Where so much music back then (prog rock) and today (everything recorded with ProTools) can sound dense and cluttered, Kraftwerk’s was virtually empty, implying the wide open spaces of postwar central Europe, as experienced by rail, motorcycle, or bicycle - the band’s three preferred methods of transport.
You can hear that openness in their Tour de France soundtrack. Also the breathing, drivetrains, and rhythm of the peloton. To us, Kraftwerk not only influenced a generation (including hip-hop), but their music sounds like the bike.
It’s another example of music and bikes, a topic we’re covering more this Fall and into the Spring.
Boing Boom Tschak Ping – man machine.