Electronic music group Kraftwerk introduces the robots that will play the concert in their place.
Founded in 1970, the German duo Kraftwerk is regarded as being a pioneer in contemporary electronic music, and in this respect, they have greatly influenced today's electronic scene.
As part of the original formation, Florian Schneider-Esleben and Ralf Hütter released the album Kraftwerk in 1971. It was soon followed by Kraftwerk 2 in 1972 and Ralf und Florian in 1973. The music made by Kraftwerk ("electric plant" in German), which is experimental and avant-garde, is made up of repetitive synthetic sounds, sometimes embellished with a computer-processed voice (the "vocoder" effect). They celebrate the modern world's man-machine alienation. With the arrival of Wolfgang Flür and Karl Bartos in 1974, they became a four-piece, and Kraftwork gained international recognition with the Autobahn album. It was followed by Radio-Aktivität in 1975, Trans Europa Express in 1977, Die Mensch-Machine in 1978... All of these albums were explorations of the technical possibilities offered by electronic machines, synthesisers and drum machines, and were trips into a cold, post-industrial and automated Europe.
After briefly disappearing in the 1980s and a change in the lineup, the group played again - sparingly - on stage during the 1990s and released several compilations in addition to their first live album, Minimum-Maximum (June 2005), proof of their live shows' visual and audio aesthetic.