The earliest existing concert video of the electronic pioneers Kraftwerk.
Amazing on so many levels. Watch a 48-minute Kraftwerk concert from 1970 at the “carussel of the youth”. It is the earliest existing concert video of these electronic pioneers. The band was just created this same year and could be seen in the original setup.
Kraftwerk (“power station”) are a German band formed in Düsseldorf in 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. Widely considered innovators and pioneers of electronic music, Kraftwerk were among the first successful acts to popularize the genre. The group began as part of West Germany’s experimental krautrock scene in the early 1970s before fully embracing electronic instrumentation, including synthesizers, drum machines, and vocoders.
The release of Autobahn in 1974 saw Kraftwerk moving away from the [more experimental] sound of its first three albums. Hütter and Schneider had invested in newer technology such as the Minimoog and the EMS Synthi AKS, helping give them a newer, “disciplined” sound.
After the 1975 Autobahn tour, Kraftwerk began work on a follow-up album, Radio-Activity. After further investment in new equipment, the Kling Klang Studio became a fully working recording studio. The group used radio communication as the central theme in this new recording, as it had become enhanced on their last tour of the United States.
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