Remembering Tangerine Dream Founder Edgar Froese


Music fans are mourning the loss of Edgar Froese, the legendary founder of German electronic music pioneers Tangerine Dream who died on January 20 after suffering a pulmonary embolism in Vienna. He was 70 years old. Tangerine Dream posted the following message on Facebook:

Dear Friends,

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 immensely.

Edgar once said: “There is no death, there is just a change of our cosmic address.”

Edgar, this is a little comfort to us.


Born Edgar Willmar Froese in Tilsit, East Prussia, he formed Tangerine Dream in 1967 after the breakup of his psych-rock outfit the Ones. Froese had a prolific career, issuing a plethora of snth-led albums with Tangerine Dream as well as solo releases exploring a diverse array of styles ranging from ambient to Krautrock.

The last post on his official Facebook page on January 1, presumably posted by Froese, read: “HAPPY & PEACEFUL NEW YEAR, my Facebook friends! May the Tangerine Dream continue, best, Edgar.”

Indeed, may the Dream live on.

image via Facebook

Darren Ressler

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