50 years power plant

50 years power plant – this band anniversary could celebrate the founder Florian Schneider. On 21. April 2020 he died a few days after his 73. Birthday at his cancer. Man, machine, nature and the Tour de France are keywords that everyone associates with the band power plant. So Florian Schneider was a pioneer of his time.

Music concepts in the Kling-sound studio

The Dusseldorf school

In the North Rhine-Westgrazes City of Dusseldorf Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider founded the band power plant in 1970. For three years they played Krautrock and then moved to the genre of the electric pop. To the former members Count Karl "Charlie" Weiss, Andreas Hohmann, Klaus Dinger and Plato Kostic Rivera on the drums, Eberhard Kranemann am Cello and Bass, Michael Rother at the guitar and Fernando abruptly at the keyboard. Ralf Hütter plays electronic sound generators, synthesizers, keyboard and vocoders and Florian Schneider also supplemented these instruments played by him by flute, violin and robovox. The style of the band is called the "Düsseldorfer School". Music Genres such as Electropop, Synth-Pop, Electro-Funk, Detroit Techno and Hip Hop were significantly influenced by power plant.

Kraftwerk – the beginning of the 1970s

In 1968 Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider founded the precursor band of ‘power plant’ and baptized ‘organization’ as a short form for ‘organization to realize common music concepts’. After the only album of this band titled ‘Tone Float’, the duo set up her recording studio named ‘Kling-sounded studio’ and produced her debut album in the summer of 1970. At the drums sat Klaus Dinger and Andreas Hohmann. The title track became ‘Ruckzuck’ for the program ‘Mark D’. The entire album rose in place 30 of the German LP charts.

The occupations of the band changed until January 1972 the album ‘Kraftwerk 2’ was published. One year later, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider founded the publisher ‘Kling-sound’ and produced the third album titled ‘Ralf and Florian’. All three albums stood under the star of acoustic and experimental music. From 1973 pop elements were integrated. So the album ‘highway’ was created and was shaped by melody fragments and sound effects. In 1975, the album ‘radio activity’ followed and landed in early summer in 1976 a weeklong number one hit in the French charts. In the same year, the album ‘Trans Europa Express’, inspired by the trips of the founder duos and published in the spring of 1977.

The title song ‘Trans Europe Express’ influenced, for example, the American Hip-Hop-DJ Africa Bambataa. On television, on the other hand, the band showed only in March 1978 and shaped by her in April album ‘the human machine’ music styles of the future. Depeche Mode and Ultravox oriented on this sound. Also David Bowie, ‘Björk’, ‘Duran Duran’, ‘Joy Division’, ‘Rammstein’ and ‘New Order’ were influenced by power plant.

Power plant in the course of the years

The 1981 published album ‘Computerwelt’ is the precursor for the music genres Electro and Techno. Thus, from the 1990s, the band turned their archive material in the ‘Kling-Klong Studio’ on digital and offered robot-stage shows extravagant concerts. In this style, ‘power plant’ developed with different occupations, numerous shows and other concept albums, which were reversed between France and cycling. A world tour in 2004, the Grammy Nomination 2005 in the section ‘Best Electronic Dance Album’ and a multi-channel 3D video installation in the art construction of the municipal gallery in the Lenbachhaus belong to other milestones of the band. In the ‘Museum of Modern Art’ in New York ‘power plant’ played a concert one of its albums. Technology is a characteristic of the band because Ralf Hütter describes as a music worker and the work of the band as a system and machine.

Also due to the geographical proximity were Schneider and his colleague Hütter often in Belgium, France, Holland and Switzerland and felt "also in these countries at home". So on the album ‘radio activity’ some songs were sung bilingual. From the album ‘Trans Europa Express’ the albums appeared bilingual. Japanese, French, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese, Polish and Russian were other languages in which the band sang in live performances.

Also in France, the band was celebrated so that they played an open-air concert in their hometown of Dusseldorf to the Grand Départ of the Tour de France 2017. The Album Cover painted by Emil’s trained album covers gave the band a special image that fascinated the French audience. Far away from jazz, rock’n’roll and blues, the Krautrock arose. But ‘power plant’ kept away from strict categorizations.

Florian Schneider – a pioneer of his time

Already before the founding of his band power plant he played in the band "Pissoff" flute. Only at power plant he and his colleague Ralf Hütter had created new sound constructs from catchy melodies, synthesizers and singing. Perfect sounds, the expansion of the technical possibilities and epic song lengths left the band world famous. So the song ‘highway’ takes 22 minutes and 30 seconds.

"Techno Pop" tailor called the direction in which he was instructed. A reconciliation between humanity and nature became a topic and became clear to its vegan nutritional form. As a pioneer of his time, Florian Schneider wanted to break new, musical ways in individual ways. Individualism was highly written and so shakes on celebrities of the story such as Sergei Eisenstein, Fritz Lang, Kurt Schwiters, Joseph Beuys and James Brown. Dadaism and Futurism also influenced tailors. Far from the Starkults Stand Schütter Concept of "Detpersalization".

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