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Phaedra

Tangerine Dream

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Phaedra is one of the most important, artistic, and exciting works in the history of electronic music, a brilliant and compelling summation of Tangerine Dream's early avant-space direction balanced with the synthesizer/sequencer technology just beginning to gain a foothold in nonacademic circles. The result is best heard on the 15-minute title track, unparalleled before or since for its depth of sound and vision. Given focus by the arpeggiated trance that drifts in and out of the mix, the track progresses through several passages including a few surprisingly melodic keyboard lines and an assortment of eerie Moog and Mellotron effects, gaseous explosions, and windy sirens. Despite the impending chaos, the track sounds more like a carefully composed classical work than an unrestrained piece of noise. While the title track takes the cake, there are three other excellent tracks on Phaedra. "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" is a solo Edgar Froese song that uses some surprisingly emotive and affecting synthesizer washes, and "Movements of a Visionary" is a more experimental piece, using treated voices and whispers to drive its hypnotic arpeggios. Perhaps even more powerful as a musical landmark now than when it was first recorded, Phaedra has proven the test of time.
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Phaedra (1995 Remaster)
00:16:46

Christophe Franke, Composer - Peter Baumann, Composer, Participant - Phil Becque, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Franke, Participant - Tangerine Dream, MainArtist - Edgar Froese, Composer, Producer, Participant

(C) 1995 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1995 Virgin Records Limited

2
Mysterious Semblance At The Strand Of Nightmares (1995 Remaster)
00:10:45

Peter Baumann, Participant - Phil Becque, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Franke, Participant - Tangerine Dream, MainArtist - Edgar Froese, Composer, Producer, Participant

(C) 1995 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1995 Virgin Records Limited

3
Movements Of A Visionary (1995 Remaster)
00:07:58

Christophe Franke, Composer - Peter Baumann, Composer, Participant - Phil Becque, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Franke, Participant - Tangerine Dream, MainArtist - Edgar Froese, Composer, Producer, Participant

(C) 1995 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1995 Virgin Records Limited

4
Sequent C (Remastered 1995)
00:02:17

Peter Baumann, Composer, Participant - Phil Becque, Engineer, StudioPersonnel - Chris Franke, Participant - Tangerine Dream, MainArtist - Edgar Froese, Producer, Participant

(C) 1995 Virgin Records LtdThis label copy information is the subject of copyright protection. All rights reserved.(C) 1995 Virgin Records Ltd ℗ 1995 Virgin Records Limited

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Phaedra is one of the most important, artistic, and exciting works in the history of electronic music, a brilliant and compelling summation of Tangerine Dream's early avant-space direction balanced with the synthesizer/sequencer technology just beginning to gain a foothold in nonacademic circles. The result is best heard on the 15-minute title track, unparalleled before or since for its depth of sound and vision. Given focus by the arpeggiated trance that drifts in and out of the mix, the track progresses through several passages including a few surprisingly melodic keyboard lines and an assortment of eerie Moog and Mellotron effects, gaseous explosions, and windy sirens. Despite the impending chaos, the track sounds more like a carefully composed classical work than an unrestrained piece of noise. While the title track takes the cake, there are three other excellent tracks on Phaedra. "Mysterious Semblance at the Strand of Nightmares" is a solo Edgar Froese song that uses some surprisingly emotive and affecting synthesizer washes, and "Movements of a Visionary" is a more experimental piece, using treated voices and whispers to drive its hypnotic arpeggios. Perhaps even more powerful as a musical landmark now than when it was first recorded, Phaedra has proven the test of time.
© John Bush /TiVo

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