REVOLUTION OF SOUND
Filmmaker Margarete Kreuzer on how David Bowie led her to the definitive Tangerine Dream documentary.
“I grew up in a small town in Germany and Tangerine Dream’s music was a way of escaping my life,” reveals Margarete Kreuzer.
Several decades on, their music has changed her life as she has written and directed one of the most important films about their founder, Edgar Froese.
It was back in 2003 when their paths first crossed. Kreuzer was interviewing David Bowie for Franco-German TV channel Arte, and she contacted Froese – one of the singer’s old friends – for advice. Nine years later, when the director was thinking about subjects for her first feature-length music documentary, Froese came back into the frame.
“I had the idea of making a film about Edgar. He was very interesting and a pioneer of electronic music,” the director recalls. “I met him in Vienna and we talked for hours about the philosopher Ludwig Wittgenstein and maths – I made a film a long time ago about maths and culture. It was this that made him decide to work with me.”
Froese gave Kreuzer unlimited access to the Super 8 footage he’d collected during his career and permission to use it
as she pleased.
“Edgar was a very good filmmaker and there was more than 350 hours of material so it was very hard to figure out what I should do with it all,’’ she says. “We had a lot of ideas though. We wanted to create new footage of brainwaves, we wanted to put a piano in the ocean… we had so many ideas that it was such a shock when he died so suddenly [in 2015].”
With help from his widow, Bianca Froese-Acquaye, and German media company Tag/Traum, she continued with the project and secured funding through Kickstarter. The result is not one, but two films: a television documentary called Sound From Another World, which came out last November, and the feature-length Revolution Of Sound: Tangerine Dream, narrated by Einstürzende Neubauten’s Alexander Hacke. The film lists not only Tangerine Dream alumni, but also Jean-Michel Jarre and Risky Business director Paul Brickman among its interviewees.
Revolution Of Sound premiered at the Berlin Film Festival earlier this year and Kreuzer hopes to bring it to the UK. NRS
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“Edgar Froese had more than 350 hours of material.”
A VISIONARY: MARGARETE KREUZER
WORKED CLOSELY WITH EDGAR FROESE.