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17 July 1947 |
|Years active||Late 1960s–present|
|Associated acts||Kraftwerk (1973–1987)
Spirits Of Sound
Wolfgang Flür (born 17 July 1947) is a German musician, best known as a member of the electronic group Kraftwerk from 1973 to 1987, playing electronic percussion. Flür also built much of the group's studio and stage equipment in his workshop below the band's Kling Klang studio.
Previously he had played a conventional acoustic drum kit in the Düsseldorf band The Spirits of Sound. (Another member of this band was guitarist Michael Rother, who also spent a few months as a member of Kraftwerk in 1971, before forming Neu! with then Kraftwerk drummer Klaus Dinger.)
Activities after Kraftwerk
Flür is now the founding member of Yamo, who released an album Time Pie in 1997, produced in collaboration with Mouse on Mars. Flür's next release, the 12" and remixes of I Was A Robot, climbed to number 6 in the German club charts. Collaborations with Pizzicato Five and Der Plan founding member Pyrolator have been announced, and the lyrics to the song "Greed" are in Flür's autobiography, but this material remains unreleased.
Flür also wrote an autobiography, published in the year 2000, called Ich war ein Roboter (English version: I Was a Robot), and released in 2011 in Spanish as Kraftwerk: Yo fui un robot (Ed. MILENIO), describing his views on the inner workings of Kraftwerk. Recently, Flür has been seen DJ'ing in clubs, playing tech house and electro. He has also accompanied the German synthpop duo Dyko, in live shows as an electronic percussionist, and on a single released in 2009.
Japanese singer Maki Nomiya's album Party People included the song "Yamate Line" with songwriting and co-production credited to Flür/Yamo.
- Autobahn (1974)
- Radioaktivität (1975)
- Trans-Europa Express (1977)
- Die Mensch-Maschine (1978)
- Computerwelt (1981)
- Electric Café (1986)
- Time Pie (1996)
- Musica Obscura (1997)
- "Guiding Ray" (1996)
- "Stereomatic" (1996)
- "I Was a Robot" (2004)
- Maki Nomiya - "Yamate Line" (featured on the album Party People, 2005)
- Dyko feat. Wolfgang Flür - "Autobahn" (B side to the single "In Ordnung", 2009)
- Empire State Human feat. Wolfgang Flür/Yamo - "Melancholic Afro" (featured on the album Audio Gothic, 2009)
- Giorgio Li Calzi feat. Wolfgang Flür – "Freakin' Out" (featured on the compilation Switched On Bob: A Tribute To Bob Moog, 2009)
- Cultural Attaches feat. Wolfgang Flür - "Golden Light" (featured on the Lazy Summer Vol 2 compilation, mixed by Chris Coco; 2011)
- Rauch, Sandra (June 2008). Die Bedeutung von Jugendkultur in der Jugendphase am Beispiel"techno" (in German). Grin Verlag. p. 44. ISBN 978-3-638-95493-8. Retrieved 11 August 2010.
- Flür, Wolfgang (29 November 2000). Kraftwerk: I Was a Robot. Sanctuary Publishing. ISBN 1-86074-320-X.