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Edgar Froese, Founder of Tangerine Dream, Passes Away at 70

Founder and keyboardist of the German electronic group Tangerine Dream, Edgar Froese, has passed away at the age of 70.

A post on the band's Facebook page regarding Froese’s passing said, “This is a message to you we are very sorry for… On January 20th, Tuesday afternoon, Edgar Froese suddenly and unexpectedly passed away from the effects of a pulmonary embolism in Vienna. The sadness in our hearts is immense. Edgar once said: 'There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.' Edgar, this is a little comfort to us."

Formed in 1967 from the same scene that birthed legendary electronica group Kraftwerk, Tangerine Dream helped shape the history of dance music, and played an essential role in the development of dance music. They released over 100 albums despite a number of roster changes, with Froese serving as the only continuous member and the backbone of the band. In addition to a number of studio and live recordings, Tangerine Dream also composed the soundtracks for a number of Michael Mann movies like Risky Business. Most recently, they provided the soundtrack to the video game Grand Theft Auto 5.

Prior to his death, Froese completed his 500-page autobiography, Tangerine Dream - Force Majeure - 1967 - 2014. The book is available for pre-order on their website, and check out their track “Love on a Real Train” from Risky Business below.

[H/T DJ Mag]

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