Main: Edgar Froese Remembered

in Daily Programme, Radio Riel Main

by Elrik Merlin on Wednesday, 28 January, 2015

Today we present a programme of classic electronica, featuring the work of Edgar Froese, who passed away last week, and Tangerine Dream, the ground‐breaking electronic music band he founded in the early 1970s, best‐known for their many albums of atmospheric electronic material and numerous movie soundtracks. We’ll be including tracks from the band’s early days on the Pink record label in Germany, recordings from their period with Virgin Records in the 1970s and ’80’s, right on up to a live performance from MoogFest in Asheville NC in 2011, and a collection of solo material.

From Wikipedia: Edgar Willmar Froese was born in Tilsit, East Prussia, on D‐Day during the Second World War. He took piano lessons from the age of 12, and started playing guitar at 15. After showing an early aptitude for art, Froese enrolled at the Academy of the Arts in West Berlin to study painting and sculpture. In 1965, he formed a band called The Ones, which played psychedelic rock, and some rock and R&B standards. While playing in Spain, The Ones were invited to perform at Salvador Dalí’s villa in Cadaqués. Froese’s encounter with Dalí was highly influential, inspiring him to pursue more experimental directions with his music.

After returning to Berlin, Froese began recruiting musicians for the free‐rock band that would become Tangerine Dream.

Image: Tangerine Dream performs in a concert in Eberswalde, Germany. Photo by Ralf Roletschek


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