Tangerine Dream formed in 1967 in West Berlin and their 1970s albums changed the axis the world turns on, and all of today’s electronic music including EDM owes them a huge debt. They enjoyed half a dozen top ten albums in the UK and US in the 70s, a chart performance unequalled by any other German band. In the 1980s they provided iconic film music for Firestarter, Risky Business, Near Dark, Michael Mann’s Thief, and William Friedkin’s Sorcerer, among others. Today the band are enjoying a huge resurgence of interest due to their influence on the music of the hit TV show Stranger Things.
Invisible Hands Music’s first Tangerine Dream release is Out Of This World, a memorial compilation in tribute to the legacy of founding member Edgar Froese, who passed away in January 2015. Following this, the first post-Froese material is on Quantum Key, out at the end of 2016. The four pieces of music were recorded in the band’s hometown studio in Berlin using the final musical sketches left behind by Froese as a starting point.
The 2016 line up of the band is Thorsten Quaeschning on keyboards and guitar, Ulrich Schnauss on keyboards and Hoshiko Yamane on violin and cello; their new material represents the best of the vision for electronic music inherited from their visionary leader.