Kraftwerk has added a treasure trove of previously-unavailable records and their 3-D documentary to streaming services for the first time ever.

The band have shared German-language versions of five of their seminal records; Trans Europa Express, Die Mensch-Maschine, Computerwelt, and Techno Pop, and remix album The Mix. These German-language releases were previously only available in Germany, Switzerland and Austria.

In addition to the records, the band have unleashed their documentary 3-D The Catalogue, via TIDAL and Amazon HD. 3-D The Catalogue features recordings of shows performed in major contemporary art galleries during the band’s extended tour of 2012 to 2016.

Check out ‘Autobahn’ by Kraftwerk:

YouTube VideoPlay

On April 21st, Florian Schneider, co-founder of the iconic electronic synth-pop outfit passed away at the age of 73.

The German musician was one of the founders members of the groundbreaking band serving as a multi-talent with background vocals, violin, synthesisers, computer-generated vocals, live saxophone, percussion, acoustic and electronic flute, vocoder, and electric guitar featured across his 38 years in the group.

His death was confirmed by former bandmate Ralf Hütter, it’s known from a statement from Rolling Stone that Florian Schneider died “from a short cancer disease just a few days after his seventy-third birthday.”

Following the passing of Schneider, Peter Hook of Joy Division paid tribute to the late founder Florian Schneider — acknowledging that the electronic trailblazers were one of Joy Division’s most profound influences.

Love Electronic?

Get the latest Electronic news, features, updates and giveaways straight to your inbox Learn more

“I was so sad to hear of the death of Florian Schneider. My first memory of Kraftwerk was given an LP by Ian Curtis. He gave me ‘Autobahn’ and later ‘Trans Europe Express’. I was absolutely fascinated by both. Ian suggested that every time Joy Division goes on stage, we should do it for ‘Trans Europe Express”’. We did it from our first show, until almost our last,” he shared.

“They were one step ahead of everyone, even electronically. They were making their own sequencers years before everyone else.”

Kraftwerk were scheduled to embark on a 50th-anniversary tour, but were forced to cancel amid the coronavirus pandemic.

Get unlimited access to the coverage that shapes our culture.
to Rolling Stone magazine
to Rolling Stone magazine