Style: Loner Psych, Kosmische, Tape Music, Berlin School, Inner Space Music
Vibe: Nocturnal, Introspective, Exploratory, Hypnotic, Brooding, Contemplative, Mysterious, Suspenseful, Sombre, Loner, Hallucinogenic, Paranoid, Aquatic, Haunting
Musical Qualities: Studio-as-an-Instrument, Pulse, Loops, Atmospheric, Echoey
Style: Space Rock, Progressive Electronic
Vibe: Confident, Cinematic, Cosmic, Triumphant, Epic, Suspenseful
Musical Qualities: Atmospheric, Instrumental, Progressive, Thematic
Released in 1976 on Virgin Records Format: LP
While the music on Zeit feels motionlessly suspended in the empty vastness of space, the music on Phaedra seem to discover a swampy alien planet, Pulsing sequencers, dramatic mellotrons, airy flutes, and sweeping synthesizers are drenched in strange echoes and reverbs to create suspenseful alien soundscapes.
This is what I imagine a black hole might sound like. “Zeit” translates to “Time”, yet time feels completely suspended here, filled instead with vast negative space in which burbling VCS 3 synthesizers, suspenseful organs, and a droning quartet of cellos float in and out. These four sidelong pieces erase all traces of rock or any kind of beat from Tangerine Dream’s sound, leaving ominous space-ambient music in its purest form.