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Margarete Kreuzer: Revolution of Sound: Tangerine Dream + Director Q&A at Genesis Cinema

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Time 18:35
Date 05/03/20
Price £6.5

‘Tangerine Dream is science fiction!’ declares band leader Edgar Froese who died in January, 2015 aged 70. For almost fifty years he and his band explored sound and its effect on our emotions.

This film about one of Germany’s first electronic bands kicks off with the young Berlin musicians who were as inspired by the space age of the 1960s, with its rocket launchings and visions of the future, as they were by their own heartbeat, on which Froese also based compositions. Aided by the Moog and other synthesizers Froese and his band members revolutionized electronic music. Tangerine Dream visualized moods rather than created clearly structured songs.

Film directors such as Michael Mann and Paul Brickman discuss their intensive collaborations with Froese that produced some of the most unusual soundtracks of the 1980s, for films such as Risky Business (Paul Brickman, 1983) or Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987). A blend of amateur footage, interviews with band members, relatives, friends and colleagues such as Jean-Michel Jarre that creates a comprehensive portrait of an artistic pioneer.

Froese, a passionate admirer of Bach’s sequences and Haydn’s variation technique, Increasingly devoted his interest to quantum physics and philosophy and intensively worked on translating this special insight into a new musical direction – the birth of his final vision of the Tangerine Dream Quantum Years.