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Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream

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‘Tangerine Dream is science fiction!’ declares band leader Edgar Froese who died in January, 2015 aged 70. For almost fifty years he and his band ‘Tangerine Dream’ explored sound and its effect on our emotions. This film about one of Germany’s first electronic bands kicks off with the 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 heartbeat, on which Froese also based compositions. Aided by the Moog and other synthesisers Froese (and various band members) revolutionised popular music. His explorations took him into the worlds of classical, new and film music. He preferred to visualise moods rather than create clearly structured songs. Directors such as Michael Mann and Paul Brickman discuss their intensive collaborations with Froese that produced some of the most unusual soundtracks of the 1980s, for films such as Risky Business (Paul Brickman, 1983) or Near Dark (Kathryn Bigelow, 1987). A blend of amateur footage, interviews with band members, relatives, friends and colleagues such as Jean-Michel Jarre that creates a comprehensive portrait of an artistic pioneer.

Margarete Kreuzer

Germany 2017

German, English

Documentary form
90 min · Colour


Edgar Froese
Peter Baumann
Christoph Franke
Johannes Schmoelling


Written and directed by
Margarete Kreuzer
Director of Photography
Jaron Henrie-McCrea, Henning Brümmer, Klaus Sturm
Volker Gehrke, Lukas Schmid
Tangerine Dream
Sound Design
André Bendocchi-Alves
Stefan Klein, Timur El Rafie, Edmond Smith, Lenin de los Reyes
Production Manager
Connie Kellers
Executive Producer
Gerd Haag
Creative Producer
Kerstin Krieg
Bianca Froese-Acquaye
E@stgate Music & Arts, Berlin
WDR/ Arte, Köln
rbb, Berlin


Margarete Kreuzer

Born in Enniger, Germany in 1964, she studied German, journalism and psychology in Berlin and dramaturgy at the Film University Babelsberg Konrad Wolf. She has made numerous television documentaries and reports as a director and screenwriter. Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream is her first feature-length documentary.


2017 Revolution of Sound. Tangerine Dream; documentary

Produced by

TAG/TRAUM Filmproduktion
Köln, Germany
+49 221 65025900