Düsseldorf School of electronic music
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|Stylistic origins||Krautrock, funk, electronic music|
|Cultural origins||Early 1970s in Germany|
|Typical instruments||Guitar, bass, drums, synthesizer, occasionally vocals|
|Berlin School of electronic music|
The Düsseldorf School of electronic music, or just Düsseldorf School, was a development of electronic music in the 1970s, shaped by Düsseldorf-based artists like Kraftwerk, Cluster, Can and Neu!. The style is characterized by synthesizer melodies and rhythmic bass lines and prominent drums. Most works were instrumental, vocals were used sparingly. The term is commonly used in opposition to the simultaneous movement known as Berlin School of electronic music.
The early works of Kraftwerk and Can are very different from the later, more successful period. Albums like Kraftwerk and Kraftwerk 2 are very experimental, with hard drumming, electronic violin and manipulated, electronic flute.
Major albums, which made this style very known, are Kraftwerk's Autobahn and The Man-Machine, defining the genre. Tracks like "The Robots" from 1978's The Man-Machine and "Home Computer" from 1981's Computer World broke away from any earlier electronic music development.
Contemporary Düsseldorf School
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