Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider dead at 73


He was 73 years old. David Bowie acknowledged Kraftwerk's influence on his late Seventies Berlin trilogy, going so far as to name an instrumental track from Heroes in 1977 in honour of their co-founder: V-2 Schneider.

In 1976 Bowie told Rolling Stone magazine: "My favourite group is a German band called Kraftwerk - it plays noise music to "increase productivity".

"In the year 1968, Ralf Hutten and Florian Schneider started their artistic and musical collaboration".

"A major influence on the hip-hop scene in Chicago for example".

Schneider played the synthesiser, vocoder, flute, and sax, among other instruments, also providing vocals for the band.

The German musician helped form the group in 1970, emerging from the underground nexus that permeated West German culture at the time. "Sound as texture, rather than sound as music".

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Records like Trans-Europe Express (1977), The Man-Machine (1978) and Computer World (1981) are revered as classics to this day.

French electro pioneer Jean-Michel Jarre referenced Kraftwerk's famous 1974 album when he posted: "My dear Florian Your Autobahn will never end". Florian Schneider left the band in 2008.

Kraftwerk won a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2014.

Before the coronavirus pandemic they were scheduled for a 50th anniversary tour of North America.

The influential group - which has inspired artists from David Bowie to Kanye West and Daft Punk - planned to kick off the 27-date trek throughout the U.S. and Canada in Seattle on June 19, with destinations including Los Angeles, New York and Chicago along with Vancouver and Montreal. "2020 is really just the worst thus far", tweeted rockers Garbage, as Russian DJ Nina Kravitz wrote "what would electronic music be without Kraftwerk?".

Florian Schneider was described by one musician as "God". We hope that we have succeeded by giving you the full details and information.