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Wednesday, November 24, 2010

video of the day: Kraftwerk - Music Non Stop

Mixtape Sessions. Music for the People.

I was assigned Kraftwerk's "Trans Europe Express" Remastered Collection for class last week and it got me thinking about one of my all-time favorite Kraftwerk tunes, "Music Non Stop", I even had Eddie sing a little of it during "Time Marches On" (peep my "Life and Times" LP for details). Check out this live video from their legendary Minimum Maximum Tour.

German for power plant or power station, Kraftwerk is an electronic music band from Düsseldorf, Germany. The group was formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben in 1970, and was fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008. The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music. In the 1970s and early 1980s, Kraftwerk's distinctive sound was revolutionary, and has had a lasting effect across many genres of modern music.