Kraftwerk Biography

Kraftwerk (, "power station") are a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Dusseldorf, and fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western Classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.

In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music. According to The Observer, "no other band since the Beatles has given so much to pop culture" and a wide range of artists have been influenced by their music and image. In January 2014 the Grammy Academy honored Kraftwerk with a Lifetime Achievement Award.

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Kraftwerk bring 3D show to day two of Latitude Festival

Alt-J, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and Hot Chip also performed at second day of Suffolk bash

  • Jul 21, 2013

Kraftwerk to begin work on ninth album, Ralf Hütter confirms

German electro pioneers are ready to concentrate on their follow-up to 2003's 'Tour De France'

  • Jun 12, 2013

Kraftwerk banned from playing live in China

The electro legends have been refused visas to perform at the Strawberry Festival in Beijing

  • Mar 28, 2013

Kraftwerk to play T In The Park 2013

The German electronic pioneers will join Mumford & Sons, Rihanna and The Killers on the bill

  • Feb 13, 2013

Jarvis Cocker, Professor Brian Cox and more see Kraftwerk play 'The Man-Machine' in London

The fourth night of Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 shows attracts star-studded crowd

  • Feb 10, 2013

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Planet Of Visions (Live)

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The Machine (live)

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Elektro Kardiogramm (Live)

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Minimum Maximum

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Kraftwerk Reviews

Kraftwerk  :  Minimum-Maximum Live

Kraftwerk : Minimum-Maximum Live

Electro pioneers' show-stopper

  • Jun 2, 2005

Kraftwerk : Aerodynamik

...a sexy record...

  • Mar 22, 2004

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