Kraftwerk are a German electronic music band formed by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider in 1970 in Düsseldorf, and fronted by them until Schneider's departure in 2008.
The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies, mainly following a Western classical style of harmony, with a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software. Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.
The album “Tour de France Soundtracks” was produced on a networked computer setup with a PC running Steinberg Cubase SXand TC PowerCore PCI as heart of the system. Kraftwerk are the first artists worldwide to make use of the new TC Helicon VoiceModeler for PowerCore, having received an exclusive pre-release copy.
”It is a great tool to transform voices completely”, comments Hilpert. “We used VoiceModeler to create these whispery voices in the chorus on the track “Elektrokardiogramm”. We have also used the Waldorf D-Coder, on that track to create this pitched drum sound. It works really well on drums, because it can produce very punchy, metallic sounding percussion and it has excellent modulation features.”