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Christopher Franke

syn, *1953 DE, Berlin
Musician / Composer of Electronic
A.k.a. Christoph Franke Howard Bedman

Born in Berlin, Germany, Christopher Franke studied classical music and composition at the Berlin Conservatory. Besides developing a love for classical music, Franke also experimented in eclectic music with the electronic/new age band Tangerine Dream between 1970 and 1987. Tangerine Dream enjoyed a very successful run, releasing over 36 albums and several motion picture soundtrack recordings. After leaving Tangerine Dream in 1987 to explore new creative concepts and directions, Franke founded the Berlin Symphonic Orchestra in an effort to combine his signature "musical expressions" with an equal balance of orchestral, ethnic and electronic music. During this period, Franke released his first solo album, Pacific Coast Highway, followed by The London Concert in 1992. In 1994 he released Enchanting Nature, the positive response to that album paved the way for his biggest-selling solo effort to date, The Celestine Prophecy - A Musical Voyage which is considered by many to be one of the most creative new age albums ever produced. This was followed by a unique collaboration, Transformation Of Mind, which paired several poetic readings by Deepak Chopra, along with nine delicate compositions by Franke. While being recognized as a major force in new age music, Franke has also garnered a tremendous amount of attention for several film and television scores including Babylon 5 and Tarzan And The Lost City.

        
Instruments
  • Synthesizer
  • Keyboards
  • Percussion
  • Cymbals
  • Organ
Genres
  • Electronic
  • Soundtrack
  • Rock
  • Classical
Popular Tracks   
Intro 1 on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
Main Title on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
End Credits on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
Epilogue 2 on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
The Priest on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
Opening on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
The Dream on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
Intro 2 on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
Epilogue 1 on Babylon 5: The Lost Tales by Christopher Franke
Gate of the Shimmering Cave on Americana Series: Mountain Aire by Various Artists

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Discography


Title Artist Year Type
Babylon 5: The Lost Tales (Original Soundtrack)Christopher Franke2007Album
Music For Films Vol. 3Christopher Franke2003Album
The Best Of Babylon 5Christopher Franke2001Compil.
Babylon 5: And The Rock Cried Out, No Hiding PlaceChristopher Franke2001Album
New Music For Films, Vol. 2Christopher Franke2000Album
The Calling (Original Motion Picture Score)Christopher Franke2000Album
Celtic JourneyChristopher Franke2000Compil.
Babylon 5: Sleeping In LightChristopher Franke1999Album
Babylon 5: Darkness AscendingChristopher Franke1999Album
Babylon 5: Falling Toward ApotheosisChristopher Franke1999Album
Babylon 5: Objects At RestChristopher Franke1999Album
Babylon 5 The River Of SoulsChristopher Franke1999Album
Babylon 5 - ThirdspaceChristopher Franke1999Album
EpicChristopher Franke1999Compil.
Babylon 5: Whatever Happened To Mr. Garibaldi?Christopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5 - In The BeginningChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: War Without End Part 2Christopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: EndgameChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: The Ragged EdgeChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: The Long NightChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: Interludes And ExaminationsChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: War Without End Part IChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: The Coming Of ShadowsChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: The Fall Of NightChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: Lines Of CommunicationChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: ChrysalisChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: No Surrender, No RetreatChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: Into The FireChristopher Franke1998Album
Babylon 5: The Face Of The EnemyChristopher Franke1998Album
Transformation Of MindChristopher Franke1997Album
Pacific Blue (Original Television Soundtrack)Christopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5: Severed DreamsChristopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5: Shadow DancingChristopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5: Z'Ha'DumChristopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5: A Late Delivery From AvalonChristopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5: Shadow DancingChristopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5: WalkaboutChristopher Franke1997Album
Babylon 5 Volume 2: Messages From EarthChristopher Franke1997Album
Perry Rhodan - Pax TerraChristopher Franke1996Album
The Celestine Prophecy (A Musical Voyage)Christopher Franke1996Album
Bridge To EternityChristopher Franke1996Single
Tenchi The MovieChristopher Franke1996Album
Alchemy Of LoveChristopher Franke1996Single
Morphing Space (The Singles)Christopher Franke1995Album
Night Of The Running Man (Original Soundtrack Recording)Christopher Franke1995Album
Enchanting NatureChristopher Franke1994Album
Babylon 5Christopher Franke1994Album
Raven (Original Soundtrack From The TV Series)Christopher Franke1994Album
KlemaniaChristopher Franke1993Album
New Music For Films: Vol. 1Christopher Franke1993Album
Universal Soldier (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)Christopher Franke1992Album
The London ConcertChristopher Franke1992Album
Pacific Coast HighwayChristopher Franke1991Album
MP3 CollectionChristopher FrankeAlbum
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