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.