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Jerome Froese

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When the couple Edgar and Monika Froese returned to their home city of Berlin from a trip to London in February 1970 little did they know that

1. Tangerine Dream, founded by Edgar, was about to sign its first recording contract.
2. Subsequently writing itself into the annals of music history.
3. Or that a future long-term member of this soon-to-become pioneering group had just been conceived during that very trip.

Jerome Froese was born on November 24, 1970 in the district of Schoeneberg, West Berlin. Jerome spent his formative years in a tidy two-and-a-half-room apartment on Schwaebische Strasse, a few minutes from the city centre. Given his surroundings, Jerome inevitably encountered musical instruments from an early age be it Grandma’s old upright piano, then-Tangerine Dreamer Peter Baumanns Farfisa organ, or even a cutting-edge EMS VCS3 analogue synthesizer that was making its presence felt in the living room.

While Tangerine Dream’s first recordings made little impact in its home country, influential cult BBC radio DJ John Peel nominated 1973’s “Atem” as his pick of the year, hailing the music as being new and unique. Entrepreneurial Brit Richard Branson sat up and took note, signing the group to his fledgling Virgin Records label. Success soon followed as Phaedra, Tangerine Dreams international debut for Virgin, went Top 5 in the UK Albums Chart. The album is considered a recording milestone to this day, being the first to feature electronic bass sequences, courtesy of a mighty Moog modular system.

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