Florian Schneider leaves KraftwerkPosted on 07/01/09
Florian Schneider, one of the two original co-founders of the pioneering German electronic group Kraftwerk has left the band, according to a post on a usually well informed Brazilian Kraftwerk fan website. Not that it is exactly 'new' news. Schneider supposedly left Kraftwerk on the 21st of November 2008 already as www.elektrodaten.de informed last year. Schneider did not perform on any of the dates of the Kraftwerk 2008 world tour. His position onstage was filled by Stefan Pfaffe, an associate working for the band as a video technician.
Schneider's departure will not affect Kraftwerk's plans to go on tour with Radiohead in South America in March. A concert in Australia last November was called off after another band member, Fritz Hilpert, reportedly suffered a heart attack but the December concerts in Singapore and Hong Kong went ahead as planned.
Schneider founded Kraftwerk with Ralf Hütter in 1970, the two having met in 1968, studying firstly at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, then at the Robert Schumann Academy in Düsseldorf, and played together in the improvising ensemble Organisation. Prior to meeting up with Hütter, Schneider played with Eberhard Kranemann in the group Pissoff from 1967-68. Kranemann would later join Kraftwerk as a bass guitar player, although his time with the group was short lived.
Originally Schneider's main instrument was the flute, which he would treat using a diverse manner of electronic effects, including tape echo, ring modulation, use of pitch-to-voltage converter, fuzz and wah-wah, allowing him to use his flute as a bass instrument. He also played violin (similarly treated) and made use of synthesizers (both as a melodic instrument and as a sound processor). Later he also created his own electronic flute instrument. After the release of their 1974 album, Autobahn his use of acoustic instruments diminished.
DOWNLOAD THE FREE 54-TRACK COMPILATION "Matrix Downloaded 003" NOW !
Posted by B. Van Isacker
More related news :
'Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8' at the MoMa in New York
'Kraftwerk: Publikation' , the ultimate Kraftwerk biography?
4CD tribute box to Kraftwerk and D.A.F. producer Conny Plank
Brand new Kraftwerk remix single
Can the real Kraftwerk please stand up ?
Court rules against Kraftwerk in sampling case
Ex-drummer Kraftwerk dies
Exclusive Kraftwerk live track available for remixing to support Ryuichi Sakamoto project
Free Karl Bartos iPhone app available
Karl Bartos (ex-Kraftwerk) opens audio-visual exhibition 'Crosstalk'
VICE's music channel Noisey.com will live-stream a special performance by Nick Cave, along with a Q&A with directors of the documentary '20,000 Days on Earth'. (...)
John Lydon aka Johnny Rotten is a busy bee nowadays! His band PiL (Public Image Limited) is currently preparing to enter the studio to record its 10th studio album. This new album will be recorded end 2014 and is planned to be released in summer 2015. (...)
Out via Sonic Groove Experiments by mid-October is the Orphx 3-track vinyl 'Sacrifice'. (...)
'Angels Of The Dark' will be the 3rd EP taken from the Studio-X vs. Simon Carter album 'Breaking The Void'. (...)
Did you get this one? 'Recoiled' vinyl, the Trent Reznor commissioned Nine Inch Nails material by Coil
The past few days people asked us where they could get 'Recoiled', a release by Coil as recorded in the early studios of Danny Hyde / Peter Christopherson. (...)
Out now is the smashing debut single for the new project Mari and The Ghost, a collaboration between Mari Kattman and Jean-Marc Lederman from The Weathermen and Ghost & Writer fame. (...)
Cult electro act The Psychic Force remix Aesthetische for new 'Colder Lights' 4-track single - order now via Bandcamp
SUBSCRIBE TO OUR DAILY NEWSLETTER