kraftwerk

Elec­tronic mu­sic pi­o­neers

Wallpaper - - October - NC

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

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TOUR DE FRANCE / AERO Dy­namik RALF HÜT­TER / maxime schmitt

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