Edgar Wilmar Froese (1944-2015) was a German artist and electronic music pioneer, best known for founding the electronic music group Tangerine Dream. His solo career has contributed many gems and classics to the e-music community. "Ages" is one of those classics.
Aqua (1974). Edgar Wilmar Froese is a German artist and electronic music pioneer, best known for founding the electronic music group Tangerine Dream. Aqua is his first solo album, predates Tangerine Dream's breakthrough album, 1974's Phaedra. Recorded using revolutionary binaural sound techniques, Aqua sweetens Froese's uncompromising experimentation with the crowd-pleasing sleight of "head music." Over four extended passages, electronics burble, shimmer, surge, swoop and speaker-pan in hazily melodic and nebulous shapes. Aqua is the consummate headphone album, a crafty, cosmic stereophonic delight guaranteed to captivate all open minds…
2012 four CD anthology, a complete collection of this important and influential artist's solo recordings for Virgin Records. Comprising of five complete albums, plus a number of bonus tracks available on CD for the first time. The highly prolific Tangerine Dream, led by Edgar Froese for over 40 years, signed to Virgin Records in 1974, with Froese developing a concurrent solo career.
The 1983 studio album "Pinnacles" would be Edgar Froese's (Tangerine Dream) last solo recording for the next twelve years. According to Edgar Froese, it reflected his deep love for the Australian Outback. Thus it was named after a region in Western Australia, a couple of hundred miles from Perth where bizarre stones have grown out of the desert sands thousands of years ago. "Pinnacles" was stylistic like TD's White Eagle (1982) and Hyperborea (1983) using much the same instruments and digital sampling techniques. It was recorded by Edgar Froese for the first time on his own 16-track tape.
This recording is related to a long trip Edgar made in the early 80's to Australia. The name "Pinnacles" is taken from a huge million years old petrified stone landscape in the Western desert part of Australia.
Edgar Allan Poe's "The Island Of The Fay" is the first Tangerine Dream Eastgate's Sonic Poems Series release. 5 tracks have been composed by Edgar Froese, the 3 other tracks by Thorsten Quaeschning. The featured music is sometimes ambient, sometimes melodic, with synth sequencers. By moments, Hoshiko Yamane's electric violin brings an oriental touch.