I was watching a documentary on the BBC about Kraftwerk when one of the contributors described them as “Techno”. It didn’t sit comfortably with me as a description.
Sure, I know a lot of bands have been inspired by their music and sound, and samples can be heard throughout the electronic dance music genre. But are they really techno?
I prefer to think of Kraftwerk as something that sits outside of a specific type of music. Their strong visuals and tracks that vary from minimalist melodies to industrial noise has always seemed to defy the comfortable pigeon hole of a label. They’re more artists to me whose medium happens to be (predominantly) sound.