Tangerine Dream is looking forward to enormous stylistic and technical changes. The band will no longer produce soundtracks, and they will soon create new sounds with the help of new devices, Edgar Froese announced in an Interview with Dream Collector at his studio in Berlin.
Dream Collector: Your new studio CD Turn Of The Tides can be found in the "New Age" sections of the stores again... What about Tangerine Dream's musical style?
Edgar Froese: From the stylistic point of view, these eight tracks on Turn Of The Tides may in some way be compared to Rockoon, but we used even more guitar. This dissociates ourselves from the so-called "New Age Music". We hope, people will understand one day the difference between our music and "New Age". A lot of people haven't got it yet.
Dream Collector: You do not like this kind of music, although a lot of "New Age" artists refer to Tangerine Dream as their musical prototype...
Edgar Froese: This is not the music we play, even if record dealers, music reviewers and listeners are always looking for a "stylistic drawer" to put Tangerine Dream into. And, even more annoying than the music is the "New Age" philosophy where everything is a caricature of a positive world and people have to see this "jelly babyworld" through rose-coloured spectacles. "New Age Music" is just the acoustical wallpaper for this world view, but this is exactly not the way we see the worid around us. Tangerine Dream music is not the right choice for peopie who are still into baby food.
Dream Collector: Back to your new album: Are you going to promote Turn Of The Tides by some live concerts?
Edgar Froese: We had the idea to do a tour in Germany in late spring this year, but the concert companies did not want to take any commercial risk. They always want to draw a prize in the lottery before taking part in it. So we do not have any fixed tour plans now. There are ideas of a tour in Japan and in the USA, and we are thinking of some really extraordinary concerts.
Dream Collector: Besides studio productions, are there any other soundtrack plans for the next future?
Edgar Froese: Finally I have found it rather absurd to put my musical energy into some underscores which have to work with carchases, killing procedures, horror cliches and other abhorrent "realities". Fortunately, we have decided to step out of this crazy and stupid environment.
Dream Collector: A few years ago, the former Tangerine Dream International Fan Club informed about your personal film project on the Middle Age Dutch artist Hieronymus Bosch (ca. 1450 - 1516) who created, for example, religious paintings of the Last Judgement and agony. Will you ever finish work on this film?
Edgar Froese: I am still working on that film which is planned to be a project of music and video. Regarding his paintings, Bosch for me is something like a surrealistic soundtrack.
Dream Collector: Is this so far your only idea for your own film projects?
Edgar Froese: In spring this year I have spent some time in Venice to do my first movie project as a cameraman and a producer. It is a strange film documentary about some tourists in the 14th century...
Dream Collector: What happened to the video project called Mandala?
Edgar Froese: This film finally has been finished at Tokyo. It was shown on a Japanese video festival and it was awarded the first prize. Later on, the video movie was performed in a big department store in Tokyo where films are showed each day. A video release is planned in the near future.
Dream Collector: What will be your next projects after Turn Of The Tides and your solo release?