Kraftwerk is a legendary band without which it would be hard to imagine popular music of the last decades, not to mention contemporary culture. The band was founded in 1970 in Düsseldorf and since then has been a reference point for the next generations of creators and listeners. Their music is marked by minimalistic, electronic sounds and vocals processed by speech synthesizers. In 1974 the Autobahn record was released, which turned out to be a breakthrough and rendered Kraftwerk one of the most important bands of our times. In 1978, in the times when musicians were not surrounded by computers, they released The Man Machine record and in 1981 – Computer World, portraying the future of the world in which the machine becomes more important than the human. Their work is a peculiar sound track of information society, made up of alienated units.
Kraftwerk means not only music, but also a strong visual idiom – characteristic, futuristic costumes, plain graphic structures, video screenings. Since 2005, when they performed at Art Biennale in Venice, they regularly carry out their visual art projects. The crowning achievement of these activities was this year’s retrospective on their work in the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York with eight 3D concerts, presenting sound and visual material from Kraftwerk’s eight studio albums. The June concert at Malta Festival Poznań 2013 will be an adaptation of that project. The current members of the band are: Ralf Hütter, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz and Falk Grieffenhagen.