Tangerine Dream – Probe 6-8 (2021)

Posted by Green on November 25, 2021as

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Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic music since Edgar Froese founded the band in West Berlin in 1967. Providing the groundwork for multiple electronic music genres including ambient & electronica, inspiring musicians & other art forms, with seven Grammy nominations to their credit. In recent years their music has featured in popular TV shows such as Stranger Things & video games including Grand Theft Auto.

After Froese passed away in 2015, the remaining band members, Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss & Hoshiko Yamane carried on helping realise Edgars vision for of a conceptual album that attempts to translate quantum physics and philosophy into music, Quantum Gate was released to critical acclaim in 2017.

With a new line up, Thorsten & Hoshiko have been joined by Berlin based keyboard virtuoso Paul Frick. The trio have spent 2021 in their Berlin studio working on Probe 6-8, a first glimpse into the forthcoming full Tangerine Dream studio album due for release in early 2022.

Probe 6-8 sees the groups classic studio productions & late-night real time compositions form a blueprint for slowly evolving ambient structures, with the bands sequencer driven sound reminiscent of TDs early 1970s work combining with a lush 1980s crystalline bliss. The trio have composed & produced Probe 6-8 with full access to Edgar Froeses Cubase arrangements & Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013.

The first track Raum, is a nod to the bands early live studio performances Zeit & Phaedra, with a distinctive heavy Moog bass marking the beginning & the end of this 15-minute introductory piece. This new set of recordings also feature two remixes – Berlin-based composer & producer Grand River (Aimée Portioli) has given Raum her signature sound & Continuum was remixed by Berghain resident & Leisure System co-founder Sam Barker.

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