That Tangerine Dream track was part of the soundtrack to “Risky Business.” It’s hard to believe that you can lump it in the same class as John Tesh and Yanni. In fact, I disbelieve and instead think you’re just playing with us.
Vangelis practically defined the “New Age” genre of electronic music before it became commercial (I would also throw in Jean-Michel Jarre, and later Michael Stearns and Klaus Schonning). “Chariots of Fire” brought electronic music to global prominence when Vangelis won an Oscar for the score.
John Tesh is emblematic of the overproduced, commercialized “New Age” of the late 80’s and early 90’s. So is Yanni. For them, it’s all about the spectacle (see “Tour De France” for Tesh, “Live at the Acropolis” for Yanni, which this clip was from); the music is subsidiary, a delivery system.
Pink Floyd was renowned for their laser show. Did that make their music any less substantial on its own? No. They were musicians first and added the visual elements later, when the technology supported it and audiences appreciated it. It was a bonus.
I’m sure there are people who like John Tesh as a musician. But without the Tour De France and Entertainment Tonight, nobody would know he was any kind of musician at all.