BERLIN (AFP)- Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider, co-founder of the pioneering digital music group that re-wired the way forward for pop, has died, the group’s administration stated on Wednesday.
He was 73 years previous. In a press release from Kraftwerk’s publicist in Los Angeles, co-founder Ralf Huetter stated Schneider died following a brief battle with most cancers.
Schneider and Huetter started their inventive collaboration in 1968 as a part of the so-called “krautrock” motion – a broad experimental style mixing psychedelic rock with digital rhythms and early synthesizers, seen as a insurrection towards the Anglo-Saxon pop introduced in by British and American troops.
However Kraftwerk, launched in 1970, hatched a much more singular imaginative and prescient from their Kling Klang studio within the western German metropolis of Dusseldorf.
Their affect on par with The Beatles, the duo crafted the blueprint for genres from new wave to synth-pop, hip hop to rock, industrial to techno.
The almost 23-minute title monitor of their 1974 album Autobahn – the German phrase for freeway – comprised all the first aspect of the LP with a prototypical, hypnotising sound of the long run, punctuated with automobile horns, doorways slamming and ignition.
The commercial clang, sparse preparations and computerised beats of Kraftwerk – which suggests “energy station” in German – introduced worldwide recognition to the group who famously stated they wished to make music extra as machines than as males.
Schneider’s instruments included the electrical flute, violin, electrical guitar and synthesizer. He additionally sang with Huetter, who performed keyboards.
Their haunting bass strains, synthesizer pads and drum machines mixed with robotic vocals captured the eye of a dizzying array of stars previous and current, together with David Bowie, Madonna, Daft Punk and Kanye West.
Born April 7, 1947, Schneider was the son of Paul Schneider-Esleben a distinguished architect whose designs included the Cologne airport.
The musician met Huetter when the pair had been each college students in Dusseldorf, the place they started cultivating their pioneering ideas, tapping into the ubiquity of machines and the rising place of know-how in each day life.
Whereas Autobahn was maybe their best-known album internationally, in addition they discovered world success with Radioactivity (1975), Trans-Europe Specific (1977), The Man Machine (1978) and even the later Tour de France Soundtracks (2003).
The notoriously enigmatic group in 2018 additionally took the Grammy for Greatest Dance/Digital Album for Three-D The Catalogue, a high-tech recreation of their again albums.
They received a 2014 lifetime achievement Grammy however the six-time Rock and Roll Corridor of Fame nominees have but to be chosen for induction into that pantheon of music royalty. They final carried out in Singapore on the Esplanade Live performance Theatre in 2013.