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Tangerine Dream


Progressive Electronic

3.94 | 316 ratings

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4 stars Tangerine Dream - Tangram (1980)

But what do I know?

Electronic music has never been the focus of my collection mania, but recently I discovered the progressive electronic music can work very well as background music for when I have to study. Most other progressive music will scream to me for attention, whilst sometimes a student has to work on certain essays and texts. I had bought this vinyl record some time ago for two euro and I liked the reputation of the group and the red cover with it's interesting inlays which show a strange collection of windows set up in a snowy landscape. The artwork shown on PA is totally different (boring!).

My only point of reference, when it come to electronic music, is JM Jarre with it's uplifting tempo's and atmospheres. TD sound less intensive and much more repetitive and relaxing. There are different atmospheres from Mad Scientist Laboratory sound, symphonic soundscapes, sound effects and some interesting use of the guitar. The album can be listened to as a whole: as if it was one track. There are no moments of silence. Whilst this album isn't that progressive from a harmonic perspective, it has a lot of sophistication in it's emotional effect. Which is good.

Conclusion. This is not the music I would refer to as essential, but what do I know? I'm not a fan of electronic music! I can only say that from a '70 prog collectors perspective this might be a good record for relaxation. If you spend some time listening to it you'll find the music has more to offer then you would have though at first spin. A strong three stars.

friso | 4/5 |


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