Edgar Froese -  from Experiments to a Movement.
Edgar Froese – from Experiments to a Movement.

. . . or click on the link here for Audio Player – Tangerine Dream – live in Berlin – November 15, 1982 – Gordon Skene Sound Collection.

And another loss this week – Electronic Music Pioneer and founding member of Tangerine Dream Edgar Froese passed away earlier this week at age 70. Froese and Tangerine Dream were probably the first of the purely electronic bands to appear on the World Stage in the late 1960s. Prior to that, it was all experimenting and pretty much the exclusive domain of the Avant-Garde.

Almost all of what we take for granted now as Techno, and even EDM can be traced back to the earliest recordings of Tangerine Dream. Before them, no real band as such existed. It wasn’t until the later 1960s that Robert Moog perfected and condensed in a smaller package, what people like Edgar Froese and the other members of what eventually became Tangerine Dream were doing in large, cramped studios, amid miles of cable and banks of recorders. Prior to Tangerine Dream it was Karleinz Stockhausen, along with several pioneering experimenters in Electronic sound (in the U.S. and Europe) to take what were tones and pulses from massive banks of oscillators and generators and patch together chords and notes. These were turned into what was at first experimentation and later a set of quirky sounds into what became the basis for everything from commercials to TV soundtracks and evolve it into the basis for vast, enveloping soundscapes.

So the loss of Edgar Froese is huge – he and the others of that movement set into motion the foundation for much of our current contemporary music.

And as a reminder of that – here is a concert Tangerine Dream performed at the Berlin Internationales Congress in Germany on November 15, 1982.

Music is in a constant state of evolution and devolution – it all starts from someplace and picks up from another place – we can never take it for granted.

Thank you Edgar, for help showing the way.

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