Kraftwerkis a German word meaning power plant. Kraftwerk is also a musical group from Dusseldorf, Germany. The group was very influential in the world of improvisational rock and electronic music. This style of music later became known as synthpop, electro, techno, house and IDM. The group has been credited with hiphop and industrial style of music. The group was very popular in the mid 1970's and the 1980's.
The band was formed in 1970 by Florian Schneider-Esleben (plays flutes, synthesizers, electro-violin) and Ralf Hutter (plays electronic organ and synthesizers). Both of them were students at the Dusseldorf Conservatory in the 1960's. The two performed together as part of a quintet called, Organisation. Together they released one album called, Tone Float, under the RCA Records label in the U. K.. After that the group split up. Florian and Ralf set up their own studio in Dusseldorf, and called it Kling Klang. The two recruited other members of the Kraftwerk band and changed lineups several times between 1970 and 1974. They recorded 3 albums and had several appearances during this time. Konrad Plank was the bandís producer/engineer and was a great help to the band. He produced the groupís first 4 albums then quit because of some differences in opinion. The band took a long leave of absence and did not make any more appearances until 1990 and they again went on tour. Their first appearances, at this time, were in the United States and Japan were in 1998. This was their first appearance since the Computer World seventeen years earlier
Expo 2000, was the bandís first new song in 13 years and they released it in 1999. The band released their first live album called, Minimum- Maximum, in June, 2005. The album was a combination of the shows they performed on their tour in the spring of 2004. The album was received very well and had very positive reviews. The album was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Eletronic/ Dance Album. A 2 DVD set of the album was released in December, 2004. The DVD featured live footage of the band performing the tracks of the album in different places around the world. In September, 2007, the group released a new single remix by the group called, Hot Chip. The remixes were, Aerodynamik, and La Forme. Both of these tracks were taken from the, Tour de France Soundtracks album, which was released in 2003.
Kraftwerk has released a total of 12 albums, 8 compilations, 27 singles, 1 DVD, to date and are still going strong. Who knows how many performances will be made or how many more albums will be released before they rest. Their tours are not easy for them because it is not easy for them to travel with all of the heavy equipment needed for their performances.
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