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ZEIT 'LARGO IN 4 MOVEMENTS'

Tangerine Dream

 

Progressive Electronic

3.66 | 249 ratings

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friso
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4 stars Tangerine Dream - Zeit (1972)

Tangerine Dream is a ground-braking group of musicians who were part of the rise of electronic music in the early seventies. Heavily influenced by the spaciousness of Pink Floyd and other space/psych groups of the time the band is often seen as part of the progressive movement of the time. Yet, on the third album TD would brake with progressive tradition and in order to create something completely new. The line-up of TD consists of Franke, Baumann and Schroeder, whilst on 'Zeit' Florian Fricke of Popol Vuh fame joins in. In addition four cello players were added tot the mix.

The best description I've heard of 'Zeit' so far is that it had the atmosphere of Stanley Kubricks cinema masterpiece '2002: A space Odyssey'. In fact, all four sides are mysterious sounding sound-scapes that might frighten the inexperienced listener. All passages are abstract, non-melodic and non-rhythmical to the point that those who can't enjoy this dark, moody record have accused 'Zeit' of having nothing to with 'music'. Opinions are however irrelevant in this matter, because the record is a favorite for some fans and perhaps the only record of interest for others (I myself ain't to fond of electronic music in general). All four 'pieces' have distinctive atmospheres, but all are dark, brooming, nerve-braking and tense.

I feel drawn to the artistic approach in which TD doesn't seem to be bothered by the possible failure of such a strange, non-musical record. It feels good to listen to the pieces and think of them as being played live by eight totally concentrated young men who want to create something for which all conventions have to be put aside. With family and friends around you are very likely to encounter disharmonious feelings of others toward the atmospheres you've created in the living room, but with a little luck your science-fiction & horror buddies will hail you for being 'relentless in your artistic drive'.

Conclusion. Heavy, brooming atmospheres 'drones', only interesting for those who like to confront themselves with a serious amount of abstract, dark - but well played - 'music'. Four stars.

friso | 4/5 |

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