As innovative as they are influential, Kraftwerk's contribution to the development of electronic music since their formation in 1970 remains unsurpassed. Having inspired everyone from Bowie to Coldplay, Siouxsie to Radiohead, this bizarre collective has also proven partly responsible for entire genres to emerge - electronica, techno and synth-pop to name but three. This feature reviews the career and music of Kraftwerk, from their inception in the late 1960s (as pre-Kraftwerk ensemble Organisation), through their most celebrated period in the mid-1970s, and culminating with their resurgence during the 1980s with the popularity of synth-pop and techno. The film further explores how Kraftwerk both fitted into and pulled away from the electronic wing of what is often lazily referred to as 'Krautrock'. Sparing time also for many of the group's contemporaries from the same field, and tracing the unfolding of electronics in German contemporary music generally, this programme presents a fascinating story previously untold on film.
Features Include: - Rarely seen live and performance footage of Kraftwerk and of other Electronic and 'Krautrock' bands - much from private collections. - Exclusive and extensive interviews with: ex - Kraftwerk members Karl Bartos and Klaus Roder; other German ambient and electronic musicians, Dieter Moebius (Kluster/Harmonia), Hans Joachim Rodelius (Kluster/Harmonia), Klaus Schulze (Tangerine Dream/Ash Ra Tempel /Solo), Wolfgang Siedel (Eruption/Tangerine Dream/Kluster), Conrad Schnitzler (Kluster/ Solo) and Klaus Lohmer (engineer, Kraftwerk album) - Contributions, review and enlightenment from German academics, writers and journalists, Professor Diedrich Diedrichsen (German Sounds), Ingeborg Schober (German Sounds), Manfred Gillig-Degrave (Stereoplay, Audio, Musikwoche) - and from the UK, David Stubbs (Melody Maker, Wire), Mark Prendergast (author The Ambient Century), Edwin Pouncey (Sounds), David Ball (Soft Cell/The Grid), Rusty Egan (Visage/The Blitz Club) - Rare photographs of Kraftwerk and others - Live and studio recordings of many of Kraftwerk's pivotal tracks, including: Ruckzuck, Kling Klang, Autobahn, Radio-Activity, Trans Europe Express, The Robots, The Model, Metropolis, Pocket Calculator and many others - Live and studio recordings of many other bands from the 'Krautrock' movement
Karl Bartos, Dieter Moebius, Hans-Joachim Roedelius, Klaus Schulze