Kraftwerk – The Man Machine – A Reflection
Kraftwerk's musical influence across popular culture is more prominent than ever, from hip hop to techno Kraftwerk have played a part in shaping just about every genres template. Tickets for their eight night residency at the Tate Modern were as rare as rocking horse sh*t and they could have no doubt sold out venues in London five times the size, however for the lucky ones who did bag a ticket it's safe to say anticipation was at an all time high. This review is understandably bias as both are huge Kraftwerk fans, however if they could have picked holes at the show they would have. It was however without question one of the best live shows both have had the pleasure of seeing. In 2013 Kraftwerk are still looking to the future and testing new methods to take the audience beyond the stratosphere. Where they go from here is anyones guess…
Alex Oxley: yes that's right
Alex Oxley: man machine is the last track on the LP
Alex Oxley: it's was the perfect starter
Wil Troup: yeah and then the robots was played later on
Wil Troup: which i thought was weird
Alex Oxley: yeah it wasn't quite as I'd expected
Alex Oxley: what track really stood out for you? during the Man Machine album part of the show
Wil Troup: Well Neon Lights is just an incredible record the second part especially but I have to say I was a little disappointed they didn't draw that bit out a bit
Alex Oxley: I agree, the synth in the second half is floorless. yeah they could have definitely extended it.but I guess for me that's part of Kraftwerk's appeal, they leave you wanting more
Wil Troup: yeah… they make timeless pop records which you know could be extended masterpieces
Wil Troup: but they don't need to…
Alex Oxley: totally with you there, I remember at the Brixton show the 'Neon Lights' visuals stuck in my mind. They'd really built on the neon theme and developed the visuals for Saturday's show
Wil Troup: Spacelab with the visuals was amazing. I think as a piece of visual art that was the one that stood out for me. For fear of sounding like a pretentious wnkr!
Wil Troup: I mean the whole thing for me was flawless. I actually couldn't believe how lucky I was to be there… and that I'd actually managed to get a ticket for it!
Wil Troup: it made you realise that with the things available to people for production of shows…that they're just not taken advantage of enough.
Alex Oxley: Yes, like many of today's live electronic music shows there wasn't one low or 'that's okay' point
Wil Troup: how have we come this far with technology and sound design and yet people still just take the lazy option
Alex Oxley: yes to have ticket was extremely lucky, it's tough that so many people missed out
Wil Troup: It's a shame that they didn't do an almighty gig somewhere so everyone could get in
Wil Troup: and that you have to fly to Barcelona to see them
Alex Oxley: I think they will be back
Alex Oxley: soon
Wil Troup: you think?
Alex Oxley: yes for sure
Alex Oxley: wasn't there rumours of a new album
Wil Troup: yeah
Alex Oxley: I remember reading around the NYC series that Ralf said there would be a new album 'soon'
Alex Oxley: how soon who knows
Alex Oxley: to backtrack on the show everything was top class, the sound was one of the best I'd heard in a long time some seriously on point live engineers
Wil Troup: Yeah I was literally astounded at how good tho whole thing was…
Alex Oxley: and they'd really gone to town on the sound proofing
Wil Troup: absolutely flawless… bar the 5 quid cans of magners!
Alex Oxley: arr yes the booze prices…
Alex Oxley: bit of a rip off
Wil Troup: my brother was just going "yeah but that's just standard these days"
Wil Troup: when did it become acceptable to charge a fiver for a can of cider…?
Wil Troup: anyway, don't get me started on that
Wil Troup: it won't end nicely… and it'll bore you to tears
Wil Troup: wil's rant on the price of booze these days
Alex Oxley: haha I hear you
Alex Oxley: it's just the tate over charging
Alex Oxley: but back to the show, yes it was £60 but you can see where the money went
Alex Oxley: the sound proofing alone would have cost thousands
Wil Troup: yeah completely. 800 people too.
Wil Troup: it's not like they over filled it
Alex Oxley: wow only 800
Wil Troup: prob the best 60 quid i've ever spent on a gig
Wil Troup: for that amount of people
Alex Oxley: apprantly there was around 500 at the NYC shows
Alex Oxley: mental
Alex Oxley: yes money well spent for sure
Wil Troup: fk me… i would've flown there
Wil Troup: Fkking hell tho, people with their fkkin iphones
Wil Troup: in the air
Wil Troup: that pissed me off
Wil Troup: i got pretty shirty with the guy in front of me
Alex Oxley: I'm totally with you
Alex Oxley: there was someone talking next to us at the beginning
Alex Oxley: I was close to kicking off but they piped down
Wil Troup: I did kick off at this guy in front of me…
Wil Troup: the gig started and he started holding his iphone in the air videoing
Wil Troup: it
Wil Troup: so i tapped him on the shoulder and said come on man
Alex Oxley: it's not a bloody cold play concert mate!
Wil Troup: he put it down briefly and hten starting holding it up again videoing it
Wil Troup: so i really kicked off
Alex Oxley: damn
Wil Troup: said look i didn't pay 60 quid to watch your fkkin iphone… if you want to video it fk off and stand at the side of room
Wil Troup: what's happened to the world?!
Wil Troup: i appreciate it was a very exclusive gig
Wil Troup: but don't spend your whole time with your phone in the air
Wil Troup: go home and watch it on youtube if that's your vibe…
Wil Troup: anyway
Alex Oxley: I didn't take one photo at the gig
Alex Oxley: I'd much rather have the memories, you know what I mean?
Wil Troup: yeah completley.
Wil Troup: this is the one photo i did take…
(On an iphone, we might add! – ED)
Alex Oxley: pretty trippy
Wil Troup: But yeah I mean, for all the furore surrounding Sonar relocating the day part out of hte city I don't think I've ever looked forward as much to a sonar by night as i am this year…
Alex Oxley: The new daytime location looks pretty special
Alex Oxley: I'm not totally sure if I'll be there yet
Alex Oxley: I've never made to Sonar, have been trying for around 6 or 7 years but never got there
Wil Troup: It does look very special… but the mere fact in the old location meant you could head out for some food in the centre, get back to your appt etc was what made the daytime so special
Wil Troup: but yeah i'm all up for being convinced otherwise that this location will work too.
Alex Oxley: ah I see
Wil Troup: you should try to make it out if you can mate… it's a pretty bloody great week in barca
Alex Oxley: I've never nothing but good things about sonar
Alex Oxley: in the second half of Saturday's show, which track really jumped out for you and why?
Wil Troup: numbers into computer world
Wil Troup: my favourite segueway ever i think!
Wil Troup: and you?
Alex Oxley: I thought Home Computer was incredible
Alex Oxley: worked amazingly on that sound system and the visuals really tripped me out too
Wil Troup: yeah that was heavy too
Alex Oxley: numbers/computer world stud out as well for sure
Wil Troup: just amazing… all round. it's really hard to be critical about any of it bar iphones in the air and booze prices
Alex Oxley: and trans europe express
Wil Troup: yeah that was incredible
Alex Oxley: haha
Alex Oxley: can't pick at a near perfect gig
Wil Troup: you can't.
Wil Troup: 22 tracks… felt like 15 mins but was in actual fact 2 hours!