I spent two nights last week wearing 3D glasses in a dark theater, watching four German men in reflective Spandex bodysuits sing about computers, transit, and architecture.
In honor of the pioneering robo-sapien musicians Kraftwerk, DJ Food — a collective of the veteran disc jockeys signed to London's Ninja Tune Records — has curated a mammoth six-volume mixtape series devoted to the German band.
The pioneering German electronic outfit Kraftwerk is playing an eight show retrospective at MoMA in April. EIGHT! Sadly tickets sold out in like three seconds flat and I did not get any. Instead, I will sit and listen to their entire discography in sad solitude.
Kraftwerk's 1977 single "The Robots" is anchored in 1930s ideas of futurism - both Soviet and Nazi - and it illuminates something about our relationship with artificial life forms, argues blogger Justin E.H. Smith.
As Prefix's Andrew Winistorfer points out, this video plays out like a giant homage to the group. The emotionless computer music making is a nod to Kraftwerk's live sets, where they meticulously assemble their songs bit by bit. Titles like Mini Van Highway are a nod to classics such as Trans Europe Express and…
Finally, my bedroom recreations of "Pocket Calculator" (nay, Taschenrechner) will be blessed with the added touch of reality they so obviously deserve: a Stylophone, the late-60s pantheon of touch-controlled synthesizers, is coming to the App Store in December for $6. Music geeks are really going all out on this…
While Cher, Britney, and Kid Rock have twiddled the Vocoder in their day, Kraftwerk was probably the first band to really remind us of the techno-hell we're descending into by opened Autobahn with the magic of a voice distorted with custom electronics.