Other than a few furtive, unpublished experiments, I’ve never recorded a cover before. Mostly because of paranoia over copyright. So, first things first, I will never sell or otherwise make money from these recordings, and I strongly encourage you to buy every record Kraftwerk has made.
With that out of the way… my recent acquisition of the Pocket Operator mini-synths led me to thinking of a suitable project to use them in. And what better than a set of Kraftwerk covers? Especially since I think Kraftwerk’s “Pocket Calculator” inspired the creation of the synths themselves!
“Ruckzuck” was my introduction to Kraftwerk — even though I didn’t know it at the time, when it was the theme song to the PBS show “Newton’s Apple” in the early 1980s. “Pocket Calculator” is the song that made me fall in love with Kraftwerk’s music (the original 1981 version, not the 1991 remix). “Tour de France” is a perfect soundtrack to the annual July event that I look forward to watching each summer, and “The Man-Machine” epitomizes Kraftwerk, to me. Once I decided upon covering 4 Kraftwerk songs for an EP, it took very little time for me to settle on these 4 songs.
I had to transpose the songs into the only key Pocket Operators play in, and I took several liberties to make these arrangements my own.