Edgar Froese (synthesizer, electric guitar), Thorsten Quaeschning (synthesizer, electric guitar, bass guitar), Ulrich Schnauss (synthesizer), Hoshiko Yamane (violin)
"So Einstein was wrong when he said, 'God does not play dice.' Consideration of black holes suggests not only that god does play dice, but that he sometimes confuses us by throwing them where they can't be seen." - Stephen Hawking
"In honour and loving memory of Edgar Froese."
Quantum Gate is the first full-length studio album recorded by Tangerine Dream after band founder Edgar Froese had passed in January 2015. But with the exception of It Is Time To Leave When Everyone Is Dancing, all compositions are based on material Edgar Froese had already composed and recorded in preparation of this album in late 2014. Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss are present both as composers and musicians on all tracks, while Hoshiko Yamane plays violin on only five of the nine tracks and has no composer credits.
One of the compositions, Genesis Of Precious Thoughts had already been released on Quantum Key as some kind of preview to this album, and another one, Proton Bonfire (itself a reworking of Electron Bonfire from Quantum Key as well) had already been performed live in 2016 and released on Live At The Philharmony Szczecin - Poland 2016. The remaining seven track are completely new.
Quantum Gate was released on CD at the same time by Eastgate in Germany (in a standard clear jewel case and a cover with gold lettering) and by Kscope in the UK (as a digipack). Apparently this resulted in a much better distribution of Quantum Gate than that of previous albums that had been released by Eastgate without support by a major label. Both CD version feature a 12 page booklet with the same content, but their layout differs regarding the front cover and the inner printed parts.
A short time later the album saw its vinyl release as a double album (with altered track order), again by both labels. Again, the front artwork as well as the layout of sleeves and labels differs between the German and UK releases. Last not least, both LP issues were pressed on vinyl of completely different colour.
A short time after its CD release this album became available as MP3 download at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.
CD [a]: eastgate 080 CD; multi-coloured disc; matrix code: 081; no order number on disc or inserts
2LP [b]: eastgate 007 LP; gatefold cover; orange and yellow vinyl; multi-coloured labels; no order number on labels; barcode on cover: 4032851000003
Download [a]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
CD [a]: KSCOPE499; digipack; multi-coloured disc
2LP [b]: KSCOPE967; gatefold cover; black vinyl; multi-coloured labels