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Kraftwerk (pronounced German for "power station") is a German musical group which has made significant contributions to the development of experimental and electronic music. The band was founded by Florian Schneider-Esleben and Ralf HÃ¼tter in 1970, but became widely known as a quartet consisting of Wolfgang FlÃ¼r and Karl Bartos alongside the founding members.
The techniques Kraftwerk introduced, together with the equipment they adopted, are now commonplace in modern music. They have been a major influence on the popular music of the end of the 20th century, often considered of comparable status to The Beatles.
Kraftwerk was founded in 1970 by Florian Schneider-Esleben (flute) and Ralf HÃ¼tter (keyboards), the pair setting up their Kling Klang studio in DÃ¼sseldorf. The two had met as students at the DÃ¼sseldorf Conservatory in the late 1960s, participating in the experimental music scene of the time which the UK music press dubbed "Krautrock".
Early Kraftwerk line-ups (1970-1974) fluctuated, HÃ¼tter and Schneider working with around half a doz...
|music genre|| Electronic music|
|current members|| Ralf Hütter|
|past members|| Wolfgang Flür|