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Tangerine Dream live at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, Camden, Friday 18th, March 2022

  • March 24, 2022
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Tangerine Dream live at The Roundhouse, Chalk Farm, Camden, Friday 18th, March 2022

A wall-of-sound filled London’s legendary Roundhouse tonight where students of Tangerine Dream reformed in a brand new line-up to showcase a high tech surround-sound experience of spectacular electronica. All in honour of the late German godfather of modern Synth-meets-Psychedelia, the one and only Edgar Froese RIP and his former fellow German musicians

The light show was a sea of rotating lasers lighting-up the roof of Camden’s original 1968 home to Psychedelia. At times The Roundhouse literally looked like the shimmering Mother Ship from Steven Spielberg’s movie Close Encounters of The Third Kind.

The multiple sonorous layers of pulsating rhythms, provided the back beat to the electric violin and numerous desks of tech both on stage and via a five man team of engineers mid venue. This new line-up showcased their brand new 2022 album Raum in its entirety to a capacity house.

Make no mistake about it, the modern world of Ambient, Trance, Trip Hop, and the likes of The Orb and The Chemical Brothers began with Tangerine Dream. All reincarnated via these four folks on stage here in London tonight in honour of their deceased peers.

The final thirty five minutes featured the fourth player and ‘special guest’ member, namely Steve Rothery from Marillion, delivering psychedelic guitar to the wall-of-sound from the band’s mid 1970’s canon, to include their key album Phaedra. Glory days indeed. A period of music heralded by the late John Peel on his show Top Gear on BBC Radio 1 in 1974 and also later again when Edgar Froese went solo in 1978.

This 2022 tour had been held back for two whole years due to covid restrictions. The tour concludes at Chalk in Brighton on Wednesday the 23rd of March.

Image by Joe Loughrell

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Henry Scott Irvine

The published author of Procol Harum's hardback Omnibus Press biography, Henry Scott-Irvine's writing began in the script departments of the British film industry. He continued as a Film & TV 'Music & Arts' researcher. He has a long background in published journalism. A radio producer-presenter since 2009 as well as a producer of the award winning documentary film Tales From Tin Pan Alley. He's a successful campaigner for securing listings and preservation for London's music & film heritage sites.

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