Released in 1999 on Warner Bros Original [PIAS] Pressing Format: LPx2, including bonus tracks not on CD version
Originally released in 2009 on Relapse Records 2013 Pressing Format: LPx2
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.
Released in 2012 on Editions Mego Format: LP
Released in 2017 on Temporary Residence Records Format: LPx2