MoMa Presents Retrospective of Kraftwerk

New York’s MoMa is presenting for eight consecutive days the work of one the world’s most innovative and revolutionary techno bands, Kraftwerk.

From the Beach Boys to the Beastie Boys, countless musicians have borrowed and learned from this enigmatic, eccentric group, the frontiersmen of techno music.

Founded in 1970 by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider (who left the band in 2008), Kraftwerk was at the epicenter of a groundbreaking German musical new wave that influenced musicians to this day. Their Klingklang studio in Dusseldorf served as a laboratory for the technology the band has patented such as their electronic drum kit with sensor pads and others.

The museum’s retrospective of the  Dusseldorf-born musicians featured a nightly performance and 3-D shows of each of  Kraftwerk’s   albums in chronological order—Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991), and Tour de France (2003).

Kraftwerk was ahead of its time in creating sounds and visuals that “capture the human condition in the age of mobility and telecommunication.”

“ Their innovative looping techniques and computerized rhythms, which had a major influence on the early development of hip-hop and electronic dance music, remain among the most commonly sampled sounds across a wide range of music genres,” the MoMa website explains.

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