Kraftwerk: Robots and Electronic Music at NY MoMa

The legendary German band Kraftwerk will play eight consecutive days at New York’s Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), presenting 8 of their albums, under the title “Kraftwerk 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8”. Accompanied by 3-D visuals, the band will present a retrospective of their musical career.

If there is a key group in the history of electronic music, it is without a doubt Kraftwerk. Ahead of their time, they were the first to play music based entirely on the use of electronic instruments. Their experimentation laid the foundation for the establishment of the entire genre. They went so far as to process their voices with a Vocoder or synthesizer to intensify the tone of their sound.

Autobahn, released in 1974, was considered their first commercial success. Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Wolfgang Flür and Karl Bartos would officially be presented to the world as the visible faces of the electronic quartet.

Tour de France, released in 1983, included sounds related to this subject, including bicycle chains, gears changing, and even the breathing of a cyclist.

The German band’s eight days of visual and sound spectacles will begin on 10th April with “Autobahn” and will continue with “Radio-Activity“, “Trans Europe Express“, “The Man-Machine“, “Computer World“, “Electric Café“, “The Mix” and finally the “Tour de France Soundtracks” on 17th April.