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RIP Florian Schneider


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This is such a great loss... Florian was the melodic part of Kraftwerk. His flute parts were mesmerising...

 

I discovered Kraftwerk 47 years ago, at the age of twelve. ("a band without guitars..") No other band influenced my synthesizer music more than they did. No any other band had such a great influence on the influencers like David Bowie and Vince Clarke. What would hiphop be without the music of those four boys from Dusseldorf, Germany? EDM, the longest prospering popular music style was heavily influenced by Kraftwerk as well.

 

Wat was the influence of Kraftwerk exactly? For example, EDM as we know it started in 1971. Take about 15 minutes to watch this video:

 

If you have the courage to watch the video from the beginning you can see the audience going into confusion...

 

I was lucky enough to see Kraftwerk playing live for several times. Great, warm parties these gigs were. Before the word 'interaction' was invented Kraftwerk let the audience interact on compact 'pocket calculators' during the performance of the song "Taschenrechner". They inspired me to open up my Casio calculator and soldered an Ibanez Auto-filter on the circuit board. It worked. (hardly)

 

So... all good things come to an end and so did Florian.

:keys: My Music:thx: I always wondered what happened after the fade out?
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