Kraftwerk playing live in Frankfurt at “Avantgarde & Pop”, 1974-01-25 (first broadcast on radio hr2-kultur, 5th of April)


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We actually experienced complete silence when the faces for our robots were made. The artist put plaster on our faces to make a mask. You close your eyes and you’re sitting there like you’re in a dentist’s chair. It’s getting dark. Then he puts more plaster on and then it gets darker. Then the last thing they do is put the plaster on your ears—and then it gets very dark. The artist told me that half the people jump out of the chair at this point because they are scared. For me, it was OK. It’s like dying, in a way, but it’s nice. I like the idea that if you close your eyes, it gets dark, but closing your ears gets darker, much darker. It’s totally black. Suddenly, there is nothing.

Ralf Hütter,

Artforum International, May 1, 2012 (source)

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Camera: Canon EOS-1DS
Aperture: f/4
Exposure: 1/13th
Focal Length: 140mm
Exif Data Zoom Kraftwerk photographed by Dave Hogan. Click for full size

Kraftwerk photographed by Dave Hogan. Click for full size

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Kraftwerk @ 9:30 Club, Washington, DC on Friday, April 4, 2014 (photographed by Peter Hutchins on Flickr)

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In 1988 Japanese magazine “Silverstar Club" sent Florian Schneider of Kraftwerk a tape with questions for an interview. Florian returned it with answers in tweaked voices, and the interview was published in a written format. Ten years later (1998) this recording was released as an extra together with a magazine. 

PS. The last sentence sampled in Japanese: “WATASHI NO DENWABANGOU WA HIMIchiteimimi [HIMITSU] DESU.”means “My telephone number is secret.”!


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Ralf Hutter of Kraftwerk and Geoffrey Dicker

(“10 Observations From the Kraftwerk Concert”, a review of the show at United Palace Theater in New York on April 2, 2014 - according2g.com)

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Club Lido in Venice, October 1978. 

Club Lido in Venice, October 1978. 

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Showroom dummies in Venice, 1978 (originally printed on cover of Aktivität fanzine, aktivitaet-fanzine.com)

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