Back in the late 1970s and early ‘80s, influential German electronic musicians Kraftwerk shared their visions of the future. Ralf Hutter and Florian Schneider started the band as a progressive rock group, but quickly became interested in evolving musical technology. Their songs consisted of lyrical content spoken through a vocoder or computer speech software accompanied by minimalistic electronic percussion and synthesized soundscapes. The band’s predictions were of a wildly more technologically advanced society.
The Robots (1978)
In 1978 Kraftwerk thought there might actually be a time when robots became a reality. What an absurd concept.
Just imagine a day when there are not only satellites, but space stations and labs orbiting the earth enabling scientists to conduct research.
Pocket Calculator (1981)
Like a calculator could ever be small enough to fit inside your pocket.
Trans-Europe Express (1977)
Hutter and Schneider envisioned a future where cars traveled fast over long distances, much like today’s freeways.
The Man Machine (1978)
Someday in the not-so-distant future, cyborgs will rise up and conquer mankind. Only then will we realize the visionary imagination of Kraftwerk.
Computer World (1981)
In 1981 computer technology was relatively primitive in comparison with today’s machines. Calling an album “Computer World” at the time was a prediction that is quickly becoming a reality.
Apparently our German friends had a preoccupation with driving fast on motorways.
Techno Pop (1986)
It makes perfect sense that Kraftwerk would call a record “Techno Pop.” Seeing as they had practically invented the genre years earlier, the concept behind the record was quite literal.
Home Computer (1981)
Computers small and affordable enough for our homes? That is just ludicrous!
A highly evolved theory, “Airwaves” states that music and other forms of communication can be transmitted wirelessly through the air.