Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by masstronaut » Wed Jan 14, 2009 11:38 am

Excellent, you hardly ever get to such clear footage of them actually playing.

Funny how Florian Schneider looks like he's about to quit any minute. ;)

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by Pilot352 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:25 pm

Strange, Autobahn was said to be the first song to use a vocoder followed by "The Raven" by Alan Parsons. But I saw no use of the vocoder in the video... hmmmm?
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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by Syn303 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:30 pm

Kraftwerk on old UK technology current affairs program "Tomorrow's World" (1975)
More gear shots, and Florian gives us a smile at the end :lol:

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by Syn303 » Wed Jan 14, 2009 12:36 pm

Pilot352 wrote:Strange, Autobahn was said to be the first song to use a vocoder followed by "The Raven" by Alan Parsons. But I saw no use of the vocoder in the video... hmmmm?
Yeah that's wrong. It should be the Radioactivity album (1975) "Die Stimme Der Energie" is the first vocoder track from them. Although on Radioland (track 3) it could be the voocder they are using, but sounds more like Ralf treating his vocals through an EMS Synthi-A they still had at the time.


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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by JJQ » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:11 pm

Ooh, great videos.

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by iProg » Wed Jan 14, 2009 1:18 pm

Nice Minimoog parts.

Wasn't Herbie Hancock early out with vocoder?

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by Happyman » Wed Jan 14, 2009 3:29 pm

I'm sure they used a vocoder on Ananas Symphonie from the Ralf and Florian LP...also Wendy Carlos had been on record a few years before Autobahn using a chorus of Vocoders on the Clockwork Orange soundtrack.

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by masyst » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:21 pm

Pilot352 wrote:Strange, Autobahn was said to be the first song to use a vocoder followed by "The Raven" by Alan Parsons. But I saw no use of the vocoder in the video... hmmmm?
They use the vocoder on the album version of Autobahn, after they say: "Jetzt schalten wir ja das Radio an
Aus dem Lautsprecher klingt es dann" come the part where they use the vocoder.
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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by japan » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:36 pm

Pure electronic art....a shame that Florian wanted to left the band.
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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by Johnny Lenin » Wed Jan 14, 2009 4:58 pm

I want a jacket with electronic lapels that can be play by touch!

As for Florian... he's almost 62 and has been playing in Kraftwerk for almost 40 years. That's a long time to be in the same job.

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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by masyst » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:09 pm

Johnny Lenin wrote:I want a jacket with electronic lapels that can be play by touch!
ImageImage Was it this one you ment? You can read more about it here http://notam.php5.sysedata.no/index.php ... trolldress
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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by japan » Wed Jan 14, 2009 5:21 pm

what a pity! but it's true, he can be bored with the band afbter all these years, but he can do something new with them too, I think.


or maybe a parallel project.


the suit is very cool.
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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by pricklyrobot » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:00 pm

Happyman wrote:I'm sure they used a vocoder on Ananas Symphonie from the Ralf and Florian LP...also Wendy Carlos had been on record a few years before Autobahn using a chorus of Vocoders on the Clockwork Orange soundtrack.
Yep.

This particular piece of equipment was sold at auction in July 2006 (Ebay Item 300001522431). According to the sales description, Kraftwerk's machine was “the mother of all transistorized vocoders, an early 70s prototype custom-built for the German electronic duo.
The device was used for two studio productions, Ananas Symphonie (for synthetic vocals and the rhythm track created in conjunction with lapsteel guitar and rhythm machine) and Kristallo (with rhythm machine and EMS synthesizer). It was also later used to create the sound of the spoken intro for Autobahn. The vocoder contained 12 analysis and synthesis filter channels, 2 compressors for speech or carrier signal and excitation signal inputs, voiced /unvoiced detector and switch board for filter-matrix. It was conceived, built and constructed by electronics engineers P. Leunig (Dipl. Ing.) and K. Obermayer (Dipl. Ing.) from the Physikalisch-Technische Bundesanstalt (PTB), Braunschweig. Later, the well known German music studio engineering and supplier company R. Barth K.G. of Hamburg, Germany, boiled down the know-how gained from this project into the so-called "Musicoder", which was produced in small quantities.


Oh yeah, it is a nice video, by the way.
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Re: Great Kraftwerk video - Autobahn

Post by Happyman » Wed Jan 14, 2009 6:28 pm

Thought so, thanks for the info. Do you remember what the selling price was?

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