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Kraftwerk: from Düsseldorf experimentation to MOMA artwork in 42 years

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Sasha Frere-Jones' piece in The New Yorker follows German band, Kraftwerk, from their experimental beginnings to their exhibit in the Museum of Modern Art.

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Various styles of music go in and out of popularity, but when a band is featured by the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA) you know they've contributed something special. Sasha Frere-Jones' piece in The New Yorker is a detailed inspection of Kraftwerk's pioneering influence on electronic music, from their start in the late 1960s, to their most recent, eight night long retrospective at MOMA.

The article follows Kraftwerk's experimental beginning in Düsseldorf, Germany, where they were attempting to create a new sound; one that would differ from British and American guitar riffing while at the same time define a unique, post-war musical identity. The bands experimentation with self-modified synths, drum machines, and textural sounds would eventually become the inspiration for producers growing up in a digital age, where the union between man and machine permeates into almost every aspect of modern life. For more reflections on Kraftwerk's contribution to the genesis of electronic music, hold your favorite Korg close and give this piece a good read.