Florian Schneider — cofounder of German electronic-music pioneers Kraftwerk, some of the influential music teams of the previous 50 years — has died, a rep for the group confirms to Selection. He was 73.
“Florian Schneider has handed away from a brief most cancers illness just some days after his 73rd birthday,” an announcement from the group reads.
“Within the 12 months 1968 Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider began their creative and musical collaboration. In 1970 they based their digital Kling Klang studio in Düsseldorf [Germany] and began the multi-media challenge Kraftwerk. All of the Kraftwerk catalogue albums have been conceived and produced there. In 2014 Hütter and Schneider have been honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award.”
Whereas Kraftwerk have been acknowledged throughout their 1970s inventive peak as an influential and pioneering outfit — notably by David Bowie, who performed the group’s “Radioactivity” album earlier than his 1976 live shows and even wrote a tribute to the musician referred to as “V2 Schneider” — their affect grew increasingly obvious as synthesizers and different digital devices grew to become distinguished in widespread music, notably with the MTV-powered synth-pop wave of the early 1980s, pushed by teams similar to Depeche Mode and the Human League.
All through the 1970s, Kraftwerk more and more embraced the mechanical sounds of a lot of their music and cultivated a tongue-in-cheek picture of themselves as similar robots that has been typically imitated, notably by Daft Punk, maybe the obvious latest musical progeny.
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