8-Bit Operators: The Music of Kraftwerk

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8-Bit Operators: The Music of Kraftwerk
Studio album by
8-Bit Operators

8-Bit Operators: The Music of Kraftwerk was released [1] in 2007 by the group 8-Bit Operators [2][3][4] on Kraftwerk's US label Astralwerks and EMI Records worldwide. It features cover versions of Kraftwerk songs by several prominent chiptune artists.[5]

In March 2007, the CD release reached as high as number 1 on the CMJ RPM (North American college Electronic) charts.[6][7]


Inspiration for the project as quoted by Jeremy Kolosine[8][9] (credited as Executive Producer of the release, and noted founder of the early 80's electronic group Futurisk and chipmusic band Receptors.)[10]

Well the first thing that comes to my mind when I saw a gameboy show was Kraftwerk's Computer World Tour from 1981, where four of them played various handheld devices during the song 'Pocket Calculator'. Plus it came up in a print from a Glomag quote, and an 8 Bit Weapon April Fool's joke that backfired.

This Kraftwerk covers compilation was somewhat unusual in the fact that Kraftwerk's Ralf Hütter selected the final track line-up.[8][11]

In a subsequent interview, when asked about the 8-Bit Operators release, Ralf Hütter responded:[12]

It is mind stimulating, the minimum/maximum coming from sound levels and thoughts and ideas. Like Autobahn and Trans-Europe Express are very basic and elementary ideas, but they offer a pattern or concept for improvisation.

CD Track listing[edit]

No.TitlePerforming artist(s)Length
1."The Robots (Die Roboter)"Bacalao3:29
2."Pocket Calculator"Glomag3:54
3."Computer Love"Covox3:40
4."Showroom Dummies"Role Model3:59
5."The Model"Nullsleep3:57
6."Radioactivity"David E.Sugar4:12
7."Kristallo"Oliver Wittchow4:22
8."Spacelab"8-Bit Weapon4:54
9."Computer World (Computerwelt)"firestARTer4:26
10."Electric Café"Neotericz4:03
11."Trans-Europe Express"Receptors4:02
12."Tanzmusik"Herbert Weixelbaum3:58
13."It's More Fun to Compute"Bubblyfish3:52
14."Antenna"Bit Shifter3:48
15."The Man-Machine (Die Mensch-Maschine)"gwEm and Counter Reset4:06


A vinyl 12-inch single version was released on 24 February 2007 as a precursor to the full-length CD, and reached as high as number 17[13] on the Billboard magazine Hot Dance Singles Sales Chart.

Side A of the vinyl consisted of 8-Bit Operators' "Pocket Calculator (Megamix)" version by Glomag (featuring 0x7f, Bit Shifter, Bubblyfish, firestARTer, Hey Kid Nice Robot, Ladybug, M-.-n, Nullsleep, Psilodump, Random, Sidabitball, and David E Sugar).

Side B was an alternate cover of Kraftwerk's "The Robots" by the Los Angeles chipmusic rap group 8-Bit.


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  10. ^ Chaos Control Digizine – music interviews, news, and more!. Chaoscontrol.com (2007-02-06). Retrieved on 2011-03-02.
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  13. ^ Hot Dance Singles Sales Pocket Calculator Almusic.com (charts-awards/billboard-singles) retrieved September 20, 2011