SCREENING: 08 November 2017 at 20:30
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Dir. Margarete Kreuzer, 2017, Germany, 90mins
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“Tangerine Dream is science fiction!” declared band leader Edgar Froese, who died in January 2015 aged 70. For nearly 50 years he and his band Tangerine Dream explored sound and its effect on our emotions. Examining the work and legacy of these electronic music pioneers, this film focuses on young Berlin musicians who were as inspired by the space age of the 1960s, with its rocket launchings and visions of the future, as they were by their own heartbeats on which Froese based some compositions. Armed with the Moog and other early synthesisers, Froese and his bandmates revolutionised popular music. His explorations took him into the worlds of classical, new music and film soundtracks, preferring to evoke moods rather than create clearly structured songs. Directors such as Michael Mann and Paul Brickman discuss intensive collaborations with Froese that produced some of the most unusual soundtracks of the 1980s, in films such as Risky Business (or Near Dark. This fascinating blend of amateur footage, interviews with band members, relatives, friends and colleagues such as Jean-Michel Jarre paints a comprehensive portrait of an artistic pioneer.
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