Tangerine Dream – Quantum of Electronic Evolution
Though band leader Edgar Froese died in 2015, Tangerine Dream’s influential musical catalogue lives on through its remaining members. In March 2019 they will perform a selection of the group’s best known works alongside cuts from 2017’s ‘Quantum Gate’ at London’s Barbican Centre. The event is titled ‘Quantum of Electronic Evolution’.
Tangerine Dream established themselves as progenitors of the kosmische and krautrock genres in the 1970s, and are well-known for their atmospheric, sequencer-driven electronic sound. A series of high-selling records on Virgin in the 1970s made extensive use of arpeggiated synthesizers and improvisational structures, and brought them international chart success. They also gained a reputation for their Hollywood film scores, including those for William Friedkin’s thriller Sorcerer (1976), and Ridley Scott’s dark fantasy Legend (1985).
They contributed to the score for Grand Theft Auto V in 2013 – currently the third best-selling video game of all time with over 100 million units sold. Most recently, their 1974 album ‘Phaedra’ played a key role in Black Mirror’s choose-your-own-adventure film Bandersnatch in 2018.
Throughout a vast career the group has mustered over 150 albums, along with seven Grammy nominations. The Barbican describes them as “arguably one of the most pioneering electronic bands of the past fifty years”.
Quantum of Electronic Evolution will take place on March 13th.