Magazine article The Spectator

Sound and Vision

Magazine article The Spectator

Sound and Vision

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Quite what it was that was so spellbinding about a quartet of middle-aged German blokes in skintight bodysuits standing at neon-lit consoles is difficult to articulate. They didn't even seem to be doing very much up there on stage. But the audience of 1,000 for round two of Kraftwerk's eight-night retrospective in Tate Modern's Turbine Hall were mesmerised for two hours solid.

The high priests of electronica, whose bittersweet retro-futurism sowed so many of the seeds of modern pop mu sic , per formed thei r 1975 album Radio-Activity against a backdrop of 3D visuals (specs provided) that were always engaging and occasionally jaw-dropping.

Live, the sound lacked the authentic crackle and fuzz of the original album, but clarity and surround sound lent it a different sort of potency. …

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