Kraftwerk co-founder Florian Schneider dead at 73


It revealed that the musician battled a "short cancer disease" and died a few days after his birthday. "All the Kraftwerk catalogue albums were conceived and produced there".

Kraftwerk, considered as the forefather of synthpop, pioneered electronic music and profoundly influenced different music genres, including pop, hip-hop, and rock with their experimental sounds and technical innovations.

Schneider founded the German group with Ralf Hütter in 1970. The band started using homemade and custom-built devices - such as a microphone, loudspeakers, echo, synthesizers - along with flute, violin, and guitar as the musical instruments.

The German musician helped form the group in 1970, emerging from the underground nexus that permeated West German culture at the time. Schneider was integral in helping produce some of the most acclaimed albums in German electronica, most memorably the quadruple album series of "Radio-Activity" (1975), "Trans-Europe Express" (1977), "The Man-Machine" (1978) and "Computer World" (1981).

Kraftwerk won a Grammy Award for lifetime achievement in 2014.

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The influence Kraftwerk have had on modern music has been great, informing everything from pop to techno as well as rock and metal acts including David Bowie, Nine Inch Nails and HIM. Schneider left the group at the end of 2008 and did not participate in future tours.

In 2015, Schneider released a new piece of music, Stop Plastic Pollution, in collaboration with producer Dan Lacksman.

Before Florian's death, Kraftwerk had announced that the band would be embarking on a 50th-anniversary tour of North America, but the shows canceled due to the global coronavirus pandemic.

Tons of fellow musicians and other members of the music community have paid tribute, including OMD, Thomas Dolby, Stuart Braithwaite (Mogwai), Saint Etienne, Edwyn Collins, Midge Ure (Ultravox), Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Lloyd Cole, Geoff Rickly (Thursday), and many more.