Tone Float

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Tone Float
Studio album by Organisation
Released August 1969
Recorded Germany
Genre Krautrock
Length 41:19
Label RCA Victor
Producer Conny Plank & Organisation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Source Rating
Allmusic 3/5 stars[1]

Tone Float is the first and only LP by the German band Organisation. Organisation was a predecessor to Kraftwerk, which was formed by two members of the band, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben, after the album's release.

Recording and release[edit]

The album was produced by Konrad "Conny" Plank. Of the album's recording, Hütter would later say:

The studio was in the middle of an oil refinery. When we came out of the door we could hear the sound of those big flames burning off the fumes – all kinds of industrial noises.[2]

Sales were poor and RCA opted to drop the band, which then dissolved following the departure of Hutter and Schneider-Esleben to Kraftwerk.

The album has never been officially reissued, although bootleg CDs and LPs appeared in the 1990s. These often included a bonus audio-track, erroneously titled "Vor dem blauen Bock", which in fact is an instrumental track named "Rückstoss Gondoliere", from a 22 May 1971 performance by Kraftwerk on the Bremen Beat-Club TV show. This song features the short-lived line-up of Florian Schneider, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (Ralf Hütter had left the group during this period to pursue studies in architecture). Rother and Dinger later on formed Neu!.

Track listing[edit]

All compositions written by Hauf/Monicks/Schneider-Esleben.

Side one[edit]

  1. "Tone Float" – 20:46

Side two[edit]

  1. "Milk Rock" – 5:24
  2. "Silver Forest" – 3:19
  3. "Rhythm Salad" – 4:04
  4. "Noitasinagro" – 7:46
Detail from the back cover of the 1969 RCA Victor official release – note the traffic cone symbol, also a feature on early Kraftwerk albums.


  • Basil Hammoudi – glockenspiel, conga gong, musical box, bongos, percussion, vocals
  • Butch Hauf – bass, shaky tube, small bells, plastic hammer, percussion
  • Ralf Hütter – Hammond organ, organ
  • Alfred "Fred" Mönicks – drums, bongos, maracas, cowbell, tambourine
  • Florian Schneider-Esleben – electric flute, alto flute, bell, triangle, tambourine, electro-violin, percussion
Additional personnel

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom August 1969 RCA Victor Vinyl SF 8111



  1. ^ Klaus Kehrle. "Tone Float - Organisation". Retrieved 2 September 2012. 
  2. ^ Interview in Select magazine, 1991
  3. ^ Tone Float (LP). Organisation. Great Britain: RCA-Victor. 1972. SF 8111. 
  4. ^ "Organisation – Tone Float". Retrieved 2 September 2012.