We spoke with Edgar Froese of the critically acclaimed pioneers of synth rock Tangerine Dream, to ask him our world famous Ten Questions We Ask Everyone. He talks to us about philosophy, quantum gravity and flatulence...
What or who inspired you to go into your line of work?
I studied painting, graphics and sculpting at a Berlin Academy of Arts, but I felt a drawback to express myself through canvas, colour and hard concrete material, that's why I moved over to music. The basic formula to describe your experience in life, to experiment with new artistic directions in sounds and technology all came from my early studies within the picturesque world of images.
When you're not busy working hard, what's your favourite thing to do?
I love to work with my film cameras, shooting and experimenting and have also started again to do some of my graphic works, which I call "zoom-o-graphics". Now I create these on a special computer rather than using paper and colour.
What exciting projects or performances are currently in the pipeline?
Touring Europe and North America and also preparing things for our new entry into the world of the big screens. Scoring movies had been a longtime traditional work for the band which we interrupted a couple of years ago.
What makes you different from other artists?
I guess our philosophy towards our musical output as well as our strict independency. To do and express what you think is right, is one of the most vital landmarks that most artists haven't paid enough attention to - of course that's just our subjective opinion.
Apart from your home and car, what's the most expensive thing you've ever bought?
As I don't have a car, do not collect homes from Côte d'Azur to LA and not that interested in luxury at all, most of my money goes straight into research and the building of new technology which opens new doors for the transformation of music and sounds. The most expensive tool in the early days was a Moog Modular synthesizer which did cost me the equivalent of four brand new cars...
What one thing can't you do that you'd like to be able to?
Fly a 777 or an Airbus 380 - it must be a tremendous experience.
If you could change your first name, what would you change it to?
The way my wife calls me - "Ragde" - it's just my real name backwards...
What one talent or skill do you have that not many people know about?
I'm quite interested in quantum philosophy, q-mechanics and as a theoretical highlight - because of its unbelievable complexity - quantum gravity.
Are biscuits better than cake?
I found out both are producing too much flatulence and being absolutely enervating within the universe of people I'm living in - I don't like the comparison to the good old cows in a meadow... Also I would feel guilty for making too much methane within our atmosphere.
If you were to describe your work in three words, what would they be?
Music in bubbles.