KRAFTWERK - Live At Tribal Gathering. Luton. UK 24 May 1997 - LP - DBQP28
Autores: Kraftwerk, Ralf Hütter, Florian Schneider, Fritz Hilpert, Henning Schmitz
Editor: DBQP (2019)
Géneros: Electronic, Electro, Synthpop
At Tribal Gathering 97 the band considerably refined the extraordinary sequence of sound-synched KlingKlang Musikfilms that accompanied songs on the The Mix tour of 1991. The visual accompaniment comprised a striking series of computer-generated images ('Numbers' and 'Computerworld'), projected, manifesto-style lyrics ('Man Machine'), gorgeous postcard views and black-and-white newsreel footage ('Tour de France', 'Autobahn' and 'Trans-Europe Express'), and a cross-fertilisation between the nostalgic utopianism of 60s train de luxe travel and the futurism-with-a-question-mark of 'Business, Numbers, Money, People'. This imagery has hardened, as has the group's sound, and its early tone of Romantic materialism (in love with the aesthetics of technology with varying degrees of irony) has evolved into something closer to an artistic manifesto for eco-warriors. 'Radio-Activity' has undergone the largest conceptual change since it was first released in 1975 as a ballad about radio waves bombarding people with information. On The Mix (1991) it was transformed into a darker disco protest against the false god of nuclear power. This time, projected over six screens, 'Stop Radioactivity' was accompianied by warnings that Sellafield will produce 7.5kg of plutonium waste per year and every 4.5 years release the same amount of radioactivity as Chernobyl. Likewise, on 'Computerworld', the word 'medicine' replaced 'travel', and on 'Autobahn' - surely the anthem of post-war German Romanticism - footage of crammed motorways was combined with ironic opening and closing sequences depicting a truck coughing and refusing to start and the image of a traffic sign bisected by a red flash saying 'motoway ends'.