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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.68 | 344 ratings

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5 stars Zeit is another oddball from the Tangerine Dream early days, and is entirely focused on droning ambience. Not a bad album, but some people might find this album too dark and uneventful compared to albums like Phaedra and Rubycon, but this was part of the group's developmental stages and it great for what it is.

"Birth Of Liquid Plejades" consists of one long darkly ambient drone created both by synthesizer and electric organ, with some added cello that weeps drearily. The sound of this track is like a combination of the constant buzzing of G. Ligeti's Requiem and the strong electric organ of Terry Riley's Shri Camel. Very atmospheric, very dark, and very slowly paced.

"Nebulous Dawn" is a bit bleaker than the previous track, with no one constant drone throughout. It's characterized by more experimental metal-on-metal kind of resonances and cosmic squeals and beeps that you'd expect to hear from a satellite reporting back to home base. This track is the sound of a black hole, pulling all aspects of light and sound into it's infinitely strong gravitational pull, turning all into darkness.

"Origin Of Supernatural Probabilities" features mainly a bassy internal pulse that vibrates the mind. A large, open sounding drone similar in sound to a distant airplane engine dominates the mid-portion of the track, sucking the listener into a dark void of hopelessness. Extra experimental electronic noises are thrown into the mix to add to and amplify the claustrophobia-inducing atmosphere.

"Zeit" creates more of an airy atmosphere than the previous tracks, influenced by the sounds of winged space creature noises and ghostly spatial voices in the distance. The drone that this tracks sits on is more in the periphery, letting the continuous sounds of enigmatic electro-experimental resonances and cosmic-wave sounds take the front.

This was Tangerine Dreams first experiment in purely ambient/drone focused music, and it isn't a failed experiment; Zeit is perfect for what it is, an atmospheric album that tosses the listener into oblivion. Anyone looking for music like Phaedra might be disappointed in this album for its lack of instant accessibility, but anyone willing to let this void consume their mind is definitely in for an amazing listening experience.

colorofmoney91 | 5/5 |


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