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May 7, 2013

Kraftwerk’s The Model (Live Cover)

Synthesizers by their very nature can be complex beasts that are unforgiving.  There are no real quick startup guides to using a synthesizer, and manufactures can help but add more and more features each time they are resold and iterated.  In the most basic sense, synthesizers are pianos that can become different types of instruments at the touch of a button – the thing is it wasn’t always this way.  The original synthesizers that were used in the early revolution of electronic music were very basic.  Some of them were only capable of playing or becoming one instrument, and multiple synths were needed in order to give us the impression that a band was playing.  Even drums had to be separated into snares and kicks on two different keyboards.

This is also what makes the early music so great – its simplicity.  With less to work with, more of creativity …

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January 22, 2013

Karl Bartos (Formerly of Kraftwerk) Shares “Atomium”

The use of electronic music is so cleverly integrated with pop music these days that we hardly stop to realize the difference.  In major cities you will hardly hear a house or trance song grace the airwaves, but you will hear club music from someone like LMFAO who basically uses an EDM backing to their lyrics.  Face it, regardless of your opinion, it is catchy and infectious.  In the early 2000’s Pharell Williams from NERD was one of the first to use real synth sounds from synthesizer equipment into his radio hits.  The use of electronic elements in music seems to ebb and flow, and resurgence is always on the horizon.

We really have to look back more than 30 years ago to discover what made all of this possible – it was the original electronic explosion that turned heads and divided listeners into their happy sects and genres.  Kraftwerk …

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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 …

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October 6, 2012

Does Kraftwerk Belong In The Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame?

We touched on the recent nominees for the 2013 Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame, and just as we predicted there’s some controversy about the nominees and whether or not they actually deserve to be categorized as Rock & Roll.  Kraftwerk, of all the nominees, sits in a genre of their own and judging by the sound of their music alone, is far from Rock & Roll.

Joel Peresman, the president of the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame stated that the definition of Rock is not set in stone and encompasses many genres within it.  It’s not to say that Kraftwerk wasn’t innovative or worthy of recognition – but do they really want to be lumped into the Rock category?…

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October 5, 2012

Public Enemy, Kraftwerk, Chic, N.W.A., Donna Summer Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

The Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame has inducted many artist and bands who you’d expect to be there.  Typically, artist who have had an impact and longevity in the music industry are suitable candidates to be voted in.  The term “Rock and Roll” might be misleading to some people, consider that non-rock artist have been inducted and nominated as well.

Nominees for this year to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame  include the likes of Deep Purple, Donna Summer, Chic, and Albert King – but candidates like N.W.A. and Kraftwerk are also in the name of nominees, although their genre of music expands way beyond the definition of Rock and Roll.  I’d have to say that Kraftwerk has done more for the genre of EDM than many of these candidates have done for rock.…