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James Joyce

Finnegans Wake

Tangerine Dream
Eastgate's Sonic Poem Series

- Studio, released December 2011 -


CD release Germany 2011
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye
Note: Part of the printing is almost invisible on this scan due to its reflective nature.

Download release 2011
Artwork: Edgar Froese & Bianca Froese-Acquaye

CD release USA 2015
Painting: Rene Magritte



Recording dateSummer 2011
Recording site(s)Eastgate Studios (Vienna)
Recording engineer(s)Brian Malchow
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning, Linda Spa (?), Iris Camaa (?), Bernhard Beibl (?), Hoshiko Yamane (?)
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


Finnegans Wake, based on the book by James Joyce, is the third release of the Eastgate's Sonic Poems Series. So far, this series consists of the following albums:



The principle of this series to set music to famous books seems to inspire not only Edgar Froese but Thorsten Quaeschning as well -- maybe because this is a somewhat similar approach as he follows with his Picture Palace Music project when creating music for silent movies. Anyway, this time again Thorsten Quaeschning provides three of the eight compositions.


As a pleasant surprise to most fans the composition Resurrection By The Spirit appears to be a quite inspired remix from excerpts of Ricochet, Part Two -- in the booklet credits hinted by the remark "with a quote from e.froese,/p.baumann/c.franke".


The four page booklet contains a long essay by Edgar Froese about the book and its author, closing with the following words: "Now, what has music to do with all the facts about Joyce's work mentioned before? I believe a lot, because of it's abstract nature, because of the fact, that music always combines all languages of our planet. There is nothing to explain, nothing to argue about and nothing which has to be hidden. It's like a bowl of sounds standing in the middle of a table -- eat some of the fruits or turn away and move to other places -- it is always your Joycechoice."


Furthermore the booklet features the track list and credits. There are no explicit performing credits, but as there is a "thanks" note to Bernhard Beibl, Hoshiko Yamane, Iris Camaa and Linda Spa, one can assume that these four musicians supported this project by performing some parts of the music. The cover artwork is based on a Zoom-O-Graphic by Edgar Froese, titled The Buddha And The Snowman.


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD release"Finnegans Wake is probably one of the most misinterpreted books of the last Century. Only for those who could figure out about the real background of James Joyce, the writer of this fascinating book, will find a complete different approach to the puzzled story. Joyce used different terms from about 80 different languages to explain the question which has been asked since the dawn of mankind: Who am I, where do I come from and where I'm going to. He answered that question in his very specific way.
The music Tangerine Dream comes up with to give the book an unusual dress of sounds, is not avant-garde nor is it modern with a commercial attitude, it just guides you through a different world of distinct perceptions. Give yourself a try and dive into a world of sensuous impressions -- let Joyce's story flow through your ears!"


Regarding the Eastgate CD release, neither disc nor the paper inserts show any order number or barcode, but the number given below is the order number the Eastgate Music Shop lists this release.


On the same day the CD was officially released this album became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.




The album was re-released twice in the USA by the Purple Pyramid label; the first time in 2013, re-using the Eastgate artwork, the second time in 2015 with completely different artwork based on the 1962 oil on canvas painting "Le beau monde" (The Beautiful World) by Rene Magritte.


2011: Eastgate
CD: eastgate 054 CD; matrix code: 1C08
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
2013: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
CD: CLP 0059-2
2015: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
CD: CLP 2293-2; gatefold digipack
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