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Christopher Franke

A longtime member of the pioneering German electronic unit Tangerine Dream, keyboardist/composer Christopher Franke was born in Berlin on April 6, 1953, subsequently studying classical music and composition at the Berlin Conservatory. While playing in the jazz-rock group Agitation Free, he and his mentor, Swiss avant-garde composer Thomas Kessler, set up a sound studio and began teaching courses in improvisation, laying the groundwork for what would become the Berlin School of Electronic Music. Through the school, Franke met Edgar Froese and Peter Baumann, joining them in Tangerine Dream in 1970; he remained with the group for nearly two decades, during that time greatly expanding the parameters of electronic music through his contributions to landmark records including Zeit, Atem, and Phaedra as well as influential film soundtracks like Sorcerer, Risky Business, and Legend. One of the first musicians to explore the full creative scope of the synthesizer, Franke proved particularly innovative in employing sequencers as percussion instruments, forging the dense, throbbing sound which became Tangerine Dream's trademark during the mid- to late '70s. He left the group in 1988 to mount a solo career, settling in Los Angeles two years later to pursue film work; in 1991, in addition to forming the Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra (BSFO), Franke issued his debut solo album, Pacific Coast Highway. In 1993, he founded his own label, Sonic Images, subsequently releasing several collections of his music for the syndicated sci-fi series Babylon 5 as well as his continuing solo recordings. Three years later, Franke released Perry Rhodan Pax Terra which was followed in 1999 by Epic. ~ Jason Ankeny
full bio

Selected Discography

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Track List: Dark Ambient

1. Falling

2. Cosmo Ice

3. Ear Buster

4. Cold Era

5. Inwardly

6. Unwound

7. No Life

8. Frigid

9. Moon Calls

10. No Hope

11. Angels Fall

12. Underworld

13. Float

14. Zen Circle

15. Cosmic Dust

16. Aurora Red

17. Rain Goddess

18. Centered

19. Orb

20. Solar Soul

21. Down and Under

22. Bleak Peak

23. Tortured

24. Miles Below

25. Eternity

26. Is It Alive

27. Cold Cases

28. Evolved

29. Air Born

30. Monk Meld

31. Warped

32. Voices

33. Closed In

34. Shudder

35. Forgotten

36. First Time

37. Poisoned

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Track List: Undercurrent, Vol. 3

1. Exausted

2. Dream Awake

3. Guilted

4. A Shame

5. Earie

6. Urban Thesis

7. Sleepwalker

8. Trespassee

9. Spirit Call

10. Uncertain Decision

11. In Pursuit

12. Out Space

13. From Under

14. Get Away

15. Forward Danger

16. Serial Jibe

17. Tense Fence

18. Flack

19. Bitters

20. Don't Look

21. Little Tick

22. We're Losing

23. Army Get On

24. Sneak Pique

25. Creep Top

26. Dream Glaze

27. Seduced

28. Caught

29. Suburban Myth

30. Rising Tide

31. Moment Us

32. Casual Confusion

33. Full Plate

34. Fappy Hunk

35. Evokation

36. Flowby

37. Undisclosed

38. Getting Darker

39. Pressure Rising

40. Do Worry

41. Not Serious

42. Slow Clouds

43. Peaceful Emotion

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Track List: Undercurrent, Vol. 2

1. Bummer

2. Light Phase

3. Breezed

4. Bossy

5. All's Fair

6. Failure Option

7. Savvy

8. Day Doom

9. Wired Up

10. The Distance

11. Big Decision

12. Slow Escape

13. Wait Here

14. Plug In

15. Not So Good

16. Hidden Signs

17. Patience

18. Be Done

19. Inside Mind

20. Get It Done

21. No Answers

22. Mixed Signals

23. Clues In

24. Time Is Now

25. Aortic Winds

26. Near The Edge

27. Stare Down

28. Not This Soon

29. World Out

30. Follow Them

31. Stood Off

32. Don't Listen

33. I Remember

34. Disheartend

35. Was It You?

36. Arms Wide

37. Nail Bitten

38. Let's Leave

39. Big Moment

40. Verdict

41. This Works

42. Move On

43. Game Face

44. Memorandi

45. On The Fly

46. Mild Disturbance

47. Still Waiting

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Track List: Undercurrent

1. Blue Rays

2. Underflow

3. Mild Breeze

4. Exhalation

5. What Now

6. Big Test

7. Little Progress

8. Slomotor

9. Restless Force

10. Getting Nervous

11. Fair Play

12. Recharging

13. It Will Grow

14. No Understanding

15. Consider This

16. Second Try

17. On Red

18. Looming Disaster

19. Better Now

20. Walking Up

21. Start Again

22. Why Not

23. Devious Ways

24. Shady Plans

25. Deep Below

26. White Mosaic

27. Not Much Time

28. Further Down

29. Miles Ahead

30. Untroubled Mind

31. Dripping Downhill

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Track List: Night Of The Running Man (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)

1. American World Pictures Logo

2. Opening Credits

3. Taxi Ride

4. Killer Love

5. Neck Break:Total Cash

6. Trailer Break In

7. Train Chase:Hoover Dam

8. Couple Argument

9. Airport Escape

10. Mills House

11. Torture

12. Hospital Escape

13. Continental Chase (Pts 1 & 2)

14. Love Scene

15. Killer In The House

16. Back To Vegas

17. Surprise:Girl Beating:End Fight

18. Explosion:The End

19. Natasha's Theme

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Track List: Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (Original Soundtrack)

1. Intro 1

2. Main Title

3. Opening

4. The Priest

5. Exorcism

6. The Stench

7. Your Name

8. Energy

9. Devil Threat

10. The Dream

11. Log Search

12. Send Back

13. Epilogue 1

14. Intro 2

15. Londo

16. G'Kar

17. Hyperspace

18. Destruction

19. Kill

20. I'm Save

21. Describe

22. The Station

23. Starfury

24. Prepare

25. Landing

26. Party

27. Epilogue 2

28. End Credits

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Track List: New Music For Films ( Vol.2)

1. Opening

2. Morning Ride

3. Attack On The Village

4. Damaged Goods

5. Jane's Arrival

6. The Dam Breaks

7. Broken Dreams

8. Escape

9. A New Friendship

10. The Chase

11. Deadly Flight

12. Near Death

13. Dance Lesson

14. The Race

15. Fight For Opar

16. Finale

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Track List: Epic

1. A Radiant Band Of Light

2. Morphing Space

3. Mental Images

4. Malibu Avenue

5. Love Scene

6. Dance Lesson

7. Woodland Watercolors

8. Flower Hill Trail

9. Viciente

10. Morning Ride

11. Sensual Persuasion

12. Silent Waves

13. Haleakala

14. Illumination

15. Sunset Destination

16. Mind Space

17. Stream Garden

18. Finale

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Track List: New Music For Films Vol.1

1. Main Title

2. Big Country

3. Dramatic Ride

4. The Run

5. Getting Ready To Attack

6. Memories Of Maria

7. The Attack

8. Will He Return

9. Quiet Ocean

10. The Battle Begins

11. The Victory

12. Hidden Tears

13. The Fight

15. The Battle Continues

16. Mysterious Discovery

17. Lurking Shadow

18. The Shock

19. Dream Sequence

20. Doomed

21. Threatening

23. Creepy

24. Steven Stole It

Comments

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Love Franke's Babylon 5 soundtrack. Been listening to it for years. Had not heard this before. It's terrific.
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Haven't heard Christopher before...not bad
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marquez5611
Pandora please play this more often.
A great piece.
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When I hear this music my mind and body relax .I forget about work ,stress .I find peace
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Magical and Exotic.. <3..love it..
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dvinsonwfg
Love. TD as well. Always turn this up when it comes around.
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ornevans
Loved TD. It is interesting to see the comments on this interesting artist dwindle to one a year as he drifts into obscurity. Kind of sad like life itself in the end.....
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fernchris55
One of the 4 transformati v e musical influences of my youth; Pink Floyd, Mahavishnu Orchestra, Weather Report, Tangerine Dream.
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lifemanageme n t i n m o t i o n
I love compositions in composing that give way to the magnifence of the heart and the soul that gives expansion and freedom to ones being such as this!
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b.kisacanin
I love Finale from New Music For Films (vol 2)
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Sarah....I want to meet you.....
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He is one of my favorite keyboard players from Tangerine Dream!
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mattc965
Awsome!
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briweav
I like turtles!!!
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Had no idea he did Babylon 5. Excellent work there.
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throbbing... i like that
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<3²
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theewhiterav e n
Christopher Franke rocks my socks! I love all the work he did, i was a big fan of Tangerine Dream and his current stuff, and get recently i discovered that he was in Tangerine Dream, i have so much of there vinyl! its awesome!
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He did great work on the what the bleep movies I just wish that I could find the album to buy in local stores
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I didn't know his name but I was always a fan of Tangerine Dream from the 80's
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Chris Franke, one of the greatest musical geniuses of the 20th and 21st centuries!! Keep up the great work Chris!!

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