debateOprettet af Jacob Pertou lør, december 15, 2012 21:45
I do not know what the
premises of this ”documentary” were, as I do not understand any
French apart from ”je conduis tres bien” and ”deux baguettes”. But what I saw was absolutely horrendous. A bunch of
random geriatrics randomly exchanging blah-blah, for nearly an hour.
It was more a rapidly compiled low-budget retrospective on the scene
of French subculture, than anything interesting for TD or Nico fans. On
four essential accounts it fails miserably:
1) The lack of concert video footage!
How can you make a TV documentary then? That's why God made the
radio. Three quarters into the feature, five or six semi-bald men
watch a Nico performance on a big screen in the Reims Cathedral. For
what reason? The producers mix Tangerine
Dream's performance with that televised show they did in Paris the
year before. Why not make a documentary on that instead. It had
Kraftwerk, Klaus Schulze and Guru Guru on the bill! Much more interesting. We don't need another Ricochet disguised as TD at Coventry Cathedral.
2) No interviews from the
musicians involved! Okay, Nico did a solo set, and does not walk
among us anymore. Peter Baumann is not in music anymore. Chris Franke
is busy in Hollywood. But Edgar Froese isn't afraid on reflecting on
the past. He is sorely missed.
3) Uninteresting people. I
mean, why is the current mayor of Reims so largely involved? I know
no one of the people. A spectator from the show. Wow. There were
nearly 5000 of them, so who cares?
4) Poor editing, and no suspense, whatsoever. A lot of anachronistic memorabilia is included. The ending
says it all. What a load of trash.
This is the worst thing related to
Tangerine Dream since the book on Klaus Schulze from 2008. Avoid it, and listen to Nico's performance from the night on Spotify, as well as TD's legendary show on Tangerine Tree Volume 30: Reims 1974.
debateOprettet af Jacob Pertou man, december 10, 2012 21:08
In a line of new
initiatives to give my blog new character comes a section called
'debate'. In this section I will bring up topics that relates to
Tangerine Dream, and should be opinionated enough to release some
First topic is the
frequency of and geographical placement of Tangerine Dream concerts.
I used to say that
if TD can't come to the fans, the fans must come to TD. But in the
long run, that's just absurd. Otherwise, we would only have concerts
in London. Or Vienna, if Edgar wouldn't get on a plane. Also only
local residents or followers with an unhealthy relationship to money
I know Edgar is in
his late sixties, has a reputation to care about, but why does TD
concerts always have to be so show orientated? If septuagenarian
Hans-Joachim Roedelius and über-influential Cluster can play in
Denmark several times, turn a few knobs on some hardware easily
carried in the hand baggage, and still make big art, aren't
Tangerine Dream taking a distance to their followers, by the way they
Mandarine Tour was an artistic success,
but a full live band doesn't necessarily fill the sound image more,
than a table full of gadgets and modules. It worked for Michael Rother in
Malmö when he re-launched the spirit of NEU! with a drummer and
I think TD still
suffers from the eighties philosophy that demands big light show,
loads of equipment and an overall too expensive concert fee, that
smaller, but interested, festivals can't in their wildest
imaginations live up to. They have reduced, since then, but are still not
adequate with the times.
A poorly promoted headliner tour with high ticket prices resulted in poorly attended shows in the states this summer. TD plays safe in
London, Berlin and, well that's about it. I see a regular amount of
the same faces at every concert. I think TD should seek new ground,
new formats of live concerts in order to boost a stagnating fan base.
Once youngsters get into TD, it's always because they've listened Phaedra or
not because they (accidentally) witnessed them at a concert.
The all laptop way
is not advisable, but having six or eight keyboards each, only played
a little along to a backing track, could be scaled down drastically.
A basic light show is often enough, and the legacy of TD's music
always says it all.
It is too bad that
TD puts so much energy in the three hour hit parade, and that is the
only way they choose to perform. Financially it is too much of
a risk to book the ensemble, which is why so few people do it.
Hans-Joachim Roedelius performed in Denmark this indian summer, and
his legacy is just as important. Tangerine Dream has to this day,
still not performed in Scandinavia!
overrated, and the seventies won't come back, but TD should reach out
for their existing and coming fans a bit more enthusiastically. World