Tangram (album)

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Tangram
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Studio album by
ReleasedMay 1980
Recorded1980, Polygon Studios, Berlin
GenreElectronic music, kosmische, new age[1]
Length40:15
LabelVirgin
ProducerEdgar Froese, Chris Franke
Tangerine Dream chronology
Force Majeure
(1979)
Tangram
(1980)
Quichotte
(Pergamon)

(1980)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic4/5 stars[1]

Tangram is the thirteenth album by the electronic music group Tangerine Dream. It became their fifth biggest selling album, reaching #36 in the British Top 40, and spending 5 weeks on the chart.[2]

Overview[edit]

At a turning point between two eras, Tangram contains fond glimpses back at the "classic long-form sequencer" period and also contains foreshadows of the "new age melodic short track" period to come. It introduced new member Johannes Schmoelling, re-establishing the band as a keyboard trio.

Each set contains multiple movements, some rhythmic, some atmospheric. An early live set in Berlin (recorded in January 1980 and documented in Tangerine Dream's Quichotte, later retitled Pergamon) contains passages similar to Tangram.

Track listing[edit]

Side one
No.TitleLength
1."Tangram Set 1"19:47
Side two
No.TitleLength
1."Tangram Set 2"20:28

Personnel[edit]

  • Edgar Froese — keyboards, guitars
  • Christopher Franke — keyboards, electronic percussion
  • Johannes Schmoelling — keyboards
  • Eduard Meyer — mixing engineer, Hansa Studios Berlin
  • Monica Froese — cover photo (all editions), sleeve design ("Definitive Edition")
Some CD editions erroneously credit Peter Baumann instead of Schmoelling.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b Farley, Keith. Tangram - Tangerine Dream at AllMusic
  2. ^ Berling, Michael (29 September 2016). "Tangram". Voices in the Net.