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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 RatingReleases
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 RatingReleases
1993 New Music for Films, Volume 1 2
1999 epic 2
2000 New Music for Films, Volume 2 1
2001 Best of Babylon 5 1

Album + Live

Year Title RatingReleases
1992 The London Concert 3

Album + Soundtrack

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

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