Kraftwerk

Formed 1970.
Kraftwerk

Biography

Kraftwerk (, "power station") are a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf, and fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music. According to The Observer, "no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture" and a wide range of artists have been influenced by their music and image. In January 2014 the Grammy Academy honored Kraftwerk with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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BBC Reviews

  1. Review of Autobahn

    Autobahn 2009

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    Its deliberate ambiguity is an essential aspect of its longevity.
  2. Review of Trans Europe Express

    Trans Europe Express 2009

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    A beguiling mix of nostalgia and futurism.
  3. Review of The Man Machine

    The Man Machine 2009

    Reviewed by Colin Buttimer
    Remarkable for its consistency, elegance and absolute deliberation.
  4. Review of Minimum-Maximum

    Minimum-Maximum 2005

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    This is, quite simply, the best way to hear Kraftwerk in a fresh setting.
  5. Review of Tour De France Soundtracks

    Tour De France Soundtracks 2003

    Reviewed by Chris Jones
    They go cycling. They don't give interviews. Every day they turn up at their Kling...
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