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Radioland: Kraftwerk’s Radio-Activity Revisited review

Delivered... John Lewis | Scene | Mon 23 Mar 2015 4:48 pm
Village Underground, London
The Anglo-French trio go avant-garde with Kraftwerk’s tunes and textures – which stand up well to the ensuing mutilation

In his sparky history of krautrock, Future Days, David Stubbs describes Kraftwerk’s 1975 album Radio-Activity as “a milestone in electronic music, one that marks a precise and signal midpoint between Stockhausen and Depeche Mode”.

Radioland, an Anglo-French trio named after the third track on the album, imagine an alternative history. Instead of using Radio-Activity as the launchpad for synthpop, this trio take the album’s melodies and textures as the starting point for avant-garde explorations. It’s done entirely live, with English pianist Matthew Bourne behind a bank of vintage Moogs, Minimoogs and Korgs, French composer Franck Vigroux supplying beats and basslines, and French installation artist Antoine Schmitt creating live programmed art.

Bourne has an ability to explore the synthesiser’s most Kraftwerkian properties

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