Vale Edgar Froese 6/6/44 – 20/1/15 : Interview – Electronic Sound

feat_slider_froeseEdgar Willmar Froese (6 June 1944 – 20 January 2015) was a German artist and electronic music pioneer, best known for founding the electronic music group Tangerine Dream.

In 1994, Electronic Sound’s editor Push interviewed Edgar Froese on the release of the ‘Tangents’ box set. We’re presenting it here as a small tribute to a giant of electronic music.

Ask Aphex Twin or Future Sound Of London or any of the current crop of ambient artists to draw up a list of their biggest influences and almost all of them will place Tangerine Dream somewhere close to the top. The gloriously fluid soundscapes of Tangerine Dream’s ‘Tangents’, a five-CD box set which appears in the shops this week, shows why. It’s difficult to believe that some of the tracks are 20 years old.

“We were the first people to use synths and sequencers, but we never actually thought of ourselves as ahead of our time,” laughs Edgar Froese, who formed Tangerine Dream in 1968 and continues to lead the German group to this day. “We had a
vision to create sounds which were original and different, and that’s all there was to it. It’s kind of strange to now be seen as an inspiration for so many young bands.”

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