Anyone who’s ever picked up a synthesizer and subsequently drew out all its most Teutonic possibilities, from Depeche Mode to Ladytron to Essaie Pas, owes an unpayable debt to Kraftwerk. And more than four decades after their advent, Dusseldorf’s robotic men of mystery continue to push us on to a cold, rational red, white and black future.
American disciples of Maschinenmusik should begin counting down the days until summer’s fade, as Ralf Hütter and his fellow automatons have announced that, after an eight show residency at Den Norske Opera in Olso in August, they will be returning to US soil this September 3 for a nine date presentation of the newest version of their perception altering, multimedia 3-D performance. It will take them from Bethesda to Atlanta to San Diego, then ending up at The Hollywood Bowl on September 18.
Described as “Gesamtkunstwerk – a total work of art,” the show combines visual and aural futurism in a way that will have you surely questioning your position on the Spacetime Continuum. From 2012 to 2014, they had presented to universal astonishment varying versions at such venues as New York’s MoMA, the Sydney Opera House, the Fondation Louis Vuitton in Paris, and Denver’s Ellie Caulkins Opera House, the latter hailed by the Examiner as an “utterly mesmerizing visual spectacle that has to be experienced to be believed.”
Be there or be altmodisch.