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Tangerine Dream

Tangerine Dream

Fact Sheet

Country  Germany
Tangerine Dream is a German group that specializes in electronic music (the members of the band strongly disagree with the New Age label). It was founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese who had been studying painting and sculpture. The band has undergone several line-up changes over the years and Froese has been the only constant member. Drummer and composer Klaus Schulze was a member of an earlier line-up, but the most stable version of the group during their most influential mid-1970s period was as a keyboard trio with Froese, Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann.

The genesis of the group began when Edgar Froese was invited to give several private concerts. One of them was for Salvadore Dali, at which music was mixed with literature, painting, early forms of multimedia and more. Only the absurdest ideas were able to gather any attention at these gatherings. From this, Froese developed the phrase "in the absurd often lies what is artistically possible". Various members of the group came and went, but the direction of the music continued to be inspired by the Surrealists at the beginning of the century.

Most notable of Froese's collaborations was his partnership with Christopher Franke. In several international reviews the music of Tangerine Dream was described as an "unreal soundtrack" to an "unreal, unknown life", a life in which all events happened at "the same time and the same place".

In the 1980s, Tangerine Dream composed scores for several (20+) Hollywood movies. Franke went on to compose the score for the television science fiction series Babylon 5.

Edgar Froese, famously, began his avant-garde career as a student of Salvador Dalí.