May 12, 2020
A glimpse into the electronic pioneers’ formative years .
Months after Kraftwerk was formed in Düsseldorf during 1970, the group appeared on German television show Rockpalast in one of their first performances.
Their 48-minute set features founding members Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, alongside drummer Klaus Dinger with pianist Michael Rother.
The avant-garde outing saw the group experimenting with distortion and organ sounds, mixed with post-krautrock rhythms.
During the early 1970s, Kraftwerk began to explore synthesizers, drum machines and effects in their music; this lead to the group cultivating a self-described “robot pop” sound as they became innovators of electronic music.
Watch the performance in full above.