Thorsten Quaeschn­ing


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Tan­ger­ine Dream, yes­ter­day and to­day. IF ANY­ONE knows how to pas­tiche an ’80s Tan­ger­ine Dream sound­track it’s Thorsten Quaeschn­ing of Pic­ture Palace Mu­sic, who in 2005 be­came a full-time mem­ber of Tan­ger­ine Dream. For this score to Ben Howl­ing and Yolanda Ramke’s An­tipodean zom­bie apoc­a­lypse drama, he gets ev­ery­thing right: the puls­ing and fizzing elec­tron­ics, the in­ci­den­tal melan­choly drones, the sub­ter­ranean clangs and, with the help of a cello/vi­ola/vi­olin string trio, mo­ments of bleak, glid­ing Michael Ny­man-es­que beauty. If you need to check the verac­ity, lis­ten next to the smash­ing reis­sue of Tan­ger­ine Dream’s gor­geous, ele­giac 1989 score to Steve De Jar­natt’s end-of-the-world rom-com Mir­a­cle Mile (Fire Records), where Edgar Froese and Paul Haslinger si­mul­ta­ne­ously nod to John Car­pen­ter’s synth min­i­mal­ism, Popol Vuh’s elec­tronic choirs, Moroder’s dig­i­tal Euro-pop and their own kos­mis­che past.

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