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New BBC documentary captures Kraftwerk’s historic London residency

Photo by Robert Altman
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Photo by Robert Altman

In February 2013, German electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk took over London’s Tate Modern art gallery for eight consecutive nights. Dubbed Kraftwerk — The Catalogue 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, the residency, or exhibit if you will, was a “chronological exploration of the group’s sonic and visual experiments” and featured the performance of eight of Kraftwerk’s iconic albums, as well as a number of spectacular 3D effects. The event, the band’s first London show in nearly a decade, was eventually reproduced on Kraftwerk’s larger world tour that extended into 2014.

Now, BBC Four, a TV channel operated by the BBC, has turned that historic residency into a documentary called Kraftwerk: Pop Art. In addition to four tracks from the Computer World-designated night at Tate, the 60-minute program promises new interviews, old archived footage, portions of Ralf Hütter’s last known filmed interview, live audio from the band’s original 1981 Computer World tour, and a rare video of Kraftwerk playing as a trio. The documentary was compiled by Simon Witter, who previously produced similar projects on Queen, Freddie Mercury, and other British acts.

Kraftwerk: Pop Art is scheduled to air this Friday, January 30th on BBC Four. Below, watch a teaser clip.

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