A conversation with former Kraftwerk member, Karl Bartos

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(This interview was conducted in 2006 and originally appeared in BK Magazine that year.)

The fate of classically-trained percussionist and keyboard player, Karl Bartos changed radically in 1975 when he was hired to fill in the line up for the first American tour of electro godfathers, Kraftwerk supporting the release of their Autobahn album. After the tour completed, he was taken on by the group as an official member, and took part in producing some of their most seminal releases, including Trans-Europe Express, The Man-Machine, and Computer World. He left the group in 1991 to embark on a solo career, and has since been involved in a number of projects, including collaboration with Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr on Electronic’s 1996 album, Raise the Pressure and OMD’s Universal album. …

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A synthesist and multimedia artist living in Northern California, Chris Otchy creates evocative electronic music and writes about the creative process.

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