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West Berlin, Germany (1967 – present)

Founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese in Berlin, Germany. Tangerine Dream has progressed through a full three dozen lineups (Froese being the only continuous member with staying power) and four distinct stages of development: the experimentalist minimalism of the late ’60s and early ’70s; stark sequencer trance during the mid- to late ’70s, the group’s most influential period; an organic form of instrumental music on their frequent film and studio work during the 1980s; and, finally, a more propulsive dance style, which showed Tangerine Dream with a sound quite similar to their electronic inheritors in the field of dance music.

Froese, born in Tilsit, East Prussia, in 1944, was little influenced by music while growing up. Instead, he looked to the Dadaist and Surrealist art movements for inspiration, as well as literary figures such as Gertrude Stein, Henry Miller, and Walt Whitman. He organized multimedia events at the residence of Salvador Dali in Spain during the mid-’60s and began to entertain the notion of combining his artistic and literary influences with music; Froese played in a musical combo called the Ones, which recorded just one single before dissolving in 1967. The first lineup of Tangerine Dream formed later that year, with Froese on guitar, bassist Kurt Herkenberg, drummer Lanse Hapshash, flutist Volker Hombach and vocalist Charlie Prince. The quintet aligned itself with contemporary American acid rock (the Grateful Dead, Jefferson Airplane), and played around Berlin at various student events.


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    Is there any comprehansive compilation album by this band? Like the one from their complete career that I can give a shot to see if I would want to go deeper or not? I've been meaning to do so for a long time now but they have way too much material it scares me :P

    Yesterday 8:25am Reply
  • 24db

    TD will always live on, only the fans will age

    27 Jul 2:17pm Reply
  • depechedream

    New EP (Zero Gravity) features collaboration between Jean-Michel Jarre & Edgar Froese

    19 Jul 3:04am Reply
  • kineticwaves

    Out of the several songs I like by them, I must say "The Last Wave" makes me super-duper happy.

    30 Jun 11:04pm Reply
  • OcellatedGod

    Money talks, but Tangerine Dream is over.

    25 Jun 5:20pm Reply
  • tangerman

    CELEBRATION CONCERTS FOR EDGAR: The new band formation - Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss, Hoshiko Yamane and Peter Baumann as a new member - have already finished the first phase of producing the celebration album for Edgar, the second phase is following soon in July. Bianca told us that the first tracks already sound great - and just keep in mind, Edgar is always a part of this music as the band developed their compositions on the basis of his musical sketches or pieces. This special album - called QUANTUM GATE - will be a product of love and honour for Edgar Froese and his lifework Tangerine Dream - you will definitely hear this! Release schedule: Autumn 2015 Originally the band thought to perform the first concerts in autumn this year, but this was too difficult to organize (too short-term) on the part of the involved promoters, so we decided for a celebration tour in SPRING 2016.

    14 Jun 10:35pm Reply
  • GazGod

    Just listened to Phaedra for the first time. Fantastic album.

    16 May 4:38pm Reply
  • corneld

    3 dozens (36) lineups ?!?!? Wow !!!

    22 Apr 5:32am Reply
  • tangerman

    Tangerine Dream - Heart Throb video added ---->

    11 Apr 10:58am Reply
  • tangerman

    Especially now that Peter Baumann returns to TD! They already made some tracks with the line up of Froese- Baumann- Queaschning - Schnauss before Edgar passed away. Exciting future for TD now :-)

    11 Apr 8:31am Reply
  • sisesvint

    RIP Edgar Froese. 1 of the greats of the early 70's is no longer with us! Tangerine Dream's greatest , most creative period was probably between 1970 and 77. Still, there is probably no real reason why the group couldn't continue for years to come. Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss are both composers themselves. Also new members could join over the years and contribute on stage like Linda, Thorsten,,Iris, Bernhard, Hoshiko,.etc, did. Let's face it. The band stopped being a normal band and turned into an institution years ago. We may even get some surprises in the future.

    10 Apr 3:25pm Reply
  • madcowhunter

    How on earth I never listened to them so far. A lot of really great synth stuff

    31 Mar 6:10pm Reply
  • tangerman

    13 Mar 6:21pm Reply
  • alin1

    Edgar Froese' son, Jerome, said that TD is dead. "Regarding Tangerine Dream: In the past I got asked so many times if I would carry on the TD torch or if I would continue with TD when Edgar retires and so on and my answer was always: NO! And I’ll keep it that way. Therefore, I won’t support (or merge with) any kind of wannabe lineups, not now nor in the future. No tributes, no reunions, no further concerts under the name “Tangerine Dream”. People who know me in person also know that “opportunism” and “chumming up” are characteristics that I deeply abominate. Tangerine Dream was my Dad and my Dad is dead and so is Tangerine Dream". (Source)

    9 Mar 11:37pm Reply
  • BruecknerSound

    This track is my contribution to a tribute radio show in honour of Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese, who was one of my biggest musical heros. Several listeners who missed the show did ask for this track, so here it is. May he rest in peace!

    8 Mar 1:50pm Reply
  • Maebara_san

    Rest in Peace, Edgar! You will always in our mind! Thank You for the New music History! YOUR WORKS, YOUR MUSIC remain MASTERPIECES AND will EPIC FOREVER!!

    4 Mar 4:45pm Reply
  • tangerman

    Peter Baumann returns and the DREAM continues... Peter Baumann on the ZEST facebook group: "... I'm just now sitting in a plane returning from Austria after meeting with Bianca and the TD crew. After many, many years, last October I felt compelled to return to making music - that's when I contacted Edgar and visited him in Austria in early January - those were some of the most emotional and intense days in my life. We're now in the midst of planing the next phase of TD, I believe it will be magical!"

    26 Feb 8:35pm Reply
  • RomanyDagger

    What the fuck did I just listen to

    25 Feb 10:34pm Reply
  • Dingbat1991

    Wow, he died? Shame. I heard nothing about it anywhere.

    25 Feb 8:50pm Reply
  • tangerman

    Please help to improve the Tangerine Dream Radio tag here on! Tag Tangerine Dream, ex-members solo tracks, ex-members involvings in other bands etc with Tangerinedreamradio. examples: Klaus Schulze, Ash Ra Tempel, Agitation Free, Kluster/Cluster, Picture Palace Music, Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Steve Jolliffe, Peter Baumann, Johannes Schmoelling, Jerome Froese, Loom, Augenstern, Steve Schroyder, Star Sounds Orchestra, Richard Wahnfried (schulze project) and so on....The more tracks, the better!

    20 Feb 1:05pm Reply
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