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Kraftwerk
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Kraftwerk is a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf, and fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008. The two had previously been members of Organisation. 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 was one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered to be pioneers. In the 70s and early 80s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music.
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Releases on file (14)
Various Artists — Romantic Warriors IV - Krautrock Part 1 Various Artists — Romantic Warriors IV - Krautrock Part 1
(Zeitgeist Media no#, 2019, DVD)
Various Artists — Kopf Musik Various Artists — Kopf Musik
(Fruits de Mer crustacean 79, 2017, 3CD)
Kraftwerk — Minimum-Maximum Kraftwerk — Minimum-Maximum
(Astralwerks 7243 5 60611 2 5, 2005, CD)
Kraftwerk — Tour de France Soundtracks Kraftwerk — Tour de France Soundtracks
(Astralwerks 708761804225, 2003, CD)
Kraftwerk — The Mix Kraftwerk — The Mix
(Kling Klang 50999 9 66052 2 , 1991/2009, CD)
Kraftwerk — Electric Cafe Kraftwerk — Electric Cafe
((Not on label) 1-25525, 1986/2006, CD)
Kraftwerk — Computerwelt (Computer World) Kraftwerk — Computerwelt (Computer World)
(Kling Klang 50999 9 66023 2 , 1981/2009, CD)
Kraftwerk — Die Mensch-Maschine (Man Machine) Kraftwerk — Die Mensch-Maschine (Man Machine)
(Astralwerks 50999 3 08302 2 , 1978/2009, CD)
Kraftwerk — Trans Europa Express Kraftwerk — Trans Europa Express
(Astralwerks 50999 3 08303 2 , 1977/2009, CD)
Kraftwerk — Radio-Aktivität (Radio-Activity) Kraftwerk — Radio-Aktivität (Radio-Activity)
(Astralwerks 50999 3 08301 2 , 1975/2009, CD)
Kraftwerk — Autobahn Kraftwerk — Autobahn
(Astralwerks 50999 3 08300 2 , 1974/2009, CD)
Kraftwerk — Ralf & Florian Kraftwerk — Ralf & Florian
((Not on label) WERK 3, 1973/1995, CD)
Kraftwerk — Kraftwerk 2 Kraftwerk — Kraftwerk 2
((Not on label) WERK 2, 1972/1995, CD)
Kraftwerk — Kraftwerk Kraftwerk — Kraftwerk
((Not on label) WERK1, 1970/1995, CD)

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