Tuesday, 19 June 2012

Short TD interview in SONIC SHOCKS

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TANGERINE DREAM - Edgar Froese
Interview by Sophia Disgrace
Prior to their very special London show - the only UK date of the Electric Mandarine Tour 2012 - at Shepherd's Bush Empire on the 24th June Sophia caught up with Edgar Froese..
Sonic:Tangerine Dream have been described as fitting into many musical genres such as - psychedelic, electronica, new age to name but a few - where would you place yourselves within this broad spectrum, if at all?
Not one of these descriptions would mean anything to us. It’s like - would you label a can of tomatoes with a picture of a strawberry?  It just doesn’t make any sense.  We always prefer to call it the ‘Tangerine Dream sound’ – that’s what we make.

Sonic: When I listen to your music, I am often reminded of sci fi films such as Blade Runner, and you have done the scores for a number of films, what would be your dream cinematic project past or present to work on musically and why?
There are at least three movies which we really like and that we had the chance to write the score for: Bill Friedkin’s “Sorcerer”; Michael Mann’s “Thief” and Ridley Scott’s “Legend”.  Apart from such works I guess it would have been a great challenge to score the first “Matrix” movie, “Avatar” or even some of Stanley Kubrick’s stuff.
 
Sonic: The close correlation between Tangerine Dream and the surrealist art movement has been noted, and I find your inherent use of technology in your music truly inspiring - do you view Tangerine Dream as a surrealist movement/band in itself?

Apart from using the term ‘Tangerine Dream’ itself for our music, ‘surreal’ could be the other closest term to our soundscape – that’s what I would prefer.

Sonic: During your admirably extensive career, Tangerine Dream has acquired a varied and broad fan base, which flourished in particular behind the iron curtain during the very early 1980's-why do you think your music appealed so much to countries in the grip of a communist struggle?

Maybe it’s more located within the sub consciousness of these people living for many decades under the indescribable pressure of some dictatorial political systems. It’s said that our compositions pass some atmospheric borderlines between the impression of freedom and the emergence into an unknown land of complete different preconditions of a day-to-day living. So we’re not using words to express our opinions, just working on a subconscious level of awareness – obviously it was somehow successful.

Sonic: I really like the fact that you have also drawn influence from poetry, referencing William Blake's poetry in your album 'Tyger' for instance, do you think music, whether abstract or otherwise can be considered as poetry in fluid form?

It’s said by many great artists through the centuries that all the labelled boxes art forms are covered with are pointless.  Art is art, or senseless, mediocre, a waste of time to blind inexperienced people, or just for commercial purposes.  Therefore a great writer like Joyce is in the closest possible neighbourhood to Debussy - and Picasso’s art is fading stepless into a Shakespeare drama – all set on various levels of timeless consciousness.

Sonic: How has your 2012 tour been so far? How does modern day touring compare to shows you may have done in the say 70's?

Touring is a time consuming and often very enervating whether it’s now or in the past 40 years.  It always matters how good you are on the logistical front; if you’ve got the right people in the band and crew and finally if the other people working with you are doing a professional job. You, as a musician can’t control everything, very often you have to trust others being reliable and professional and experienced. So far we have been quite lucky with regard to nearly all the needs we have.

Sonic: So many artists (i.e. Steven Wilson from Porcupine Tree, Till Lindemann from Rammstein) say Tangerine Dream has had a huge influence on them creatively - how does this feel, to have impacted on so many?

I feel kind of an honour being part of such a great and inspiring family of musicians. At least all of us cross-fertilize each other whether you come from a same style of music or not. If I’m looking back to my long career one of the most important attitudes with regard to the work of other artists was deep respect and attention to the message they wanted to transmit and finally consideration of the fact that they tried working things out in the best possible way. Such tolerance is needed to learn from each other and to respect even a provocative statement from colleagues who are obviously clicking differently.
Tangerine Dream bring their Electric Manderine Tour to the Shepherds Bush Empire for one UK show only on Sunday 24th June.  
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