Optical Race

Optical Race
Optical Race

1988 LP album cover
Studio album by Tangerine Dream
Released August, 1988
Recorded April-May, 1988, in Berlin and Vienna
Genre Electronic music
Length 52:39
Label Private Music
Producer Paul Haslinger, Edgar Froese
Tangerine Dream chronology
Optical Race
Miracle Mile
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Optical Race is an album by electronic artists Tangerine Dream, which was released in 1988. Optical Race marked the first appearance of the band on Private Music, founded by former Tangerine Dream member Peter Baumann.[2] It was their first album without Christopher Franke since 1970's Electronic Meditation and the band's first to be programmed largely with a computer, an Atari ST using Steinberg/Jones software. The sleeve of the 12" release and the first release on CD and Compact Cassette features a die-cut outer sleeve with a multicolored inner sleeve.

"Atlas Eyes" is in 5/4 time. "Mothers of Rain" first appeared two years before the album's release, during the band's 1986 European tour. "Turning Off The Wheel" was re-released on the Transsiberia album in 1998 under the title "The Golden Horn". "Optical Race" was played by the group on German TV-Show "Wetten daß?" (moderated by Thomas Gottschalk) in 1988.

Track listing

No. Title Length
1. "Marakesh"   8:17
2. "Atlas Eyes"   4:04
3. "Mothers of Rain"   5:13
4. "Twin Soul Tribe"   4:28
5. "Optical Race"   3:13
6. "Cat Scan"   5:35
7. "Sun Gate"   4:44
8. "Turning off the Wheel"   6:11
9. "The Midnight Trail"   5:54
10. "Ghazal (Love Song)"   5:00


  • Paul Haslinger - composer, musician
  • Edgar Froese - composer, musician
  • Ralf Wadephul - composer
  • Christian Gstettner - studio technician
  • Monica Froese - cover concept
  • Norman Moore - art direction and design


  1. ^ Allmusic review
  2. ^ Berling, Michael. "Optical Race". Voices in the Net. Archived from the original on 2007-10-11. http://web.archive.org/web/20071011123135/http://voices-in-the-net.de/opticalr.htm. Retrieved 2008-02-18. 

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