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Edgar Froese dies 

The Tangerine Dream founder has died from a pulmonary embolism

Tangerine Dream’s founder and leader Edgar Froese has died at the age of 70 after suffering a pulmonary embolism in Vienna.

Tangerine Dream were formed by Froese in 1967. The original trio also included Conrad Schnitzler and Klaus Schulze, who both left after recording their debut album Electronic Meditation (1970). Tangerine Dream would undergo many more line-up changes, with Froese their one constant member, over a career spanning five decades and more than 100 albums.

Tangerine Dream also composed music for many films including Sorcerer, Thief, The Keep and Risky Business, among others. In 1973, the group signed to Virgin. Legend has it that their deal was agreed on the basis of a meeting where Froese played chess with Virgin boss Richard Branson.

The young label gave them free reign but by this stage Tangerine Dream’s brand of immensely popular electronics bore little similarity to the more kosmische trips of their pre-Virgin quartet of early 1970s albums, Electronic Meditation, Alpha Centauri, Atem and Zeit.

Froese also recorded a number of solo albums, many of which he rerecorded and remixed in recent years.