Florian Schneider, Kraftwerk Cofounder, Dies at 73 – Florian Schneider, co-founder and keyboardist of the highly influential German electronic pop group “Kraftwerk,” has died at the age of 73.
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Florian Schneider, who is best known as one of the founding members of the electronic band “Kraftwerk,” died a few days after his 73rd birthday from cancer, having suffered the illness for a short time.
“Florian Schneider has passed away from a short cancer disease just a few days after his 73rd birthday,” a statement from the group “Kraftwerk” reads.
“In the year 1968 Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider started their artistic and musical collaboration. In 1970 they founded their electronic Kling Klang studio in Düsseldorf [Germany] and started the multi-media project Kraftwerk. All the Kraftwerk catalogue albums were conceived and produced there. In 2014 Hütter and Schneider were honoured with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement award,” the statement added.
Born on 7 April 1947, Schneider was the son of Paul Schneider-Esbelen.
Florian Schneider met Ralf Hütter in 1968 while studying at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, then at the Robert Schumann Hochschule in Düsseldorf, playing improvisational music together in the ensemble Organisation.
Florian Schneider-Esleben founded Kraftwerk with Ralf Hütter in the late Sixties, taking his role with the band until his departure in November 2008.
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Florian Schneider played the flute, violin and electric guitar (including slide guitar), though often filtered through electronic processing. His interest in electronic effects grew, including tape echo, ring modulation, pitch-to-voltage converters, fuzz and wah-wah, allowing him to use his flute as a bass instrument.
Florian Schneider’s Kraftwerk went on to release a series of albums that became hugely influential on pop music, particularly the four-album run of “Radio-Activity” (1975), “Trans-Europe Express” (1977), “The Man Machine,” (which saw the group embracing their robot image to a camp and comic extent) and “Computer World” — the album that many feel is the group’s most influential and far-reaching(1981).
David Bowie titled the track V-2 Schneider on his Heroes album after Schneider.
Their songs have been sampled by artists including Coldplay (retooled the latter album’s “Computer Love” for the band’s hit “Talk”), LCD Soundsystem (“Get Innocuous!”), Miley Cyrus (“Dooo It!”), and Dr. Dre (on the Jay-Z collaboration “Under Pressure”).
1974’s galvanizing “Autobahn” album went to number one in the UK with the double A-side single The Model/Computer Love in 1982.
Kraftwerk scored hits including “Autobahn” and “Trans-Europe Express,” on the Billboard Hot 100 chart, named for the 1974 and 1977 albums.
Kraftwerk’s “Autobahn” album earned the group a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014 and the Grammy for best electronic/dance album (for live album “3-D The Catalogue”) in 2018.
In 2019, the band was nominated for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.
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