ralf & florian


On this day in music history: May 10, 1981 - “Computer World”, the eighth studio album by Kraftwerk is released. Produced by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider, it is recorded at the Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf, Germany from Mid 1979 - Early 1981. Following the release of “The Man-Machine in 1978, the enigmatic and pioneering Electronic music bands virtually disappear from public view for an extended period of time. In the interim, Kraftwerk spend the time modifying their recording studio in Düsseldorf, as well as composing new music. They also end their association with Capitol Records in the US, and sign a new deal with Warner Bros, remaining with EMI in Europe and the rest of the world. The band spend nearly three years working on their next album, as well as making plans to launch a major tour, to reproduce the complex sounds they have created in the studio on the concert stage. The new release “Computer World” (aka “Computerwelt”), is a concept album about the rise of computers in modern society. Like their previous two albums, it is also released in an alternate German language version in their native country. The singles “Numbers” (#22 R&B, #13 Club Play, #103 Pop) and “Pocket Calculator” (#103 Pop) become highly influential in various forms electronic music including the Techno and Electro Funk genres that emerge in its wake. The album is remastered in 2009, and is reissued on both CD and reissued on vinyl for the first time in nearly a decade. “Computer World” peaks at number fifteen on the UK album chart, number thirty two on the R&B album chart, and number seventy two on the Billboard Top 200.