|Produced by Chris Franke and Edgar Froese|
|Released on May 1980|
|UK CHART POSITION #36|
|Find it at GEMM|
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W ith the addition of keyboardist Johannes Schmoelling, Tangerine Dream adopted a more melodic and accessible sound on Tangram. The fluidity of movement and integral nature of the sequencer patterns are carry-overs from Force Majeure, but Schmoelling’s presence adds an element of delicacy and intimacy that stands in marked contrast to the alien and foreboding landscapes of the previous decade. The title track takes its name from a Chinese puzzle that requires a square to be divided into five triangles, a smaller square and a rhomboid, which are then shifted to create different shapes. This subject is ideally suited to the band’s often sinuous arrangements, allowing Edgar Froese and Schmoelling to move their music around Christopher Franke’s sequencers and resolve various musical “problems.” Despite many familiar elements -- disembodied voices that recall Carmina Burana, percussive echoes that serve as segues to new sections, flute-like keyboards -- Tangram represents a further shift away from progressive rock toward the economically evocative language more recently popularized by Kraftwerk and Vangelis. Froese’s guitar eschews the heroics of past efforts for a screechier style that will sound familiar to fans of Adrian Belew. Sets 1 and 2 move with the buoyancy and technical sheen first revealed on “Force Majeure,” though they never reach its sublime heights, instead aspiring to loveliness and grandeur (a further link to Vangelis, whose fans will discover in Tangram an accessible entry point). Those who thought their earlier work too ethereal may find Tangram the most succinct and substantial work in their catalog.
|vi2147 back cover|
CHRIS FRANKE -- keyboards, electronic percussions
EDGAR FROESE -- keyboards, guitars
JOHANNES SCHMOELLING -- keyboards
Eduard Meyer -- mixing engineer
Monique Froese -- sleeve design
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|REGION||RELEASE DATE||LABEL||MEDIA||ID NUMBER||FEATURES|
|GER/NET||1980||Virgin||LP||202 169 320|
|UK||May 1980||Virgin||LP/CS||V2147||picture sleeve|
|US||May 1980||Virgin Int'l||LP/CS||vi/vic2147|
|CAN||May? 1980||Virgin||LP||VL 2205|
|EUR||Virgin||CD||840 263||digital remaster|
|UK||Feb/Apr 1995||Virgin||CD||TAND 11|
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