Newswire: R.I.P. Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream

Edgar Froese—who, as founder and stable center of Tangerine Dream, crafted sounds that inspired generations of electronic music artists—has died at the age of 70. According to a message posted on the Tangerine Dream website, Froese “suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism” this past Tuesday. Froese was the only constant member of Tangerine Dream throughout its nearly half-century of existence.

Froese was an art student who arrived in West Berlin in the late 1960s, amid a rising generation of young experimentalists who were inspired equally by psychedelic rock, surrealism, and rapidly developing electronic technology. Froese and his compatriots in exploring music and multimedia would soon come to be known as the “Berlin School.” While their counterparts in the Dusseldorf School such as Kraftwerk, Can, and Neu! would develop the more percussively rock-derived, motorik rhythms into the Krautrock that would eventually give way …

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