|Ralf und Florian|
|Studio album by Kraftwerk|
|Released||1973 - Germany|
Released later in other countries
|Recorded||May - July 1973 at:|
Kraftwerk Studio - Düsseldorf
Cornet Studio - Köln
Rhenus Studio - Köln
Studio 70 - Munich
|Producer||Conny Plank & Kraftwerk|
Ralf und Florian is a 1973 album by Kraftwerk. A studio album is an original collection of new tracks by a recording artist Kraftwerk (ˈkʁaftvɛɐk German for " power plant " or " Power station " is an influential Electronic music band from Germany, officially the Federal Republic of Germany ( ˈbʊndəsʁepuˌbliːk ˈdɔʏtʃlant is a Country in Central Europe. A music genre is a categorical and typological construct that identifies musical sounds as belonging to a particular category and type of music that can be distinguished from other Krautrock is a generic name for the Experimental music scene that appeared in Germany in the late 1960s and gained popularity throughout the 1970s especially in Britain Electronic music is music that employs Electronic musical instruments and Electronic Music technology in its production In the Music industry, a record label can be a Brand and a Trademark associated with the Marketing of music recordings and Music Koninklijke Philips Electronics NV ( Royal Philips Electronics Inc. Vertigo Records was the name Philips Records chose in the sixties for its Record label to counter the progressive labels of its rivals EMI (with In the Music industry, a record producer or music producer has many roles among them controlling the recording sessions coaching and guiding the musicians organizing Konrad "Conny" Plank (frequently spelled Planck) ( May 3, 1940 in Germany – December 18, 1987 in Cologne Kraftwerk (ˈkʁaftvɛɐk German for " power plant " or " Power station " is an influential Electronic music band from allmusic (previously All Music Guide) is a Metadata database about music owned by All Media Guide. Kraftwerk (ˈkʁaftvɛɐk German for " power plant " or " Power station " is an influential Electronic music band from Kraftwerk 2 is a 1972 album by Kraftwerk. The album was entirely written and performed Autobahn (German for " Freeway " is an album by Kraftwerk, released Kraftwerk (ˈkʁaftvɛɐk German for " power plant " or " Power station " is an influential Electronic music band from English editions of this album are titled Ralf and Florian. There are no recorded language differences between the various editions of the album, as it is largely an instrumental piece. Along with their first two albums it has, to date, never been officially re-issued on CD. However, it remains an influential and sought-after work, and bootleg CD discs were widely distributed in the 1990s on the Germanofon label. The band have hinted that the album may finally see a re-mastered CD release after their Der Katalog box set. The Catalogue ( German title Der Katalog) is a proposed forthcoming Box set consisting of eight albums by Kraftwerk
As indicated by the title (and like their previous album), all the tracks were written, performed and produced by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, with the sessions engineered by the influential Konrad "Conny" Plank. Konrad "Conny" Plank (frequently spelled Planck) ( May 3, 1940 in Germany – December 18, 1987 in Cologne The album has a fuller and more polished sound quality than previous efforts and this is clearly due to the use of a number of commercial recording studios in addition to Kraftwerk's own yet-to-be-named Kling Klang. For the Liverpool Experimental rock band see Kling Klang (band. The colour photo on the back of the cover gives a vivid impression of the bohemian state of Kraftwerk's own facilities at the time – including egg-box trays stuck on the walls in an attempt at soundproofing.
The album is still almost entirely instrumental (some wordless yodelling appears in Tanzmusik, and Ananas Symphonie features the band's first use of a machine voice created by an early prototype vocoder, a sound which would later become a Kraftwerk trademark). A vocoder, ˈvoʊkoʊdər (a Portmanteau of vox/voc ( voice) and encoder) is an analysis / synthesis system mostly used for speech in which the input is  Instrumentation begins to show more obvious use of synthesizers (Minimoog and EMS AKS), however most melodic and harmonic keyboard parts are performed on Farfisa electronic piano/organ. The Minimoog is a monophonic Analog synthesizer, invented by Bill Hemsath and Robert Moog. Flute and guitar are still much in evidence. The band were still without a drummer, and several tracks, particularly Tanzmusik, make use of a preset organ rhythm machine. For the early "drum machine" computers that used a rotating cylinder as their main memory see Drum memory A drum machine is an Kristallo features a striking rhythmic electronic bassline (actually created on the EMS synthesizer with the aid of the vocoder), however in general the album is much gentler and less rhythmically precise than Kraftwerk's later electronic work.
The LP included a "musicomic" poster insert of cartoons by Emil Schult, who had been playing electric violin live with the band (although he does not feature on the album recordings). Emil Schult (born 10 October 1946 in Dessau, Germany) is a German painter, Poet and Musician. Schult remains a collaborator of Kraftwerk's to the present day. The cartoons illustrated each track on the album, as well as the city of Düsseldorf, with the caption "In Düsseldorf am Rhein, klingt es bald!", which translates literally in English as "In Düsseldorf on the Rhine, it will sound soon" (perhaps the phrase "the sound gets around" captures the snappy feel of the maxim better). Düsseldorf (ˈdʏsəldɔɐf is the capital city of the German state of North Rhine-Westphalia. Also note that this is kind of a reference to Kraftwerk's Düsseldorf based Kling Klang studio.
The album was a modest success in Germany. Drummer Wolfgang Flür was recruited to play with Ralf and Florian for a subsequent promotional TV appearance in Berlin, for the German WDR TV arts show Aspekte. He became a member of the group thereafter.
Note: The above English translations are taken from the US version of the album issued by Vertigo in 1975.
|Germany||October 1973||Philips||Vinyl||6305 197|
|October 1973||Philips||Cassette||7105 147|
|United Kingdom||January 1974||Vertigo||Vinyl||6360 616||Different front cover design|
|United States||August 1975||Vertigo||Vinyl||VEL-2006|