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Tangerine Dream

Light Flux

- Studio, released September 2017 -


CD release [a] Germany 2017
Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye
Note: Part of the printing is almost invisible on this scan due to its reflective nature.

CD release [b] Germany 2017
Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye
Note: Part of the printing is almost invisible on this scan due to its reflective nature.

Download release [a] Germany 2017
Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye

Download release [b] Germany 2017
Artwork: Bianca Froese-Acquaye


1.Green Summer Clouds 17:5217:52
2.Meteor 6:396:39
3.Tyger 2013 [2013 re-recording6:086:08
4.Reaching Ravenna -15:06
5.Nemesis -9:05
6.Logos 2014 [2014 re-recording]-6:19
Total running time30:3961:09


Recording date1981 - 2014
Recording site(s)Eastgate Studio (Vienna), Townend Studio (Berlin)
Composer(s)Edgar Froese, Chris Franke, Johannes Schmoelling, Paul Haslinger, Thorsten Quaeschning
Musician(s)Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane, Ulrich Schnauss


"In loving memory of Edgar Froese."


Light Flux was released as companion to the long-awaited autobiography by Edgar Froese. It comes in two versions: as a full length album with six tracks and as a EP featuring only three of the six tracks. The EP version is part of the so-called 'cupdisc' series.


The full length album was given for free to the first 500 who participated in the pre-sale of the book (and had to wait more than three and a half year for its release), while all other pre-sale participants who pre-ordered the book until 13th July 2017 received the EP version for free. As naturally Edgar Froese sadly could not sign the book nor the CDs (as it was envisaged once), Eastgate decided not to go for a limited CD or EP, thus both versions are regularily available.


Force Majeure - The Autobiography by Edgar Froese

Orginally planned for release in 2014, Edgar Froese's autobiography on Tangerine Dream (titled after the band's 1979 album Force Majeure) was available for pre-order from January 2014. Unfortunately it turned out that the book had been aptly titled, as its release had to be postponed several times. After Edgar Froese had died in January 2015 his wife Bianca Froese-Acquaye took over the project to compile the chapters her late husband had been able to complete, and to translate the book from German into English which turned out to be a more time-consuming task than initially expected. Finally, the book has been released in September 2017 and is available from the Eastgate shop in English and in German language.


The Eastgate Music Shop about the book:

"At last it's here: The first and only autobiography of Tangerine Dream -- personally written by Edgar Froese! With over 400 pages, it's an authentic, sincere and frank account of the unusual adventures of a band and their leader and founder Edgar Froese, a group whose electronic innovations wrote themselves in to the history books during the musically crystallised years of the 1970s.

Edgar's narrative style in this book, titled "Force Majeure", is as direct and uncompromising as the man himself, and it reflects the 'storm and stress' phase of the Sixties and Seventies which he experienced first-hand. At the same time his stories are amusing and written in his own distinct metaphorical language -- the language which one can find again and again in his musical compositions. The book is exciting from beginning to end, even for those who do not know Edgar Froese or Tangerine Dream, and the reader will discover stories unknown until now, getting to the root of rumours surrounding the band and their productions which fans have speculated about for decades. Edgar's appreciation of the people who stood at his side during those heady days is also covered in this book, whether they were creatives or those who generously offered him advice at the various stages of the band's career. The story flows directly from source -- a rare story of a pioneer who yearned and suffered whilst producing a progressive collage of sounds only to unexpectedly write history with it years later.

This book isn't just a simple chronological list of anecdotes about the career of a band. This autobiography offers the reader a deep insight into the life and times of the band, and Edgar Froese leads you on a very personal journey through his own thoughts and actions, his everyday life and his sources of inspiration, his cooperative efforts, his work and the conflicts which accompanied him through countless concerts across the globe. The adventure recounts crazy meetings and exciting episodes in the course of his career, moments spent with many interesting and well-known personalities like Salvador Dalí, David Bowie, Richard Branson, Andy Warhol, John Peel, Andy Summers, Jimi Hendrix, Oliver Stone, Jim Rakete, Stevie Nicks, Ridley Scott, Michael Mann, Brigitte Bardot etc. -- to name but a few. Over 45 years of experience on stage and more than 16 years in the soundtrack business in Hollywood offer up so much content and destiny in the narrative that this luxuriance of experience would have been sufficient for at least two lives.

Edgar wrote his autobiography over a period spanning approximately seven years, and he invested every free moment he had into it when he was not working on film soundtracks, album productions and live concerts. Initially the autobiography will be published in English and German, and we hope to find a publishing company that will offer the book in other languages (e.g., French and Spanish) at a later date. The first edition will be published by Eastgate because this will ensure that the contents of the book will not be able to be subsequently changed by other publishing companies.

Force Majeure is a large-sized hardcover book (1.5 kg of weight), has about 400 pages with many so far unreleased photos etc. etc. The album Light Flux -- with some new compositions by Edgar Froese -- is a wonderful addition to the book."


Both versions of Light Flux come in cardboard sleeves with different background colours. The artwork is based on that of the album Force Majeure (that was re-used in a simplified version for the autobiography as well), though the squares of the original artwork now look as distorted into irregular shapes (probably under the influence of some light flux?).


The two longest tracks on the album, Green Summer Clouds and Reaching Ravenna were composed and performed by Edgar Froese and Thorsten Quaeschning in 2007 and 2011, respectively. Though the name Green Summer Clouds is compiled from three of the four track titles of the album Green Desert (1973/1986) by some unknown reason, the music bears no resemblance to those tracks.


Meteor and Nemesis are solo tracks by Edgar Froese, edited for release by Ulrich Schnauss. Meteor apparently stems from the recording sessions of Pinnacles (1983) and was later used as background music for the audio novel Der Meteor (1997), hence its name on this release. Nemesis is an unreleased studio composition from 1981 that shares its melody with one of the three main themes from the Digital Times Suite (of which no studio version exists) but is otherwise unique.


The two remaing tracks are studio reworkings of material from Logos Live (1982) and Tyger (1987), recorded between 2008 and 2014 with the then current line-up of Edgar Froese, Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Ulrich Schnauss.


The Eastgate Music Shop about the CD releases"The Light Flux CD is the full album coming along with Edgar's autobiography on Tangerine Dream "Force Majeure". The first 500 customers who were pre-ordering the book got this album for free as an additional bonus. Green Summer Clouds is a completely new track of about 18 min composed by Edgar and Thorsten as well is Reaching Ravenna of more than 15 min. Nemesis is a beautiful track by Edgar alone, so far unreleased and all the others are newly arranged. Enjoy a wonderful album of TD music while reading the autobiography!

The Light Flux EP is the single release of the full album Light Flux and is an additional bonus for all the fans who took part in the pre-sale of [...] Edgar's autobiography."


A short time after their CD release both album and EP became available as MP3 downloads at the Tangerine Dream Download Shop as well.


2017: Eastgate
CD [a]: eastgate 078 CD; multi-coloured disc; matrix code: 078; cardboard sleeve; no order number on disc or sleeve
CD [b]: eastgate 079 CD; multi-coloured disc; matrix code: 079; cardboard sleeve; no order number on disc or sleeve
Download [a]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
Download [b]: complete release or individual tracks as MP3
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