Florian Schneider, co-founder of Kraftwerk dies

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Florian Schneider poses for a portrait circa 1975 in New York City, New York.

“Ralf Hütter, co-founder and pioneer of Kraftwerk electronics, sent us the sad news that his friend and partner Florian Schneider has been dead for many decades from a brief cancer disease just days after his 73rd birthday,” he said. the band in a statement provided to CNN by publicist Alexandra Greenberg.

Schneider and Hütter have been recognized as among the most influential figures in electronic music of the 20th century.

The couple started working together in 1968 and launched Kraftwerk two years later as a project involving a host of other musicians.

In 1974, the group released Autobahn, an album that gained worldwide fame.

Schneider and Hütter also founded the Kling Klang music studio in Düsseldorf, where the band’s most influential albums were produced.

The musicians paid tribute to Schneider on Wednesday.

“When I first heard their song Autobahn, I was struck by how radically different it sounded from anything else on the radio,” wrote Duran Duran member Nick Rhodes on the group’s website.

“It has become a surprise hit in the UK and has sparked my lifelong admiration for their innovation and creativity.”

Jean-Michel Jarre, the French musician tweeted: My dear Florian … Your Autobahn will never end. “
Schneider and Hütter were honored with the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award in 2014.

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