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Transcript of Florian Schneider-Esleben
Lon Beshiri, Alexandra Lafont, Crhistian Batallas. Florian Schneider- Esleben Early Life INSTRUMENTS Pioneers of electro genre Technological innovations Florian Schneider- Esleben was born on April 7th, 1947 in Düsseldorf, Germany.
His father was Paul Schneider- Esleben, a well established German Architect who designed the Köln Airport and several other Government Buildings in Dusseldorf
He Grew up always attending music and art academies. His first instrument was the flute.
In 1968, while studying at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, he met Ralf Hütter. They played in an experimental “Krautrock” band called "Organisation" with Schneider on the flute, and Hütter on organ.
(Krautrock is a generic name for the experimental music scenes that appeared in Germany in the late 1960s)
This led to the founding of Kraftwerk in 1970. Florian Schneider- Esleben played the flute in his band. Over time, he began to find the flute too limiting, so he started to treat pieces using heavy, electronic effects.
He also played the violin and guitar with similar electronical treatment.
When Schneider would sing, it would be through a vocoder. ( an analysis/synthesis system, used to reproduce human speech. This became the staple for Kraftwerk’s sound Kraftwerk’s music has directly influenced many artists from diverse genres of music.
For example: Coldplay’s “Talk” sounds similar to Kraftwerk’s “Computer Love”
Franz Ferdinand’s “Walk Away” was influenced from Kraftwerk’s “the Model”
“Techno” was created in Detroit using the repetitive melodies of Kraftwerk fused with funk rhythms. Kraftwerk was always pushing the boundaries of music technology. They had many custom built music devices, such as the vocoder, which was used on their albums “Ralf Und Florian” and “Autobahn”
Hütter and Schneider even created an electronic drum set to use for the album “ Autobahn”
Kraftwerk then tested out a light-beam activated drum cage, but they quickly abandoned it due to its lack of performance. THE END After almost 40 years of his musical contribution, Florian Schneider- Esleben retired from Kraftwerk in 2008. He was replaced by video technician Stefan Pfaffe.
One of the reason for him leaving the band was the fact that he hated touring.
He never released anything after he quit the band.