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Kraftwerk Sues Kraftwerk Shocker

Wait, Kraftwerk toilet paper? The old adage ‘where’s there’s a hit, there’s a writ’ is proving itself to be a truism this week as Ralf Hütter initiates court proceedings against Dresden-based company eZelleron. EZelleron have been developing ‘low-emission energy sources …

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MACHINE MUSIC LIKE YOU’VE NEVER HEARD

New genre alert! Well, maybe calling it a genre might be pushing it, but it’s definitely what we call in the internet/social media age ‘a thing’. It’s the sound made when you import a binary file into an audio app. …

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Lost Cult Classic With Numan On Soundtrack

‘Times Square’ was a film made in 1979 with Robert Stigwood’s cash, and released in 1980. Stigwood was the manager of the Bee Gees and had made a monstrous amount of money thanks to the film ‘Saturday Night Fever’, which …

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Herbert: Live and dancing

Matthew Herbert has been making fascinating electronic music for the best part of two decades. More recently, he’s been exploring the boundaries of creating sound with his ‘One Pig’ and ‘The End Of Silence’ works, the first of which took …

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Retro Telly Noise Art!

We stumbled across this the other day. It’s an installation by electro-acoustic composer and artist Bill Vine. He sourced a load of old black and white televisions, circuit bent them to kingdom come, making them react to sound input, creating …

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Weatherall Celebrates Reverb

In what look set to be a fascinating night at London’s Convergence festival on March 16th at Village Underground,, cross-platform installation event experts Noise of Art have pulled together a great line-up for their launch of a series of evenings …

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BAFFLING PSYCHEDELIC MOOG PROMO FILM

In the 1970s, before the internet, before YouTube vids, what did synth companies do to get the word out about their amazing future-shaping technologies that would allow people to play sci-fi Mozart and jazz/rock/prog? Well, they made demonstration discs, which …

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Kraftwerk Documentary from 1981

It’s Friday, so it must be Kraftwerk documentary time, right? This one was made in Germany in 1981 about their local heroes who at the time had just released ‘Computer World’. The visual quality is a bit ropey, which is …

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Win Pantha Du Prince Tickets!

What happens when you take electronic music that owes much to techno and house, but steps way outside of those narrow definitions, fuse it with the kind of psychedelic intensity and dreamlike noise experiments of shoegaze gods My Bloody Valentine? …

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Listen: Peel Plays Eno Backwards

In 1973, Robert Fripp and Brian Eno released the electronic masterpiece ‘No Pussyfooting’. From its room-of-mirrors cover to the other-worldly sounds on the grooves, it was clearly a signifier not only of Eno’s new direction (it was his first post-Roxy …

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Devo Hardcore Live talk

Devo’s ‘Hardcore Devo Live!’ Album is out about now. People who pledged on the pledgemusic.com campaign are starting to receive their packages of signed double vinyls, blu-rays and CDs and the like, and the CD and DVDs are on general …

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Oreo's electronic ad

Brands these days, we’re told by Adweek, are “all about distilling their essence down to a single basic universal theme.” Coca-Cola is all about happiness, for McDonald’s it’s love. And Oreo are going for fun. And how better than to …

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Martin Hannett's ARP Odyssey for sale!

If you can’t wait to get your hands on the Korg ARP Odyssey reboot, maybe you’d like to investigate the alternatives currently on the market. Those alternatives are exclusively second-hand vintage models, of course. But here’s one that might just …

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Kraftwerk and Devo Knitwear?

We all love jumpers, right? And we all love electronic music, too. Imagine if those two things could be combined somehow. Wouldn’t that be just peachy? Well, it just so happens that someone is ahead of us, and they’ve made …

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Synth + Mad Drummer = Forgotten Genius

At the tail end of the 1970s, a small NME article alerted its readers to the fact that there were some great albums lurking in the 50p racks at a UK chain of downmarket electronics shops. Most of them were …

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Insane Autobahn Cover Version

Insane Autobahn Cover Version 1970s cheapo compilation cash-in reverse engineers ‘Autobahn’ with remarkable results Words: ES STAFF In the 1970s, the cash-strapped youth of Great Britain (and there were many of them in that decade) and other cheapskates who wanted …

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Three Hours of Kraftwerk…

In 2008, a documentary was released called ‘Kraftwerk And The Electronic Revolution’. At three hours, it is a pretty comprehensive overview of the German music scene that gave us Kraftwerk. What makes this epic doc all the more fascinating for …

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ARP Odyssey Free Book!

As anticipation builds for Korg’s ARP Odyssey launch, we had a quick chat with Korg’s Product Manager Ian Bradshaw about the recent announcement: Are you relieved to have finally announced the ARP Odyssey? “I wouldn’t say relieved as that implies …