Edgar Froese

Edgar Wilmar Froese ( born June 6, 1944 in Tilsit ) is a German composer, musician and artist. He is considered a pioneer of electronic music and is founder of the group Tangerine Dream.


Even as a child learned Froese playing the piano and later studied at the Berlin Academy of Arts Painting and graphics. There he founded his first group in 1962, in which he played guitar. However, Froese had not yet available at that time to be a musician. Later, he helped his artistic training in designing the record sleeves, with his wife Monika stood by his side. She has designed many covers for Tangerine Dream and can be referred to as the first official band photographer. Edgar Froese and Monika were married in 1970, the same year saw the son Jerome the light of day. On many older boards they have shown him figuratively on the record sleeve.

Froese met Salvador Dalí know and followed an invitation in 1967, in Dali's villa in Spain to give several private concerts. This is where artists met to happening afternoons. The performances were a mix of music, literature and painting and can be described as an early form of multimedia presentation. For the inauguration of Dali's Christ statue in July 1967, she coordinated the music.

Back in Berlin, trying to find like-minded people who were also interested in re-enact not only the top 40 in the U.S. charts Froese. Most musicians, however, found to bring his imagination, music and visual arts in line, uninteresting. With constantly changing cast Froese played often in the Zodiac Cafe in so-called " late-night concerts ."

Due to his Nordic appearance Froese got the nickname "Viking". With the band The Ones, which he had founded in 1965, he published in 1967 a single with the beat - pieces Lady Greengrass / Love of Mine. The band played rhythm & blues and rock ' n ' roll.

In September 1967, Edgar Froese Tangerine Dream, whose style he influenced today. With constantly changing formations he brought out more than eighty albums and soundtracks at this time. His most important musical collaborators were present Klaus Schulze, Christopher Franke, Peter Baumann, Johannes Schmoelling, Paul Haslinger, Linda Spa and his son Jerome Froese.

In addition to his work with Tangerine Dream Froese still found time to put on a solo project to publish.

Thus appeared the middle of 1974, Edgar Froese's first solo LP Aqua on the German rock label Brain. The recordings were made with Brunschen by Günther (TU Berlin) developed artificial head.

Froese's second solo album Epsilon In Malaysian Pale was created under the influence of a trip to Asia in 1975, " It's like when you step out of the eternal darkness of the jungle in the blazing sun of a beach - from the dreams of the night in the reality of the day .", Is the plate from the Melody Maker described.

In 1976, Edgar Froese his third solo LP under the title Macula Transfer on the market. The titles of the individual pieces seem very self-willed, as they are named after Qantas flight numbers like 611 or OS 452.

In 1978, Froese's fourth solo album age. As inspiration he gave to the Spanish architect Antonio Gaudí, and the American writer Henry Miller and Fritz Lang's Metropolis.

Froese used on the 1979 album Stuntman first digital sounds, he was supported by the Hamburg engineer Wolfgang Palm. For this album also comes Froese one existing single Stuntman / Scarlet Score for Mescalero.

Edgar Froese wrote the soundtrack to the 1982 Wolf Gremm film Kamikaze 1989 and published it under his name at Virgin. The German film in which the German director Rainer Werner Fassbinder is first seen in a starring role, was based on the novel Murder on the 31st floor of the Swedish writer Per Wahlöö. In June 1982, Cooper died suddenly, so this film also simultaneously represents his last cinematic work.

Another solo work by Froese was released in 1983. The plate Pinnacles has been described by the music scene as a production, " which is characterized not by bulkiness, but by the intensity of moods and atmospheres ." The title refers to age-old rock formations in the Australian Nambung National Park.

Only in 1995 did Edgar Froese with the double CD Beyond The Storm another, sometimes controversial solo project out. On it are thirteen remastered older titles and fifteen new songs. In particular, the revised pieces met with some fans on rejection. Already Tangerine Dream Froese had large parts of the repertoire revised contemporary and reissued, which is not always met with approval.

With his new wife Bianca Acquaye Froese shares the love of art, she even paints acrylic pictures. In 2004 they had a joint exhibition in Berlin. Bianca also created the images that are seen on the Tangerine Dream albums Inferno and Purgatorio as cover art.

Under the title The Ambient Highway was released in 2004 a five-part CD collection has remastered older material in the Froese or continued musical. Again, refer to the cover work of his wife.

2005 Edgar Froese appeared so far last solo album Dalinetopia. In the same year he also published his first six solo albums on his own label Eastgate Music. For legal reasons, the re-releases have been remastered and partially re-recorded, which is confirmed by changes in cover art and the artist stating " Edgar W. Froese " (instead of "by Edgar Froese ").


  • Aqua ( 1974)
  • Epsilon in Malaysian Pale (1975 )
  • Macula Transfer (1976 )
  • Ages ( 1978)
  • Stunt Man ( 1979)
  • Electronic Dreams (Compilation 1979)
  • Kamikaze 1989 soundtrack for the eponymous film by Rainer Werner Fassbinder (1982 )
  • Pinnacles (1983 )
  • Beyond the Storm ( 1995)
  • Introduction to the Ambient Highway ( 2003)
  • Ambient Highway Vol.1 (2003)
  • Ambient Highway Vol.2 (2003)
  • Ambient Highway Vol.3 (2003)
  • Ambient Highway Vol.4 (2003)
  • Dalinetopia (2005)
  • Orange Light Years ( 2005)
  • Armageddon In The Rose Garden Part 1 Split CD with Ron Boots (2008)