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Green Desert is the twenty-seventh album released by electronic artists Tangerine Dream. The music was recorded in Berlin in 1973, during a period when Peter Baumann had temporarily left Germany to tour Nepal and India.[2] It was intended as promotional recordings to present to Virgin Records, a newly formed company that had shown an interest in the group. "Though unreleased at the time, it landed Tangerine Dream a record deal when Virgin heard the tapes."[3] A remixed version of the music was released as Green Desert in 1986.

Green Desert
Green Desert.png
1986 LP album cover
Studio album by
ReleasedJanuary 1986
RecordedSkyline Studios, Berlin
August 1973, with additional remixing in 1984
GenreElectronic music,
Krautrock
Length38:22
LabelJive Electro
ProducerEdgar Froese, Christoph Franke
Tangerine Dream chronology
Le Parc
(1985)
Green Desert
(1986)
Pergamon
(1986)
Professional ratings
Review scores
SourceRating
AllMusic3/5 stars[1]

The group had recently acquired new equipment including a Minimoog, a phaser, and an EKO ComputeRhythm which could be pre-programmed and/or changed on-the-fly while it was playing. Chris Franke considered the six[4] internal sounds to be "pretty lousy" but, due to its flexibility as a sequencer, later modified it as a controller to trigger external sounds.[3] This rhythmic effect was featured in several of Tangerine Dream's later albums.

Track listingEdit

All songs written by Edgar Froese and Christopher Franke.

No.TitleLength
1."Green Desert"19:25
2."White Clouds"5:01
3."Astral Voyager"7:03
4."Indian Summer"6:53

PersonnelEdit

Additional personnel

  • Pete Beaulieu – engineering
  • Mark Weinberg – sleeve design

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Tangerine Dream, Green Desert at AllMusic
  2. ^ Green Desert, The Collector's Tangerine Dream Discography
  3. ^ a b Pendergast, Mark (December 1994). "Tangerine Dream: Changing Use of Technology, Part 1: 1967-1977". Sound On Sound. SOS Publications Group.
  4. ^ Synthhead (2009-08-25). "The EKO ComputeRhythm – Jean Michel Jarre's Drum Machine". Synthtopia. Retrieved 2019-01-29.