Florian Schneider, co-founder of the Kraftwerk electro group, has died


German musician Florian Schneider-Esleben, the co-founder of Kraftwerk, a pioneer of electronic music, dies of cancer at the age of 73.

“Florian Schneider died of cancer a few days after his 73rd birthday,” said Alexandra Greenberg, quoting relatives of musician Ralf Hütter, Kraftwerk’s other founder.

The collaboration between the two musicians began in 1968 before they formed the Kraftwerk band two years later in Düsseldorf.

Florian Schneider left the group at the end of 2008.

Born in the industrial city of Ruhr, this group created typical German music, combining their mother tongue with the sounds of the big city, in contrast to the Anglo-Saxon pop brought by the occupation troops.

The group has made a decisive contribution to the development of electronic music and has had significant influences on many synth-pop, techno, electro-pop, and trance bands and bands.

The band’s style combines rhythmic sections with synthesized and sometimes harmonious songs, with simple lyrics, often performed with the help of the voice synthesizer, then mixed on the computer.

The Kraftwerk group released 10 studio albums and was awarded a Grammy Award for their entire career in 2014.

Kraftwerk was successful worldwide with songs such as “Autobahn” (1974), “Radio-Aktivitŕ¤t” (1975), “Trans Europa Express” (1977), “Die Mensch-Maschine” (1978), “Tour De France “(2003).

On March 1, 2018, Kraftwerk held a 3D concert at the Roman Arenas in Bucharest, part of the series of shows started in 2012 at the Museum of Modern Art in New York (MoMA).


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