Now one can wonder if Edgar Froese felt the end was nigh when, last year, he decided to put a brake on TANGERINE DREAM’s concert action, but no, the veteran musician couldn’t know that, and his passing on January 20th was totally unexpected and shocking to many a fan of the electronic pioneer. Always a visionary, Froese saw art as an extension of one’s personality, and that’s how Edgar finished our interview:
“The essence of what I have learned about writing and performing music is the authenticity you are faced with in your day-to-day work. No matter what other people or even critics will say, you have to follow your own direction which not necessarily has to be a straight line to success; sometimes it will be a curly, dramatic curve you have to go, but that’s the only way to leave a little landmark of brave respect to others and to the dimensions of your own capability.”
There’s a lot to tell about the artist’s political position and literary disposition, but it’s best now to listen to to Edgar Froese’s music, the whole lot of it. Goodbye, meister.