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Ex-Tangerine Dream artist Christopher Franke released his second and third solo efforts simultaneously, following the successful Pacific Coast Highway. First, The London Concert, recorded live at London's Royal Apollo Theatre in October 1991. While three tracks are versions of pieces from Pacific Coast Highway, the material is mostly new, starting with "Empire of Light," awith its powerful, hypnotic entrance into Franke's spellbinding world of sonic images, combining dramatic electronic and calming acoustic sounds. "Purple Waves," at 16-plus minutes, stretches to a lofty stature of melodic orchestration. The remaining pieces fuse Franke's skilled dynamics into a forceful blend of classical electronic and contemporary sound.


Born: April 6, 1953 in Berlin, Germany

Genre: Soundtrack

Years Active: '70s, '80s, '90s, '00s

A longtime member of the pioneering German electronic unit Tangerine Dream, keyboardist/composer Christopher Franke was born in Berlin on April 6, 1953, subsequently studying classical music and composition at the Berlin Conservatory. While playing in the jazz-rock group Agitation Free, he and his mentor, Swiss avant-garde composer Thomas Kessler, set up a sound studio and began teaching courses in improvisation, laying the groundwork for what would become the Berlin School of Electronic Music. Through...
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