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Tangerine Dream review – despite loss of leader, the Dream continues

Delivered... David Stubbs | Scene | Tue 24 Apr 2018 1:48 pm

Union Chapel, London
For their first UK show without founder member Edgar Froese, the synth pioneers enlivened their proggy ambience with techno, but still created the same cosmic grandeur

Is it thinkable for a group to carry on when its creator and sole continuous member has died? Could the Fall conceive of carrying on without Mark E Smith? Of course not, no more than the Jimi Hendrix Experience could have regrouped following Hendrix’s death. Could Kraftwerk continue were their only remaining founder member Ralf Hütter to die? That’s a difficult one, but not impossible and not to be bet against.

Tangerine Dream’s founder Edgar Froese died in 2015 and, despite the qualms of his son, Jerome, Tangerine Dream have put the proposition to the test. Such is the nature of the group – more of an organic, ever-shifting and evolving sonic structure than a vehicle for an autobiographical ego – that they, if anyone, might just be able to pull it off.

Related: Edgar Froese obituary

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Harmonia – 10 of the best

Delivered... David Stubbs | Scene | Wed 21 Oct 2015 2:42 pm

The German pioneers’ complete catalogue gets reissued later this month – but its members’ work extended far behind the Harmonia name. Here are 10 classics from across their careers

In 1969, Conny Plank, a young West German producer with a decent pedigree in the industry but a deep sympathy for a new generation of experimental musicians, managed to persuade a church-run studio to record an album he was making with Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Conrad Schnitzler, a musically untutored fellow extremist from the Zodiak Free Arts Lab in Berlin. In February 1970, they recorded a follow-up album entitled Zwei-Osterei (Two Easter Eggs). Its lengthy opener, Electric Music & Text, is a stabbing, pre-post-industrial, brutalist broadside of abrasive sound effects; these are not achieved on synthesisers, then prohibitively expensive, but the result of Plank electronically modifying the trio’s piano, guitar, cello, flute, percussion and organ playing, with fearsomely compelling results. Strangest of all about this track is the “Texts”, a religious tract read out by one Manfred Paethe as a condition of the band recording on church premises. Conrad Schnitzler later advised listeners not to try to decipher the text, not merely to attend to its Teutonic textures. “If you find out what it means, it sounds terrible.”

Related: Dieter Moebius, Krautrock pioneer with bands Cluster and Harmonia, dies at 71

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