The perception of music and its unification with our senses is a well-studied area. I remember being 8 years old, using a pair of (vintage) Technics headphones as a microphone to record all kinds of random noises. “Headphones as a microphone?” you may ask yourself. Well, by using the left side of the membrane as a microphone, it is actually possible. In some way, I figured this out and started recording my own beatboxing sessions and voice-overs.
Spontaneously, along with my daily karaoke sessions sitting on the floor next to my family’s rack-mounted Technics HiFi setup, I soon found tapes (Compact Cassette) with music. Kraftwerk, Yanni, Depeche Mode. Mind was blown. Away. “Sweet music”, I thought. And that was it.
Kraftwerk started my musical journey which led me into the depths of electronic music, experimental music and sound modulation. So it would be a bit of an understatement to say that I’m an avid EDM fan. I dedicated my entire youth to electronic music and soundscaping. And all of it is thanks to one single band. A band that influenced me so much. And my admiration is far and beyond what words can explain.
I’ve recorded a bunch of covers on various Kraftwerk songs. This track is a remix of “The Robots” played on a Yamaha PSR-2000. “We’re the Robots” (Oriental Downbeat remix).
Kraftwerk is back!
The band will perform at Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles, CA on March 18-21, 2014.
Kraftwerk – The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 is a chronological exploration of their sonic and visual experiments, showcasing eight classic master works from across their celebrated repertoire with spectacular 3D visualizations and effects.
Kraftwerk’s technological innovation and minimalism resonates deeply throughout modern music. Their albums have had a worldwide influence across a wide range of music genres.
Kraftwerk’s technological innovation and minimalism resonates deeply throughout modern music. Their albums have had a worldwide influence across a wide range of music genres. With their visions of the future, Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century.
Combining sound and images, the performances showcase 40 years of musical and technical innovation, including new improvisations, 3-D projections and animation. Commencing with Autobahn, each performance covers one of Kraftwerk’s groundbreaking studio albums in full and appear in order of their release — Autobahn (1974), Radio-Activity (1975), Trans Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978), Computer World (1981), Techno Pop (1986), The Mix (1991) and Tour de France (2003) — alongside additional compositions from their back catalog.
- 1 Autobahn (1974), Tuesday, March 18, 7:30 PM
- 2 Radio-Activity (1975), Tuesday, March 18, 10:30 PM
- 3 Trans Europe Express (1977), Wednesday, March 19, at 7:30 PM
- 4 The Man-Machine (1978), Wednesday, March 19, at 10:30 PM
- 5 Computer World (1981), Thursday, March 20, at 7:30 PM
- 6 Techno Pop (1986), Thursday, March 20, 10:30 PM
- 7 The Mix (1991), Friday, March 21, 7:30 PM
- 8 Tour de France (2003), March 21, 10:30 PM
The tickets are not for sale, but you can register for the chance to get access to the tickets on December 11 when they start selling them.
It is possible to buy up to four (4) tickets in total, across the eight shows.
This show will be my second time attending a live concert with Kraftwerk. My previous concert was in Malmoe, Sweden (on Saturday 19 May, 2001) when Karl Bartos was on his tour. His single “15 Minutes of Fame” came out the previous year, in 2000, and he was promoted his new music. The 2014 Los Angeles concerts will be Kraftwerk’s first L.A. dates since 2005.