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Christopher Franke (born 6 April 1953, Berlin) is a German musician and composer. From 1971 to 1987 he was a member of the electronic group Tangerine Dream. Initially a drummer with The Agitation, later renamed Agitation Free, his primary focus eventually shifted to keyboards and synthesizers as the group moved away from its psychedelic rock origins. While he was not the first musician to use an analog sequencer, he was probably the first to turn it into a live performance instrument, thus laying the rhythmic foundation for classic Tangerine Dream pieces and indeed for the whole Berlin school sound.

After his departure from the group, he founded the Sonic Images record label, a New Age music label called Earthtone and the Berlin Symphonic Film Orchestra, and produced a number of solo music works. After leaving Tangerine Dream, his only live concert was on Oct 9, 1991 at the Astoria Theatre in London. He performed on stage with Edgar Rothermich (aka Richard E. Roth) who is also his producer and engineer on all his solo projects and film music after 1990.

Christopher Franke moved to Los Angeles, California in 1991 to pursue film work. In 1995 he scored the AFI short, Requiem. He may be best known for composing the music for the science fiction television series Babylon 5, as well as the score of the anime movie Tenchi Muyo! in Love and in 2005 the music for German musical Ludwig² (with Konstantin Wecker).

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Discography

Album

Year Title Rating Releases
1991 Pacific Coast Highway 1
1995 Klemania 1
1996 The Celestine Prophecy 3
1997 Transformation of Mind 1
1998 Enchanting Nature (Remixes in Earthones) 1

Album + Compilation

Year Title Rating Releases
1993 New Music for Films, Volume 1 Compilation 2
1999 epic Compilation 2
2000 New Music for Films, Volume 2 Compilation 1
2001 Best of Babylon 5 Compilation 1

Album + Live

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 The London Concert Live 3

Album + Soundtrack

Year Title Rating Releases
1992 Universal Soldier Soundtrack 1
1993 Raven Soundtrack 2
1994 Babylon 5 Soundtrack 3 4
1996 Perry Rhodan: Pax Terra Soundtrack 3 2
1996 Tenchi the Movie: Tenchi Muyo in Love Soundtrack Soundtrack 2
1997 Babylon 5, Volume 2: Messages From Earth Soundtrack 2
1997 Babylon 5: A Late Delivery From Avalon Soundtrack 3 2
1997 Babylon 5: Severed Dreams Soundtrack 2
1997 Babylon 5: Shadow Dancing Soundtrack 3 2
1997 Babylon 5: Walkabout Soundtrack 3 2
1997 Babylon 5: Z'Ha'Dum Soundtrack 3 2
1998 Babylon 5: Interludes and Examinations Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: Into the Fire Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: No Surrender, No Retreat Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: The Face of the Enemy Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: The Fall of Night Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: The Ragged Edge Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: Chrysalis Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: Endgame Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: In the Beginning Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: Lines of Communication Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: The Coming of Shadows Soundtrack 3 1
1998 Babylon 5: The Long Night Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: War Without End, Part 1 Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: War Without End, Part 2 Soundtrack 1
1998 Babylon 5: Whatever Happened to Mr. Garibaldi? Soundtrack 1
1999 Babylon 5: Thirdspace Soundtrack 3 1
1999 Babylon 5: Darkness Ascending Soundtrack 1
1999 Babylon 5: Falling Toward Apotheosis Soundtrack 1
1999 Babylon 5: Objects at Rest Soundtrack 1
1999 Babylon 5: Sleeping in Light Soundtrack 2
1999 Babylon 5: The River of Souls Soundtrack 1
2000 The Calling Soundtrack 1
2001 Babylon 5: And the Rock Cried Out, No Hiding Place Soundtrack 1
2007 Babylon 5: The Lost Tales Soundtrack 1
Tenchi-Muyo in Love Soundtrack 1
What tнē β𝐿ϵ̅ϵ⃗𝛲 D̄ө ωΣ (k)πow!? Soundtrack 1

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