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KRAFTWERK Florian Schneider, uno dei fondatori, se n’è andato – Florian Schneider, one of the founders, has left.

KRAFTWERK Florian Schneider, uno dei fondatori, se n’è andato.
Ricordo come fosse ieri la prima volta che li vedemmo alla Roundhouse di Londra.
Una musica indefinita (a quel tempo) la loro ma che affascinava e ti ipnotizzava. Mitici il loro Autobahn (1974) e Trans Europe Express (1976) con il quale si viaggiava sia in realtà che con la fantasia. Sia in autostop che in treno, quando ancora si poteva viaggiare e trovare amici con poche lire in tasca e le frontiere erano aperte più di oggi.
Schneider era uno dei due cantanti ed un polistrumentista: suonava il sintetizzatore, il vocoder, il flauto, il sax ed altri strumenti.
Dal vivo, il loro concerto era già allora uno show multimediale con computer e tecnologie digitali con suoni ed effetti visivi sempre raffinati e belli. Lo show, seppur con una sorta di futurismo retrò con abiti antracite, camicie rosse e cravatte nere e capelli che parevano brillantinati ti trasportava in una sorta di mix futur-vintage
Avevano già programmato di tornare in Italia per celebrare il 50° anniversario della loro arte musical-tecnologica.

Qui un estratto delle pagine pubblicate tempo fa con fotografie del concerto alla Roundhouse.

KRAFTWERK Florian Schneider, one of the founders, has left.
I remember how it was yesterday the first time we saw them at the Roundhouse in London.
Their music was indefinite (at that time) but of the kind that left fascinated and hypnotized. Their Autobahn (1974) and Trans Europe Express (1976) were legendary, with which you could travel both in reality and with the fantasy. Both by hitchhiking and by train at tehat time you could still travel and find friends with a few lire in your pocket and the borders were open more than today.
Schneider was one of the two singers and a multi-instrumentalist: he played the synthesizer, the vocoder, the flute, the sax and other instruments.
Live, their concert was already then a multimedia show with computers and digital technologies with always refined and beautiful sounds and visual effects. The show, albeit with a sort of retro futurism with anthracite clothes, red shirts and black ties and hair that looked like glitter, transported you into a sort of future-vintage mix
They had already planned to return to Italy to celebrate the 50th anniversary of their musical-technological art.

Here an extract of the pages published some time ago with photos of the concert at the Roundhouse.

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DOCUMENTS of an ERA: KRAFTWERK Roundhouse Concert 1976 … I was there…

Kraftwerk London Roundhouse Concert – ph (c) Enrico Pelos

THANKS FOR THE VISIT

OTHER PHOTOS IN COLOR WILL BE  AVAILABLE SOON IN A FUTURE PUBLICATION

GRAZIE DELLA VISITA

LE FOTO  A COLORI  SARANNO VISIBILI IN UNA FUTURA PUBBLICAZIONE

I Kraftwerk possono essere a buon titolo considerati i “i padri di tutte le musiche elettroniche” (magari insieme ai Tangerine Dreams…) da 40 anni a questa parte…
Il gruppo, di origine tedesca, formatosi a Dusseldorf nel 1970, era già un pò conoscituo in certi ambienti, ma questi strani musicisti che si muovevano come robots e che “emettevano” strani suoni sarebbero stati i precursori di una moltitudine di genere musicali. Non a caso Il MOMA ( Museum Of Modern Arts) di New York dedica a loro in questi giorni la prima “esposizione vivente” delle loro storia.
Nel 1976 vivevo a Londra e, conoscendoli, non potevo perdere la loro esibizione di “Authoban” e “Trans Europe Express” alla mitica Roundhouse. Certamente un mito musicale.

Kraftwerk can be rightfully considered the “fathers of all electronic musics” (perhaps together with Tangerine Dreams…) for more than 40 years now …
The group of German origin, formed in 1970 in Dusseldorf, was already a little known in certain environments, but these strange musicians that they did move like robots and “emitting” strange sounds were the forerunners of a multitude of musical genres. It is not a case that the MOMA (Museum Of Modern Art) in New York is dedicating to them the first “living exhibition” of their history …
In 1976 I was living in London and, knowing them, I would not miss their performance of di “Authoban” and “Trans Europe Express” at the legendary Roundhouse. Certainly a musical myth

…In this quote there are proofs that Kraftwerk at least used one slide during this concert in september 1975 in the Uk. But since the texts is somewhat vague you could also read it as if they showed different static slides during the concert. So maybe Kraftwerk started using the slides first when they came back to Europe after the American tour or perhaps even on some of the concerts on the American tour.

PHOTO IS THE ONLY LIVE PHOTAGE FROM THE CONCERTS OF 1975-76 KRAFTWERK HAS EVER RELEASED OFFICIALY (and in this respect my photos are almost unique, note of photos author)

Here is the full research by Andréas Hagström for which I thank for the courtesy of publication.

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