Revolution Of Sound: Tangerine Dream + Q&A18

Revolution Of Sound: Tangerine Dream + Q&A

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  • Thu 5 Mar
  • 87 minutes
  • Director: Margarete Kreuzer
  • Cast: Edgar Froese, Peter Baumann, Christoph Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
  • Germany (2017)


Join us for a screening of Revolution Of Sound: Tangerine Dream followed by a Q&A with director Margarete Kreuzer and co-producer Bianca Froese-Acquaye. This event is part of Tangerine Dream: Zeitraffer, an exhibition at the Barbican Music Library. Entry is free, more info here.

'Tangerine Dream is science fiction!’ declares band leader Edgar Froese who died in January, 2015 aged 70. For almost fifty years he and his band Tangerine Dream explored sound and its effect on our emotions. This film about one of Germany’s first electronic bands kicks off with the young Berlin musicians who were as inspired by the space age of the 1960s, with its rocket launchings and visions of the future, as they were by their own heartbeat, on which Froese also based compositions. Aided by the Moog and other synthesizers Froese and his band members revolutionized electronic music. Tangerine Dream visualized moods rather than created clearly structured songs.

Edgar Froese learned how to play with subconsciousness from Salvador Dali, who was fascinated by the band (,,That is rotten religious music!’’) and predicted Froese a glorious future.

In 1973 Richard Branson signed Tangerine Dream for Virgin Records and invited the band to Oxfordshire, where the album ,,Phaedra’’ was created and skyrocketed the band to the Top Ten of the UK Charts.

Film directors such as Michael Mann and Paul Brickman discuss their intensive collaborations with Froese that produced some of the most unusual soundtracks of the 1980s, for films such as Risky Business (Paul Brickman, 1983) or Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987). A blend of amateur footage, interviews with band members, relatives, friends and colleagues such as Jean-Michel Jarre that creates a comprehensive portrait of an artistic pioneer.

Froese, a passionate admirer of Bach’s sequences and Haydn’s variation technique, Increasingly devoted his interest to quantum physics and philosophy and intensively worked on translating this special insight into a new musical direction – the birth of his final vision of the Tangerine Dream Quantum Years.