Kraftwerk And The Invention Of Electronic Drum Pads #MusicMonday – Mudcreep

Drum machines are fun, but there’s nothing quite like the sound of en electronic drum pad. The percussionist for Kraftwerk, Wolfgang Flür, may have invented them. Here’s more from CDM:

[Wolfgang Flür] himself told the story in an interview with PROG – and if this doesn’t inspire you to grab some wood and a soldering iron to try this yourself, nothing will:

Around 1973, Ralf and Florian needed another drummer to create a modern drum sound for their experimental music. When they asked me to do some sessions in their rehearsal room, they had only a children’s drum set, which was broken in different places and unusable. In a corner of the room I found an automatic rhythm box, which they’d already used on their Ralf & Florian album. The sounds of this Farfisa Rhythm 10 box were terrific when using the frontside knobs one by one. Florian and I thought about how a drummer could use such sounds regularly, playing with sticks. And together we had the idea to build a wooden panel with round metal plates, for a sound-releasing electrical contact. We used it for our first German TV appearance on the culture show Aspekte, in October 1973, when we played Tanzmusik.

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