Tangerine Dream will reach an age of three decades this summer, but the band is still moving ahead to new directions. Band founder Edgar Froese talked to Dream Collector about his future plans - and why he has been in business much longer than he had expected.
Dream Collector: Tangerine Dream toured with a new line-up. Does this also mean that the band has new members?
Edgar Froese: We have dismissed from the idea of working with "constant" members. Looking at our plans ahead, we have said good-bye to the conventional way of composing music and of integrating different kinds of styles.
Dream Collector: Do these plans go along with the long-announced change in technology and musical style?
Edgar Froese: There were technical reasons and also certain personal resons so that we were not already able to work with new devices when producing Goblins Club. Thus, this had to be one more album in a "classical" way. After the tour, we will proceed full steam ahead to do the musical switch which we have already announced and which is, in our opinion, already overdue. Then, all the "classicistic" elements and "normal" instrumental things will no longer be present. Some people may be very excited about this, because they perhaps will re-discover some things which they have missed for long. Others may not be in the mood of enthusiasm, but this is something that always happens when little revolutions take place.
Dream Collector: So you will soon produce music with the help of new devices like the "E-Ball"?
Edgar Froese: The "E-Ball" is something which may still take some more three years to get into shape to be useful for music production. It will allow to create sounds by moving it in your hands. What we have already achieved is a new ultimative kind of access to new sounds and sound alteration, and, what is also important, a new velocity of such an access. Especially this was always a big problem for us: We have had ideas, made the computer settings, and then it took so long so that we could leave the studio and have some coffee in the meantime.
Dream Collector: After a certain kind of constant musical development from Rockoon over Turn Of The Tides and Tyranny Of Beauty to Goblins Club, will the break also mark the beginning of a new style in TD's music?
Edgar Froese: Exactly. But do not expect that we will present elephants instead of camels, but maybe a camel with an elephant's head...
Dream Collector: What about the technical side of such a change?
Edgar Froese: We do have our own company called Tadream Technology where we develop new instruments and studio equipment. The "Codotronics" used on our tour for example are such a new instrument; it is a form of percussion according to the Japanese codo drums, but it also allows to play piano or regular drums and to trigger all kinds of sounds. But it does not work like a drum computer with pre-set lines; all sounds are played real and real-time.
Dream Collector: How did you find Emil Hachfeld, the percussionist on the tour?
Edgar Froese: The drummer comes from a high school in Dresden. We had a test and asked percussionists to drum some 20 minutes very exactly to a certain seuqence. Most candidates failed after some four or five minutes, but Emil was the only one who did it in an excellent way.
Dream Collector: What made you to tour Germany again - after such a long pause of almost 15 years?
Edgar Froese: We had a very interesting offer of the "Moderne Welt" agency, we have struggled against the temptation, but in the end, we could not resist (laughs).