by 'INVISIBLE HANDS' on October 14, 2016. This was mastered at the Abbey Road recording studio on July 22 2016.


Friday, 12 August 2016

Tangerine Dream - Quantum Years - Promo - 2016/08

New TANGERINE DREAM releases - New TANGERINE DREAM releases...


Tangerine Dream & Brian May, Starmus - Sonic Universe DVD

01. Supernova (Real Star Sounds)
02. Last Horizon
03. Mr. Alexey Leonov's Speech
(First man in space who did a space walk)
04. Tenderness (Russian Song)
05. Marmontel Riding On A Clef
06. Trauma
07. Nothing And All
08. Nutshell Awakening
09. Shining Ray
10. Beauty Of Magic Antagonism
11. One Night In Space
12. Novice
13. Calymba Caly
14. Omniscience
15. Janus Parade
16. Loved By The Sun
17. Fire On The Mountain
18. Darkness Veiling The Night
19. Living In Eternity
20. Bells Of Accra
21. Sally's Garden
22. We Will Rock You (Extended)


Finally we are proud to announce the eagerly-awaited DVD production of STARMUS – SONIC UNIVERSE, a release of the sensational musical collaboration between two legendary names: Brian May and Tangerine Dream. Brian May had been for decades the great guitar player, arranger and co-singer with one of the greatest rock bands of all time: QUEEN. Tangerine Dream came from a complete different angel of the musical world.

Being the first band ever using Moog sequencer rhythm live on stage, being called the early masterminds of ambient sound and highly acclaimed Hollywood film composers for many years, Tangerine Dream have set more than one landmark in musical history. Now here is the result of a very unusual concert of the two legends at the Starmus Festival on the Island of Tenerife. In June 2011 this festival was held in the honor of the 50th Anniversary of Juri Gagarin’s first spaceflight. Among the guests you could witness Neil Armstrong (first man on the moon) in one of his last public appearances and Buzz Aldrin (second man on the moon), Alexei Leonow - first man stepping out of his capsule into space, Jim Lovell and many more. The first track of the DVD - SUPERNOVA - integrates ORIGINAL, REAL STAR SOUNDS – something very special. Prof. Garik Israelian, astrophysicist and founder of the STARMUS FESTIVAL captured these unique sounds. Can you imagine how the sun sounds in space? Get an idea of this sound when listening to SUPERNOVA. Enjoy with this release the highlights of TD’s musical career in combination with Brian May’s unique guitar. Dedicated to Edgar.

Tangerine Dream - Live at the Philharmoie in Szczecin, Poland 2016 CD.  


01. Rubycon
02. Mirage Of Reality - Part One
03. Genesis Of Precious Thoughts
04. Kiev Mission
05. Logos
06. Ricochet
07. Proton Bonfire
08. White Eagle
09. Grind


01. Dolphin Dance
02. Warsaw In The Sun
03. Second Gravity
04. Madagasmala
05. Love On A Real Train
06. Sorcerer Theme
07. Mirage Of Reality - Part Two
08. Song Of The Whale
09. The Silver Boots Of Bartlett Green



Originally Mr. Klaus Schulze, the well-known contemporary of Edgar Froese and pioneer of electronic music was invited to play in the Szczecin Philharmony (Poland) in June 2016, but unfortunately had to cancel the concert due to his severe state of health. So he suggested Tangerine Dream to perform in his stead, which the band thankfully accepted. The concert took place in a stunningly beautiful location within the framework of the SOUNDLab concert series. This special concert was the first official big concert for the three remaining TD members to perform live within the new period of THE QUANTUM YEARS, the period Edgar Froese, founder and head of Tangerine Dream until his death in January 2015, still had the chance to introduce in Australia in 2014.

Thorsten, Ulrich and Hoshiko chose a series of well-known and popular TD tracks, but also came up with many new arrangements and some very new tracks from their QUANTUM KEY EP. Enjoy listening to a great live concert in Poland in a special atmosphere and with a wonderful audience. Dedicated to Edgar.

NB: shipping starts on SEPT 5 and you can pre-order these now from the official TD EASTGATE store: CLICK HERE.  Also available from Compact Disc Services in the UK: CLICK HERE

Monday, 8 August 2016

Tangerine Dream's LOVE ON A REAL TRAIN used on MR ROBOT EP 5

Series:  MR ROBOT
Seaon: One
Episode: _br4ve-trave1er.asf

Notes: This episode uses Tangerine Dream's track Love on a Real Train (originally composed for the Paul Brickman 1983 movie RISKY BUSINESS starring & ) The track plays out at the end of Episode 5;  approximately at the 41.10 mark and then runs to the end of the episode, about 44.44. This is the full, original version that appeared on the RISKY BUSINESS OST (albeit faded in from it's original running time of 3:58 on the CD *), and not the remix that recently appeared.

* NB, the first LP version released on Virgin Records was shorter. 

Sunday, 7 August 2016

Next TANGERINE DREAM concert...

SEPTEMBER 3 2016: ‘Tangerine Dream - The Quantum Years - In Honour of Edgar Froese’ SCHWINGUNGEN FESTIVAL, “Internationales Festival für Elektronische Musik” Windeck, Germany, 9.30 pm.


UNI Sphere (Eric van der Heijden and René Splinter) 4.30pm
Peter Heppner (Wolfsheim, Schiller) 7,00pm
Tangerine Dream, 9.30pm

The title track from EXIT by TANGERINE DREAM as used on the STRANGER THINGS OST

Text from the JAN 1982 issue of E&MM magazine. 

This is a smoothly performed piece with a floating quality that is pushed gently along by the repeated two bar two-note sequence and ‘spiked’ bass sound. There’s a tape reversal effect at the start which is a cymbal backwards and Edgar calls the filter sweeps ‘splashes’. Once again a very strong theme is played on the PPG which appears four times. The syncopation is very precise and gives the subtle move away from the beat that is a feature of TD’s music. It is derived from Chris and Edgar’s liking for modern jazz. The fast running notes up and down in the next stage of the piece are made on the PPG1 Sequencer with a random reset point selected by Edgar during recording to give a free feeling. As the music moves on, real thunder sounds are treated with flanging and phasing.

Edgar Froese: We love to use natural elements against our electronic sounds as a result we don’t actually perform this piece on stage. Some effects such as this do restrict us from playing several pieces live, although for example, we now do the reversed cymbal effect on the MiniMoog.

The piece ends with treated ‘rain’ washing away the music.

Friday, 5 August 2016

Stranger Things And How Tangerine Dream Soundtracked The ’80s - Molly Lambert on the German synthwave band's TV moment.


Stranger Things And How Tangerine Dream Soundtracked The ’80s - Molly Lambert on the German synthwave band's TV moment.

Tangerine Dream are having a TV moment, with songs featured on Stranger Things and Mr. Robot, and Tangerine Dream–influenced soundtracks on Halt and Catch Fire and Vice Principals. It’s unsurprising, given the long partnership between the German electronic art-rocker band and the moving image. Founded in 1967, Tangerine Dream wrote their first American film score in 1977, for William Friedkin’s thriller Sorcerer, after Friedkin begged them to consider scoring. The band, known for their knotty psychedelic electronic music, were not the most obvious choice to cross over into the mainstream, but their Prussian bandleader Edgar Froese had a lifelong interest in film, and the group’s pulsating paranoid krautrock was a perfect fit for the ticking-bomb nightmare world of Sorcerer. That film begat more scores — Michael Mann’s’s icy crime ballet Thief, 1981 B-horror Strange Behavior, and ’80s Cold War schlocker The Soldier.

Their 1983 score for Risky Business exposed the band to an entirely new audience. Tangerine Dream’s music opens the film as we see Tom Cruise’s character Joel Goodsen wandering through a dream fog of shower steam toward a beckoning but unreachable naked woman — establishing a tone that sets the movie apart from virtually every other ’80s sex comedy with its seriousness and authentic sexiness. Risky Business is as much about class and striving as it is about sex and rescuing a glass egg from a pimp. It takes the earnest suburban desires of Joel Goodson seriously: to lose his virginity, to get into a good school, to separate his parents’ desires for his future from his own.

Risky Business also takes Lana, the gorgeous escort played by Rebecca De Mornay, seriously. Joel’s “parents out of town” scenario becomes the grounds for his coming of age, and Cruise as Joel is incredible at conveying the weird mixture of teenage horniness and the fear of being overtaken by that horniness. In his star-making performance, Cruise is anything but the confident ace — Joel is fumbling and awkward when he meets his delivery dream girl, and believable as a nerdy, SAT-obsessed prep. It’s a straightforward coming-of-age movie that turns crime thriller once Joe Pantoliano shows up as Lana’s pimp. The car chases that dominate the movie’s second half are the physical manifestation of Joel’s paranoia over breaking his parents’ rules that runs concurrent to his initiation into sex.

And who better to convey the connection between sensuality and fear than Tangerine Dream? The band’s “Love on a Real Train,” with its ornately repetitive synth patterns, hypnotic chimes, and percussive choogling drum machines, is what makes the infamous train sex scene feel so visceral and fresh. It’s shot and scored voyeuristically, making viewers complicit as they lean in closer to try to hear Joel and Lana in the mix, earning the film its hard R rating. In a decade full of over-the-top cinematic coitus, that train sex scene sends chills up the spine with its restraint, owing in large part to the cool, understated soundtrack.

Tangerine Dream’s post–Risky Business résumé is varied. There’s a lot of sci-fi: alien movie Wavelength, Michael Mann’s haunted Nazi fortress film The Keep, and the Stephen King adaptation Firestarter. But they weren’t limited to scoring futuristic or horrific situations — they did romcoms, historical films, and the excellent 1985 high school wrestling coming-of-age movie Vision Quest starring Matthew Modine, whose love theme was Madonna’s “Crazy for You.” Tangerine Dream were also called in to rescore Ridley Scott’s 1985 fantasy epic Legend — Jerry Goldsmith had already written a complete score, but the studio was worried that it would make the medieval fantasy epic feel stale. And it’s the Tangerine Dream music that makes Legend such a weird trip, a distinctly ’80s version of high fantasy.

By the time he starred in Legend, Tom Cruise was in full flower, and his second go-round with Tangerine Dream makes especially poignant that that movie marked the last time we would ever see him as that angelically boyish — his next film would be Top Gun. The Legend score is Tangerine Dream at their New Age–iest, but even their mists of Avalon have a sinister undertone that makes the movie feel like a nightmare after playing dungeon crawlers for too long. In the late ’80s, Tangerine Dream scored three more cult classics: the vampire Western Near Dark, surreal high school comedy Three O’Clock High, and 1988’s Miracle Mile.

If the last few decades of cable and online original television were analogous to the New Hollywood of the 1970s, then we are firmly in the ’80s now, with accordant big budgets and genre-specific projects. And a number of shows have referenced Tangerine Dream’s ’80s soundtracks, both as shorthand for the decade and to establish a certain tone. (Tangerine Dream are no strangers to TV: They provided the rad theme song for futuristic motorcycle cop ’80s show Street Hawk.) Whether you think quoting another vehicle’s soundtrack is cheap or just another sampling tool, there’s a critical mass of shows trying to catch a whiff of Tangerine Dream’s acid futurism right now. Vice Principals, scored by Joseph Stephens with analog synths to replicate the imperfect phasing of contemporary ’80s synths, is an ode to the sociopathic male heroes of action movies, like the world’s most low-stakes Charles Bronson vehicle, and it evokes Tangerine Dream for the Michael Mann feeling — to supply a terse backdrop to the protagonists’ behavioral horrors.

Mr. Robot played “Love on a Real Train” at the end of an episode in the first season because Tangerine Dream, with their emphasis on the psychotropic possibilities of machines, have a strong affiliation with cyberpunk. Netflix hit Stranger Things is scored by Austin group Survive, who use analog synths and specifically reference the Tangerine Dream scores for Sorcerer and The Keep as major influences. Vintage synthheads like Survive (and digital replicants alike) make music in the genre that has come to be called synthwave — or “outrun,” after the 1986 driving arcade game that let players select a soundtrack (a first). Inspired by the early days of electronic music and artists like Giorgio Moroder, Vangelis, John Carpenter, and, of course, Tangerine Dream, synthwave is a postmodern take on the ’80s, aiming to capture the way it feels to watch an ’80s movie scored by Tangerine Dream late at night on TV more than to actually replicate their sound. Stranger Things is a synthwave TV show, and as with every part of it, the soundtrack comes in quotes. As if to drive the point home, an actual Tangerine Dream song, “Exit,” plays at the end of episode six.

At a “Tangerine Dream on Film” event put on by the Alamo Drafthouse LA over the weekend, programmer Bret Berg interviewed former Tangerine Dream member Paul Haslinger. Haslinger, who was in the band from 1986 to 1990, and who currently scores Halt and Catch Fire and Fear the Walking Dead, explained that he spends a third of the year touring, a third of the year scoring, and a third of the year in the studio making albums. He was diplomatic when asked about the Stranger Things soundtrack, saying that anything that gets a new generation interested in the music is good, and mentioning the influence of It Follows and John Carpenter on the show’s pastiche. He also cited the joy of bringing out some of his older analog machines to score Halt and Catch Fire — a show in which the ’80s are naturalistic and beautifully mundane, focused on the burgeoning world of tech. In response to a question about whether the old machines fall out of tune sometimes when running, Haslinger said that other people spend endless amounts of time trying to make digital music sound similarly out of tune, because it’s the imperfections inherent in these “perfect” machines that can be so pleasurable.

So what’s with all the Tangerine Dream right now? Maybe it’s a case of collective nostalgia, like a mysterious fog that overtakes a small town and sets all their brainwaves to the same alien radio station. But for all its associations with the ’80s, the band’s music thrives because it’s timelessly futuristic. The connections they made between electronic music, New Age, and classical, the way they bridged mainstream and avant-garde and fused psychedelic improvisation to industrialism, all still makes them feel ahead of their time — probably because they were beamed to us from a distant planet, a million light years from now.

Sunday, 24 July 2016


The soundtrack uses the following short cues or excerpts:

S1 · E5 · Chapter Five: The Flea and the Acrobat: TRACK: GREEN DESERT.  Approx. 14.48 - 16.32

S1 · E6 · Chapter Six: The Monster: TRACK: EXIT.  Approx. 32.26 - 32.37

S1 · E8 · Chapter Eight: The Upside Down: TRACK: HORIZON (Warsaw Gate mix).  Approx. 18.15 - 18.50

Wednesday, 29 June 2016

A message from Thorsten Quaeschning 15.7.16:

13 Years ago today I met Edgar for the first time at Eastgate Studios in Vienna. (You know that) I prefer making music than writing nostalgic or useful/useless messages, maybe because it is as difficult to leave the “music-focus-zone” as it is to enter it. But I could make this an “anniversary-exception”.
Since 2003 many things happened and I learned (at least I was told) a lot from the great Master. A very intensive time and a very sad passing of Edgar in January 2015.
Over the past 18 Months, it was necessary to take time to put things in order, find the right team to carry on and complete and compose new music.
We are actually hitting the home straight of the new “Quantum Gate” album and planning new concerts, concepts, follow-up-albums and maybe a “50 Years Tangerine Dream”-special for 2017 (Tangerine Dream was founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese, Volker Hombach, Lanse Hapshash, Charlie Prince and Kurt Herkenberg).
So all I can say is THANK YOU VERY MUCH for your company and interest over the last 13 years, and hopefully in the years to come – I would appreciate it very much.
See and hear you soon.
Thorsten “Q” Quaeschning

I'm selling a few old TANGERINE DREAM tour programmes...

Sorry the 1986 North American tour programme is gone.

Tuesday, 14 June 2016

TANGERINE DREAM Szczecin, Poland set-list. Thanks to Thorsten for the information

1. Rubycon - new version
2. Mirage of Reality part One (from Quantum Key)
3. Genesis of Precious Thoughts (from Quantum Key & Quantum Gate)
4. Kiev Mission (from Exit) - new version
5. Logos
6. Ricochet
7. Proton Bonfire (A sequel/different track to Electron Bonfire, this version will appear on Quantum Gate)
8. White Eagle - new version
9. Grind (from Sorcerer)
10. Dolphin Dance (from Underwater Sunlight)
11. Warsaw in the Sun
12. Second Gravity (A sequel/different track to Zero Gravity)
13. Madagasmala
14. Love on a Real Train (from Risky Business)
15. Sorcerer Theme
16. Mirage of Reality part two (from Quantum Key)
17. Song of the Whale (from Underwater Sunlight)
18. The Silver Boots of Barlett Green (from The Angel of the West Window).

Thursday, 9 June 2016

Tonight: TANGERINE DREAM Live in Concert

TODAY JUNE 9 at 19:00
SOUNDLAB 2015/2016
Electronic music concert live in Szczecin, Poland.

To compensate the fans for any inconvenience connected with the cancellation of the Klaus Schulze concert, and to aptly finish the SoundLab series, which has become extremely popular with many fans during the passing season, the Philharmonic in Szczecin has decided to invite Tangerine Dream, a band Klaus Schulze cooperated with (the suggestion to invite this band appeared during the talks with Schulze’s representatives).

In January 2015 Edgar Froese, founder and mastermind of the legendary electronic band Tangerine Dream, sadly “changed his cosmic address”. In wise foresight he gave his wife, Bianca Froese-Acquaye, his blessing to continue with the band project in order to realize his last musical vision of the so-called QUANTUM YEARS. It was a fascinating challenge for Edgar to translate the newest scientific knowledge of quantum physics and philosophy into musical sounds.

Edgar already started this new period with a concert series in Australia in November 2014 by forming a new band line-up with Ulrich Schnauss, Thorsten Quaeschning and Hoshiko Yamane and him. At the same time all acoustic instruments once again were banned like in the 70ies to concentrate on pure electronic sounds. Of course it was no coincidence that Edgar welcomed London-based Ulrich Schnauss as a new band member alongside his longtime and highly esteemed band colleague and composer Thorsten Quaeschning, as both, Ulrich and Edgar, always followed their careers with great interest for years and enjoying an equally long friendship. Hoshiko Yamane, already a member of TD since 2011, is adding that special sparkle to the music by playing her very own virtuoso way of electric violin.

The results of this new formation speak for themselves: QUANTUM KEY – the first EP release of the new period after Edgar Froese’s death – has already delighted lovers of electronic music and TD fans, they barely can’t await the full album release of QUANTUM GATE in 2016, which the band is currently working on intensively. Both albums base on a part of Edgar’s compositions, which he already began and which the band now refined into that new creative and experimental-orientated direction of a modern electronic symphonic sound.

In honour of their personal hero, Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream are looking forward to performing their musical portfolio – both old and new, well-known classics and still unknown new tracks – to their audience at the beautiful Szczecin Philharmonic on Thursday, 9th June 2016.

Wednesday, 8 June 2016

Interview with Bianca Froese-Acquaye from the MAY 2016 issue of SynMag.

Thanks to Andreas for the text

Die Zukunft von Tangerine Dream
- im Gespräch mit Bianca Froese-Acquaye

Die wiederentdeckte Liebe zum analogen, die in den letzten Jahren den Synthesizermarkt bestimmte, ermöglicht es der neuen Generation von Klangtüftlern wieder mehr, an die Geschichte der Elektronischen Musik anzuknüpfen, Einflüsse zu erkennen und diese mit auf eine neue Reise zu nehmen.

Tangerine Dream ist eine der wenigen Bands, die über die Jahrzehnte relevant blieben, selbst zu Zeiten, als sich deren Musik von elektronischen Klanglandschaften zu beinah ethnischer Folklore änderte.
Wie bei etlichen anderen Bands sah man auch bei Tangerine Dream ein Kommen und Gehen von Bandmitgliedern, viel Talent, das sich auch anderweitig bemerkbar machte, denkt man beispielsweise an Klaus Schulze, der nach TD und Ashra Tempel Krautrockgeschichte schrieb, oder Conrad Schnitzler, der mit Kluster/Cluster ebenfalls ein Pionier der Elektronischen Musik ist. Ex-TD-Mitglieder Jerome Froese (Sohn des legendären TD-Gründers und einzigen konstanten Mitglieds Edgar Froese, der am 20.01.2015 verstarb) und Johannes Schmoelling spielen derzeit bei Loom, und deren Musik ist wie ein Weiterführen der TD-Blutlinie.

Dass TD auch außerhalb der elektronischen Musikszene bekannt sind, liegt auch an den Soundtracks, die sie für mehr als 20 Filme machten. Ihre bekanntesten Filmmusiken sind sicherlich die für die erfolgreichen Hollywood-Kreationen Legend und Risky Business (beide Filme werden von Tom Cruise getragen) sowie die Stephen-King-Adaption Firestarter.

In den 70ern hat man Tangerine Dream meist hinter Wänden von Modularsynthesizern gesehen und viele Promo-Shots zeigen die Band mit teuren Moogs. Aber TD ist keine nostalgische Band und in den letzten Jahren konnte man Edgar Froese gemütlich sitzend auf der Bühne sehen, mit einem der auffallend roten Nord-Synths und dem Korg Radias, weit entfernt von der modularen Welt vergangener Tage.

Mit immer nach vorne schauenden Augen gesegnet ist es auch kein Wunder, dass Tangerine Dream auch nach dem Tode von Edgar Froese weiterbesteht. Vergangenen Oktober gab es das letzte TD-Album Quantum Key, das von Froese mitgeschriebene Werke enthält.

Wir sprachen mit Edgar’s Witwe Bianca Froese-Acquaye über die Zukunft und das Vermächtnis einer legendären Band, die klanglich den Weg für andere deutsche Künstler wie Enigma oder Schiller öffnete undderen Einfluss vor allem in sequencerlastigen Kompositionen zu spüren und zu hören ist.

(SynMag:) Wenn ich es richtig verstanden habe, bist du nicht nur Edgar‘s Frau, sondern hast auch mit dem Tangerine-Dream-Business zu tun? Was genau tust du?

(Bianca Froese-Acquaye:) Nun, Edgar und ich waren über 15 Jahre lang ein Paar und haben sowohl künstlerisch – ich selbst bin Malerin und Übersetzerin für mehrere Sprachen – als auch auf der Management-Ebene für unser eigenes Label Eastgate Music & Arts zusammengearbeitet – eine aus meiner Sicht großartige Symbiose zweier kreativer Menschen, die vor allen Dingen ihre Unabhängigkeit von der Industrie liebten. Die Zusammenarbeit in den verschiedensten Bereichen unseres Labels, in Bezug auf Artwork für CDs, Verträge mit Musiklabels, Kunstausstellungen oder Konzert- und Tourneeorganisation etc. war stets fließend: Wir haben uns in allen Dingen miteinander beraten, „gebrainstormt“, diskutiert, und absolut vertraut und uns gegenseitig unterstützt. Diesen dynamischen, interaktiven Prozess, dieses intensive Teamwork mit Edgar vermisse ich sehr …

Nachdem mich Edgar als Alleinerbin des Bandnamens und seines gesamten Musikkatalogs eingesetzt hat, wohlwissend, dass ich in seinem Sinne verantwortungsvoll damit umgehen würde, habe ich mich nach einer schmerzlichen Trauerphase wieder intensiv in die Arbeit gestürzt. Als erstes habe ich mein Herzensprojekt ins Leben gerufen, die zukünftige Errichtung eines Tangerine-Dream-Sound-Museums in Berlin (, das die Pionierarbeit Edgar‘s und der Band auf dem Gebiet der Elektronischen Musik widerspiegeln soll. Aber auch darüber hinaus soll die Bedeutung von Musik an sich transparent gemacht werden. Edgar hat seine ganz eigene Zukunftsvision von Musik ja bereits in den sogenannten Quantum Years angedeutet, die auf den Alben Mala Kunia und Quantum Key zum Ausdruck kommt.

(SynMag:) Ende Januar 2016 fand in Berlin ein Event zu Ehren von Edgar statt, was genau war das? Und stimmt es, dass Edgar und David Bowie gute Freunde waren?
(Bianca Froese-Acquaye:) Am 30. Januar habe ich anlässlich Edgar‘s ersten Todestags die Vernissage „The Art of how to Dream“ im Berliner Festspielhaus verabschiedet. Neben Edgar‘s von ihm selbst so bezeichneten Zoom-O-Graphics (Fotocollagen), die erstmals in großen Formaten gezeigt wurden, und meiner Dante-Serie (Acrylmalerei zum Thema „Die Göttliche Komödie“ von Dante Alighieri) gab es auch solistische Konzerte der einzelnen TD-Mitglieder Thorsten Quäschning, Ulrich Schnauss und Hoshiko Yamane zu hören. Eine Lesung aus Edgar’s voraussichtlich im Sommer erscheinender Autobiografie Force Majeure rundeteden Abend ab, mit dem spannenden Kapitel, in dem Edgar seine Begegnung mit Salvador Dalí beschrieb. Wahrscheinlich wissen nur wenige, dass Edgar 1967 im Garten von Dalí’s Villa in Cadaqués mit seiner damaligen Band The Ones anlässlich der sogenannten Weekend Happenings ihre improvisierte Musik aufspielten. Dalí rief dann laut aus: „Oh I love this rotten religious music“.

Was David Bowie betrifft, so möchte ich hier nicht vorgreifen, den Edgar beschreibt diese Begegnung detailliert in seiner Autobiografie. Nur so viel: Es war Edgar, der David seine Wohnung in Berlin-Schöneberg besorgt hat. Übergangsweise, bis David’s Wohnung fertig renoviert war, hat Edgar David und Iggy Pop Unterschlupf in seiner eigenen Wohnung gewährt, was zeitweise dankbar angenommen wurde. Aus dieser Nähe entstand eine Freundschaft, die sich aus philosophischen Gesprächen über Kunst, Literatur und Musik nährte und die von großenm gegenseitigen Respekt getragen war.

(SynMag:) TD waren immer an der Forefront, was Instrumente anging, früher mit den massiven Modularsystemen und in den letzten Jahren mit Korg Radias und Nord etc. Inwieweit war es Edgar und ist es TD wichtig, sich klanglich weiterzuentwickeln, und wie sieht die Studiotechnik heute aus?

(Bianca Froese-Acquaye:) Edgar und der Band war es immer wichtig, sich klanglich weiterzuentwickeln, obwohl dies aufgrund der digitalen Vielfalt an Klängen in den letzten Jahren nicht einfach war und es Edgar durchaus bewusst war, dass heute jeder Hobbymusiker auf die gleichen Klangdatenbanken zurückgreifen konnte. Jedoch Klänge allein machen noch kein fertiges Musikstück, es kommt auf ihre kunstvolle Anordnung, auf die Komposition an, die ein Musikstück zur wahren Entfaltung bringen. Hier vertraute Edgar auf sein intuitives und handwerkliches Talent, auch wenn es oft unvermeidlich war, wiederholt auf bereits benutzte Klänge zurückgreifen zu müssen.

Was sein Instrumentarium betrifft, so gibt es hier tatsächlich nicht viel Neues zu erzählen, vom Korg Triton, Nord Lead, Minimoog Voyager bis zum Microbrute Analog Synth, den ich ihm für’s Komponieren auf Reisen schenkte, denn es verging kein Tag ohne Komposition, findet sich hier alles Gängige wieder. Selbstverständlich gab es auch Momente, in denen Edgar wieder ein Mikrofon hervorkramte und interessante Klänge aus seiner Umgebung – besonders auf Reisen – aufnahm und später abspielte.

(SynMag:) TD machen weiter – was genau passiert und wie stellt man sich die Zukunft von TD vor?

(Bianca Froese-Acquaye:) Ja, wir machen erst einmal weiter – im Sinne von Edgar und seiner letzten großen Vision der Quantum Years. Edgar war ganz besonders an den neuesten Erkenntnissen der Quantenphysik und –philosophie interessiert und hatte große Freude daran, ja, es war ihm eine Herausforderung, diese musikalisch zu übersetzen. Auf der neuesten EP Quantum Key kann man deutlich die neue Richtung erkennen, in die sich die Musik bewegt. Thorsten, Ulrich und Hoshiko haben hier Edgar’s Kompositionen weiterentwickelt bzw. fortgeführt – wie ich finde, eine großartige Leistung der talentierten Band.
Wir wissen nicht, wie lange das Projekt TD weitergeführt wird, wohin sich die Dinge entwickeln, haben uns jedoch gemeinsam erst einmal darauf verständigt, so bald wie möglich eine Europa- und auch eine USA-Tournee zu Ehren von Edgar zu realisieren. Edgar lebt in seiner Musik, in seinen Werken weiter – und seine Klänge bringen uns zum Schwingen – dies hält uns und ihn lebendig.

Im späten Frühjahr werden wir das erste volle Album präsentieren: Quantum Gate - größtenteils basierend auf Edgar’s Kompositionen, weiterentwickelt von der Band. Auf Soundcloud kann man bereits einen Preview hören (

(SynMag:) Bei über 100 Alben ist es vielleicht unmöglich, einen Favoriten zu haben, dennoch würden wir gerne wissen, welches TD- oder Edgar-Solowerk dir persönlich am meisten bedeutet?

(Bianca Froese-Acquaye:) Kennengelernt habe ich TD durch das Album Hyperborea in den 80ern, der Plattenspieler war dauerhaft auf repeat gestellt, so faszinierend fand ich diese für mich neuen Klänge. Niemals hätte ich mir vorstellen können, dass ich Edgar einmal persönlich kennenlernen und heiraten würde.
Mein heutiger Favorit ist das Album Summer in Nagasaki, da ich Edgar hier sehr inensiv in der Phase des Entstehungsprozesses begleitete und die Musik mit ganz besonderen, sehr persönlichen Erinnerungen verknüpft ist.

Ansonsten ist es tatsächlich schwierig, sich für ein einziges Album zu entscheiden, es sind alles geliebte Kinder und keine kluge Mutter dieser Welt würde behaupten, ein Kind mehr als das andere zu lieben.

Thomas Janak

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QUANTUM KEY on vinyl

Tangerine Dream's four-track EP "QUANTUM KEY" will be reissued on vinyl on the Invisible Hands label - the release date currently stands as OCTOBER 2016, the EP having been mastered at ABBEY ROAD studios in JULY. .

Wednesday, 1 June 2016


Yesterday (31.5.16) TAG/TRAUM reached its kickstarter funding target of 70,000* euros to produce 'the first' full-length documentary on TANGERINE DREAM. This is a real tribute to EDGAR FROESE'S memory. Congratulations to Bianca, Thorsten, Ulrich, Hoshiko, Peter, all at TAG/TRAUM (Kirstin etc), Eastgate, 'the mystery backer' and of course all 779 TD fans that made a pledge - without you it simply wouldn't have happened.

*71,726 euros were raised. 

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