Christopher Franke ‎– Klemania



Scattered Thoughts Of A Canyon Flight 21:57
Inside The Morphing Space 19:58
Silent Waves 3:47

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Cat# Artist Title (Format) Label Cat# Country Year
SICD 8110 Christopher Franke Klemania(CD, Album) Sonic Images SICD 8110 US 1993 Sell This Version
SICD 8110 Christopher Franke Klemania(CD, Album) Sonic Images SICD 8110 Germany 1993 Sell This Version
SI 8504-2 Christopher Franke Klemania(CD, Album, RE) Sonic Images SI 8504-2 US 1995 Sell This Version
SID-6504 Christopher Franke Klemania(CD, Album, RE) Sonic Images SID-6504 US 1998 Sell This Version


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April 28, 2017
edited over 4 years ago
referencing Klemania, CD, Album, SICD 8110

This album was done in the style of 1980s Tangerine Dream, but something is definitely lacking. Symbolically, there is an oversaturated photo of a massive modular synth on this release, but it has no cords or patch cables of any kind attached to it, rendering it just an objet d'art. This statement is reflected in the music as well. Franke, much like his former cohorts, almost fully rejected analog synths as old-fashioned and fully played-out by this time. Along with countless middle-aged New Age musicians in this era, he apparently thought noodly jams with Korg digital presets were the exciting new sound of the future. The result was a glut of boring, thin, breathy "electronic music", a pale imitation of a more creative past. To put it bluntly, this is the sound of sobriety.


June 13, 2015
edited over 6 years ago
referencing Klemania, CD, Album, SICD 8110
Its an interesting release, mostly. The sequencer work seems a little reluctant like he would prefer to be doing other things. I always thought the sequencer patterns were the best part of Tangerine Dream which had a lot to do with Christopher Franke. The use of symphonic style bass drums doesn't work very well here and there because it seems to pull the work into a soundtrack direction-which is the direction CF went into later on, to the dismay of many TD fans. The endless series of Babylon 5 soundtracks from CF was a big let down from a musical point of view. This album also has a kind of 'thin' sound quality here and there which I've never heard before, which gives some of the music an unusually mechanical & sanitized feel, as opposed to the feel of something made by a human to reflect the human experience. Chris can be brilliant. This work isn't pedestrian but its also isn't brilliant. In 1979 CF did a track called 'Chimes & Chains' which was easily as good as anything he did with Tangerine Dream. You would think he would have included that track on this release as a 'bonus track' but it was conspicuous by its absence on this CD as well as on Pacific Coast Highway from CF in 1991 and all the official TD releases I've come across over the years.


May 22, 2006
edited over 15 years ago
referencing Klemania, CD, Album, SICD 8110
Christoph(er) Franke has made his biggest mark post-Tangerine Dream as a soundtrack composer. His first solo album, Pacific Highway, attempted the same compositional style as the band he'd just left, and was relatively good at doing so. Klemania, however, leaves me with the sense that soundtrack composition has taken over his whole creative outlook. The first track in particular strikes me as a string of briefly described soundtrack themes glued together with ornamentations. The second piece achieves a more cohesive feeling, but still suggests many ideas strung together (albeit with more atmosphere than the first track) more than a fully developed, complete composition. The final track is a short one and also does little to distinguish itself. It has a TD-esque arpeggiation that runs through the whole piece, and is otherwise tidy and sparkly, but doesn't really say anything that Franke hasn't said a hundreds of times already. Klemania is worth having if you're a complete nut about TD and all things its various members have done (like me), but is by no means vital.