Former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos, often known as as the robot second from left alongside Ralf Hütter, Wolfgang Flür and Florian Schneider, is to publish his memoirs, The Sound of the Machine: My Life In Kraftwerk And Beyond, through Omnibus Press on July 21.
“In The Sound of the Machine I try to describe the secrets of our writing sessions, how we played like children and how our mutual search for new artistic expression made us happy,” Bartos, a member of the pioneering German band from 1974-1990, says. “I reveal why our music – created in the analogue world – has survived its digital substitute. As I see it, in our best moments the compositions are a testament to our search for the poetry concealed in the sound of the machine.”
Bartos describes his journey as a boy from a working class district of Düsseldorf and the various musical influences that helped shape him, including the folk music of Bavaria, 1960s pop, and the timeless clarity of classical music.
The musician and composer also recalls the profound influence being given a copy of The Beatles A Hard Day’s Night in 1964 had on him as a 12 year old boy as well as discussing the influence and impact of Düsseldorf‘s unique atmosphere from 1974 to 1984 on Kraftwerk.
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KRAFTWERK Radio-Activity (1976 UK peach label 12-track LP, the fifth studio release from the German electronic maestros, picture sleeve with illustrated lyric insert. The sleeve is Excellent with just minor general wear & the vinyl appears seldom played E-ST11457)
- Kraftwerk - Radio-Activity - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $26.75, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 07-Jul-2022 13:09)on September 28, 2022 at 1:01 am
KRAFTWERK Radio-Activity (Original 1975 UK 12-track LP on the peach Capitol label, the fifth studio release from the German electronic maestro. The picture sleeve displays just a little light wear and the vinyl has minimal sign of play E-ST11457)
- Kraftwerk - The Man-Machine + Inner - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £45.00, $48.15, €50.40 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jun-2022 16:28)on September 28, 2022 at 1:01 am
KRAFTWERK The Man-Machine (Classic 1978 UK 6-track vinyl LP, their seventh studio album including the singles The Model & The Robots. Complete with the original round cornered card photo inner, the glossy picture sleeve shows a little shelfwear to the edges/corners but the vinyl remains in EX condition with minimal signs of play E-ST11728)
- Kraftwerk - Trans-Europe Express - 2nd - EX - UK - vinyl LP - £25.00, $26.75, €28.00 (New Item) (arrived 14-Jun-2022 16:31)on September 28, 2022 at 1:01 am
KRAFTWERK Trans-Europe Express (Circa 1978 UK purple label 7-track LP, complete with the illustrated credits inner. The picture sleeve shows some light age wear scuffing & the vinyl is clean & in Excellent condition with minimal play E-ST11603)
- Kraftwerk - Computer World - UK - vinyl LP - £50.00, $53.50, €56.00 (New Item) (arrived 20-Jun-2022 13:46)on September 28, 2022 at 1:01 am
KRAFTWERK Computer World (1981 UK first press 7-track LP with A1/B1 matrices, complete with round cornered picture card inner & dayglo yellow picture sleeve. The sleeve & vinyl are near mint with minimal wear or play EMC3370)