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Born in the late 60's after the expansion of avant-gardist, modern, post-modern and minimalist experimentation, the progressive electronic movement immediately guides us into a musical adventure around technologies and new possibilities for composition. As an author or a searcher, the musician often creates his own modules and electronic combinations, deciding his own artistic and musical action. The visionary works of Stockhausen, Subotnick, John Cage ("concrete" music, electro-acoustic experimentation), La Monte Young, Steve Reich, Terry Riley (minimal, micro-tonal music) express a vision of total reconstruction in the current musical world. Luminous works such as "A Rainbow in Curved Air" (1967) and "Silver Apples of the Moon" (1967) bring an inflexion on opened forms and new ways to explore the essence and the physical aspects of sounds (through time and space). "Static" textures, collages & long running sounds, the power of technology previously exposed in ambitious classical works will have a major impact in "popular" electronic music.

After the artisan & innovative uses of magnetic tapes, feedback, microphones, etc., the instrumental synthesis, the elaboration of global sound forms and the psycho-acoustic interactions will be sublimated thanks to the launch of the analog synth. A great improvement happened in 1964 with the appearance of the first modular synthesiser (Moog). This material (or "invention") brings the answer to the technological aspirations of many musicians, mainly after the release of the popular "Switched on Bach" (Walter Carlos) and Mother Mallard's portable masterpiece (pieces composed between 1970-73).

At the beginning of popular essays in electronica, the pioneering technologies (in term of recording and sound transmission) will not be abandoned. For instance, "Tone Float" (1969) by Organisation (pre-Kraftwerk), "Zwei Osterei" & "Klopzeichen" (1969-70) by Kluster and "Irrlicht" (1972) by Klaus Schulze will carry on the domestication of the electric energy and the use of refined harmoniums, organs and echo machines. During the 70's decade, European groups & musicians such as Eno, Kraftwerk and Tangerine Dream will make their name in the music industry thanks to an abundant use of analog synthesisers and original electronic combinations. After weird, mysterious experimentation on conventional acoustic & electric instruments, Kraftwerk enjoyed huge success in popular music thanks to "mechanical electronic pop music". "Trans Europe Express" (1977) and "The Man Machine" (1978) figure as two commercial classics. The German spacey electronic scene launched by Tangerine Dream with their outstanding "Alpha Centauri" (1971) and Cluster "I" & "II" (1971-72) will have echoes everywhere, starting from the Berlin underground electronic scene (the Berlin School) with Klaus Schulze ("Timewind" 1974), Michael Hoenig ("Departure from the Northern Wasteland" 1978), Ashra ("New Age of Earth" 1976), Conrad Schnitzler's buzz-drones and repetitive electronics ("Zug", "Blau", Gold" 1972-74) . After several innovations always from Germany we notice the dark, doomy atmospheric manifests of Nekropolis (Peter Frohmader) in "Le culte des Goules" (1981), Asmus Tietchens in his colourful and engaged "Biotop" (1981) and the semi-ambient "Hermeneutic Music" (1988) by Lars Troschen (sound sculptor and synthesist).

In France, the "hypnotic" and "propulsive" electronic essays of Heldon ("Electronic Guerrilla" 1974) and Lard Free ("Spiral Malax"1977) introduce an inclination for industrial, urban and post-modern sound projections. The French "avant gardist" Philippe Besombes takes back the inspiration of " concrete music" (Pierre Henry.) and mixes it to a hybrid rocking universe (published in 1973, "Libra" figures as a true classic). Bernard Xolotl in "Prophecy" (1981), "Procession" / "Last Wave" (1983), Zanov (Green Ray, 1976) and Didier Bocquet (Voyage cerebral, 1978) will follow the musical path anticipated by Klaus Schulze in his kosmische electronic symphonies.

At the end of the 70's until the debut of the 80's Albums as "ambient 1: Music for Airports" (Brian Eno), "Cluster & Eno", "Deluxe" (Hans Joachim Roedelius side project called Harmonia) will announce the emergence of the famous ambient movement, musically characterised by gorgeous shimmering atmospheric textures.

During the 80's, Maurizio Bianchi will be in search of the absolute industrial "post-nuclear" sound tapestry. His visionary musical experience is based on cyclical loops, abrasive concrete noises and vertiginous piano dreamscapes. ("Symphony for a Genocide" 1981 and recently the mesmerising "A.M.B Iehn Tale" 2005). Before M.B and the industrial-bruitist wave, the 70's Italian specialists of electronic experiments had been (among others) Francesco Cabiati (Mirage, 1979), Francesco Bucherri (Journey, 1979), and Francesco Messina for representative, lyrical and spacey orchestrations and also Futuro Antica (D'ai primitivi all'elettronica, 1980) or Telaio Magnetico (Live' 75) for tripped out minimalism.

In the early 1980s and after following the kosmische path of classic Klaus Schulze, The Bay Area / Los Angeles school of electronic created the so called "alchemical" / "Sacred" space music. The music offers a dynamic combination between ancient-traditional music of the West and synthesised sonic soundscapes. The most representative artists of this movement are Michael Stream (Lyra Sound Constellation, 1983) Robert Rich (Numena, 1987) and Steve Roach (Dreamtime Return, 1988).

In the early 80s Ian Boddy (Spirits, 1984 / Phoenix, 1986) and Mark Shreeve (Assassin, 1983 / Legion, 1984) unique spacedout synthesised sagas represented the british answer to the challenging Berlin kosmische school. Their music embodies timbral drone sequences, systematic arpeggiations and synth-pop textures.

Young contemporary bands and artists in electronic experimentation took their inspiration from the 70's "kosmische" analog synth psychedelica of Klaus Schulze, Conrad Schnitzler, Tangerine Dream, etc. In the spaced out synthesisers spectrum, modern Japanese artists as Yamazaki Maso (noisy avant garde experimentor who contributes to the Kawabata's projects named Andromelos, Christina 23 onna and Father Moo & the Black sheeps) or Takushi Yamazaki (Space Machine) are key figures. The minimal, moody / lysergic epic soundscapes of Omit (Clinton Williams), Cloudland Canyon, Astral social club or Zombi also contribute to the renewal of the "cosmic" synth genre. Many modern electronic artists have taken an original musical direction, surfing on post-krautrock ambient waves (Aethenor), on spherical "abstract" ambient minimalism (Pete Namlook, Biosphere, Robert Henke) or on trancey, (post) industrial drone hypnosis (Alio Die / Amon / Nimh for the italian side and Andrew Chalk with his respective projects Mirror, Monos and Ora).

To sum up things, the progressive electronic subgenre is dedicated to intricate, moving, cerebral, intrusive electronic experiences that get involved in "kosmische", dark ambient, (post) industrial, droning, surreal or impressionist soundscapes territories.

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The responsibility for the psych/space, indo/raga, krautrock and prog electronic subgenres is taken by the PSIKE team,
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Progressive Electronic Top Albums


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4.26 | 334 ratings
MIRAGE
Schulze, Klaus
4.24 | 976 ratings
RUBYCON
Tangerine Dream
4.21 | 315 ratings
TIMEWIND
Schulze, Klaus
4.17 | 838 ratings
PHAEDRA
Tangerine Dream
4.31 | 44 ratings
IN COURSE OF TIME
Zanov
4.56 | 19 ratings
DECONSECRATED AND PURE
Alio Die
4.42 | 24 ratings
ARCHITEXTURE OF SILENCE
Alpha Wave Movement
4.12 | 160 ratings
EPSILON IN MALAYSIAN PALE
Froese, Edgar
4.35 | 27 ratings
LONG LOST RELATIVES
Syrinx
4.62 | 14 ratings
HONEYSUCKLE
Alio Die
4.17 | 60 ratings
INTEGRATI... DISINTEGRATI
Leprino, Franco
4.05 | 258 ratings
X
Schulze, Klaus
4.89 | 9 ratings
BARDO
Oöphoi
4.21 | 40 ratings
CATCH WAVE
Kosugi, Takehisa
4.22 | 35 ratings
TUSSILAGO FANFARA
Anna Sjalv Tredje
4.16 | 46 ratings
ALIO DIE & LORENZO MONTANA: HOLOGRAPHIC CODEX
Alio Die
4.16 | 45 ratings
20 JAZZ FUNK GREATS
Throbbing Gristle
4.03 | 205 ratings
NEW AGE OF EARTH
Ashra
4.00 | 584 ratings
STRATOSFEAR
Tangerine Dream
4.24 | 29 ratings
HORSE ROTORVATOR
Coil

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Latest Progressive Electronic Music Reviews


 Green Desert by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1986
3.32 | 141 ratings

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Green Desert
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by mickcoxinha

4 stars Background aside, this is a very good Tangerine Dream album. There is some discussion surrounding this album, whether the remix of the original tapes has changed radically the original music or not. I don't know if it is very important. Structurally, the album either relates to Atem and Phaedra or to White Eagle and Hyperborea, since all them have a twenty minute track (which is usually the main song of the album) and three other songs with varying lengths.

What is interesting about this album is that it was originally recorded with only two members: Froese and Franke. And another treat is that it features some drumming from Franke in the title track. Although you can hear some sounds from synthesizers and drum machines not available in the 70s, the title track is a lot like the longer songs by Tangerine Dream in the early 70s: a structured atmospheric intro and outro, and a lengthy improvised part with marked rhythm and lots of improvisations on synth, keyboards and guitar. The ending of the first song is quite similar to parts of Mysterious Semblances... from Phaedra.

As for the other songs, White Clouds act as a mini-Green Desert, with a vigorous drumming rhythm and all kinds of synthesizer sounds over it, finishing with a short atmospheric synth outro. People who care about instruments might be able to guess which were sounds originally recorded in the 70s and sounds added in the 80s. Astral Voyager is distincive for being based on a sequencer rhythm, certainly a forerunner for the sequenced rhythms of future Tangerine Dream albums. Apart from the sequencer, the song has a new-agey feel, dominated by string synths and flute-like synth melody. The last song is more ambient, with very little rhythm. Interestingly enough, it doesn't sound like anything in either Atem or Phaedra, or with songs from Tangerine Dream mid-eighties album. What sounds closer to it is some of the quieter parts of Edgar Froese solo album Aqua.

We don't really know why Green Desert original music was not released at the time. Maybe not much of it was complete when used to convince Virgin to sign them, and they opted to record a completely new album instead with newly available equipment. Anyway, it is a pretty interesting album, since it sounds a bit like a early 70s album, a bit as a 80s Tangerine Dream album and a bit as something completely new. Although not very polished, it is a great listen to anyone who is fan of Tangerine Dream and prog electronic.

 Hope by F.G EXPERIMENTAL LABORATORY album cover Studio Album, 1980
3.00 | 1 ratings

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Hope
F.G Experimental laboratory Progressive Electronic

Review by Progfan97402
Prog Reviewer

— First review of this album —
3 stars I bought this LP at a record fair and told only 300 copies made. Not sure about that but it is rare. I was recommended this album because he knew I liked this brand of electronic music.

Five years since Journey into a Dream and it's surprising how little has changed from that album. Anyways it's obvious that Schulze is a big idol for Frédy Guye, a Swiss musician from the French speaking area. He's the guy behind this one-man project who felt it was better to release this stuff as F.G. Experimental Laboratory rather than his real name although the "F.G." part are his initials. Now I'll have to say I wasn't blown away by this because it was inconsistent and the homemade production didn't help matters any. In fact all the same problems that plague Journey into a Dream. Because of no year printed anywhere on the album I was guessing it was 1977 as it felt like it was from that year, not to mention the nice '70s looking cover, only to discover the album was recorded late in 1979 and released in 1980. Don't make this high priority. Had its moments but a good example of listen before you buy.

 Epsilon in Malaysian Pale by FROESE, EDGAR album cover Studio Album, 1975
4.12 | 160 ratings

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Epsilon in Malaysian Pale
Edgar Froese Progressive Electronic

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars Sadly, Edgar Froese's solo records were regularly overshadowed by Tangerine Dream releases, including his second disc "Epsilon in Malaysian Pale", which aesthetically could be described as part of the "Phaedra Rubycon Epsilon" trilogy. "Epsilon in Malaysian Pale" shows Froese's impressions after the Australian Tangerine Dream concert tour, in relation to the flora and fauna there. So the Australian jungles and beautiful beaches experience this Mellotron- oriented musical implementation, which is full of simple and at the same time impressive beauty. The now almost classic sequencer Mellotron structures, the lyrical Mellotron flutes, the fragile Mellotron strings, briefly the noise of waves or forest noises create a sun-drenched musical landscape that is in no way inferior to the most famous Tangerine Dream albums. It was not without reason that both David Bowie and Björk named "Epsilon in Malaysian Pale" as one of their inspirations.

Airplane noises and the chirping of tropical birds introduce the title track to quickly make way for pastel-colored, flute- like Mellotron sounds that produce gently floating, deliberately undulating sound surfaces. The sequencer patterns typical of the "Berlin School" only provide a rhythmic element for a short time and then only subtly. For the most part, this delicate, pastoral sound structure manages without rhythm components. You actually think you are in an untouched tropical jungle, far away from any civilization. Maroubra Bay basically follows the same structure, but appears more sonorous and powerful due to the synth sound arcs and the more powerful sounding Mellotron strings. There are also more sequencers here, so this piece is closer to the sound of the classic Tangerine Dream.

The version of this electronic "classic" published in January 2005 and heavily revised by Edgar Froese is, first of all, no longer clearly dominated by Mellotron. The main role is now played by the digital sound surfaces, which alternate between threatening and warm sounds, always remain voluminous and atmospheric. These are sometimes accompanied by mellotron traces, which apparently were recorded as early as 1975. With the original recordings so greatly altered, not much remains of the original pieces. The effects that appear briefly in the original, such as animal sounds or trains traveling in the distance, are also missing here.

For a long time there was only one heavily revised, or better said: unrecognizable reworking of this music on CD. With the release of the box SOLO (1974-1983) The Virgin Years, the original versions of the first Froese albums can now be purchased again.

 Blake's New Jerusalem by BLAKE, TIM album cover Studio Album, 1978
3.83 | 35 ratings

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Blake's New Jerusalem
Tim Blake Progressive Electronic

Review by JazzFusionGuy

4 stars If you can't decide what Tim Blake album to buy -- then start with Blake's New Jerusalem. The track "Blake's New Jerusalem" is worth the price of admission. The other tracks fade in my memory but "Blake's New Jerusalem" is a masterpiece of sequenced electronic music with vocals overlaid discussing a very trippy, new-agey chanting/singing about earth energy, ley lines and all the jive that Steve Hillage used to sing about -- higher consciousness and all that hippy Gaia vibe. Blake also synth solos over sequenced synth as well.

"Blake's New Jerusalem" was played over and over by me in the late 70s and on into the early 80s. It was almost ambient meditation music at times and very, very relaxing -- making one even begin to believe in a higher and peaceful way to be -- even if it seemed a pipe (and joint) dream.

Blake's way of doing synths is unique and well worth sampling, (no pun intended). Grab the remastered and expanded version for even more goodies. High recommendations.

 Fjord Transit by AIRSCULPTURE album cover Live, 1999
4.00 | 6 ratings

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Fjord Transit
AirSculpture Progressive Electronic

Review by JazzFusionGuy

4 stars Finally someone has rediscovered the magic.

Back in the early 70s, your beloved reviewer was in college at the University of Maryland. One of the joys of that distant era and dated locale was the wealth of prog, art rock, and electronic music available. "Head" shops/ record shops offered the best in trippy tunes and such paraphenalia. STOP. No, this reviewer was no head, did no drugs, but was a bona fide straight-up, nerd. But Lord knows I did the endorphin high listening to the right tunes.

Anyone who knew the best of electronic music knew Tangerine Dream and Klaus Schulze. I can still see the cover of Rubycon rise from the record bins in my mind's eye, the elation, the goosebumps, the price, $2.99. Enough of that nostalgia . . .T. Dream was magic. What's left of the original crew and their collective vision has long since mutated into something far short of "magic".

On with the review. AirScuplture has rediscovered the magic. Even doing it all live, creating it onstage, sequences generated, scores developing and even the solos all scream, "Classic Tangerine Dream is back!" AirSculpture is trippy, skilled, fresh, innovative, and a must-hear band. This is sequenced/improv synths calling down a psychic Nirvana-buzz. For a time I thought Dweller at the Threshold reigned as the only T. Dream king of the classic sound but wait. AirSculpture has topped the hill. They are the next wave. They are the new T. Dreamers extraordinaire! Mirror, mirror on the wall ? AirSculpture is the fairest of all.

Just look at these titles and track times: 1. Fjord Transit (31.45) 2. Traditional Folk Music (16.24) 3. Gloria Mundi (21.47)

You see they know their stuff as a real groove takes time to burn in the neuronal path. Who ever heard of a good 4-minute trance-trip session anyway? Come on now folks, get real. Interested yet? Well give AirSculpture a spin. I did and I was sold immediately. Great recording quality, great musicianship, great fun.

 Phaedra by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1974
4.17 | 838 ratings

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Phaedra
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by prog_traveller!!

4 stars After the many awards obtained with records such as "Alpha Centauri" (1971), the first to bear the nickname of "Cosmic Music", the monumental double "Zeit" (1972) and the meditative "Atem" (1973) i Tangerine Dream they had consecrated themselves among the main protagonists of the new European electronic music and of Krautrock. Together with Klaus Schulze - who had also played as a drummer in the formation of the debut "Electronic Meditation" (1970) - Tangerine Dream had created a new, surreal and spatial music that took inspiration from the masters of minimalism such as Terry Riley and Steve Reich and by avant-garde composers like Gyorgy Ligeti without forgetting the lesson of psychedelic rock: a record like "Ummagumma" (1969) was very influential at the time in Germany. Their leader Edgar Froese was ambitious and full of new ideas: in the wake of many other German groups of the time such as Can, Amon Duul II, Faust and Klaus Schulze himself, Tangerine Dream sought greater visibility on the international market by signing in 1973 for Richard Branson's Virgin who put The Manor Studio at their disposal to record the new album. Meanwhile the line-up had stabilized with the trio formed by Edgar Froese, Cristopher Franke and Peter Baumann. From the sessions at the Manor came the new album entitled "Phaedra" and released in February 1974.

"Phaedra" was a very important album and had a resounding sales success in England reaching 9th place on the charts. In this album we still find unbridled creativity and cosmic and surreal atmospheres. One of the characteristics of "Phaedra" was the insertion for the first time in the Sequencer instrumentation, a synth that, from that moment on, will constitute a sort of trademark of the group, effectively marking the so-called "Virgin period. ". The beautiful and evocative cover is by Monique Froese. The first side opens with the long title-track (over 17 minutes), a memorable Cosmic ride: the beginning is very atmospheric then the settings become liquid and minimal while in the background a beautiful mellotron melody stands out: the sequencer enters then in unknown territories leading us to visit astral landscapes of unusual beauty. The ending is calm, meditative and almost mystical, characterized by the sounds of mysterious alien birds, the hums and the bombastic melodic lines of the Moog and the Mellotron. The second side opens with the amazing and evocative "Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares", a piece of skill by Edgar Froese who manages to create an eternal and moving Cosmic melody: the Mellotron envelops us in sinuous and iridescent spirals. "Movements Od A Visionary" is instead a more experimental track based on electronic hisses and reverbs and on the minimal sounds of the Moog. The short "Sequent C", a soft flute melody created by Peter Baumann, quietly closes the disc.

"Phaedra" is a brilliant work of Tangerine Dream: the group will subsequently release masterpieces such as "Rubycon" (1975), "Ricochet" (1975) and "Stratosfear" (1976) which will be characterized, however, more controlled and less creative. This is an epochal album that everyone should know.

 Hydro by NEURONIUM album cover Studio Album, 2001
4.00 | 1 ratings

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Hydro
Neuronium Progressive Electronic

Review by von bathel

— First review of this album —
4 stars Neuronium, project from the 70s by Michel Huygen. A masterpiece of world electronic music. This record I had the pleasure of listening in Brazil. I met and had some contacts with Huygen years ago, when I interviewed him for Revista Keyboard of Brasil. Huygen was wonderfully generous in sending me almost every CD discography as a gift via mail!! This Hydro CD has beautiful atmospheres and female vocals in parts,made in synthesizer.All music remember of course, Vangelis (some parts-I think Huygen and Vangelis are great friends) I won't compare it with other works, because it's unique. In the beginning ( 70's), the Neuronium has that electronic analog vein inherent to Kraut Rock, very lysergic and cosmic. Huygen was adapting to the planetary transformations of art and music, and rebuilding in other aspects, his music.As well as many musicians like Klaus Schulze or Vangelis.Hydro is magnificent.Listen!!
 Fever Dreams III by ROACH, STEVE album cover Studio Album, 2007
2.00 | 1 ratings

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Fever Dreams III
Steve Roach Progressive Electronic

Review by von bathel

— First review of this album —
2 stars Talking about Steve Roach's works is not simple. His sound is a totally metaphysical electronic environment, where the complexity is in the subtle and atmospheric. Of course, it is not for any ear. The listener needs to be aware of extremely sophisticated details and in an environment of relaxation in order to enjoy the inner journey that this type of sound causes. It is not for sleeping. It is to change the current half-schizophrenic state of mind to a more receptive, dreamlike and spiritualized state. Roach's music is deep, hypnotic, minimalist .It is not to be swallowed at once. It is to be savored sip by sip as is the case here as a reference for this CD by Brian Eno & Harold Budd (The Pearl 2005)Who likes Klaus Schulze, Eno, Tangerine Dream ,Cluster, etc. ...you will come across a beautiful construction of synthesizers!
 Liquid Crystal by ZOMBI album cover Singles/EPs/Fan Club/Promo, 2021
3.08 | 3 ratings

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Liquid Crystal
Zombi Progressive Electronic

Review by alainPP

3 stars ZOMBI is the bass-synth and drums duo (Moore and Paterra) created in 2001 which performed with Red Sparrows and Goblin playing dark, electronic, intimate, underground rock on melodies of a sensibility leading to unhealthy reverie. References to the great Tangerine Dream which embark on dark and fresh atmospheres at the same time, watch out for the sting of the ray for listening.

"Mangler" starts with hypnotic and atmospheric proto-kraut, a hyper-present rhythmic section with bass and drums by Paterra, a throbbing, monolithic, black tune while crescendo, Archive in memory. "Darker and more intimate song based on a black and bewitching Robert Smith riff, synthetic majestic air bringing a dreamlike tension; crescendic effect often found on the soundtracks of Tangerine Dream films, a good attractive title. '' Liquid Crystal '' title reminiscent of 'Sorcerer' precisely or Carpenter for this minimalist, linear, creative and ethereal sound, an even higher rise where synths and drums are having a blast until the enjoyable deliverance of the guitar overboosted by Moore, immense synth prog. "Turning Points" for the track with an ascending rhythm reminding me of the bass of The Cure period cold wave or that of The Gathering for the symphonic metal; Goblin for the soaring sympho-orchestral tune; monolithic title that captivates you, hypnotizes you, creating an unhealthy tension that sets your hair up. "Black Forest" to end this EP which I cannot forget to quote Tangerine Dream with "Force Majeure" or "Thief"; 80's sound with a funky note with Moroder too, in short a heavy groove that makes you go into ecstasy.

ZOMBI releases this hypnotic, dark, bewitching 6th EP on a retro-synth base; an electronic monolith to date the original creations of the Tangerine Dreams and the Red Sparrows with the sweetness of a Gregor Samsa.

 Stratosfear by TANGERINE DREAM album cover Studio Album, 1976
4.00 | 584 ratings

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Stratosfear
Tangerine Dream Progressive Electronic

Review by prog_traveller!!

5 stars Let's take the title: a pun that distorts the English term (stratosphere) by introducing the theme of fear, or the cover image, created by Brian Cooke and Trevor Key, the graphic designers of Virgin Records: you can turn it upside down and it is as before, in its sanguine beauty, or the instrumentation used: each member of the German trio plays moog and mellotron, but the electronic resources are accompanied by a Fender piano (Peter Baumann), a harpsichord (Chris Franke), piano and 6 and 12 string guitars (Edgar Froese); the latter one day shows up in the studio with a harmonica, sowing bewilderment among his companions.

Many TD records usually begin with some sound skirmish, from which a sequencer rhythm emerges, which lasts until shortly before the end of the record side, and then ends again in sound paintings. Not here, this LP / CD sounds well composed and for the first time, contains something like songs that nonetheless (in contrast to later attempts) form a unit. The record begins with a very rhythmic piece, but overall the record is rather calm and melancholy, almost as cool and clear as the title as a play on words suggests (Stratosfear onomatopoeic, Stratosphere). Another reason are the sounds that TD use here, which are excellent in my opinion, I have rarely heard more "natural" sounds - clearly recognizable as electronic, but still they never sound artificial. It starts with the wood-like sounding sequencer parts in the first piece and ends with the flute-like tones in the last. In between beautiful guitar or piano parts by Froese, tastefully used sequencers and beautiful Mellotron passages.

"Stratosfear" - The emphasis given to the melody, in the 10'38 "of this trackmarks the stylistic passage of Tangerine Dream for the years to come: from long meditative suites to shorter pieces with simple and well-structured themes. The rest of the album evokes nocturnal and otherworldly atmospheres: the short "The Big Sleep In Search Of Hades", opened by harpsichord and flute (but it is the mellotron to simulate the latter); an attempt to captivate the American public by citing a swamp in Florida: "3am At The Border Of The Marsh From Okefenokee" (it is in this song that Edgar Froese plays his infamous, and ghostly, harmonica); finally the conclusive "Invisible Limits", with a tense dialogue between sequencer and electric guitar melodies before the closing entrusted to the lyrical and expansive sounds of piano and flute-mellotron.

Tangerine Dream mainly use the atmosphere, putting rhythm and harmony very much in the background, to begin to know the group this in my opinion is their exact center, my opinion is very positive.

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12 FOLLOWERS United States
6LA8 Pakistan
ACI Germany
AEON France
AETHENOR Multi-National
AFTERLIFE United States
ILDEFONSO AGUILAR Spain
PEKKA AIRAKSINEN Finland
AIRSCULPTURE United Kingdom
ALBERGO INTERGALATTICO SPAZIALE Italy
ALIO DIE Italy
ALLEGORY CHAPEL LTD United States
DAEVID ALLEN & MICROCOSMIC United Kingdom
ALLUSTE Italy
ALPHA WAVE MOVEMENT United States
ALTO STRATUS United Kingdom
AMBER ROUTE United States
AMON Italy
PETER ANDERSSON Sweden
ANDROMELOS Japan
ANNA SJALV TREDJE Sweden
ARC United Kingdom
ARPANET United States
EDWARD ARTEMIEV Russia
ARZATHON Sweden
ASCOIL SUN Finland
ASHRA Germany
ASTRAL TV Denmark
THE ASTROBOY Portugal
ATOMINE ELEKTRINE Sweden
AUBE Japan
AUTOMAT Italy
AWENSON France
MARVIN AYRES United Kingdom
HARVEY BAINBRIDGE United Kingdom
AIDAN BAKER Canada
SIMON BALESTRAZZI Italy
BAFFO BANFI Italy
RICHARD BARBIERI United Kingdom
BASS COMMUNION United Kingdom
JOHN BATTEMA United States
BAUMANN / KOEK Germany
PETER BAUMANN Germany
BEAR BONES LAY LOW Venezuela
BOBBY BEAUSOLEIL United States
CARLOS BELTRÁN Mexico
LÁSZLÓ BENKÖ Hungary
PHILIPPE BESOMBES France
BETWEEN INTERVAL Sweden
MAURIZIO BIANCHI Italy
BIG ROBOT Norway
BIOSPHERE Norway
BITCHIN BAJAS United States
BIZARE KO.KO.KO. Austria
BLACK UNICORN United States
TIM BLAKE France
BLUE MOTION Switzerland
BLUE SAUSAGE INFANT United States
WOLFGANG BOCK Germany
DIDIER BOCQUET France
IAN BODDY United Kingdom
GASTON BORREANI Italy
ADAM CERTAMEN BOWNIK Poland
BOYS OF SUMMER Ireland
BREIDABLIK Norway
OLIVIER BRIAND France
MICHAEL BRÜCKNER Germany
FRANCESCO BUCCHERI Italy
HAROLD BUDD United States
MICHAEL BUNDT Germany
FRANCESCO CABIATI Italy
ROBERTO CACCIAPAGLIA Italy
SAMUEL CADIMA Portugal
CALDERA United States
TOM CAMERON United States
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JAVI CANOVAS Spain
CELLULOID United States
CELLUTRON & THE INVISIBLE United States
ANDREW CHALK United Kingdom
JOHN CHRISTIAN United Kingdom
CHRISTINE 23 ONNA Japan
CHURCH OF HED United States
THE CIRCULAR RUINS United Kingdom
MICK CLARKE United Kingdom
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CLOUDLAND CANYON United States
COIL United Kingdom
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