Electronic Meditation

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Electronic Meditation
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1970 LP album cover
Studio album by Tangerine Dream
Released June 1970
Recorded October 1969
Genre Experimental, krautrock, ambient, psychedelic rock
Length 36:37
Label Ohr
Producer Tangerine Dream
Tangerine Dream chronology
Electronic Meditation
Alpha Centauri
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
AllMusic 3/5 stars[1]
Pitchfork Media (7.6/10)[2]

Electronic Meditation is the debut album by the German electronic music group Tangerine Dream.

Recording and history[edit]

The album was recorded in a rented factory in Berlin in October 1969, using just a two-track Revox tape recorder.[3] Its style is a unique form of free jazz, electronic art music, and instrumental rock; or as Sound on Sound magazine described it, "free electronic rock".[3] Its instrumentation ranges from conventional instruments such as the guitar, organ, drums, and cello to various custom-made electronic devices implemented by Edgar Froese and found sounds such as broken glass, burning parchment, and dried peas being shaken in a sieve. The backwards vocals at the end of side two are of Edgar Froese reading from the back of a ferry ticket from Dover to Calais. The original LP had a balloon inserted in the cover; the 2004 Japan CD release is a copy of the original LP cover and includes the balloon.[4]

Electronic Meditation is the only Tangerine Dream album to feature the line-up of Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze and Conrad Schnitzler. The 2002 CD reissue on Sanctuary Records revealed that there were two previously uncredited musicians: organist Jimmy Jackson and flautist Thomas Keyserling.[4]

Track listing[edit]

All songs written and composed by Edgar Froese, Klaus Schulze, Conrad Schnitzler

No. Title Length
1. "Genesis"   5:57
2. "Journey Through a Burning Brain"   12:26
3. "Cold Smoke"   10:38
4. "Ashes to Ashes"   4:06
5. "Resurrection"   3:27



  1. ^ Brenholts, Jim. Electronic Meditation - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Dominique Leone, Leone (6 February 2003). "Tangerine Dream: Electronic Meditation/Alpha Centauri". Pitchfork. 
  3. ^ a b "Tangerine Dream: Their Changing Use Of Technology Part 1: 1967–1977". Sound on Sound. December 1994. 
  4. ^ a b Berling, Michael (3 August 2014). "Electronic Meditation". Voices in the Net.