I thought you might be interested in =
interview, which was given by TD
in 1982 after the concert in
It is funny how that concert came to =
be in the
place. The Hungarian State Concert Organizing Agency
organize a so-called CHIP Festival and
they contacted Kraftwerk, OMD =
and Rick Wakeman.
None of these could come so someone suggested =
they had a tour going on anyway and (to save
the day) Klaus Schulze =
packed his gear and came
with Reiner Bloss (that gig is included in =
So here is the interview, which =
Ifjusag (Hungarian Youth Magazine) issue #46 =
"Like on stage, the central =
position at the
conference was taken by Chris Franke with
glasses and a
which gave him the look of an =
he nor Johannes Schmoelling on his right was
too talkative though. =
answers mainly came from
the tall, fair-haired Edgar Froese, who =
his appearance very well in a German beer =
Q: What was the greatest success in =
A: Some years ago I discovered that =
This was the greatest shock and the greatest success
in my =
the same time.
Q: I meant business =
A: Frankly, we didn't start this =
thing to make
The story is: in 1973 our German record company =
Nobody wanted to contract us in our country
saying our music was too =
Then we went to England
and Virgin offered a contract. It may be a
that the album we released that year (Phaedra) was
international hit. That gave a boost but we have
never made a record =
intention to be No1 on
Q: You have recently said that you =
uniting people. Your stage setting and your music
however feel =
Isn't it a contradiction?
A: What is cold? What is warm? Could =
either one without using the other one? It is the
feelings. If you say 'cold', you must be
aware of the characteristics =
'warm' and vica versa.
If you say 'technology', your subconscious
labels it as 'cold'. But could you describe =
between a tree and a computer? Tree? Metal?
Leaves? Numbers? All of =
come from your subconscious.
No difference: both are part of our =
We just say something is warm because we remember them
from our childhood. And things that come later
may cause a conflict =
call them cold and unfitting.
The things that surround you are =
they are neutral. You make them feel either =
Q: Doesn't it bother you that the =
you on your concert?
A: No, why should it?
Q: Because no one can see who is =
A: The point is: would you say after =
that the violinist played well just because you could
or her fingers were moving?
Q: No, but neither one of you can be =
the sounds being played. In this respect there is =
between listening to a record or a concert.
A: So you feel betrayed because your =
follow the process we were making...? People always
how things are going on. And once they can
not see, they are forced =
their own concert.
There were 11 thousand people in the audience
That means 11 thousand different concerts. If =
a great demand for visual effects and if
people didn't insist on =
musicians, we would
much prefer playing in total darkness and behind =
stage. We don't need to be seen. You say you cannot
identify with =
that you cannot see. But why?
Close your eyes. Listen to the music. =
people on the stage. But if you want to see us, well,
Q: Is this the only way to express =
all this high-tech gear?
A: We have talked a lot about what =
the computers disappeared. If we were to blow a comb
or a =
instrument, we could express ourselves.
Technology only helps to do
That's it folks. I hope you enjoyed =
as I enjoyed translating it (something like this was
in an episode of the 'Cow and Chicken'
cartoon and it fits here...