lundi 25 octobre 2010

TANGERINE DREAM: Phaedra (1974)

Phaedra is to EM what Beatles Sgt Pepper’s is to rock; a pioneer album that will influence lot of musicians and will revolutionize the world of experimental, psychedelic and electronic music. Put ourselves in the context; Rock Prog evolves so quickly, at wax ears. Pink Floyd shakes columns of Prog, and the music scene we might say, with the astonishing Dark Side the Moon. Musical sampling makes its first steps and the use of sequencer establishes its first rhythm lines. Always avant-gardism, Froese gang gets new equipment and concocts a first album of cosmic rock that releases some harmonies, melodies. It’s the birth of Berlin School.
Very ambient the beginning of the opus starts through a metallic wind with spectral resonance. The first steps of Gothic music have been just made hear. A whirling synth furrows our ears with discretion. Hearing on standby, the synth is amplifying and throws bases of a first use from a sequencer in the work of TD. The rhythm is gloomy, cutting and supported by a mellotronned gallop which breaks down and is crushes on an ice floe of sound effects. The ambient music comes back and involves us in a vaporous galaxy which still smokes of its ashes. Phaedra redefined the kind and launches from now on the Berlin School genre. Sequential lines that torture this track will be a classical move in the construction of sequential lines of today. Quite often, one can hear various EM bands used bases of this cult track. But this always remains a dark era where the floating movement is on top of rhythm. It’s thus a light synth which is twisting on its structure that Mysterious Semblance At the Strand off Nightmares oozes its tears. A ghostly track that it’s literally stretching to perform a surrealist melody. Very static, the track doesn’t remain less attracting with its austere side. Always in a spectral/space ambiance Movements of a Visionary takes form around atmospheric noises. Such a cyclone eye, the notes circle on themselves and are melting in a timeless oblivion. Sequent C closes with an ethereal flute which floats and melts in silence. A short track with Peter Baumann imprint.
Even with our ears of today, Phaedra hardly aged of a wrinkle. The musical envelope is dense. Synths and mellotrons don’t have any secrets for the German trio which will engage a series of extremely delicious albums that will change the perspective of this contemporary art. Cult album and key album for the first strikes of sequencers that shaped a melodious approach on ambient structures Phaedra surprised and charmed. A masterpiece which has only of equal the classical albums of modern times. In 2005 Phaedra was redo and remix Edgar Froese and his son Jerome on the EastGate label. Purists neighed to scandal. I am divided. If it’s true that this remix has annihilating the analog ambiance of the 70’s, it doesn’t mean that it’s less interesting for those who discovered the mandarin dream on the late. On the other hand, choosing between the first version and 2005 one, 74’s Phaedra win palm high. Phaedra is an opus to get, if it’s not already done, wouldn’t be only to understand the roots of EM and its evolution.

Sylvain Lupari (2006)
Cet article est disponible en Français sur le site de Guts of Darkness, dont je suis chroniqueur sous le pseudo de Phaedream;

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