Electronic music pioneers
German synth-art-pop outfit Kraftwerk just might be the most influential band of all time. It was these four men and their Minimoogs, rather than punk, which proved the pivot point for pop in the late 1970s. Founders Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider were talking AI and data back when pocket calculators were cutting-edge, and it wasn’t just the music that pointed the way ahead. Their minimal album covers (at a time when people thought Paula Scher’s guitarshaped spaceship for Boston was cool) influenced a generation of designers. As Guest Editors, Kraftwerk previewed a portfolio of 3D-imagery (we thoughtfully provided 3D glasses on the cover), much of which would reappear two years later, in animated form, during a remarkable run of performances at Tate Modern. The issue also pulled in the likes of Peter Saville, Neville Brody, Thomas Demand, and Andreas Gursky, to talk about the band’s broader impact on art and design.
Kraftwerk continue to tour, and this year sent 3D sound and vision spinning around the Royal Albert Hall in London, and played at the Grand Depart of the Tour de France in Düsseldorf.
‘i program my home computer/ beam myself into the future’
TOUR DE FRANCE / 1983
L‘ENFER DU NORD PARIS-ROUBAIX LA COTE D‘AZUR ET SAINT-TROPEZ LES ALPES ET LES Pyrénées DERNIÈRE ÉTAPE Champs-élysées
GALIBIER ET TOURMALET EN DANSEUSE JUSQU‘AU sommet PÉDALER EN GRAND BRAQUET SPRINT FINAL à L‘ARRIVÉE
TOUR DE FRANCE / 2003
RADIO TOUR INFORMATION Transmission Télévision REPORTAGE SUR MOTO CAMÉRA vidéo ET FOTO
LES équipes PRÉSENTÉES LE DÉPART EST DONNÉ LES ÉTAPES SONT brûlées ET LA COURSE EST LANCÉE
LES COUREURS CHRONOMÉTRÉS POUR L‘ÉPREUVE DE vérité LA MONTAGNE LES VALLÉES LES GRANDS COLS LES Défilés
LA FLAMME ROUGE Dépassée MAILLOT JAUNE à L‘ARRIVÉE RADIO TOUR INFORMATION Transmission Télévision
AERO Dynamik / 2003
PERFECTION mekanik AERO Dynamik MATERIEL ET TECHNIK AERO Dynamik CONDITION ET Physik AERO Dynamik POSITION ET Taktik AERO Dynamik
TOUR DE FRANCE / AERO Dynamik RALF HÜTTER / maxime schmitt