Canyon Dreams

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Canyon Dreams
Tangerine Dream Canyon Dreams.jpg
1999 re-issue artwork
Soundtrack album by
Recorded1986 Polygon Studios (Berlin), Eastgate Studios (Vienna)
GenreElectronic music, soundtrack, new-age
LabelMiramar (MPCD 2801)
ProducerEdgar Froese
Tangerine Dream chronology
Canyon Dreams
Dead Solid Perfect
Professional ratings
Review scores
AllMusic4.5/5 stars[1]

Canyon Dreams is the thirtieth album, and the fourteenth soundtrack, by German band Tangerine Dream. It was recorded in 1986 and released in 1991 on compact disc and compact cassette formats.[2] The music was written as a sound accompaniment for an eponymous scenic video film about the Grand Canyon by Jan Nickman, released by the record label Miramar. The album's tracks are divided into various episodes and related to the titles of the cuts.

This album has musical influences from Native American cultures. Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, and Paul Haslinger created sequenced, atmospheric soundscapes using a Native American pace and native flutes to give the disc a feel of the American Southwest. The execution is recognizable as a product of the Berlin School of electronic music, and brought Tangerine Dream their first Grammy nomination.

The music on Canyon Dreams has influenced contemporary musicians, including Soulfood, Steve Roach, Matthias Gohl, and Michael Stearns.


In 1991, the soundtrack of the video release Canyon Dreams was released as the first TD album by the Seattle-based company Miramar, beginning the band's Seattle Years period. Canyon Dreams was nominated for the Grammy for Best New Age Album 1991. Some months before its release, a bootleg version of the soundtrack titled The Canyon Dreams, featuring the music from the video, was released. The music on the official soundtrack was partially remixed with slightly different running times and features the bonus track "Colorado Dawn" composed by Jerome Froese.[citation needed]

The album was re-released in 1999 by TDI; this release features an additional track, "Rocky Mountain Hawk", and a redesigned booklet, which includes the following sleeve notes about the Grand Canyon:

Two billion years of geological evidence of the earth's history is exposed in the canyon's rock walls, more than can be observed anywhere else in the world. Travelling The canyon's length requires a river journey of 277 miles, through canyons varying in distance from less than a half mile to more than eighteen miles apart, and through depths reaching nearly 600 feet. Early visitors named many of the large buttes after ancient gods. Jupiter, Juno, Apollo, Venus, Vishnu, Deva, Shiva and Brahma have temples here, while Vulcan and Wotan have thrones named in their honor. The Paiute Indians believed the canyon had been created by the god Tavwoats to separate the world of the living from the lands beyond death. Havasupai and Hulapai Indians believed the river was the runoff from an earth-covering flood, much like the one Noah experienced.

In March 2009, the album was re-released with a different cover design as part of a series of 60 CD and DVD releases by the Germany-based record label Membran.[citation needed]

Track listing[edit]

All tracks written by Edgar Froese, Christopher Franke, Paul Haslinger except as noted.

1."Shadow Flyer" 5:47
2."Canyon Carver" 4:20
3."Water's Gift" 5:27
4."Canyon Voices" 4:28
5."Sudden Revelation" 4:48
6."A Matter of Time" 8:56
7."Purple Nightfall" 2:08
8."Colorado Dawn"Jerome Froese4:28
Total length:40:31



  1. ^ Kohanov, Linda. Canyon Dreams - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Canyon Dreams". Voices in the Net.

Kohanov, Linda. "Canyon Dreams - Tangerine Dream". AllMusic. Retrieved 17 May 2012.