Friday night beauty: Tangerine Dream, “Phaedra”

This strange, yet wonderful, piece of psychedelic electronica by German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream is without doubt the strangest album ever to hit the British top ten. It is essentially an improvisation recorded live in the studio. Forget the absence of any visuals below. Turn off the lights, put on your headphones, and float away.

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Music geeks, hit “Read more”. Enjoy!

The primitive equipment being used led to some technical glitches. Most noticeably, the analog synthesizer and sequencer on which the main sequencer pattern bubbles away drift out of tune due to temperature sensitivity (a common problem of vintage analog equipment, especially if operated in a room that is not climate-controlled). Chris Franke retunes the sequence in real time as it is already running — the result, surprisingly, sounds like an integral feature of the piece.

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