Shimmering Synths: The Film Music of Tangerine Dream

The German electronic music group Tangerine Dream have spent more than five decades creating dreamy, minimalist soundscapes that hover somewhere between “kosmische musik” and New Age. Emerging from the same fertile Krautrock ground that gave the world Kraftwerk, Can and Popol Vuh, Tangerine Dream were among the original pioneers of spaced-out, analog synthesizer-based music.

Beginning in the late 1970s, the group began composing atmospheric scores for films, predominantly of the horror/thriller genre, and in some cases the soundtracks were more memorable than the films themselves.

To understand their influence one need not look any further than the current hit television show Stranger Things, whose pitch-perfect paean of 1980s horror has much to do with SURVIVE's faithful homage to Tangerine Dream. This July Lightbox resurrects some of the finest and most thrilling moments in Tangerine Dream’s film score discography, including Michael Mann’s feature debut Thief and the screen version of Stephen King’s Firestarter.

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