Friday, 13 April 2012

Kraftwerk Exhibition x MoMA

Kraftwerk - Techno Pop (2009)

The pioneers of electronic music, Kraftwerk - the German group who produced self-described "robot pop", are performing live as part of a running exhibition at New York's MoMA (Museum of Modern Art).

The 'Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8' explores the group's contribution to, and impact upon music - from the new romantic movement to techno, the pair were undoubtedly one of the most influential bands of their genre. Their rhythmic, industrial and minimal but melodic patterns created sound paintings made using synthesizers, drum machines and vocoders - a unique fusion between humans and technology. Their experimentalism introduced both musicians and listeners to a concept in the 70s which was completely alien, in an era where progressive rock, punk and disco were the prominent musical genres.

The exhibition marks the first live retrospective of Kraftwerk, whose name translates into “power plant” in German, and sees the band consecutively perform eight albums in eight days, in chronological order - beginning with Autobahn (1974) and finishing with Tour de France (2003).
During the live performances, on day 5, the band will perform Computer World (1981), using a sequencer, a device which produces the familiar “electro” sound. The device was synonymous with triggering the rise of the techno movement which consisted of groups/artists such as Gary Numan, Visage and Cybotron in the early 80s and Underworld, Orbital, Prodigy, Depeche Mode, Daft Punk and Royksopp among others, in the 90s. 
The group's impact on this genre still remains one of the most commonly sampled sounds in contemporary digital music production.

Kraftwerk - Computer World (1981)

Kraftwerk’s performances are not just about the music, but also a visual art installation, and through their exploration of technical innovation, they have altered and transformed global sound and image culture. 

For more info on the exhibition which is running from April 10 through to April 17, head HERE, but all tickets are now sold out.


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