From Düsseldorf to the Supernatural Plains. The Autobahn to the Midland Hwy. A longtime, long-held, once-in-a-blue-moon dream.
The Robots in Postcode 3333.
Where to begin?
Kraftwerk, quite simply, are the reason music sounds like it does today. Progenitors of pop. Of music as we know it.
The Big Bang was at Kling Klang, West Germany, 1970. Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider’s creative vision made manifest: a futuristic soundtrack for the digital age. Pioneering the most innovative sounds of their generation: shimmering synthscapes, repetitive exhortations, hypnotic loops, all sculpted with purpose into pop songs of the future.
Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine, Computer World are delivered like consecutive gospels: worshipped, absorbed, handed on from generation to generation.
Soundscapes for the dawning of a robotic world. Beauty and romance perceived in the seemingly mundane. A hunger for social change reflected in their hypermetabolic innovation. In place of ego, and the paradigm of the rock star, a sense of collective, playful, poignant humanity. With cause and effect no longer what they seem.
“Sometimes we play the music, sometimes the music plays us…”
The cabling was laid for myriad musical revolutions. For post-punk, synth-pop, hip hop and techno. Specks of Kraftwerk DNA hurtle through the space-time continuum, embedding themselves into Bowie, Spacemen 3, Afrika Bambaataa, Prince, Daft Punk, New Order, Radiohead, Missy Elliott, and every Meredith Music Festival for the last three decades.
Kraftwerk concerts are a true “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art”, bringing together electronic music, computer animations and performance art. As vital as ever, Ralf Hütter, alongside Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen, transcend the corporeal, taking us inside the machine to a singular world all of their making. Humorous, ominous, splendiferous, android-gynous.
Kraftwerk have always known exactly which buttons to push.
And now, they set controls for the heart of the Sup’er Computer.
Musique Non Stop, Saturday Nite.