Musician Florian Schneider died at the age of 83 years.
Born as the son of renowned modernist architect Paul Schneider-Esleben in 1947, it was by his 21st year that he teamed up with Hütter, laying the groundwork for Kraftwerk in 1968 when they were both students at the Robert Schumann Conservatory. In 1970 they founded their electronic Kling Klang studio in Dusseldorf and started the multi-media project Kraftwerk.
The band formed in Dusseldorf in 1970 and was one of the first bands in history to exclusively employ electronic instruments to produce music albums.
Kerrang!'s thoughts are with Florian's family, friends, and everyone who knew him at this time.
The group, who famously said that they wanted to make music more as machines than as men, quickly gained global recognition for industrial sounds, sparse arrangements and computerized beats that provided a blueprint for later genres including electro, hip hop, techno and synthpop.
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Schneider, alongside his bandmate and long-time collaborator Ralf Hutter, formed Kraftwerk in 1970 after the pair met at the Academy of Arts in Remscheid, Germany. Initially, Schneider played the flute, but feeling like the instrument was too limited in its capabilities, he quickly augmented the flute's sound with electronic effects and early synthesizers.
Kraftwerk - whose major albums include "Autobahn, ' "Trans-Europe Express" and 'The Man-Machine" - were honored in 2014 with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement award. Rest In Peace the great Florian Schneider. In 2015, Schneider teamed up with Belgian composer Dan Lacksman and produced the song "Stop Plastic Pollution" as part of the "Parley for the Oceans" campaign with the help of fellow electronic music pioneer Uwe H. Schmidt.
Before the coronavirus pandemic they were scheduled for a 50th anniversary tour of North America.
Musicians around the world have sent tributes to Schneider following news of his passing.