‘Lost’ 1982 Interview With Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese

John Diliberto, host of Echoes – a daily two-hour music program distributed by PRX, shared this ‘lost’ 90-minute interview with Tangerine Dream founder Edgar Froese.

Froese discusses his thoughts on how music should reflect your state of consciousness; how this can also be a barrier for musicians reaching a broad audience; and how you shouldn’t let hardware get in the way of expressing yourself.

It’s a fantastic, deep interview, that will inform the way that you hear Tangerine Dream’s music.

You can listen to the interview below or via the Echoes podcast site.

The interview comes from 1982, 10 years into what’s arguably Tangerine Dream’s creative peak.

Here’s what Diliberto has to say about the interview:

“Tangerine Dream changed music. Period. There was nothing like them before their 1974 album, Phaedra and a vast landscape of music from Donna Summer’s I Feel Love” to EDM to ambient to dreampop are based on their sonic designs. Edgar Froese was the guiding light of Tangerine Dream. He founded the group as an experimental band in the 1960s and guided them through a music that was wed to technology, even if Froese once told me that if you can’t make music on a comb, then you are not a musician. I interviewed Edgar several times before his passing in 2015.

I talked to Froese as part of the radio series Totally Wired-Artists in Electronic Sound in 1982. I met him at his studio in West Berlin. This was before the Berlin Wall came down and there was still a claustrophobic and disconnected sense to the city. Escaping that is part of what Tangerine Dream’s music was about. At the time, White Eagle was their latest recording and Stuntman was Froese’s latest solo release.

Froese had already created an entirely new kind of music with Tangerine Dream on albums like Stratosfear, Rubycon and Ricochet. They epitomized the electronic age of music, recording over 150 albums of synthesized compositions. Their film soundtracks include Sorcerer, Thief, Risky Business, and Legend. But Tangerine Dream are the original source.

Hear Edgar Froese talk about the history of the group, his ideas about electronic music and his sense of cosmic consciousness in the Echoes Podcast II with his complete 1982 interview.”

7 thoughts on “‘Lost’ 1982 Interview With Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese

    1. Between 1939 to 1969 already existed in
      Electronica :
      Techno, Berlin School Trance, Synth Pop (without vocals), Industrial Hard Core,
      Ambient, Dark Ambient, Drone, Horror, Rock with Electronica, Dub,
      Sampling, Eurorack style blips n blobs.

  1. I appreciate Edgar’s surprising passion. I expected the naturally hippie-dippy synth aspects, but he also offers some solid creative approaches. Peter Baumann said that he could get mad at some things, but that in the studio, he was open-minded and steady in his work. Well worth hearing.

  2. This really is an excellent interview. I’ve been a fan of TD for 40 years, and I realize today that I had never heard Edgar Froese speak before.

    He is very articulate about his vision, even when talking about things many of us might consider ‘spacey’ or ‘new age-y’.

    This is Froese and TD at its peak, in my opinion. By the end of the 80s, it seems like they sold out and were mainly doing extremely unoriginal soundtrack work for bad movies.

    Diliberto has created a treasure trove of information by interviewing artists like Froese for the last 40(!) years. Listening to this interview gives me an opportunity to hear one of my musical heroes, at his musical peak, explaining what he does.

  3. 9.57-13.10
    Edgar speaks on alternate deeper consciousness our connection to alternate deeper consciousness,
    music already being present we just bring it forth through instruments through ourself.

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