This event is now finished
Come for the evening and enjoy a mix of music and presentations designed to be fun, and to give insights into Kraftwerk’s contribution to music, as well as into broader themes of technology and culture.
Following their highly successful Apollo tour, Icebreaker are turning their focus on another contemporary icon – Kraftwerk. Since their formation in 1970 the German group’s output has revolutionised music and influenced scores of musicians.
For this project, composer, producer and sound-scapist J. Peter Schwalm re-imagines tracks from a range of Kraftwerk albums to show off the group’s many different sounds – from early acoustic tracks to the by now iconic synthesized tunes.
Visual artists Sophie Clements and Toby Cornish create a new video work for this piece. A purposeful departure from the high-tech graphics of the current Kraftwerk shows, Clements and Cornish re-present Kraftwerk's vision in the language of an earlier era of avant garde film that wondered in the new aesthetics of technological and industrial innovation. A nostalgic vision of a 'future' now passed, and a modern reworking of a lost utopian dream.
Please note this performance contains flashing images.
Throughout the evening, the Balanescu Quartet play their wonderful re-workings of Kraftwerk’s 'Man Machine' era technopop. These pieces, originally released on the album 'Possessed', reveal the music in a new, humorous light, picking-up on the dry wit of the originals.
The evening also features two talks from highly respected music writers and musicians. David Toop explores how Kraftwerk’s music absorbed free jazz and soul, then refracted back into African-American music. Richard Witts speaks on ‘Vorsprung durch Technik - Kraftwerk, Germany and England’, and investigates how Kraftwerk were received on their first British tour in the 1970s.
‘Sometimes you hear something and think ‘Now this is how the modern world feels to me’. Peter's music is like that, capturing excitement and speed and ambiguity and even wistfulness and melancholy ...a complex emotional palette which feels to me like real life.’ (Brian Eno on J Peter Schwalm)
Watch clips of Icebreaker
Audio and video clips of Icebreaker performing are available on their website at:
Please note this video contains flashing images.