Saturday, 30 September 2017

QUANTUM GATE - a track by track review


SENSING ELEMENTS: Separated into three distinct parts this is the longest track on the album. The opening section is by Thorsten and a wonderfully atmospheric start it makes, full of bouncing bassy percussives mixed with metallic modular drones – and then a skipping high-frequency sequence starts, crashes rumble around it as it gains in presence and low synth chords create movement underneath. The sequence builds becoming more strident and soon a wonderfully breathy tone is introduced – crying out in billows of reverb. Echo has now been added to the sequence and notes ripple across the stereo sound-stage. At the three-minute mark, a vintage Solina string-synth makes an appearance with a melancholic melody, which soon meanders giving it a slightly improvised feel. Chords are held – and the bones of the track are now apparent; echoing bass and rhythmic pulse pulls the music forward…and then we are into Edgar’s section with a long processed bass sequence into which Thorsten’s higher sequence bleeds until it fades leaving the bass loops to build with ominous chords and piano notes. Modulated fizzing synths add interest. On and on the piece loops building to a rolling bass loop as guitar layers are added - cycling round as Thorsten’s high sequence once again returns and the tracks starts to jump from key to key, relentless as echoes and blankets of sound wash over the top, building, and building. Things briefly die away and now it’s Ulrich’s turn to take center stage with a sinuously bending bass sequence, added piano-like notes and silky string tones wich give way to a more percussive quality. Volume builds and chords mark slippery key changes, the treble becomes harsher, ghostly chords hang underneath, a few bass drum hits and suddenly it’s over and it fades into the distance. 

ROLL THE SEVEN TWICE: an up-tempo rolling bass sequencer (Ulrich echoing Edgar’s mid-frequency sequences and bouncy beats) with distant reverb drenched crashes, dynamically builds to a melodic climax meets down-tempo echoing guitar false finale. The track more or less repeats twice, but the second time comes back with a subtle rhythmic variation care of Detroit once again building to an emotional close with lush chords and Thorsten’s reverb-drenched guitar. A foot-tapping classic that only Tangerine Dream could pull-off. 

GRANULAR BLANKETS: an epic track melding subtle harmonics, distant steel drum and huge crunchy beats over the usual synths and guitar. It morphs from slow & ghostly to fuzzed guitar-shuffle-beat post-rock stomping grandeur as chords shift underneath. One of the album’s true highlights.

IT IS TIME TO LEAVE WHEN EVERYONE IS DANCING: the only track composed solely by Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss. From the foot-tapping opening (from Thorsten) – full of buzzy sequences rippling over a 4/4 beat, lush descending chords and an 80’s bass line to kill for to the closing minutes of euphoric melodies (from Ulrich) this is an utter treat. If this was remixed for the dance floor I predict that the TD could have a club hit on their hands. 

IDENTITY PROVEN MATRIX: eerie ambiance – which builds and then finally kicks in with a stomping rhythm with orchestral and guitar interjections. Around a minute and a half mark things really take off into another stomping crowd pleaser – and no your hi-fi isn’t broken! 

NON-LOCALITY DESTINATION: a sprawling work bearing the trade-mark sounds and silvery chord progressions of Edgar complete with his trade -mark guitar, but the track wrong foots you even though at times it returns to the familiar, new twists and turns are added. 

PROTON BONFIRE: based on the many sequences that Edgar left behind, the track is jaw-droppingly beautiful, from lush almost fragile ethereal intro, through a series of ever more wonderful sequences, melodic repeated bass lines, chugging melodic mid-section to a truly emotional close care of Hoshiko Yamane’s almost ghostly violin melody. 

TEAR DOWN THE GREY SKIES: A bubbling and buzzing bass sequence takes hold after a brief intro of Mellotron-like chords (think Edgar’s solo album ‘Macula Transfer’) Ulrich supplying the main melody but the chord changes are pure Edgar, energy builds as Hoshiko’s violin comes to the fore. Again the main theme returns for a finale coda towards the end. 

GENESIS OF PRECIOUS THOUGHTS: The album closes how it began with a three-part track, once again showcasing the talents of Thorsten, then Edgar and finally Ulrich. The track goes through many twists and turns, from bubbling sequences over vintage string synths, crashing percussion, through to a rumbling bass mid-section (once again with Hoshiko adding an extra dimension) and lastly a nod to the ‘good old days’ when things went out of tune before finally returning to the present and Ulrich’s club pleaser finale. Something for every TD fan. 

QUANTUM GATE utterly justifies Edgar’s wish to that the band continues after his death and that he selected the right people to complete his musical legacy. These three musicians have taken Edgar’s ideas and are propelling the band into the future with a completely contemporary sound. Still relevant after 50 years, the Dream has only just begun.

Friday, 29 September 2017

THE SESSIONS 1 - track listing


tangerine dream - the sessions 1

Blue Arctic Danube
Track 01) 10.00pm Session at A38 - Budapest 31.39

Gladiatorial Dragon
Track 02) 9.35 Session at AC Hall - Hong Kong 27.48 

Total running time: 59.33

Now available from the Eastgate store 

'TANGERINE DREAM FORCE MAJEURE' the autobiography by EDGAR FROESE - Released!!!!!


Wednesday, 27 September 2017

LIGHT FLUX - track listing


1. Green Summer Clouds (17.53).  Composed by Edgar Froese & Thorsten Quaeschning.  Editing Thorsten Quaeschning.  Edgar Froese: Synthesizer.  Thorsten Quaeschning: Synthesizer.  Recorded 2007 at Eastgate studios Vienna & Townend studio Berlin.

2. Meteor (6.59) - Edgar Froese (1983).  Composed by Edgar Froese.  Editing Ulrich Schnauss.  Edgar Froese: Synthesizer.  Recorded 1983 at Eastgate studios Vienna.

3. Tyger 2013 (6.12).  Composed by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke & Paul Haslinger.  Editing Thorsten Quaeschning.  Edgar Froese: Synthesizer, Guitar. Thorsten Quaeschning: Synthesizer, Drums.  Hoshiko Yamane: Violin.  Recorded 2013 at Eastgate studios Vienna & Townend Studio Berlin.

4. Reaching Ravenna (15.12).  Composed by Edgar Froese & Thorsten Quaeschning.  Editing Thorsten Quaeschning.  Edgar Froese: Guitar Synthesizer.  Thorsten Quaeschning: Synthesizer, Piano.  Recorded 2011 at Eastgate studios Vienna.

5. Nemesis (9.02) - Edgar Froese (1981).  Composed by Edgar Froese.  Editing Ulrich Schnauss.  Edgar Froese: Synthesizer.  Recorded 1981 at Eastgate studios Vienna.

6. Logos 2014 (6.19).  Composed by Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling.  Editing Thorsten Quaeschning & Ulrich Schnauss.  Edgar Froese: Synthesizer.  Thorsten Quaeschning: Synthesizer.  Ulrich Schnauss:  Synthesizer.  Recorded 2008 at Eastgate studios Vienna, 2014 Townend studio Berlin.

Total running time: 61.09 

Order it now from TD's official Eastgate Store

Monday, 25 September 2017

QUANTUM GATE - a review, of sorts.


I was originally going to review each track - but stopped after the first:



Listening to Tangerine Dream’s new studio ‘QUANTUM GATE’ this morning came as a bit of a shock.  Like a few fans, I had listened to a few excerpts on iTunes last night and was very impressed with the opening moments of each track.  Fast forward to this morning and doormat full of new TD discs and it was a different matter altogether.  My problem was that I expecting the mixes that TD had unveiled on their sound-cloud page over the last two years, tracks that I had played literally dozens and dozens of times.  I thought they were superb.  Picture my reaction when I found that the ‘real’ album mixes weren’t just slightly different but often radically so and almost completely different tracks.  It has taken me several plays for the new to replace the old and gain some perspective on the new soundscape laid out on the album.  Here are my subjective comments on each track

Separated into three distinct sections ‘SENSING ELEMENTS’ is the longest track on the album.   The first is by Thorsten and a wonderfully atmospheric start it makes, full of bouncing analog drum hits mixed with metallic modular drones – and then a skipping high frequency sequence starts, crashes rumble around it as it gains in presence and low synth chords create movement underneath. The sequence builds becoming more strident and soon a wonderfully breathy tone is introduced – crying out in billows of reverb.  The echo has now been added to the sequence and notes ripple across the stereo sound stage.  At the three-minute mark a vintage Solina string-synth makes an appearance with a melancholic melody, which soon meanders giving it a slightly improvised feel. Chords are held – and the bones of the track are now apparent; echoing bass and rhythmic pulse pulls the music forward…and then we are into Edgar’s section with a long processed bass sequence into which Thorsten’s higher sequence bleeds until it fades leaving the bass loops to build with ominous chords and piano notes. Modulated fizzing synths add interest.  On and on the piece loops building to a rolling bass slips more to the fore as guitar layers are added cycling round as Thorsten’s high sequence once again returns and the tracks starts to jump from key to key, relentless as echoes and blankets of sound wash over the top, building and building. Things briefly die away and now it’s Ulrich’s turn to take centre stage with a sinuously bending bass sequence, added piano-like notes and silky string tones with give way to a more percussive quality.  Volume builds and chords mark slippery key changes, the treble becomes harsher, ghostly chords hang underneath, a few bass drum hits and suddenly it’s over and fades off into the distance.

Initial reaction.  Overall I really liked this, but in all honesty some of the sections hung around slightly too long.  A track that could have lost a minute and would have been stronger for it?  8/10
Second and third play:  This has grown on me.

The album overall? 8.5/10.  I really like it; it’s quite unusual, with new timbres and a more contemporary style. It takes TANGERINE DREAM in another direction, while perfectly capturing the emotional aesthetic of the band.  Before listening to the album and only going by a download or two I thought my only complaint would be the mixing (it sounded rather thin, toppy and muddy) – now that I’ve heard the CD I can hear that I was wrong and the album is really punchy and quite bassy throughout.  My only view is that a few sections go on a tad too long for me (just my subjective taste) and that there’s some loss in really strong catchy melodies, which is of course entirely understandable with the loss of Edgar – but of course without him there wouldn’t be an album at all.

Thursday, 21 September 2017

FORCE MAJEURE BOOK by EDGAR FROESE news update: SEPT 21


'TANGERINE DREAM - FORCE MAJEURE' - the autobiography by EDGAR FROESE. Due to the font & page size used in the book, the autobiography will have a slightly lower page count than previously advertised.  However the content remains the same.

Release date SEPT 29th 2017:
 

'QUANTUM GATE' double LP - news update SEPT 21.



'QUANTUM GATE' double LP (Eastgate version) - vinyl confirmed as YELLOW and ORANGE (one LP of each colour).

'QUANTUM GATE' double LP (K-Scope version) - vinyl GREEN - BLACK version TBC. 

'QUANTUM GATE' UK CD prices - update SEPT 21

NORMAN RECORDS: £9.49
JUNO RECORDS: £9.75
BANQUET RECORDS: £9.99
PLEDGE: £10.00
ROUGH TRADE £10.99
COMPACT DISC SERVICES: £10.99 (K-Scope Digipak version)
COMPACT DISC SERVIVES: £12.99 (Eastgate Jewel case version)
K-SCOPE/BURNINGSHED £10.99
AMAZON UK: £11.86
GROOVES.LAND £12.39
PLEDGE: (exclusive signed edition) £15.00
NB the CD will also be available from EASTGATE from SEPT 29th
http://smarturl.it/QUANTUM_GATE

The CD comes in two versions with slightly different cover designs (although they are musically indentical):

1. Card digipak version with booklet - released by K-Scope and available from most of the above (bar PLEDGE and EASTGATE):



2. Jewel case version with gold embossed sleeve - released by Eastgate.  Available to pre-order now from COMPACT DISC SERVICES, PLEDGE (also available signed at a premium) and from the Eastgate store on SEPT 29th.  Full details TBC.




Wednesday, 20 September 2017

TANGERINE DREAM 50th anniversary - coming soon: SEPT 29th 1967 - 2017


Coming up: TANGERINE DREAM/Solo releases and concerts. Updated SEPT 20

SEPTEMBER 25: 'REVOLUTION OF SOUND - TANGERINE DREAM' documentary, Odeon Opera 1, Athens, Greece. 7.45pm

SEPTEMBER 26: 'REVOLUTION OF SOUND - TANGERINE DREAM' documentary, Odeon Opera 2, Athens, Greece. 8.15pm


SEPTEMBER 29: 'QUANTUM GATE'* and 'THE SESSIONS 1' EP released by PLEDGE MUSIC:

 1. QUANTUM GATE - CD (UK version, card digipak with booklet - number of pages TBC): K-SCOPE (Burningshed) £10.99,  SPIN £10.99, GROOVES.LAND  £14.00, JPC 16.99 Euros & COMPACT DISC SERVICES £10.99

2. QUANTUM GATE - CD (German Eastgate version, jewel case c/w sleeve with embossed gold lettering): COMPACT DISCS SERVICES: £12.99, PLEDGE MUSIC (?) £10.00 & EASTGATE (Eastgate TBC)

3. QUANTUM GATE - CD (autographed version - limited to 1000 - jewel case/ gold lettering - fulfilled by Eastgate?): PLEDGE MUSIC £15.00

4. QUANTUM GATE - LP x 2 (UK version, black 180gm vinyl, gatefold sleeve): K-SCOPE (Burningshed) £17.99, SPIN £19.99, GROOVES.LAND £28.20, COMPACT DISC SERVICES £16.99, & JPC 26.99 Euros

5. QUANTUM GATE - LP x 2 (German version from Eastgate? Yellow/Orange 180gm vinyl, gatefold sleeve): COMPACT DISC SERVICES £25.99, PLEDGE MUSIC £21.00 & EASTGATE (Eastgate TBC).

6. QUANTUM GATE - LP x 2 (Green/Tourquoise vinyl).  Limited edition of 500 copies

Now available to pre-order on Amazon worldwide.

PLEDGE discs fulfilled by Eastgate up to SEPT 29, then K-Scope takes over after the PLEDGE campaign stops, with distribution and promotion of QG and hopefully concerts to support it?

The vinyl will be mastered by INVISIBLE HANDS MUSIC at Abbey Road Studios.

NB all versions have the same music on them:

CD Track listing:

1. Sensing Elements [13:34]
2. Roll The Seven Twice [6:26]
3. Granular Blankets [5:03]
4. When Everyone's Dancing It Is Time To Leave [6:37]
5. Identity Proven Matrix [5:19]
6. Non-Locality Destination [10.00]
7. Proton Bonfire [8:25]
8. Tear Down The Grey Skies [6:18]
9. Genesis Of Precious Thoughts [9:11]


LP Track listing:

A.1. Sensing Elements
A.2. Roll The Seven Twice
B.1. Granular Blankets
B.2. When Everyone's Dancing It Is Time To Leave
B.3. Identity Proven Matrix
C.1. Non-Locality Destination
C.2. Proton Bonfire
D.1. Tear Down The Grey Skies
D.2. Genesis Of Precious Thoughts

Stores currently selling QUANTUM GATE:

Pledge Music
Norman records
Juno Records
Compact Disc Services
Burningshed (K-Scope)
JPC
SPIN
GROOVES.LAND
AMAZON:
Amazon.co.uk
Amazon.com
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
Amazon,ca

Useful links;

PLEDGE
COMPACT DISC SERVICES
BURNING SHED
K-SCOPE

'TANGERINE DREAM - FORCE MAJEURE' (Edgar's/TD autobiography) planned release date. The first 500 copies of the large format 600+ page hardback book with come with a CD -  a full album.  The album together with a 3 track cup-disc (EP) with excerpts from the album will be available from Eastgate and Compact Disc Services.  Both CD's are titled 'LIGHT FLUX'. Track listing TBC.

Tangerine Dream's 50th anniversary 1967-2017

SEPTEMBER 30: 'FORCE MAJEURE' book launch party, Ballhaus Rixdorf Berlin, Germany.  TBC.

SEPTEMBER/OCTOBER:  Thorsten Quaeschning's (PPm) 'CARGO' OST released on Invisible Hands Music. LP, CD and digital

OCTOBER 7: Concert: Ulrich Schnauss, 22rpm, St John on Bethnal Green, London.  An all day electronic music festival. 

OCTOBER 21: CONCERT: Tangerine Dream, HEADLINE ACT E-Live 2017, Oirschot, Netherlands (NL). 'SOLD OUT'

OCTOBER 22: CONCERT: Tangerine Dream, E-Live v2.0 2017, Oirschot, Netherlands (NL).

OCTOBER 25:  CONCERT: Ulrich Schnauss, Belgrave Music Hall & Canteen, Leeds, England.

OCTOBER 26: CONCERT: Ulrich Schnauss, Mama Roux's, Birmingham, England.

OCTOBER 27: CONCERT: Ulrich Schnauss, Islington Assembly Hall, London, England.

OCTOBER 28:  CONCERT: Ulrich Schnauss, Modern Art Oxford, Oxford, England.

SEPTEMBER 25: 'REVOLUTION OF SOUND - TANGERINE DREAM' Barbican Cinema 2, Barbican centre, London, England. 8.30pm
  NOVEMBER 10:  CONCERT: Ulrich Schnauss + special guests, Green Door Store, Brighton, England.   Doors 7.00pm, concert starts 7.30pm.

2018:

FEBRUARY 7:  CONCERT:  Tangerine Dream - Quantum of Electronic Evolution, Elbphilharmonie - Gro├čer Saal: The ELBE PHILHARMONIC HALL - Big Hall in HAMBURG, Germany.  8.30 - 10.30pm.  'SOLD OUT'

14.4.18:  CONCERT: Tangerine Dream, Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany. 8.30pm.  Tickets available through EVENTIM.DE priced: € 81,60, € 70,70, € 59,60 & € 48,80

New TANGERINE DREAM concert announced




14.4.18:  CONCERT: Tangerine Dream, Konzertsaal im Kulturpalast, Dresden, Germany. 8.30pm. 

Tickets available through EVENTIM.DE priced: € 81,60, € 70,70, € 59,60 & € 48,80.

Click HERE for tickets

Tuesday, 19 September 2017

'QUANTUM' GATE CD prices:

NORMAN RECORDS: £9.49
JUNO RECORDS: £9.75
PLEDGE: £10.00
ROUGH TRADE £10.99
COMPACT DISC SERVICES: £10.99
K-SCOPE/BURNINGSHED £10.99
AMAZON UK: £11.83
GROOVES.LAND £12.39

Sunday, 17 September 2017

QUANTUM GATE the new studio album from TANGERINE DREAM. SEPT 29th on K-Scope and Eastgate records


'QUANTUM GATE' updated information SEPT 17


 
 
***TANGERINE DREAM***

"QUANTUM GATE" the NEW studio album


the new album celebrating 50 years of Tangerine Dream. Edgar Froese's updated vision for the seminal electronica group

29.9.17

on 2LP/CD

1. Sensing Elements [13:34]
2. Roll The Seven Twice [6:26]
3. Granular Blankets [5:03]
4. When Everyone's Dancing It Is Time To Leave [6:37]
5. Identity Proven Matrix [5:19]
6. Non-Locality Destination [10.00]
7. Proton Bonfire [8:25]
8. Tear Down The Grey Skies [6:18]
9. Genesis Of Precious Thoughts [9:11]

MUSICIANS:
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 1.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (electric guitar) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 2.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer, electric and bass guitar), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer) & Hoshiko Yamane (violin): 3.
Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer ) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 4.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer & electric guitar) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 5, 8.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer & electric guitar), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer, electric and bass guitar), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer) & Hoshiko Yamane (violin): 6.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer) & Hoshiko Yamane (violin): 7, 9.

1. QUANTUM GATE - CD (UK version, card digipak with booklet - number of pages TBC): K-SCOPE (Burningshed) £10.99, AMAZON (world-wide), SPIN £10.99, GROOVES.LAND £14.00, JPC 16.99 Euros & COMPACT DISC SERVICES £10.99

2. QUANTUM GATE - CD (German Eastgate version, jewel case c/w sleeve with embossed gold lettering): COMPACT DISCS SERVICES: £12.99, PLEDGE MUSIC (?) £10.00 & EASTGATE (from SEPT 29)

3. QUANTUM GATE - CD (autographed version - limited to 1000 - jewel case/ gold lettering - fulfilled by Eastgate?): PLEDGE MUSIC £15.00

4. QUANTUM GATE - LP x 2 (UK version, black 180gm vinyl, gatefold sleeve): K-SCOPE (Burningshed) £17.99, SPIN £19.99, GROOVES.LAND £28.20, COMPACT DISC SERVICES £16.99, & JPC 26.99 Euros

5. QUANTUM GATE - LP x 2 (German version from Eastgate? Yellow/Orange 180gm vinyl, gatefold sleeve): COMPACT DISC SERVICES £25.99, PLEDGE MUSIC £21.00 & EASTGATE (Eastgate from SEPT 29).

6. QUANTUM GATE - LP x 2 (unknown source - Green 180gm vinyl, gatefold sleeve). Info to follow

Now available to pre-order on Amazon worldwide.

PLEDGE discs fulfilled by Eastgate up to SEPT 29, then K-Scope takes over after the PLEDGE campaign stops, with distribution and promotion of QG and hopefully concerts to support it. UPDATE - concert info will follow!!!!!!!!!

The vinyl will be mastered by INVISIBLE HANDS MUSIC at Abbey Road Studios.

NB all versions have the same music on them.

Some of the stores currently selling QUANTUM GATE:


EASTGATE (from SEPT 29)
COMPACT DISC SERVICES
JPC
SPIN
GROOVES.LAND
GOOGLE PLA
AMAZON:
Amazon.co.uk https://www.amazon.co.uk/Quantum-Gate-Tangerine-Dream/dp/B074NLL3RD?tag=smarturl-gb-21
Amazon.com
Amazon.de
Amazon.fr
Amazon.ca

Also available soon from JUNO RECORDS

Saturday, 2 September 2017

'QUANTUM GATE' confirmed track titles and running times


























1. Sensing Elements [13:34]
2. Roll The Seven Twice [6:26]
3. Granular Blankets [5:03]
4. When Everyone's Dancing It Is Time To Leave [6:37]
5. Identity Proven Matrix [5:19]
6. Non-Locality Destination [10.00]
7. Proton Bonfire [8:25]
8. Tear Down The Grey Skies [6:18]
9. Genesis Of Precious Thoughts [9:11]

MUSICIANS:
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 1.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (electric guitar) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 2.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer, electric and bass guitar), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer) & Hoshiko Yamane (violin): 3.
Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer ) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 4.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer & electric guitar) & Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer): 5, 8.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer & electric guitar), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer, electric and bass guitar), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer) & Hoshiko Yamane (violin): 6.
Edgar Froese (synthesizer), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer) & Hoshiko Yamane (violin): 7, 9.