Kraftwerk’s minimalist electronics on rock night in Seine

The Ile -de -France festival welcomed, on Friday, the German training which appeared as a precursor in the 1970s.


From time to time, the programmers of the Rock en Seine festival put in their poster rather designed as a balance between big international stars of the moment – which bring the public -, groups taking up importance and young shoots, of so -called “historical” figures. The oldest in the audience find their heroes; As for the youngest – students, thirties – who “heard about it”, they come to take a look out for curiosity.

We remember the transgenerational successes on the Festival-By-Domaine de Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine) in 2010 of Roxy Music, trained in 1971, in the very summum of British pop elegance, or , in 2014 from Blondie, trained in 1974, which shook the New York punk scene by its pop contributions. Or Iggy Pop, in 2016, a long time sacred in punk godfather. For the 2022 Rock in Seine vintage, this Friday, August 26, the historic is the Germans of Kraftwerk.

a precursor status

Founded in 1970 in Düsseldorf by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider (died April 21, 2020), Kraftwerk accesses notoriety with his fourth album Autobahn, published in 1974. The main lines of his electronic music are established; Rather minimalist, disembodied, with repetitive rhythmic patterns, melodies like refrain, the voice more spoken than sung (according to various albums, it will also be distorted), the use of sounds related to cars (evocations of horns , vibration of an overtaking…). For electronic music in need to find references, Kraftwerk has a precursor status.

It is 9:15 p.m. when the greeting “Meine Damen und Herren” is heard, then the count of the figures which are the subject of Numbers. There are four of them on the cascade stage, almost motionless. Each in front of a rectangular console placed on a foot, which contains pre -recorded sounds, musical software management systems, which allow interventions to be distributed, rhythmic parts for one, low for the other, melodic lines … on a large screen , are projected images to see by wearing (or not) 3D glasses distributed before the concert, with some relief effects. The 3D Kraftwerk concert has been existed since the early 2010s.

 the German group Kraftwerk Seine, in Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine), August 26, 2022. The German group Kraftwerk at the Rock en Seine festival, in Saint-Cloud (Hauts-de-Seine), August 26, 2022. Olivier Hoffschir

Here are lines of green figures that twist, an ancient computer that advances to the public (Computer World), a view of the earth from space and the arrival of a Flying saucer with a driven 3D effect that triggers “OH” and “AH” (SpaceLab).

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