Kraftwerk As You've Never Heard Them Before

1971 hippy jam      20/08/13

One has the impression that Kraftwerk were formed complete, they entered this world in their plastic totallity from the hull of an alien time machine, bringing us a glimpse of the future of music. Well at least that's my take on it.

Not so, this video shows them (okay only one of the members we know) in full full hippy jam mode, complete with psychedelic video effects worthy of a seventies Top-of-the-Pops special. This would fit in with the trend of the time to go live in the forest and form a musical hippie commune, jamming as a way of life (obviously I'm speculating here). My ears detect the roots of some early Television - I'm thinking Marquee Moon...

While not fully formed as the Kraftwerk we know, indeed flautist Florian Schneider is the only member we know today, guitarist and drummer went on to form influential Kraut Rock band Neu!

Interestingly though, theres a lot of electronic processing going on, the flute looks and sounds like it might be hooked up to a synthesizer of some kind - I can't quite make it out, perhaps an EMS Hi-Fli? - You know what the comments are for...

I also like the fact that there's a clock on Florian's rack - presumably to keep the epic jams from becoming too epic?

 

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Steveo    Said...

Guys, it's not a Hi-Fli , case is wrong , too many sliders and no knobs and the jacks sticking out the top would suggest it's a mixer. Interesting vid tho....

20-Aug-13 05:16 AM


Nick B    Said...

Agreed, unless it was modified, but there's something to the left of it that Florian switches etc which may be something.

20-Aug-13 05:23 AM


anonymous coward    Said...

at 1.40 when he switches the thing on the left you can hear a subsonic synth that adds to the flute tone from that moment on. i wonder what that connection between the flute and the rest of the equipment might be? as midi and breath controllers were not invented by that time it might be a microphone inside the flute fed directly into a synth.

20-Aug-13 06:07 AM


Daniel Oakfield    Said...

Geddy Lee on drum!! That's a surprise :)

20-Aug-13 06:11 AM


GTRman    Said...

Groovy man. Pass me a quaalude.

20-Aug-13 06:51 AM


nativeVS    Said...

It's nice to see some footage of the pre-74 Kraftwerk. This must have been the time when Ralf left the band to finish his university degree in architecture.

20-Aug-13 08:02 AM


re201    Said...

Florian's Flute machine is I believe a variation of the Gibson Maestro W2 Woodwind Synthesizer, and the mixer is an Echolette Panorama Mixer. Quite rare.

20-Aug-13 08:16 AM


noface buck    Said...

Ralf & Florian: best Kraftwerk record ever !

Neu: best trance-punks in dungarees !

Ralf Hutter should have closed his franchise decades ago, it's so pathetic now, after all the efforts he made in trying to keep a perfect image of mystery and concept, now kraftwerk could do music for the wheel of fortune or some TV shopping channel...

Conny Plank was right all the way...

he should have better retired long ago to make cheeses or wines in his castle full of bicycles...

20-Aug-13 09:10 AM


Spinkterbrain    Said...

I'm jelous of their road cone. Every drummer should have a road cone !

20-Aug-13 04:57 PM


CR68    Said...

Drummer was Klaus Dinger(RIP): he went on to great things with Neu! and La Dusseldorf.

20-Aug-13 06:34 PM


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