Kraftwerk : Academic Conference

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No artificial intelligence round here.

The first ever international academic conference on Kraftwerk will take place at Aston University in Birmingham later this month.

Going under the bold title of ‘Industrielle Volksmusik for the Twenty-First Century: Kraftwerk and the Birth of Electronic Music in Germany’, the two-day Kraftwerk Konferenz features lectures and discussions on the “cultural-historical origins of the man-machine”, the links between Kraftwerk and German techno and the “cultural studies of cycling”.

Former Kraftwerk member Wolfgang Flür will be reading from his memoirs and hosting a Q&A session, while other speakers include Cabaret Voltaire’s Stephen Mallinder, Visage member and Blitz Club founder Rusty Egan, and esteemed music writer David Stubbs. Oh, and on the first night there’s a “Kraftwerk disco”.

The conference takes place on January 21-22 in Aston University’s Byng Kendrick Lecture Theatre. See the schedule below and buy tickets at the very reasonable price of £20 (£10 for external students). (article by Fact Mag)

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