While tracking Kraftwerk’s influence forward into modern music is relatively easy, discovering the band’s influences is a little complicated. The four human robots were innovators of a powerful and thought-provoking songwriting using synthetic sounds, which inspired the development of early electronic music in the 1970s (They did claim to be inspired by James Brown, The Beach Boys, and Karlheinz Stockhausen, at some point in their career).
A few bands in this musical lead-up playlists with similarly innovative with their brand of futuristic music, such as Jean-Michel Jarre, Tangerine Dream, and Brian Eno. Their trippy soundscapes are attempts to harness the infinite amount of sounds from keyboards and synthesizers in a cohesive, digestible track.
Kraftwerk also identifies as a krautrock band due to their highly experimental sounds, so some other bands from the genre, Yes, Faust, and Can, are represented here. Pink Floyd and Yes were some of the first rock bands incorporate synthesizers into rock music, which most likely assisted in the popularisation of electronic music.
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