Tone Float

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Tone Float
Tone Float RCA-SF8111.jpg
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1970
ProducerConny Plank & Organisation
Professional ratings
Review scores
Allmusic3/5 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][3]

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 left Kraftwerk shortly afterwards to form Neu!.

Track listing[edit]

All tracks are written by Organisation.

Side one
1."Tone Float"20:46
Side two
2."Milk Rock"5:24
3."Silver Forest"3:19
4."Rhythm Salad"4:04
Detail from the back cover of the 1970 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 June 1970 RCA Victor Vinyl SF 8111



  1. ^ Klaus Kehrle. "Tone Float - Organisation". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  2. ^ Interview in Select magazine, 1991
  3. ^ Pascal Bussy: "Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music", SAF Publishing Ltd., Reprinted 1993, 1997, 1999: pp. 26
  4. ^ Tone Float (LP). Organisation. Great Britain: RCA-Victor. 1970. SF 8111.CS1 maint: others (link)
  5. ^ "Organisation – Tone Float". Retrieved 2 September 2012.