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Former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos announces solo album, Off the Record

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    karl bartos off the record Former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos announces solo album, Off the Record

    Former Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos will release his second solo studio album, Off the Record, on March 18th via Bureau B. As The Quietus reports, the new 12-track offering will “pre-date” his 2003 solo debut, Communication, “draw[ing] on sonic sketches he made “off the record” during his time in Kraftwerk.” It gets zanier.

    Bartos is calling these tracks ”iron crystal music,” which refers to the iron crystal cell-shaped Atomium building that was built for the 1958 Brussels World’s Fair. This new form of music encompasses a bevy of sounds, specifically “vocoder newspeak, robot sounds, digital glitch, techno pop, catchy melodies, electronic avant-garde, roaring silence, futurism, and, of course, those rhythms!”

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    A taste of this fantastical madness is available below with a preview of “Atomium”. Stream the warped excerpt and pore over the album’s tracklist shortly after.

    Off the Record Tracklist:
    01. Atomium
    02. Nachtfahrt
    03. International Velvet
    04. Without A Trace Of Emotion
    05. The Binary Code
    06. Musica Ex Machina
    07. The Tuning Of The World
    08. Instant Bayreuth
    09. Vox Humana
    10. Rhythmus
    11. Silence
    12. Hausmusik

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