ROBOTERWERKE/SUPERSEMPFFT – 3 albums
This one gets a little confusing, prescription and I’m still not sure of exactly what’s going on here, viagra approved regarding the historical particulars. I believe that it starts with a band called Supersempfft, who released an album called “Roboterwerke” in 1979. Members of that band had to invent(?) their own electronic instruments or drum machines — and then they also mutated into a band called Roboterwerke itself, which released a few more albums in the late ’70s and early ’80s. I found the text below in an archive from some old-ass ’90s music-related message board:
ROBOTERWERKE were be a bunch of German freaks based around Supersempfftâ€™s Dieter Kolb who, during the mid 60s, were the first to experiment with electronic music. At a time when electronic synthesisers and drum machines didn’t even exist the band had to literally invent their own instruments and if you want to know who built all these magical machines which were later excessively used by artists such as Kraftwerk, Herbie Hancock and Tangerine Dream, then look no further.
ROBOTERWERKE were the first to release music with a drum computer, a self-made model which caused Herbie Hancock to pay the band a visit to find out more about their marvellous inventions and to this day they remain very close friends. ROBOTERWERKE (under the name of â€˜Supersempfft) went on to release 3 LP’s (â€˜Roboterwerkeâ€™ 1979 on CBS, â€˜Futuristâ€™ on RCA and â€˜Metalunaâ€™ 1978 – all adorned with spaced out cartoon Furry Freak Brothers style cartoon imagery).
Whilst Kraftwerk’s music gained international recognition as one of the first electronic acts and founders of modern dance music, ROBOTERWERKE were much more influenced by P-FUNK and acts such as PARLIAMENT and their sound takes a much more krautrock / leftfield aesthetic. Furthermore, every year the band spent a lot of time in the Caribbean and heavily influenced by the local â€˜erb supply, the band developed a deep love for the local sound of steel drum music and Soca and from then onwards, they developed their own style of funky disco, electro and Soca.
I’m not personally that invested in these records myself, since I find the faux-Carribean and cutesy thing a little hard to sit through, but I do believe these albums are of historical interest, at least.