27th May 2022: 6 disc set
La Divina Commedia is the new 6-disc hardback book set from Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream went fully independent in 1996, launching their own TDI label and company and at the start of the new millennium, Froese met painter and artist Bianca Froese-Acquaye which subsequently led to the first part of the Dante Trilogy, Inferno, being recorded. This followed with seven live performances, partly with an orchestra, across Europe.
La Divina Commedia aka The Dante Trilogy was to be Tangerine Dream’s most ambitious and elaborate project to date, Edgar Froese's life work.
Now, the entire trilogy (Inferno, Purgatorio, Paradiso) is presented in a deluxe 60-page hardback book set via Kscope. All albums have been remastered by close collaborator Harald Pairits with the 2002 live concert DVD filmed at Castle Nideggen, Cologne featured as a bonus disc. The hardback book features extensive liner notes by noted author Wouter Bessels, an essay by Edgar’s close collaborated and wife Bianca Froese-Acquaye and previously unseen photographs from Edgar’s private archive.
LA DIVINA COMMEDIA WILL BE ISSUED AS A 6-DISC HARDBACK BOOK SET VIA KSCOPE ON 27th MAY 2022
25th February 2022: CD / gatefold 2LP / digital
TANGERINE DREAM - RAUM
On their new album Raum, Tangerine Dream develop the concept of its precursor EP (Probe 6—8) further. Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013), Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick deliver late-night real time compositions combined with classic studio productions, sequencer driven haunting soundscapes alternate with anthemic warm synthesizers.
Composed in a time of social distancing and cancelled shows, the tracks cannot exactly be recreated (or will at least need significant re-instrumentation for a live performance). With the 17-minute ‘In 256 Zeichen’ they lay the fundament of this record. ‘Continuum’, with its repetitive sequence and broken beat shows glimpses of acid sounds and increasing choral atmospheres. ‘You’re Always On Time’ is built on PPG wavetable sounds and eerie field recordings. The title track ‘Raum’ makes a nod towards the early live studio performances like ‘Zeit’ and ‘Phaedra’ - the melody accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part. An ambient rave Moog Minitaur sequence highlights the final peak, till the violin slowly transports the listener out. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and the end of this 15-minute piece.
‘Raum’ is the band’s second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.
The band will be supporting the release with an extensive live campaign in 2022 beginning with a UK headline tour – see here for details.
‘Raum’ will be released on 25th February and will be available as a CD, gatefold double LP and digitally.
CD and Digital Tracklist:
- In 256 Zeichen
- You’re Always On Time
- Along The Canal
- What You Should Know About Endings
- A1 In 256 Zeichen
- B1 You’re Always On Time
- B2 Along The Canal
- C1 Continuum
- C2 Portico
- C3 What You Should Know About Endings
- D Raum
TANGERINE DREAM - PROBE 6-8 EP
The last few months have seen Tangerine Dream, in their Berlin studio space, working on new material – the EP “Probe 6-8”, their follow-up release to 2017’s critically acclaimed “Quantum Gate” album. Classic studio productions and late-night real-time compositions became the blueprint for slowly evolving ambient structures. The band’s sequencer-drived sound in the tradition of the early ‘70s work was combined with lush 1980s crystalline bliss. Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese’s Cubase arrangements and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013.
The first track, titled “Raum” is a bow towards the early live studio performances like “Zeit” and “Phaedra”. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and the end of this 15-minute piece, which slowly builds up towards a dry and hard sequence. The melody is accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part and an ambient rave Moog Minitaur sequence highlights the final peak, till the violin slowly transports the listener out.
On “Para Guy”, the violin alternates and complements with a prominent Yamaha DX7 pad combined with field recordings from the nearby forest and canal. “Continuum” with its repetitive sequence and broken beat shows glimpses of acid sounds and increasing choral atmospheres.
The B-side of this EP contains two remixes. Berlin-based composer and producer Grand River (Aimée Portioli) gave “Raum” her signature sound. “Continuum” was remixed by Berghain resident and Leisure System co-founder Sam Barker, who harnesses kick-less ambient techno since his praised 2019 debut album “Utility”.
For the first time in decades, Tangerine Dream’s tracks cannot exactly be re-created for a live performance. An EP, which was not meant to be performed live, as a direct response to the many cancelled shows of the last months. “Probe 6-8” is the band’s precursor to their forthcoming full-length album in early 2022, the second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese.
Thorsten Quaeschning (Synthesizer, Sequencer)
Hoshiko Yamane (Violine, Electric Viola/Violin)
Paul Frick (Synthesizer, Sequencer)
Edgar Froese (Synthesizer, Sequencer) – track 1, 2 & 4
Artwork by Bianca Froese-Acquaye Layout and Design by Melanie Reinisch
TANGERINE DREAM - CHANDRA: THE PHANTOM FERRY - PART 1
2 LP REISSUE FROM PROG PIONEERS REMASTERED AND PRINTED ON VINYL FOR THE FIRST TIME
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 and electronica, inspiring musicians and other art forms.
The group have received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and were led by Froese, who developed an instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s.
Chandra: The Phantom Ferry Part 1 consists of nine tracks, based on a breathtaking science fiction manuscript found in 1977 in a military camp in Greenland, the album is largely a conceptual work completely composed and performed by Edgar Froese.
Presented on vinyl for the first time, the album has been lovingly remastered by Harald Pairits especially for vinyl and repackaged using the original design in association with Bianca Froese-Acquaye
Chandra: The Phantom Ferry Part 1 is released on 2 LP and is out now.
Kscope are extremely proud to announce the new album from Tangerine Dream, Recurring Dreams.
Tangerine Dream have been a fundamental influence on electronic and progressive music since their formation in West Berlin, 1967. Inspiring genres, musicians and other art forms, from The Future Sound of London to Porcupine Tree, the widely popular TV show Stranger Things (for which their music also featured in) to seminal video game Grand Theft Auto V (for which they helped to write the soundtrack). The group, led by Edgar Froese, have received seven Grammy nominations, written over 100 studio albums and developed instantly recognisable synth-based instrumental music based on a meditative musical experience, that came to prominence in the 70s and 80s. Fast-forward to the present day, when popular culture is rediscovering synthesizers and sequencers, and Tangerine Dream are in the mix of an exciting time for an evolving electronic music scene.
Modern Tangerine Dream has seen the beginning of 'The Quantum Years', which began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar's visions and expectations of a conceptual body of work that attempts to translate quantum philosophy into music. The new direction led to the 2017 album Quantum Gate, which was described by The Guardian as their "most interesting release in years."
With Recurring Dreams, the new generation of Tangerine Dream pay homage to the band's timeless beginnings with captivating and emotional renditions of selected classics, such as "Phaedra", "Stratosfear", "Tangram" and "Yellowstone Park". These new recordings are not just re-recorded covers but heartfelt and individual interpretations, featuring all generations of synths and sequencers, added layers and new arrangements, applying Froese's new quantum dream to these highly influential tracks. Recurring Dreams also includes the new version of "Claymore Mine Stalking" that was used in the popular 2018 black metal movie Lords of Chaos.
Tangerine Dream's album, Quantum Gate, was released to coincide with and celebrate the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the band.
Quantum Gate features an updated, contemporary development of their trademark sound: sequencer-driven electronica covering a wide range of moods and atmospheres from ambient soundscapes to energetic, upbeat moments.
The album began as a concept and series of musical sketches by Froese before he passed away in 2015. Remaining band members Thorsten Quaeschning, Ulrich Schnauss and Hoshiko Yamane worked together to realize Edgar’s visions and expectations of a conceptual album that attempts to translate quantum physics and philosophy into music. New member Ulrich Schnauss comments: “at the moment hardly any other area of science questions our concept of reality (linearity of time etc.) as profoundly as research in Quantum physics – it’s no surprise therefore that Edgar was drawn to these ideas since he had always aimed at reminding listeners of the existence of ‘unopened doors’.”
Quantum Gate was recorded at Eastgate Studios, Vienna & Townend Studio in Berlin from August 2014 to June 2017; mixing handled by Tangerine Dream’s own Thorsten Quaeschning & Ulrich Schnauss; mastering by Birgir Jón “Biggi” Birgisson, Sundlaugin Studio Reykjavík, Iceland (Sigur Ros, Jon Hopkins, Spiritualized). The stunning album artwork was created by Froese’s widow Bianca Froese-Acquaye.
This new opus is seen as both a new beginning and a testament to Edgar Froese’s never-withering inspiration and ever-flowing creativity.