Tangerine Dream

Tangerine DreamFrom: West Berlin Germany

Tangerine Dream is an electronic band founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The band has experienced a vast number of lineup changes over the years, but their music has been extremely influential. Tangerine Dream started out recording some freakbeat psychedelic music, and developed into one of the leading electronic bands of all time.

In the mid-1960s, Froese arrived in West Berlin to study art. He was a member of the short-lived band, The Ones, and then turned towards experimental music. Froese began playing minor gigs where only the most outlandish ideas were admired. Froese once said “In the absurd often lies what is artistically possible.” Members of his band would come and go, but the music continued to be inspired by Surrealists, eventually leading to the surreal-sounding name Tangerine Dream. The name was inspired by the Beatles’ song “Lucy In The Sky With Diamonds,” and the line “tangerine trees and marmalade skies.”

Edgar Froese was always fascinated by technology and used it to make his music. He built his own instruments and was always collecting sounds with tape recorders for future projects. It was Froese’s work with tape loops and other repeating sounds that were the precursor to the sequencer. The band quickly adopted this technology upon its arrival.

Tangerine Dream’s debut album was Electronic Meditation released in 1970. The album was a collection of tape recordings and Krautrock. The band used the technology of the time opposed to the synthesized music they would become so famous for. The lineup on this album was Froese, Klaus Schulze, and Conrad Schnitzler. Electronic Meditation was published by Ohr and began what is known as the Pink Years. Ohr’s logo was a pink ear, therefore, this period was called the Pink Years. The album contains the mind-blowing “Journey Through A Burning Brain” as well as the eery “Ashes to Ashes.” This was the only album that Schulze and Schnitzler were on before Schulze went solo. Tangerine Dream’s second album was Alpha Centuri, released in 1971. This was followed by Zeit in 1972.

1973 was a turning point for Tangerine Dream. They released the album Atem which was named Album of the Year by British DJ John Peel. This attention helped the band gain recognition, and they signed to Virgin Records later that year. In 1974, Tangerine Dream released the album Phaedra. The album unexpectedly reached #15 on the album charts in the U.K., marking Virgin’s first true hit record. Phaedra was also one of the first commercial albums to feature sequencers and came to define much of Tangerine Dream’s sound.

Tangerine Dream have recorded over one hundred albums over their career. Their most successful lineup was Froese, Peter Baumann (1971-1977), and Christopher Franke (1971-1987). Johannes Schmoelling (1979-1985) was also a member during Tangerine Dream’s peak. Edgar Froese is the only member that has been in the band since the beginning, but he has managed to maintain the same general formula for the sound of Tangerine Dream’s music.

Artist information sources include: Wikipedia

Feel free to use our Facebook page to discuss & ask any questions you have about this artist, a fellow PsycheHead is sure to have the answer.

Tracks played on Psychedelicized…

From the 1970 album Electronic Meditation
Electronic Meditation

  • Journey Through A Burning Brain
  • Ashes To Ashes