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Tangerine Dream

Tangram 2008

- Studio, released June 2008 -

Covers


CD release Germany 2008
Artwork: Edgar Froese

Download release 2008
Artwork: Edgar Froese

HQCD release Japan 2009 with obi

CD release Germany 2009


Tracks

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1.Wisdom And Tragedy [2008 re-recording]7:44
2.Dragon In The House [2008 re-recording]4:21
3.Wu Wei [2008 re-recording]4:43
4.Leaving The Masters For Good [2008 re-recording]2:03
5.Point Of No Return [2008 re-recording]10:53
6.Dream Puzzle [2008 re-recording]5:02
7.Terra Coda [2008 re-recording]4:35
Total running time39:21


Details

Recording date2008
Recording site(s)Eastgate Studios (Vienna)
Recording engineer(s)Christian Gstettner
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling
Musician(s)Edgar Froese
Producer(s)Edgar Froese


Notes

Tangram 2008 is a re-recording of the original album Tangram (1980). It is part of a series of complete album re-recordings done by Edgar Froese that by now consists of the following releases:

 


 


The album features new cover artwork, completely different from the original design that had be done by Monika Froese. Most probably by mistake, Edgar Froese re-used the same artwork he had already used for the download version of the album The Soft Dream Decade.

 


The originally two compositions are split into seven individual, numbered "episodes" though most of them fade seamlessly into each other.

 


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD release"We hope that all musical offers so far had some extraordinary moments for you. But now we're proud to present you something very special: Two re-recorded classics which are very highly rated not just among the die-heart community -- Hyperborea and Tangram. Both CDs will be limited editions and Eastgate Music will sell just 2,000 copies. (The new digipack version is not a limited edition, the Eastgate version in a clear tray has already been sold out!) These two new recordings will come with a story about the original recording sessions back in Berlin in 1980 and 1983.
If you want to know more about the character of the music on the 2008 versions - listen to Hyper Sphinx live from the London show last year."

 


The booklet contains quite extensive liner notes by Bianca Acquaye:

 


About the album title: "During the research of old Chinese paintings, Edgar first heard about the puzzle's philosophy by reading about a servant of a Chinese emperor who crashed with a very expensive tile. The tile shattered in dozens of smaller pieces. In panic the servant tried to patch up the pieces in its original square form. Instead of being successful here, he created lots of patterns and images never seen before. He became a well-known artist in his time."

 


About the original recording session: "When the first recording session of Tangram began back in 1980, Johannes Schmoelling joined the band just a few months ago. Confronted with new equipment and working philosophies he had a hard time getting into the TD mechanics which always have been different from any other recording sessions. He finally was a very supportive musician and his contributions on this production was very obvious. When Tangram got released in the UK later in 1980 it became a remarkable success within the world of new popular music." It is remarkable that Chris Franke, who was member of the group at that time, is not mentioned at all in this section.

 


About the new version: "The re-recording of Tangram wasn't easy at all. Lots of samples and instruments had to be re-discovered to get as close as possible to the atmosphere of the original recording. At the same time it had to be the sound of 2008. Research for the original synth guitar from the Japanese Roland company as well as endless puzzelings within TD's older sampling library was a very time consuming factor. Fortunately Christian Stettner who had administered a great portion of TD's sound library back in 1980 did also work on the new project. So after a couple of months most of the basic work was done. Edgar did play all the parts by himself. Today -- after 28 years -- Tangram sounds as if it would have been recorded now -- with musical strength and the incomparable TD sound."

 


Regarding the initial Eastgate CD release, neither CD 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.

 


In September 2008 this release became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.

 


In March 2009 the album was re-released with different cover design as part of an extensive digipack series (consisting of a total of more than 60 CD and DVD releases) by the Germany based Membran record label, and in May 2009 it was re-released in Japan as part of a series of HiQualityCDs with mini LP paper sleeves.


Releases

Germany
2008: Eastgate
CD: eastgate 028 CD; multicoloured disc; matrix code: 9232 east TG08; limited edition
2009: Membran
CD: 232635; digipack
Japan
2009: WHD Entertainment
HQCD: IECP-10170; cardboard sleeve, obi; limited edition
Promo-HQCD: IECP-10170; same as regular release, but with additional red promo sticker
USA
2010: Purple Pyramid/Cleopatra
CD: 9141-2
Worldwide
2008: Tangerine Dream Download Shop
Download: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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