World of Kraftwerk: A Journey In Music
Observatory (543 Union St., Brooklyn)
The Autobahn; The Man Machine; The Model. Rising from the ruins of post-war Germany, Kraftwerk created a new artform of sound and light, drawing not on the dominant American culture, but instead looking back to the utopian futurism of Fritz Lang and the Bauhaus architects. Defiant of the rock ‘n’ roll leviathan, they fashioned their own electronic instruments, with which they invented a new language for pop music. In so doing, they created a blueprint for the musical landscape that we see around us today; hip hop, synth pop, global dj culture, modern dance music–all were inspired by Kraftwerk’s obsessive electronic poetry.
Tonight, join musician and writer Stephen Vesecky for a multimedia presentation celebrating and elucidating the unlikely but true story of this incredible band. Dr Maz of Mondo and DeLuxe will spin Kraftwerk-inspired records for the after-party.
Stephen Vesecky has played and toured with many new wave/indie bands including Poundsign, Mahogany, the Aisler’s Set, and Still Flyin’. He now writes music for his current project, Strega, DJs at Lolita Bar in Manhattan and Bar Reis in Brooklyn, and creates music for soundtracks and promotional videos.