Author(s): Uwe Schutte
'If you pay attention to the noises made by your car, H?tter explained, "you'll realize that it is a musical instrument"'. So many of Kraftwerk's innovations have become absorbed into the mainstream that it is sometimes hard to remember just how innovative, strange and avant-garde they were. Ignoring almost all rock traditions, working in near total secrecy in their Dusseldorf studio, releasing new material sometimes at very long intervals, Kraftwerk also revolutionized stage presentation and, through their obsession with design and presentation, linked their work to the traditions of Bauhaus and 1920s German aesthetics. Kraftwerk- Future Music from Germany brilliantly describes how a genuinely new, strange and powerful sound stemmed from years of restless experimentation and from the unique atmosphere both of the West German state and of a wider Rhineland industrial avant-garde.