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In Germany a new generation of musicians, artists, writers and filmmakers were looking for a cultural identity, experimenting with different forms of expression. In this atmosphere arose what would be one of the most influential electronic musical groups on the planet: Kraftwerk. Living in the industrial region of Rhein/Ruhr, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider Esleben were classically educated musicians who attended the same improvisation class in the summer of 1968 at the Akademie Remscheid, near Düsseldorf. Having similar musical visions they started a group called “Organisation”, doing concerts in art-galleries, universities and clubs. Moving away from traditional concepts of musical composition, Florian used echo-units and amplification for his flutes and violins. Ralf basically did the same with electronic keyboards. They shared the stage with several musicians, often different in each performance, where they frequently improvised and experimented in long sessions. In early 1970 the electro-pioneers Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider started the project Kraftwerk and established their own Kling Klang Studio in the centre of Düsseldorf.

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