January 25, 2015

Tangerine Dream - Alpha Centauri, 1971

The beginnings of kosmische, a term coined by Edgar Froese himself. Tangerine Dream's second record, and their first with synthesizers (Froese on an EMS VCS 3), though organ and flute take center stage. Hints of early new age, though it seems as if Tangerine Dream wasn't content to make pretty music, perpetually undermining their melodic moments with shrill, razor-sharp edges. Sixteen year old Chris Franke on percussion. Froese also plays the coffee machine on the title track, though I can't quite figure out where. Rather than describe this to death, I'll leave you with some liner notes:

The music material of this album was felt by Tangerine Dream 
This album is dedicated to all people who feel obliged to space

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