Rest In Power: Edgar Froese


A musical giant passed away in secret a few days ago in Vienna. Edgar Froese was an innovator, one of the pioneers of German Krautrock, he was a man who would help

shape electronic music, and even have an effect on the cinema of 80's and 90's with his group Tangerine Dream. He was the brainchild, the conductor, the one

constant member of a group that featured well over 65 different members. Tangerine Dream was on par with groups such as Pink Floyd, however the common man

and woman may not see the connection. They were Radiohead before Radiohead, once again, the commoner may not see the correlation right away. Existential,

electronic, space rock...

Light shows, strange recording techniques, performances in cathedrals and a very large, very loyal fan base. Tangerine Dream were able to continue their existence

thanks to visionary filmmakers such as William Friedkin, Michael Mann, and later Ridley Scott. Edgar Froese would reshape the lineup of Tangerine Dream, and their

sound would evolve and have a profound effect of the soundtracks, and scores for 80's cinema. Artists such as Kavinsky, and Daft Punk hang their hat on the sound

waves created by Froese. Their austere and presence stands on the shoulders of Froese, and as much can be verified by the types of films they themselves have

been asked to score. Filmmakers such as Joseph Kosinski, and Nicholas Winding Refn have also been inspired to craft their movies with Froese in mind with fare

such as Drive and Tron 2.0 . Much of today's cinema would be more interesting if the actual sound of Tangerine Dream were included. Froese was a musical

scientist, a true BASED God. May he Rest In Power.

One of the absolute coldest pieces of music for any movie ever made at any time in history. Michael Mann learned from the great William Friedkin to add the genius

of Tangerine Dream to his debut film's score. Something that has since been acknowledge by the folks at Criterion.


Unfairly maligned at the time due to the overly "modernistic" score. It was long believed that Jerry Goldsmith's more Disney oriented, traditionalist soundtrack was

the better fit for Legend, although in reality the Tangerine Dream score is what actually helps set the eerie tone and drives this highly visual dark fairy tale for adults.