Michael Whalen's Synthesized Sacred Spaces: An Echoes Interview & the Echoes Tangerine Dream Documentary.
Composer Michael Whalen talks about his April CD of the Month, Sacred Spaces. It’s a return for Whalen to his progressive rock roots as he turns a classical composition into a synthesized fantasy. Sacred Spaces is an electronic symphony full of strikingly original timbres and sounds. An overhead photo of his studio shows that Whalen has an insane number of synthesizers, and he must have used them all on Sacred Spaces. We talk about the progressive rock roots of Michael Whalen’s Sacred Spaces
The Echoes Tangerine Dream Documentary
50 years ago Tangerine Dream began recording their electronic music in what was then West Berlin. Founded by Edgar Froese, Tangerine Dream has epitomized the electronic age of music, recording over 150 albums of synthesized compositions. Their film soundtracks include “Sorcerer” “Thief,” “Risky Business,” and “Legend.” Tangerine Dream founder and last original member, Edgar Froese left the planet in 2015, but the group continues on with music he composed. We draw upon over a dozen interviews with Dream members past and present including Froese, Peter Baumann, Christoph Franke, Klaus Schulze, Thorsten Quaeschning and Ulrich Schnauss as well as comments from Moby, Steve Reich, Steve Roach, Robert Rich and Ian Boddy to celebrate 50 years since the release of their debut album, Electronic Meditation.
And for you deep space divers there is In Search Of Hades: The Virgin Recordings 1973-1979 an 18-disc and book set,.that includes every album from Phaedra through to Force Majeure, with the complete albums, outtakes, live recordings, including entire concerts and some recordings that never came out like “Oedipus Tyrannus.”
See John Diliberto’s updated Ten Tangerine Dream Albums to Blow Your Mind 2020