Kraftwerk – Trans Europe express COVER

July 30, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Classic Kraftwerk tune, video details below:

No copyright infringement intended.
It’s not quite like the original, neither is not intentend to be.

Sequenced parts sequenced on Cubase 5 (several VSTs were used) then audio mixdown passed to Roland SP-404.

Synhts used:
Korg T3ex Master Midi Keyboard
Roland JP-8000
Yamaha AN1x
Roland XP-60 with SR-JV Vintage Synth Board
Roland JV-2080 with SR-JV Vintage Synth Board
Roland V-Synth XT for vocoder sound

Kraftwerk – The model Live COVER

June 2, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

No copyright infrigement intented.
Used for the purpose of criticism and education.

NOTE: This is a live cover. I don’t recorded the ambience sound of the public, bacause it was a small auditorium. Record was done though Mixer REC OUT.

Sequenced parts done on Cubase 5, than passed to Roland SP-404.
Hardware instruments used:
Roland SP-404 sampler
Korg T3 Master MIDI keyboard
Yamaha AN1x
Roland XP 60 fully expanded
Roland V-Synth XT
Roland JV-2080 fully expanded
Korg TR-Rack

Dr Blankenstein’s Circuit Bent “Pocket Calculator” Live Demo

May 5, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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In this video we see a live demo / rehearsal for the Drew Blanke (Dr Blankenstein) for his presentation for MAKE magazine at Moogfest 2014. The jam is based loosely around the Kraftwerk classic “Pocket Calculator” off their “Computer World” album. Keep in mind this is live, and unedited…. just a raw jam on 4 circuit bent pieces.

The pieces include a Mattel Bee-Gee’s “Rhythm Machine” keyboard, Casio ML-831 Musical “Pocket Calculator”, a built from the ground up custom Stylophone and a prototype for the APC2600 V2.6. All pieces have the ILLUMIRINGER device modification kit installed in them, although most of the demo is featuring the pocket calculator in ILLUMIRINGER mode. Only reverb has been added to the mix via the mixer. The beat was made on an Electribe ER-1 and sampled into a Boss loop pedal.

Sorry about the slightly out of tune Stylophone in the beginning, it’s needs to be left on for a bit to warm up and get into tune (kinda like an old moog). Hey, that’s rock n’ roll. It’s worked into the jam nicely… so why not let it roll.

Stay tuned for individual demos of each piece in this video coming at you THIS MONTH (I promise, I know we have been slacking on the videos:) Thanks for watching, please remember to SUBSCRIBE and follow the twitter link up top to stay up to date on the newest Dr. Blankenstein creations.

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Time machine: Kraftwerk Rockpalast 1970

March 27, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Kraftwerk

From the Rockpalast Archive
Mixed Media Show
Soest, Germany
Winter 1970

0. Intro
1. Stratovarius
2. Ruckzuck
3. Heavy Metal Kids
4. Improvisation 1

Das Modell (Kraftwerk cover) – iPad project

March 6, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Used: iPad Mini, Garageband, Amplitube, iRig, Ibanez Mikro, iRig Mic. Music & Lyrics by Kraftwerk Ⓟ
Cover by Alex Agrico

KOE modular THE MAN MACHINE kraftwerk cover

January 17, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Hello World, the man machine cover using the AtomoSynth KOE modular! all sounds come from the KOE modular (except for the drums) including sound effects and the one used with the electroharmonix vocoder, recorded in cubase.

About time !! Grammy: Lifetime Achievement Award to Kraftwerk

January 16, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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Well apart from the obvious – this is about time that Kraftwerk gets this recognition, my main question would be will all four original members be there to receive the prize ;-)

Or perhaps it would be better to send four robots…

From the Grammy.com website:

(In addition to the GRAMMY Awards, The Recording Academy presents Special Merit Awards recognizing contributions of significance to the recording field, including the Lifetime Achievement Award, Trustees Award and Technical GRAMMY Award. In the days leading up to the 56th GRAMMY Awards, GRAMMY.com will present the tributes to the 2014 Special Merit Awards recipients.)

For those listening to radio in the United States in 1975, it must have come as quite a shock. The country was still emerging from the era of granola and natural fibers, and music was still measured by its soul and authenticity. And along came this music that sounded as mechanized as a Ford assembly plant. It was vaguely rhythmic like a busy signal. It had a melody that never stepped out of order. For mainstream audiences, Teutonic pop was born that year in the form of Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn,” and music would never be the same.

Kraftwerk began devising their “robot pop” in Düsseldorf, Germany, in 1970. Their forefathers were such German experimentalists as Can and Tangerine Dream. Kraftwerk founders Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider met as classical music students at the Düsseldorf Conservatory, originally forming the group Organisation and releasing the album Tone Float in the UK in 1969. They disbanded the group and reformed as Kraftwerk (German for “power station”), inspired to craft music more influenced by psychedelic art rock than machinery. By 1973′s Ralf And Florian, Kraftwerk were truly staring down the ghost in the machine. With their follow-up, 1974′s Autobahn, Kraftwerk hit on a trancelike, pulsing electronic rhythm that would set the stage for the nearly countless acts that followed, from rock (the Cars, Eurythmics) to new wave (Devo, Thomas Dolby, Joy Division), pop (Giorgio Moroder), electronic/dance (Moby), and even industrial (Throbbing Gristle).

Though he was being influenced by a number of outside forces at the time, David Bowie’s late ’70s period in Berlin found him adopting Kraftwerk’s electronic overtones and droning rhythms for his albums Low and Heroes, highly influential works in their own right, and reportedly making a direct nod to Schneider with the song “V-2 Schneider,” featured on Heroes.

In a January 2013 article in The Telegraph, music critic Neil McCormick posed the question: “Kraftwerk: the most influential group in pop music history?” McCormick referenced the literally hundreds of Kraftwerk samples used by artists ranging from Afrika Bambaataa to Madonna, Jay Z and Coldplay. But in an interview for the piece, Orchestral Manoeuvres In The Dark’s Andy McCluskey pointed out that Kraftwerk endured the peril of true genius: a lack of appreciation in their own time.

“When [Kraftwerk] started there was a lot of fear of technology,” said McCluskey. “People said, ‘Look at these robot guys making music on computers; this is wrong.’ Well, it turned out that they were absolutely right, not just about music, but in their whole vision of the future man/machine synthesis. And it’s not been scary, we have all embraced it and got on with our lives.”

Christmas with Kraftwerk Episode 1 – 3

December 22, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

Florian gives Ralf a present

From “The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson”, aired on Dec. 10th, 2013
Featuring Josh Robert Thompson

Florian and Ralf exchange gifts

A few Kawai K5000S pads

December 7, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

A few Kawai K5000S pads from the ASL4 library

About the synth:

The K5000 was Kawai’s top of the line music workstation digital synthesizer when it was released back in 1996. It’s a bold and elegantly designed synth with a large LCD display, realtime controls and incredible sounds! The look and functionality is rivals the competition from the time…the Korg Trinity and Kurzweil K2500

Programming sounds with the K5000 can be a breeze (once you learn how) although it has over 1,000 parameters per patch! That’s plenty to play with. It combines additive synthesis and PCM sampled waveforms for you to layer and combine to design a whole range of sounds. Plenty of LFO modulation, filters and envelope controls allow you to shape and morph your sounds further. On-board multi-effects add the final touch of life to your sounds.

Once you’ve created some sounds, there’s the on-board sequencer (K5000W only) for creating songs or loading Standard Midi File sequences (via disk-drive). It has a 40,000 note capacity and 40 tracks. Real-time record and step-edit modes are available and the sequencer is pretty straight forward.

The K5000S (pictured above) adds 12 dedicated knobs for hands-on control of filter, LFO and envelope parameters. There are 4 user-definable knobs and 2 assignable switches. The K5000S also has a 40-pattern arpeggiator on-board with 8 user-definable patterns too! K5000′s have been used by Kraftwerk.

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Reading: New book “Music from Düsseldorf”

November 30, 2013 · Posted in Uncategorized · Comment 

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“Electri_City – Elektronische Musik aus Duesseldorf” is a brand new book that is being prepped for release on the 10th of March 2014 via Suhrkamp Verlag. Described by the publisher as ‘Das definitive Buch zu Kraftwerk, Neu!, La Düsseldorf, DAF, Die Krupps, Der Plan, Liaisons Dangereuses, Rheingold, Propaganda’ you can expect a detailed background on the Düsseldorf scene. That scene has since the 70s and 80s been considered as the electronic popmusic Mekka (let’s hope Allah and co won’t kill us for using this description).

The book is written by Düsseldorf resident and Die Krupps member Rüdiger Esch. In the book he covers the period from 1970 bis till the end of the ‘analog phase’ in 1986. Expect feedback in the book from Wolfgang Flür (Kraftwerk), Bodo Staiger (Rheingold), Gabi Delgado (DAF), Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps), Ralf Dörper (Propaganda), plus remarks from Giorgio Moroder, Ryuichi Sakamoto, Andy McCluskey (OMD), Martyn Ware (The Human League), Glenn Gregory (Heaven 17) and so on.

Still according to the publisher the book will also talk about reality versus myth regarding the scene.

You can order the book right here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.de/ElectriCity-Elektronische-D%C3%BCsseldorf-suhrkamp-taschenbuch/dp/3518464647/ref=sr_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1374060902&sr=1-1

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