« Last post by Anodize DB on January 23, 2015, 03:48:42 PM »
It certainly feels terrible to actually have to type & announce, but if many of you have yet to hear, Edgar Froese died on January 20th.
As I've written elsewhere, I'm sitting here trying to come to terms with that, on so many different levels. Icon, pioneer, visionary…you can levy these sobriquets at him, and while applicable, it seems all too easy resorting to obvious signifiers, as if such by-rote labeling is enough to measure the man's historical weight. Tangerine Dream was my entreé into the world of electronic music, environments augured by Mssrs. Froese, Franke, Baumann, Schmoelling, et al, that to my young ears was a vivid, life-altering, ear-bending reveal of science fiction worlds initialized in sound. "Force Majeure" was the first TD album I bought, and it did my head in—the vast rainbow of elusive, multi-hued sounds & patterns on the album has rarely been eclipsed in successive years, and while I of course embrace all their classic work, that's the record that remains their masterpiece to me.
I interviewed Edgar for the second issue of my print magazine "i/e" back in '92, and it was an encounter I remember well; he was gregarious, attentive, and intense. I had just witnessed their superb performance at the Scottsdale Amphitheatre in Arizona, after which Edgar & I spent a memorable hour privately talking in the building's exit stairwell. I can still recall how fixed his gaze was on me, answering my questions with great detail and obvious enthusiasm. I'll never forget the experience—and despite the band's arguably diminishing aural returns the past few decades, the legacy of what Froese & TD wrought through their expert knob twiddling remains uncontestable. Edgar and his group's influence on my life, as a writer, listener, performer, and collector of electronic music is incalcuable, immeasurable, and surely informs the foundation of my interests in these musics for over four decades.
Thru metamorphic rocks indeed...