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SORCERER

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.26 | 135 ratings

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octopus-4
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3 stars I don't know anything of the movie, but it was just question of time before the cinema went aware of TD as a possible source of soundtracks.

Sorcerer is just the first of a number of movie soundtracks commissioned to Tangerine Dream. This one happened between Stratosfear and Cyclone, so the periond in which their music was turing to a little more (but just a little) commercial, or at least less experimental than in the pink period.

This is not true for "Main Title" that's totally spacey and full of electronic noise, but since the second track "Search" we can hear the difference. Four bass sequenced notes provide the rhythm and the main chord for the keyboards, then the bass note remain just two and a guitar riff starts. In general in TD albums there are side long tracks with changes occurring each 5 minutes, more or less. What makes "Search" appear more commercial is the fact that the same number of changes happen in just 3 minutes. On a different album "The Call" wouldn't have had a title of its own, but those two minutes of music are one of the most melodic things released by TD up to this album.

Things become darker with "Creation", at least because it's based on minor chords, but from a rhythmic point of view is not too different from the previous one. Here they sound very close to Vangelis.

"Vengeance" is even darker. Not knowing anything of the movie or of the images that the music was made to comment, giving it an interpretation is not easy. However it has the feeling of "music for films".

"The Journey" is a two minutes track with a good evocative melody over the usual electronic rhythm.

Then comes "Grind". It seems taken from Rubycon or Stratosfear. Only it's short. "Rain Forest" is more spacey, it maybe comments a moment of thrill in the movie.

"Abyss" is where TD have more time available to develop their music in their usual way: repetitive rhythm with few variation which transform the track into something different, but very slowly. Of course also here less than 8 minutes are not enough to have a birth of liquid plejades, so the various sections have a shorter duration. The spacey part in the middle is very good, indeed.

Less than two very melodic minutes with "The Mountain Road", that I think appropriate for the end titles, followed by "Impressions of Sorcerer" which features a good electric guitar.

The album is closed by what I suppose is the main theme of the movie. It's a very nice piece, quite dark.

To be honest, at this point of their career TD are not yet ready for short things. This is a good album but as many soundtracks non-essential. Three full stars.

octopus-4 | 3/5 |

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