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Where is Kraftwerk's studio located?

Kraftwerk's studio, 'Klingklang', is originally located in Düsseldorf, Germany. This address is still one of the official addresses of the Klingklang Konsum Produkt GmbH. It is said that in 2009 it was moved to Meerbusch, located just outside Düsseldorf - it is also an official address.
Anyway, the studio is not open to visitors...

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How many concerts have Kraftwerk performed?

The fan Web site twingokraftwerk.com has a superb list to answer this question.

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When will Kraftwerk next go on tour?

From the Word Tour 2004 the official Kraftwerk site shows some (minimal) information about the concerts (date, place, venue).
Forums and mailing lists are good source of news about the band's activities, including concerts.

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What is the Retrospective 12345678?

It is a kind of concert series, live presentation of their complete repertoire.
At first Kraftwerk played eight consecutive shows in April, 2012 in New York. All of the albums were presented from 1974 (Autobahn) to 2003 (Tour de France (Soundtracks)). One full album was performed live every night (previously lots of songs were never heard in live shows...), accompanied with 3D screening.
Later, in 2013 / 2014, there were more concert series in Düsseldorf, London, Tokyo, Sydney, Los Angeles, Wien and Paris.

See also the question 'When will Kraftwerk next go on tour?'.

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Grammy Award in 2014?

Yes! As a part of the 56th GRAMMY Awards in January of 2014, The Recording Academy presented a Special Merit Award to Kraftwerk for their contributions to the recording field.

picture of the Grammy Award

See more details:
http://www.grammy.com/videos/2014-special-merit-awards-ceremony-highlights
http://www.grammy.com/news/lifetime-achievement-award-kraftwerk
http://www.grammy.com/photos/ralf-h-tter-0
http://www.grammy.org/recording-academy/awards/lifetime-awards
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Grammy_Award

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What is Tschernobyl / Harrisburg / Sellafield / Hiroshima / Fukushima?

- Tschernobyl was a city in northern Ukraine, near the border with Belarus. It was evacuated in 1986 due to the Tschernobyl disaster.
The Tschernobyl disaster was a nuclear reactor accident in the Tschernobyl Nuclear Power Plant in the Soviet Union. It is the worst nuclear power plant accident in history resulting in a severe release of radioactivity into the environment.
See more info at http://www.world-nuclear.org

- Harrisburg is the capital of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, one of the most industrialized cities in the northeastern part of USA. Harrisburg is also known for the infamous Three Mile Island incident. In 1979 'The Three Mile Island' accident was a partial core meltdown in Unit 2 of the nuclear power plant of the Three Mile Island Nuclear Generating Station near Harrisburg. It was the most significant accident in the history of the American commercial nuclear power generating industry.
See more info at http://www.world-nuclear.org/info/inf36.html

- Sellafield is a nuclear reprocessing plant situated in Cumbria, on the north west coast of England between Whitehaven and Seascale. It was formerly known as Windscale. Kraftwerk played at a benefit concert organised by Greenpeace to protest against the plant. Extracts from the concert appear on the video Stop Sellafield - The Concert.

- The Japanese city of Hiroshima was the primary target of the first nuclear bombing mission against the Empire of Japan in 6th August, 1945.
See more info at http://www.city.hiroshima.lg.jp

- The Fukushima Daiichi nuclear disaster was a series of equipment failures, nuclear meltdowns, and releases of radioactive materials at the Fukushima I Nuclear Power Plant, following the Tōhoku earthquake and tsunami on 11 March 2011. It is the largest nuclear disaster since the Tschernobyl disaster of 1986.
See more info at http://www.world-nuclear.org

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Did Kraftwerk perform any new songs at Tribal Gathering?

Kraftwerk performed one new song at Tribal Gathering. See the next question.

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Did Kraftwerk perform any songs live which have not been released officially?

In May 1997 Kraftwerk performed a new song in Luton, England (Tribal Gathering). This is the so called 'Tribal' or 'Luton', as named by fans. It was performed in 1997-1998 (known from fan reviews).

In October 1997 in addition to the song 'Luton' Kraftwerk performed 2 new songs in Linz, Austria. The beginning of the first song (the so called 'Tango') is the melody of the song Airwaves, originally released in 1975. 'Tango' was also performed later, in 1997-1998 and mainly in 2002-2003 (known from fan reviews).
The second song was played the first time in Linz and the last time in Karlsruhe. This 'two-time performed song' is the so called 'Lichthof'.

Anyway, these songs might just be unfinished 'trial-products', works in progress of Kraftwerk.

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Where can I buy Kraftwerk T-shirts and other official merchandise?

Official merchandise is available from the official KlingKlang Consum Produkt site. Items might also be available from other retailers.

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Are scores available?

An 88-page songbook was published on 4th February 2009 by Bossworth. This issue contains the scores of the following songs arranged for piano, voice and guitar:
- Autobahn
- Kometenmelodie 1
- Kometenmelodie 2
- Radioaktivität
- Ätherwellen
- Antenne
- Ohm Sweet Ohm
- Trans Europa Express
- Metall Auf Metall
- Schaufensterspuppen
- Spiegelsaal
- Europa Endlos

The front cover of the Kraftwerk songbook The back cover of the Kraftwerk songbook

Catalog number BOE7429, ISBN 9783865433046.

(At some time in the past, there were more scores commercially available, so someone might find one in a car-boot sale...)

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What is Kling Klang Machine No1?

The Kling Klang Machine No1 is an interactive 24-hour music generator, released in March, 2011 for iPad / iPhone (iOS).

Kling Klang Machine No1

You might find more at the developer's site.

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What is the 3-D Book?

Released in 2011., October. It contains 96 pages, 60 colour plates in 3D (red-cyan 'glasses' are included). Hardcover, 28x28cm. English and German edition. 3D graphics by Falk Grieffenhagen, Ralf Hütter, Stefan Pfaffe, Emil Schult.
It is available from the official KlingKlang Consum Produkt site.

3D Book

3D Book  3D Book

(ISBN of the German edition: 978-3-00-035796-1)

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What is the book, titled Roboter?

It is an official Kling Klang Produkt, a photo book by Peter Boettcher.
Released in January of 2013 to celebrate the event 'Der Katalog Retrospektive 12345678' concert series, followed by an exhibition in Düsseldorf.

Roboter - the photo book

Hard cover (23x28cm), 80 pages, 36 pictures
ISBN 978-3-98-156850-9

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Is the theme music to Newton's Apple by Kraftwerk?

The American science and technology television programme Newton's Apple used to use Kraftwerk's Ruckzuck as its theme music. This was eventually replaced with a cover version, and then replaced altogether with theme music unconnected with Kraftwerk.

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Which episode of The Simpsons mentions Kraftwerk?

In episode 3F19 (The Curse of the Flying Hellfish) of the USA television series The Simpsons, a German baron declares that he "must get back to Dancecentrum in Stuttgart in time to see Kraftwerk". There's also an episode called Burns Verkaufen der Kraftwerk, but this (mistranslated) title refers to the German word for "power plant", not to the band.

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What was the controversy over Kraftwerk's jingle for Expo 2000?

From June 1999, controversy surrounded Kraftwerk's jingle for the EXPO 2000 world exposition. The mass media, politicians (including the German Federal Chancellor, Gerhard Schroeder) and indeed many (though far from all) Kraftwerk fans were very critical of the jingle, for which the band was said to have been paid around 400,000 Deutschmarks. The jingle is only three seconds long and consists of a vocoded voice singing "Expo 2000". Kraftwerk provided the jingle in six languages. EXPO manager Birgit Breuel defended the jingle, calling it a "courageous artistic production" (source: Hamburger Morgenpost).

On 6th December 1999, Kraftwerk released a new song, Expo 2000 as a single; this incorporated the jingle and other phrases used in Expo 2000 publicity.

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Which releases of the album Radioactivity were issued with a sheet of stickers?

The German release of the album, Radioaktivität was supplied with a sheet of 16 self-adhesive stickers from the album's release in 1975 until the early 1980s. These stickers depicted the international standard "radioactivity" symbol.

The first USA issue of the Radioactivity LP was also supplied with a sheet of 16 stickers, of almost identical design to the German release. These were not self-adhesive however, but had to be moistened, like postage stamps. Subsequent USA reissues did not include the stickers.

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Can a Kraftwerk song be heard in the Saturday Night Live sketch Sprockets?

The American comedy television show Saturday Night Live features a sketch called Sprockets, which the very German presenter Dieter (played by Mike Meyers) ends by declaring "And now is the time we dance!". The music to which he dances is a speeded-up version of Kraftwerk's song Electric Cafe.

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Did you know that there is a parody of Kraftwerk in the movie The Big Lebowski?

Yes. It contains reference to a fictional German pop group called Autobahn, who are said to have released one album, called Nagelbett ("Bed of Nails"), in the late 1970s. The cover of this LP clearly parodies the cover of the Kraftwerk album The Man-Machine. According to one character, "Their music is a sort of - uhh - technopop".

For some reason a rumour has spread that the red-shirted nihilists who constitute Autobahn are played by members of the band The Chemical Brothers. This is without foundation, although one of them is played by Flea, of the band Red Hot Chilli Peppers.

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Has Kraftwerk's music ever been used in movies?

Yes, for example in Radio On, Moerderische Entscheidung, Berlin Alexanderplatz, Chinese Roulette and Breakdance. All of these used well-known Kraftwerk songs, and did not feature any new music by the band.

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Who created the design and the video of Electric Cafe?

"Rebecca Allen created all visual material for the 1986 album Electric Cafe by Kraftwerk including the classic, award-winning music video, Musique Non Stop. This work involved the development of state-of-the-art facial animation software in order to bring the virtual mannequins to life." See more info at
http://www.rebeccaallen.com/v1/work/work.php?ID=1

This album was digitally remastered in 2009 under the name Techno Pop, with the same art-work.

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