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Minimum-Maximum is the first official live album release by Kraftwerk, released in June 2005, almost 35 years after the group gave their first live performance. It features two CDs of tracks recorded on their world tour during 2004, including concerts in Warsaw, Moscow, Berlin, London, Budapest, Tallinn, Riga, Tokyo and San Francisco.

Like many of their studio albums, Minimum-Maximum was released in two different language versions: the band's native German, and English for the international market, though of the 23 tracks on the album, only the recordings of "The Model", "Radioactivity", "Trans-Europe Express"/"Metal on Metal", "Computer World", "Pocket Calculator" and "The Robots" are actually different between the releases. The album title, an excerpt from the lyrics of the song "Elektro-Kardiogramm" (which only exists in an English-language version), is the same for both German and English versions.

In an interview for Mojo Magazine, Ralf Hütter regretted the fact that they could not include recordings from their 2004 concert in Santiago de Chile:

“We have great recordings from Santiago, Chile, but couldn’t incorporate them into Minimum-Maximum because we’d already mixed the album,” says Ralf. “The Chileans were the only audience in the world who clap in time, in perfect synchronisation.”[1][2]

The album was also released as a double live concert DVD with DTS 5.1 sound on 5 December 2005.

The track "Planet of Visions", is a reworked version of the song "Expo 2000", based on a 2001 remix by Underground Resistance.

The vocoder text "Sellafield 2" at the start of "Radioactivity"/"Radioaktivität" is included for the first time on the CD and DVD set. The intro vocoder text before "The Man-Machine"/"Die Mensch-Maschine" is included only on the DVD release.

Minimum-Maximum was nominated for a Grammy Award for Best Electronic/Dance Album in 2006.

This album has been released with the Copy Control protection system in some regions.

Track listingEdit

English versionEdit

Disc oneEdit

  1. "The Man-Machine" (Karl Bartos, Florian Schneider, Ralf Hütter) Warsaw, Congress Hall - 27.05.04 – 7:55
  2. "Planet of Visions" (Fritz Hilpert, Hütter, Florian Schneider) Ljubljana, Križanke - 24.05.04 – 4:45
  3. "Tour de France Étape 1" (Hilpert, Hütter, Maxime Schmitt, Schneider) Riga, Olimpiska Hall - 29.05.04 – 4:22
  4. "Chrono" (Hilpert, Hütter, Schneider, Schmitt) Riga, Olimpiska Hall - 29.05.04 – 1:29
  5. "Tour de France Étape 2" (Hilpert, Hütter, Schmitt, Schneider) Riga, Olimpiska Hall - 29.05.04 – 4:48
  6. "Vitamin" (Hilpert, Hütter) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex - 03.06.04 – 6:41
  7. "Tour de France" (Bartos, Hütter, Schmitt, Schneider) Paris, Le Grand Rex - 22.03.04 – 6:18
  8. "Autobahn" (Hütter, Schneider, Emil Schult) Berlin, Tempodrom - 25.03.04 – 8:51
  9. "The Model" (Bartos, Hütter, Schult) London, Brixton Academy - 20.03.04 – 3:41
  10. "Neon Lights" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) London, Royal Festival Hall - 18.03.04 – 5:58

Disc twoEdit

  1. "Radioactivity" (Hütter, Schneider, Schult) Warsaw, Congress Hall - 27.05.04 – 7:41
  2. "Trans Europe Express" (Hütter, Schult) Budapest, László Papp Budapest Sports Arena - 25.05.04 – 5:01
  3. "Metal on Metal" (Hütter) Budapest, László Papp Budapest Sports Arena - 25.05.04 – 4:28
  4. "Numbers" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) San Francisco, The Warfield - 28.04.04 – 4:27
  5. "Computer World" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex - 03.06.04 – 2:55
  6. "Home Computer" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Warsaw, Congress Hall - 27.05.04 – 5:55
  7. "Pocket Calculator" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex - 03.06.04 – 2:58
  8. "Dentaku" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Tokyo, Shibuya-AX - 04.03.04 – 3:15
  9. "The Robots" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex - 03.06.04 – 7:23
  10. "Elektro Kardiogramm" (Hilpert, Hütter) Tallinn, Exhibition Hall - 30.05.04 – 4:41
  11. "Aéro Dynamik" (Hilpert, Hütter, Schneider, Schmitt) Riga, Olimpiska Hall - 29.05.04 – 7:14
  12. "Music Non Stop" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex - 03.06.04 – 9:51

German versionEdit

Disc oneEdit

  1. "Die Mensch-Maschine" (Karl Bartos, Florian Schneider, Ralf Hütter) Warsaw, Congress Hall – 7:55
  2. "Planet der Visionen" (Fritz Hilpert, Hütter, Florian Schneider) Ljubljana, Križanke – 4:45
  3. "Tour de France (Étape 1)" (Hilpert, Hütter, Maxime Schmitt, Schneider) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 4:22
  4. "Chrono" (Hilpert, Hütter, Schneider, Schmitt) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 1:29
  5. "Tour de France (Étape 2)" (Hilpert, Hütter, Schmitt, Schneider) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 4:48
  6. "Vitamin" (Hilpert, Hütter) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex – 6:41
  7. "Tour de France" (Bartos, Hütter, Schmitt, Schneider) Paris, Le Grand Rex – 6:18
  8. "Autobahn" (Hütter, Schneider, Emil Schult) Berlin, Tempodrom – 8:51
  9. "Das Modell" (Bartos, Hütter, Schult) Berlin, Tempodrom – 3:41
  10. "Neonlicht" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) London, Royal Festival Hall – 5:58

Disc twoEdit

  1. "Radioaktivität" (Hütter, Schneider, Schult) Tallinn, Exhibition Hall – 7:41
  2. "Trans-Europa Express" (Hütter, Schult) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 3:21
  3. "Abzug" (Hütter) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 1:40
  4. "Metall auf Metall" (Hütter) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 4:28
  5. "Nummern" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) San Francisco, The Warfield – 4:27
  6. "Computerwelt" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider, Schult) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 2:55
  7. "Heimcomputer" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Warsaw, Congress Hall – 5:55
  8. "Taschenrechner" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Berlin, Tempodrom – 2:58
  9. "Dentaku" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Tokyo, Shibuya-AX – 3:15
  10. "Die Roboter" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Berlin, Tempodrom – 7:23
  11. "Elektro Kardiogramm" (Hilpert, Hütter) Tallinn, Exhibition Hall – 4:41
  12. "Aero Dynamik" (Hilpert, Hütter, Schneider, Schmitt) Riga, Olimpiska Hall – 7:14
  13. "Music Non-Stop" (Bartos, Hütter, Schneider) Moscow, Luzhniki Olympic Complex – 9:51

In the German version of the track listing (as on The Mix album) after "Trans-Europa Express" is an extra title, "Abzug", followed by "Metall auf Metall". For the international version of the album the title "Abzug" was dropped and the music incorporated as part of "Trans-Europe Express", thus making the disc appear to be one track shorter. The original 1977 German album has these track titles in a different order, though the music is basically the same arrangement.

NotebookEdit

A special edition box set entitled Notebook, comprising both the DVDs and audio CDs plus a commemorative hardback book of tour photos, was also issued, in both German- and English-language versions. The box is designed to resemble a laptop computer, with the front cover of the book being the keyboard (with German keyboard layout).

PersonnelEdit

  • Ralf Hütter – vocals, software synthesizers, sequencing
  • Florian Schneider – supplementary vocals, software synthesizers, sequencing
  • Fritz Hilpert – software synthesizers, sequencing, sound engineer (album mix)
  • Henning Schmitz – software synthesizers, sequencing, sound engineer (album mix)

EquipmentEdit

The performances were created using 10 Sony VAIO laptops containing Mobile Intel Pentium 4 M processors. Four were used for audio, running Steinberg Cubase SX, the remaining 6 provided the video system.

Since 2002 all sounds have been created using virtual technology (i.e. software replicating and replacing original analogue or digital equipment). According to Fritz Hilpert, interviewed in 2009, "the mobility of music technology and the reliability of the notebooks and software have greatly simplified the realization of complex touring setups: we generate all sounds on the laptops in real time and manipulate them with controller maps. It takes almost no time to get our compact stage system set up for performance. […] This way, we can bring our Kling-Klang Studio with us on stage. The physical light weight of our equipment also translates into an enormous ease of use when working with software synthesizers and sound processors. Every tool imaginable is within immediate reach or just a few mouse clicks away on the Internet."[3]

ReferencesEdit

  1. Dante de Conti & Marcelo Duarte (2011-01-28). DATA - INTERVIEWS - MOJO MAGAZINE - RALF HÜTTER - AUGUST 2005 - 2012-MAR-1 ::::. Kraftwerk.Technopop.Com.Br. Retrieved on 2012 March 1.
  2. Same interview retrieved via Google cache
  3. Interview: The Future Is Virtual – Music Tech Talk With Fritz Hilpert, Sounds & Performance magazine, 2009

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