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Saturday, April 14th, 2018
Tangerine DreamQuantum of Electronic EvolutionTangerine Dream are a German electronic music collective founded in 1967 by Edgar Froese. The group has seen many personnel changes over the years, with Froese being the only continuous member until his death in January 2015. The best known line-up of the group was its mid-70s trio of Froese, Christopher Franke, and Peter Baumann. In the late 1970s, Johannes Schmoelling replaced Baumann. Since Froese`s death the group has been under the leadership of Thorsten Quaeschning, Edgar`s chosen successor who joined the group in 2005.Tangerine Dream are considered a pioneering act in electronic music. Their work with the Ohr electronic music label produced albums that had a pivotal role in the development of the German musical scene known as kosmische musik. Their `Virgin Years,` so-called because of their association with Virgin Records, produced albums that further explored synthesizers and sequencers, including the UK top 20 albums Phaedra (1974) and Rubycon (1975). The group also had a successful career composing film soundtracks, creating over sixty scores which include those for the films Sorcerer, Thief, Risky Business, The Keep, Firestarter, Legend, Three O`Clock High, Near Dark, Shy People, and Miracle Mile.From the late 1990s into the 2000s, Tangerine Dream continued to explore other styles of instrumental music and electronica. Their recorded output has been prolific, having released over one hundred albums. Among other scoring projects, they helped create the soundtrack for the video game Grand Theft Auto V. Their influential mid-70s work has been profoundly influential the development of electronic music styles such as new age and electronic dance music.