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Monday 01 May 2017

Kraftwerk 3D: Man & Machine In Perfect Harmony @ The Brighton Centre

After instantly selling out their UK tour within a matter of minutes, electro pioneers Kraftwerk  will be at the Brighton Centre, next month.

The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. 

They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany, where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

By the mid 1970"s Kraftwerk had achieved international recognition for their revolutionaryelectronic sound scapes and their musical experimentation with robotics and other technical innovations. 

The band is notoriously reclusive, providing rare and enigmatic interviews, using life-size mannequins and robots to conduct official photo shoots, refusing to accept mail and not allowing visitors at the Kling Klang Studio, the precise location of which they used to keep secret. 

Another notable example of this eccentric behaviour was reported to Johnny Marr of the Smiths, who explained that anyone trying to contact the band for collaboration would be told the studio telephone did not have a ringer, since during recording, the band did not like to hear any kind of noise pollution

Instead, callers were instructed to phone the studio precisely at a certain time, whereupon the phone would be answered by Ralf Hütter, despite never hearing the phone ring.

With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. 

Their compositions, using innovative techniques, synthetic voices and computerised rhythms, have had a major international influence across an entire range of music genres: from Electro to Hip Hop, from Techno to SynthPop. 

In their live performances, Kraftwerk – Ralf Hütter, Henning Schmitz, Fritz Hilpert, Falk Grieffenhagen – illustrate their belief in the respective contributions of both man and machine.

Starting with the retrospective of their Catalogue at the Museum of Modern Art in New York in 2012, in recent years Kraftwerk have returned full circle back to their origins within the Düsseldorf art scene of the late Sixties. 

Having toured the US, South America and Europe this year Kraftwerk will bring their immersive 3-D multimedia concert experience to the Brighton Centre on Wednesday 7th June 2017. CLICK HERE for more details.

by: Mike Cobley


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