One of the great early electronic albums, Roboterwerke is a concept album and the debut release by electronic music pioneers Supersempfft – three school friends Franz Aumüller, Franz Knüttel, and Dieter Kolb from the central German region of Thuringia. The trio is joined crucially by Roboterwerke, the drum machine Knüttel built after realizing how poor his drumming was. The machine was also sold and used by Tangerine Dream. Kolb provides the vocals on the album, Knüttel the electronics, and Aumüller the concept of “Supersempfft,” a space-faring frog apparently based on Kolb (and whose mysterious name might be a tongue-in-cheek reference to electro-schlager one hit-wonder Carl Sempfft). Aumüller would also develop Supersempfft’s intergalactic adventures over the songs, album cover, and the comic book that came with the album. Read an interview with Aumüller on Dream Chimney.
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Tags: Disco / Krautrock / Space Rock