The Duesseldorf group Kraftwerk is considered one of the most influential bands in the history of pop music. Now one of the founders of this exceptional band has died unexpectedly at the age of 73.
Florian Schneider was the son of the internationally renowned architect Paul Schneider-Esleben. Influenced by the intellectual background of his family and the proximity to the Düsseldorf art scene around Josef Beuys in the 1960s, Florian Schneider, together with Ralf Hütter, had a decisive influence on the identity of Kraftwerk and the sound of Düsseldorf in the 1970s and 1980s. Together with the electronic music of bands such as Neu! or La Duesseldoerf, this sound gave the city the nickname Electri_city, because it was from here that electronic music began its successful journey. The album AUTOBAHN from 1974 was Kraftwerk’s first album that could no longer be assigned to the „Krautrock“ genre and was a milestone. This album not only laid the foundation for many other musical genres, but also had a lasting influence on the music as a whole.
On the death of Florian Schneider on 30 April 2020, the German-French art and culture channel Arte is once again publishing this revealing and entertaining documentary by Hannes Rossacher and Simon Witter about Kraftwerk from 2013 on youtube.
German version: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y9_wWzNO-8E
Corinne Bahia of Daisy Grow Yellow performing her song „Victoria“ Filmed and recorded live at Stadtgarten, Cologne, Germany
More informations on: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Bv1d-BOVXYc
Paul McCartney: Chaos and Creation At Abbey Road
Since the introduction of multi-track recording technology in the mid-1950s, the recording studio has increasingly developed into a creative place. The musicians no longer just went to the recording studio to record a song or album in one take. This technique ensured that the musicians could further develop the songs while recording in the studio. This enabled high-quality and complex productions as we know them today. A perfect example is the Beatles album “Sgt. Peppers Lonely Hearts Club Band ”, which was produced by George Martin from 1966 to 1967 at Abbey Road Studios using the 4-track process. For those who don’t know this film – Paul McCartney impressively shows in this BBC production from 2005 how the Beatles worked with relatively simple means at that time to realize great masterpieces. From minute 10.57 it becomes interesting when Paul starts to work with the Studer J37 tape machine.
New M 002 P in Motion
Music: National Emergency Mix by Kids in a Toy Store, featuring Koko Kottmann (violin) and Ilan Amores (lyrics, vocals).
The Potential of Noise
From 1970 to the late 1980 Duesseldorf was the mecca of electronic music and even today, 30 years later, this influence is still felt in the city. Thus, the legendary Klingklang-Studio of the band Kraftwerk is located no more than 400 meters from our company and we are often asked by tourists about the way there. Kraftwerk was just one famous band produced by Conny Plank. Other bands and musicians he produced were: NEU, La Duesseldorf, DAF, David Bowie or The Eurythmics. Conny Plank was a genius, visionary and a man of conviction – so he refused a cooperation with the Irish rock band U2, although this band was then on the way up. The musicians and bands that Conny produced unfold in him a potential that they did not even know existed. In this respect, a considerable proportion of their success can be attributed to Conny. The documentary film „The Pontial of Noise“ from 2017 reflects again what happened musically in Europe and especially in Germany in this era based on numerous interviews, pictures and sound documents.
Peter Erskine Trio on M063 H5
Live recorded in Genova, Italy by Roberto “Robbo” Vigo during the Gezmataz Festival, July 13rd 2014 with the Zerodieci Mobile Recording Studio.
Mixed at Zerodieci Studio by Roberto “Robbo” Vigo, Recording Assistant: Luca Nasciuti
Making-of video of „Liza with Ballfinger“ by German art photographer Carsten Sander in March 2019
Music: Lambert & Dekker ‚Another One‘ from the actual album „We Share Phenomena“.
This album is coming soon on strongly limited analog studio master tape – world premiere on HIGH END 2019 in Munich.
Video production: Studio Kruesselmann Germany