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Tangerine Dream Founder Passes Away at 70

Tangerine Dream Founder Passes Away at 70Tangerine Dream Founder Passes Away at 70

German electronic music pioneer Edgar Froese passed away in Vienna on Friday (Jan 23) at the age of 70.

According to Rolling Stones website, Edgar Froese, founding member and keyboardist of the long-running band Tangerine Dream and an electronic music pioneer, suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from pulmonary embolism.

Edgar had once said, “There is no death; there is just a change of our cosmic address.”

Froese was born in 1944 - in Tilsit in East Prussia, now the Russian city of Sovetsk. He formed Tangerine Dream in Berlin in September 1967 with fellow students. The band was known for its uncompromising anti-pop performances. Their albums were influential in the development of electronic music, and also the genre known as new-age music.

Despite a revolving door lineup that was constantly in flux, Froese remained the group’s backbone and the lone member to perform with Tangerine Dream since their incarnation. Over the course of Tangerine Dream’s nearly half-century lifetime, the band cultivated a cult fan base thanks to a steady stream of studio albums and live recordings – which, all totaled, was more than 100 releases – as well as Froese’s own solo output.

In addition to their studio and live recordings, Tangerine Dream also became well-known among movie fans for their synth-driven, hypnotic film scores. In the eighties alone, Froese’s outfit contributed indispensable scores to films like Michael Mann’s ‘Thief’ and ‘The Keep’. More recently, Tangerine Dream provided music to the popular video game ‘Grand Theft Auto V’.

Just prior to his death, Froese completed work on his 500-page ‘Autobiography Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure 1967-2014’.