Composed and produced with full access to Edgar Froese's Cubase arrangements (and Otari Tape Archive with recordings from 1977-2013), Thorsten Quaeschning, Hoshiko Yamane and Paul Frick deliver late-night real time compositions combined with classic studio productions, sequencer driven haunting soundscapes alternate with anthemic warm synthesizers.
Composed in a time of social distancing and cancelled shows, the tracks cannot exactly be recreated (or will at least need significant re-instrumentation for a live performance). With the 17-minute In 256 Zeichen they lay the fundament of this record. Continuum, with its repetitive sequence and broken beat shows glimpses of acid sounds and increasing choral atmospheres. You're Always On Time is built on PPG wavetable sounds and eerie field recordings. The title track Raum makes a nod towards the early live studio performances like Zeit and Phaedra - the melody accompanied by a chorus-like Roland Jupiter 8 part. An ambient rave Moog Minitaur sequence highlights the final peak, till the violin slowly transports the listener out. A heavy Moog bass marks the beginning and the end of this 15-minute piece.
Raum is the band's second studio album after the passing of the founder Edgar Froese in 2015. With deep respect for the sound of the previous five decades, this record continues in the ever-evolving pathway of Tangerine Dream.
'Don't call it a comeback, but this LP – carrying the spirit of Edgar Froese's musical genius – is the best Tangerine Dream record in decades.'
– Andrew Ryce, Resident Advisor
'It might be a long time since, say, the more primal sequences of 'Phaedra', but with music this positive and transformative, Edgar Froese's Dream is unlikely to be forgotten.'
– Fat Roland, Electronic Sound Magazine
'In fact, Raum feels stronger than much TD music since the early ‘80s. The melodies are better, for one, free of Froese’s occasional tip into kitsch, while the likes of ‘In 256 Zeichen’ and ‘Along the Canal’ have a refined rhythmic quality that effortlessly shifts between heady propulsion and dreamy repose.'
– Louis Pattison, Uncut Magazine
'Raum is a reminder of the essential place Tangerine Dream holds in the history of electronic music.'
- The Playground