A Kraftwerk Retrospective Retrospective

No one we knew went to the Kraftwerk shows last night — MoMA was reportedly very stingy with press access — but as Jon Pareles at The New York Times reports, it went exactly the way you would expect it to go.

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Apr 12 2012, 4:00am

Photos by Todd Heisler / The New York Times

No one we knew went to the Kraftwerk shows last night — MoMA was reportedly very stingy with press access — but as Jon Pareles at The New York Times reports, it went exactly the way you would expect it to go.

Onstage the quartet stood at keyboards — playing some of the music's components live — in front of a very active video screen with images that sometimes sandwiched the musicians between the planes of eye-popping three-dimensional geometry and typography.

Melena Ryzik, also of the Times, was there too, and reports that there were robots in the lobby, dim mood lighting, German beer, 3D glasses, and sightings of Fran Drescher and Michael Stipe.

A few hundred lucky people who were not reporters or celebrities were there, and, as to be expected from Kraftwerk fans, they posted their front-row videos of the show on YouTube. Behold, a retrospective of the retrospective to end all retrospectives:

"Radioactivity"

"Computer World"

"Man Machine"

"Trans World Express"

"Autobahn"

"Home Computer"

"Tour de France (excerpt)"

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