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Tangerine Dream Biography


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Birth Place: West Berlin, Germany
Years Active: 1967–present
Genres: Electronic Music, Krautrock, Ambient, Berlin School, New Age


Tangerine Dream is an electronic music group that hail from Germany and were founded by Edgar Froese in 1967. Over the course of their 40 year career, the group has gone through several line-up changes with Froese always at the helm. Tangerine Dream's most stable line-up came during the mid-1970s, and their most influential years, consisting of Froese, Christopher Franke, and Peter Baumann. By the time the 1980s emerged Johannes Schmoelling replaced Baumann. Tangerine Dream is currently comprised of Froese and Thorsten Quaeschning, and touring musicians Linda Spa on saxophone and flute, Iris Camaa on drums and percussion, Bernhard Beibl on guitar and electric violinist Hoshiko Yamane.

When the group first began they played local venues in West Berlin's underground music scene. An ever-changing line-up left the group without a sense of musical direction. It would take until the mid-1970s for the group to establish themselves as part of the Berlin School of electronic music.

The group's debut album, “Electronic Meditation,” arrived in 1970 and paved the way for electronic dance music. The group was highly productive during this decade; churning out one album a year. Froese's fascination and skill with technology led to the development of music skills that were the precursor to the sequencer.

The group's 1973 album, “Atem” won the attention and recognition of Album of the Year from famed Radio 1 DJ John Peel and as a result the group signed with Virgin Records. Tangerine Dreams’ 1974 debut for the label, “Phaedra,” peaked at #15 on the U.K. Album charts.

As the New Age music of the 1980s evolved, Tangerine Dream's music helped aid the movement, alongside other musicians, such as Jean Michel Jarre and Vangelis. The group was pioneers in their early adoption of digital technology, which revolutionized the sound of the synthesizer. The group continued to tour, perform live and release albums throughout the 1980s and early 1990s.

1996 saw Tangerine Dream found their own record label, TDI, and begin to release their work through the label. In addition to being the driving force behind Tangerine Dream, Froese has also released a number of solo recordings, with his solo debut, “Neptunes” arriving in 2005. He followed up with “Shiver Me Timbers” in 2007.

2012 saw Tangerine Dream embark on a tour of Europe, Canada, and the U.S., followed by a performance at the Bluesfest in Ottawa, Canada. The group's 94th album, “Starmus–Sonic Uiniverse” appeared in 2013.