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Electronic : From Kraftwerk To The Chemical Brothers

    At more than 120 bpm, electronic music sets the tempo on dancefloors around the globe. Accompanying the exhibition Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers, this book offers an insight into the visual culture of electronic music, and how technology, design, art and fashion have contributed to its power. With its roots in Detroit and Chicago in the early 1980s, electronic dance music was popularised across Europe through underground rave parties.

    Its impact on contemporary culture is still unfolding today. Containing interviews with early pioneers such as techno legend Jeff Mills, The Designers Republic's Ian Anderson, and those pushing the political dimension of electronic music, such as ballroom dancer and DJ Kiddy Smile, Electronic bears witness to the shifting nature of the genre. Illustrated with over 300 images, some published here for the first time, Electronic features Jean-Michel Jarre's virtual studio; work by pioneer Daphne Oram of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop; audiovisual performances by musicians like Bicep and the Chemical Brothers; fashion collections by Raf Simons and Charles Jeffrey of Loverboy; iconic photography by Jacob Khrist and Tina Paul; artwork by Christian Marclay; club graphics from Peter Saville and Mark Farrow; and iconic venues such as the Hac ienda, Gatecrasher, Fabric, Berghain and the Warehouse Project.

    Reflecting the shifts in society over the past thirty years, electronic music has generated distinct visual languages as well as its own political and cultural ideals.

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    Javi says: Posters, circuit boards, nightclubs and album art - a gorgeous compendium of all things electro

    Kraftwerk

    Tour De France - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

      The year 2003 marked the centenary of the Tour de France, the conceptual starting line for Kraftwerk's first album for over a decade. Although it features an immaculate new version of a 20-year-old former single, the exquisitely graceful "Tour de France", pop nostalgia is not on the menu. From the chunky cyber-funk of "Vitamin" to the restless metallic shimmers of "Aéro Dynamik", this is emphatically the sound of 21st century techno visionaries. 

      Kraftwerk

      Trans Europe Express - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

        Kraftwerk celebrate Europe's romantic past and shimmering future with a glistening panorama of elegance and decadence, travel and technology. The infinite vistas of "Europe Endless" and "Endless Endless" bookend the album, which includes the unsettling Kafka-esque fable "The Hall Of Mirrors" and the hilarious "Showroom Dummies" - Kraftwerk's elegantly ironic reply to critiques of their deadpan manner. But it is the streamlined rhythmic locomotive of "Trans Europe Express" which dominates with its doppler-effect melodic swerves and hypnotic, pneumatic, piston-pumping rhythm. Along with its sister track, "Metal On Metal" which New York DJ Afrika Bambaataa would re-construct five years later for his own seminal "Planet Rock", this milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop & sampling, electro and industrial music. Poetry in motion. 

        Kraftwerk

        Computer World - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

          Kraftwerk beam themselves into the future by writing about home computers, online dating and globalised electronic surveillance years before these phenomena truly come into being. A journey into the bright hopes and dark fears of the booming microchip revolution, "Computer World" is a serenely beautiful and almost seamless collage of sensual melodies and liquid beatscapes. Tracks like "Numbers" and "Pocket Calculator", with their weightless bleeps and elastic beats, predict the silky rhythms of Chicago house and inspire a generation of Detroit techno artists. Kraftwerk's fanfare for the silicon age still sounds ageless, timeless and throbbing with invention. 

          Kraftwerk

          Techno Pop - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

            Kraftwerk return from five years of silence to reclaim their throne as leaders of a machine-pop revolution that they themselves began over a decade before. Their "Techno Pop" album, first released under the name "Electric Café" but now restored to its originally intended title, provides a 360-degree overview of a multi-lingual, multi-channel, musically diverse global village. From the block-rocking beats of "Boing Boom Tschack" to the electronic funk and computer animation of "Musique Non Stop", Kraftwerk soar into the digital age. Their first excursion into digital recording finds both beauty and unease in a polyglot world of permanent media overload. Once again, Dusseldorf's test pilots of the musical future effortlessly break new ground. 

            Kraftwerk

            The Mix - Coloured Vinyl Reissue

              Kraftwerk's first fully digital album confirmed their clubland credentials and reworked 11 of their best-loved tunes for a new generation. Painstakingly reconstructed and sequenced in the band's Kling Klang studio, new versions of tracks like "The Robots", "Trans Europe Express" and "Home Computer" now feature more funky rhythms and cleaned-up, liquid-crystal sounds. A stark warning about pollution at Sellafield is added to the glistening overhaul of "Radioactivity", sparking a war of words with British Nuclear Fuels. But most of all, "The Mix" is a career-spanning collection of legendary electro anthems and a classy acknowledgment of the two-way traffic between Kraftwerk and club culture. 

              Kraftwerk

              Computerwelt - German Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                VERY LIMITED GERMAN EDITION OF THE ALBUM.

                The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

                Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

                Kraftwerk

                Radio-Aktivität - German Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                  VERY LIMITED GERMAN EDITION OF THE ALBUM.

                  The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

                  Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

                  Kraftwerk

                  Trans Europa Express - German Coloured Vinyl Reissue

                    VERY LIMITED GERMAN EDITION OF THE ALBUM.

                    The multi-media project Kraftwerk was started in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. They set up their electronic Kling Klang Studio where they conceived and produced all Kraftwerk albums. 

                    Kraftwerk created the soundtrack for the digital age of the 21st century. AUTOBAHN 1974, RADIO-ACTIVITY 1975, TRANS EUROPE EXPRESS 1977, THE MAN-MACHINE 1978, COMPUTER WORLD 1981, TECHNO POP 1986, THE MIX 1991, TOUR DE FRANCE 2003. Their compositions, using innovative techniques, electronic sounds and synthetic voices combined with computerised rhythms, had a major musical influence on Electro, Hip Hop, Techno and Synth-Pop.

                    Kraftwerk

                    3-D The Catalogue

                      Released to coincide with Kraftwerk’s forthcoming June 2017 tour – their first UK dates since the breathtaking shows witnessed at the Tate Modern in 2013 – Parlophone are proud to announce the release of Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue on 26th May. This is the ground-breaking 3-D Kraftwerk Concert brought thrillingly to life, developed using high definition 3-D visuals, with Dolby Atmos surround sound and presented to the technological and audio standards one would associate and indeed come to expect from the pioneering Germans led by founder Ralf Hütter. For the very first time, every Kraftwerk fan can now experience a "Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art” in the comfort of their own home. Kraftwerk 3-D The Catalogue is released across a number of formats including: Blu-Ray, Vinyl, CD, and DVD.
                       
                      3-D The Catalogue features new recordings of Kraftwerk’s 8 classic albums performed / filmed at various locations around the world between 2012-2016 and mixed at the band’s own state-of-the-art, Kling Klang Studio, Düsseldorf


                      Kraftwerk

                      The Mix - 2009 Digital Remaster

                        Kraftwerk's first fully digital album confirmed their clubland credentials and reworked 11 of their best-loved tunes for a new generation. Painstakingly reconstructed and sequenced in the band's Kling Klang studio, new versions of tracks like "The Robots", "Trans Europe Express" and "Home Computer" now feature more funky rhythms and cleaned-up, liquid-crystal sounds. A stark warning about pollution at Sellafield is added to the glistening overhaul of "Radioactivity", sparking a war of words with British Nuclear Fuels. But most of all, "The Mix" is a career-spanning collection of legendary electro anthems and a classy acknowledgment of the two-way traffic between Kraftwerk and club culture.


                        TRACK LISTING

                        1. The Robots (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        2. Computer Love (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        3. Pocket Calculator (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        4. Dentaku (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        5. Autobahn (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        6. Radioactivity (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        7. Trans Europe Express (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        8. Abzug (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        9. Metal On Metal (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        10. Home Computer (2009 Digital Remaster)
                        11. Music Non Stop (2009 Digital Remaster)

                        Kraftwerk

                        Autobahn - 2009 Digital Remaster

                          With its iconic Emil Schult sleeve, Kraftwerk release their international breakthrough album. The symphonic title track, an epic ode to the joys of motorway travel, wraps a mesmerising motorik rhythm around a sampled collage of car horns, engine noise, whirring tyres and radio crackle. In edited form, it becomes a revolutionary hit single around the world. Elsewhere, in wordless industrial folk music, the band reveal both their light and dark sides – "Mitternacht" is all creeping midnight shadows, while "Morgenspaziergang" is fresh with morning dew and birdsong. Two versions of "Kometenmelodie", one a starkly gothic prowl, the other a sunny electro boogie, provide further instrumental sound paintings. Pure and strong and bold, Kraftwerk compose cinema for the ears. The pop world falls in love with them.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Autobahn (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          2. Kometenmelodie 1 (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          3. Kometenmelodie 2 (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          4. Mitternacht (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          5. Morgenspaziergang (2009 Digital Remaster)

                          Kraftwerk

                          Tour De France - 2009 Digital Remaster

                          The year 2003 marked the centenary of the Tour de France, the conceptual starting line for Kraftwerk's first album for over a decade. Although it features an immaculate new version of a 20-year-old former single, the exquisitely graceful "Tour de France", pop nostalgia is not on the menu. From the chunky cyber-funk of "Vitamin" to the restless metallic shimmers of "Aéro Dynamik", this is emphatically the sound of 21st century techno visionaries.


                          TRACK LISTING

                          1. Prologue (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          2. Tour De France Étape 1 (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          3. Tour De France Étape 2 (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          4. Tour De France Étape 3 (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          5. Chrono (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          6. Vitamin (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          7. Aéro Dynamik (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          8. Titanium (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          9. Elektro Kardiogramm (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          10. La Forme (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          11. Régéneration (2009 Digital Remaster)
                          12. Tour De France (2009 Digital Remaster)

                          Kraftwerk

                          Computer World - 2009 Digital Remaster

                            Kraftwerk beam themselves into the future by writing about home computers, online dating and globalised electronic surveillance years before these phenomena truly come into being. A journey into the bright hopes and dark fears of the booming microchip revolution, "Computer World" is a serenely beautiful and almost seamless collage of sensual melodies and liquid beatscapes. Tracks like "Numbers" and "Pocket Calculator", with their weightless bleeps and elastic beats, predict the silky rhythms of Chicago house and inspire a generation of Detroit techno artists. Kraftwerk's fanfare for the silicon age still sounds ageless, timeless and throbbing with invention.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Computer World (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            2. Pocket Calculator (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            3. Numbers (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            4. Computer World 2 (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            5. Computer Love (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            6. Home Computer (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            7. It's More Fun To Compute (2009 Digital Remaster)

                            Kraftwerk

                            Radio-Activity - 2009 Digital Remaster

                            Kraftwerk embrace the atomic age with mixed emotions. Surfing on sine waves, scanning the stratosphere for stray radio signals, they plug themselves into a buzzing grid of energy and communication. From the stately eco-angst anthem "Radioactivity" to the synthetic Gregorian chants of "Radio Stars" and the melancholy machine processional of "Ohm Sweet Ohm", a sombre but engrossing monumentalism dominates. With heavily processed vocals in both German and English, Kraftwerk go global with depth and majesty. If factories and power stations are the new cathedrals, they write liturgies for a new industrial epoch.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. Geiger Counter (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            2. Radioactivity (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            3. Radioland (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            4. Airwaves (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            5. Intermission (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            6. News (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            7. The Voice Of Energy (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            8. Antenna (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            9. Radio Stars (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            10. Uranium (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            11. Transistor (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            12. Ohm Sweet Ohm (2009 Digital Remaster)

                            Kraftwerk

                            The Man Machine - 2009 Digital Remaster

                            A bold new look, sound and concept for Kraftwerk. Over supple processed rhythms which predate the rise of European techno and trance, they address automation and alienation, space travel and engineering, the seductive allure of urban landscapes and the vacant glamour of celebrity. Clipped and funky, "The Robots" adds another dimension to Kraftwerk's ultra-dry sense of humour. Behind its intoxicating melodic pulse, "The Model" is a highly prophetic satire on the beauty industry, so ahead of its time that it only becomes a UK chart-topper by accident three years later. And "Neon Lights" is Kraftwerk's most achingly romantic song to date, a sci-fi lullaby for cities at twilight. Pure magic.


                            TRACK LISTING

                            1. The Robots (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            2. Spacelab (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            3. Metropolis (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            4. The Model (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            5. Neon Lights (2009 Digital Remaster)
                            6. The Man Machine (2009 Digital Remaster)

                            Kraftwerk

                            Trans Europe Express - 2009 Digital Remaster

                              Kraftwerk celebrate Europe's romantic past and shimmering future with a glistening panorama of elegance and decadence, travel and technology. The infinite vistas of "Europe Endless" and "Endless Endless" bookend the album, which includes the unsettling Kafka-esque fable "The Hall Of Mirrors" and the hilarious "Showroom Dummies" - Kraftwerk's elegantly ironic reply to critiques of their deadpan manner. But it is the streamlined rhythmic locomotive of "Trans Europe Express" which dominates with its doppler-effect melodic swerves and hypnotic, pneumatic, piston-pumping rhythm. Along with its sister track, "Metal On Metal" which New York DJ Afrika Bambaataa would re-construct five years later for his own seminal "Planet Rock", this milestone in avant-pop modernism later becomes a crucial influence on the early pioneers of hip-hop & sampling, electro and industrial music. Poetry in motion.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Europe Endless (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              2. The Hall Of Mirrors (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              3. Showroom Dummies (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              4. Trans Europe Express (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              5. Metal On Metal (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              6. Abzug (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              7. Franz Schubert (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              8. Endless Endless (2009 Digital Remaster)

                              Kraftwerk

                              Techno Pop - 2009 Digital Remaster

                              Kraftwerk return from five years of silence to reclaim their throne as leaders of a machine-pop revolution that they themselves began over a decade before. Their "Techno Pop" album, first released under the name "Electric Café" but now restored to its originally intended title, provides a 360-degree overview of a multi-lingual, multi-channel, musically diverse global village. From the block-rocking beats of "Boing Boom Tschack" to the electronic funk and computer animation of "Musique Non Stop", Kraftwerk soar into the digital age. Their first excursion into digital recording finds both beauty and unease in a polyglot world of permanent media overload. Once again, Dusseldorf's test pilots of the musical future effortlessly break new ground.


                              TRACK LISTING

                              1. Boing Boom Tschak (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              2. Techno Pop (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              3. Musique Non Stop (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              4. The Telephone Call (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              5. House Phone (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              6. Sex Object (2009 Digital Remaster)
                              7. Electric Café (2009 Digital Remaster)

                              Kraftwerk

                              Minimum - Maximum

                                Kraftwerk are one of the most influential bands in pop history and over the last two years, Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Fritz Hilpert and Henning Schmitz have toured the world performing approximately 90 live shows that were unlike anything seen before, prompting global headlines such as this from the London Evening Standard: 'Is This the Greatest Show London Has Ever Seen?'.


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