November 30, 2012

New Album From Kraftwerk’s Karl Bartos

When I was a young brat in high school I was part of the marching band.  I had moved up from playing the lowly 2nd clarinet, to center snare in the drum line.  From that moment on, I was hooked on drums and anything that involved drumming.  Naturally I moved on to a cheap acoustic drum set which annoyed the hell out of my parents.  Looking back on it, if I had the money to go for an electronic drum set, I would have – and I would have spared my folks and my neighbors quite a few headaches.

It wasn’t until I got a little older that I decided to learn the history of electronic instruments like synthesizers and drum pads; all of which led me to Kraftwerk.  It was Kraftwerk who started the trend, which was revolutionarly in the early 80’s when it first arrived on the scene.  There are few groups or artists that hold as much weight as this German group who proved that electronic instruments could become a staple in the music making industry.  The group hasn’t released much in terms of new music in the past year, but Karl Bartos has announced the release of a new album “Off the Record”, which supposedly took him two years to accomplish.