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Edgar Froese in New York Times

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New York Times has a presentation of Edgar Froese and his amazing contribution to music. It goes like this:

Edgar Froese, the leader of the long-running and prolific German group Tangerine Dream — first an improvising avant-garde rock band, then an ambient electronic-music project, and finally an arena-filling machine of smooth and heroic synthesizer pulsations — died on Jan. 20 in Vienna. He was 70.

His death was announced on the Facebook page of his son, Jerome. He had a pulmonary embolism, according to a posting on the Tangerine Dream website.

Over many periods and many different lineups, with Mr. Froese as the only constant, Tangerine Dream released more than 100 albums. In the mid-1970s, when the band was signed to the Virgin label, it could amass unit sales in six figures for an instrumental album, with little radio play.

During this period, Mr. Froese, along with his bandmates Christopher Franke and Peter Baumann, created a meditative aural space of slowly unfolding patterns. Two of the group’s most successful records, “Phaedra” (1974) and “Rubycon” (1975), were albums of serene sonic research, their individual tracks lasting up to 20 minutes with no singing or drumming and minimal melodic or harmonic material.

Read it here.