Thorsten Quaeschning (the new "main man" in Tangerine Dream) has been doing a series of lockdown concerts from Berlin and they have been really very good. Tonight's, however, kicked up into another gear for me, it was as though Thorsten had grabbed the spirit of "Force Majeure" (the 1979 Tangerine Dream album) and dragged it kicking and screaming into the modern day - and then fed it acid
Should you be interested, you can watch it below- if you're not in for the long game, jump to about 30 minutes in, and kick back with one of the most amazing drummers I've seen for a while. His feet are simply amazing.
Hmmmm....clip's got a problem. Looks like YT made it "private".
FYI, there's been a buttload of recent TD stuff popping up on YT as of late. One of these is an "Against the Clock" episode...they call off that the piece is "in D minor", and start tearing into things. As dissatisfying as I found "Edgar-TD's" last efforts from "Rockoon" onward...this was quite the opposite. Reminded me a lot of the "Stratosfear" period, really...but VERY tight between the threesome.
Speaking of which...did Edgar Froese start to get a little...ah...NUTS in his last years? The bland "TD" stuff from that period, plus his odd "let's rerecord the solo albums" behavior...these resulted in stuff that I, at least, thought just wasn't quality. I have the recut "Ages", for example...and comparing it with the original is...well, it's cleaner. But I'd rather have the more on-the-edge playing on the original, even with the extra tape noise and so on. Disappointing.
Sorry, I should have said that you have to be quick. There are new ones being broadcast every Monday and Thursday and all are availble via Vimeo and/or Bandcamp, depending upon your need to watch and/or listen.
On Tangerine Dream, I've been a fan for quite some time now and I had the revelation a while back that out of the 50 years of recorded music, I really only enjoy 17 years of it (1971 - 1988, i.e. Alpha Centauri to Livemiles). I then came to realise that this was the period that Chris Franke was in the band. It was all getting a bit shaky in the mid-80's, with way too much soundtrack work, in my opinion, but 1988's Optical Race finally did it for me, it broke me of the habit of buying the albums because it was Tangerine Dream. I never recovered from that.
A fantastic read is the autobiography/biography of Edgar Froese, who simply was Tangerine Dream up until his death in 2015. He died before completing it, hence it's not a pure autobiography. It unveils the workings of his mind as he steps through some great moments in the band's (and his) history. Always through his eyes, and always with his very special perspective. I have no doubt that if I was to line up other accounts of some of the moments, they would vary wildly, but his accounts are still very interesting and open a door on a career in music worthy of note.
Should he have reworked a number of earlier recordings...? Artistically, probably not. To shift and renew the ownership, probably yes. His touch when reworking wasn't always as light as I would have wished, but I just voted with my money... and I'm lucky enough to own all of the originals, several times over in quite a few cases.
I have much to say on the evolution of the band, its influence on music and instrument design and usage, and whether the current lineup should really be called Tangerine Dream - but that's all for elsewhere. For here, I think there is a lot to be learnt from watching them handle modular instruments and don't be fooled by the lack of patch cables, they had a lot wired internally for those tours. Listening to the fan recordings from the mid-70's that have all been tidied up and made available for free (if you know where to look) is time well invested, and most are on YouTube.