Sunday, October 16, 2011


Kraftwerk in Munich

A couple of days ago I was in Kraftwerk concert in Munich. It was quite of an experience, interesting personally as well as professionally. My first encounter with Kraftwerk's music is from when I was 7 years old. I was in the first class of primary school and I still remember how our teacher asked us to draw an image that comes to our minds from the music she played to us. The piece was Kraftwerk's "The Robots" and even if I wasn't supposed to understand English, I drew three robots with triangle heads (thank the Tripods for that) walking in a long grass. I didn't know what the song was or who Kraftwerk was, but the song played in my head long time after and sometime later I recognised it somewhere else and found out whose song it was. :) I've always liked Kraftwerk, even if I'm not as hardcore fan as some others. I just find the music lovingly industrial and sometimes hum the songs in my head or listen to them.

So, all in all, it was great to see them live. I was very happy also because I was there with a guest status and got a small peek behind the scenes, too. The show itself was quite fabulous. It was 3D, so you needed to have special glasses to get the best of it. That made me think about the future and how the shows will evolve. It will definitely be quite different in about 10-15 years! Some of the animations were rather... animated, I guess I would have made them differently. But specially the most famous songs had pretty decent effects and the show was very enjoyable. It lasted exactly 2 hours, so people definitely got a good ride.

The equipment you need to do a full set 3D animated show was quite powerful. The work for only three shows must have been pretty extensive, I'm interested to see if they are going to make a full tour next year... On the trip I also visited the Kling Klang Studio near Düsseldorf. Neat place, I must say, but rather undecorated. I would have expected to see at least few bicycles laying around... ;)

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