The band's first entirely electronic album, it is a concept album organized around the theme Radio Stars - Kraftwerk - Radio-Activity radio communication. The hyphenated album title Radio Stars - Kraftwerk - Radio-Activity Kraftwerk's typical deadpan humour, being a pun on the twin themes of the songs, half being about radioactivity and the other half about activity on the radio. More word plays are evident in the track listing: "Radio Stars", which as a title could refer to pop stars, but upon listening is revealed to be about quasars and pulsars.
It was the first Kraftwerk album to feature use of the distinctive Vako Orchestron keyboard choir, string and organ soundswhich the group had purchased on their recent US Autobahn tour and the Moog Micromoog which was used extensively on this album. Notably, it provided the harsh sounds on the track "Antenna".
The band's custom-built electronic percussion Jaguar - John Wallis / Daves Funnybones / Maurice Pop / Heinz Hötter / Various - Untitled featured heavily in the sound, and extensive use was made of the vocoder. Radio Stars - Kraftwerk - Radio-Activity the first time the group did not use flute, violin or guitars.
The compositions on Radio-Activity were published by their own newly set up Kling Klang Verlag music publishing company, giving them greater financial control over the use of songwriting output. Also, the album was the first to bear the fruit of Kling Klang as an established vanity label under the group's new licensing deal with EMI. The album reached No. The title track " Radioactivity " was released as a single, and became a hit in France after it was used as the theme to a popular music show.
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Radio-Activity is sonically muted, at times fragile and beautiful. Radio-Activity opens with the accelerating pulse of the minute long intro "Geiger Counter", which is meant to simulate the sounds made by a Geiger counter as it approaches radioactive objects. Pokoj Vječni Requiem Aeternam - Dialogos - Katarina Livljanić - Terra Adriatica.
Chants Sacrés Des T song refers both to radioactivitythe process by which the nucleus of an unstable atom loses energy by emitting radiation, and the act of listening to recorded sounds and the radio with the line 'Tune into the melody'. It is followed by a song about the radio specifically, shortwave radioentitled "Radioland". It features a choral keyboard pad in the background, which was later sampled by British rock band New Order on their highly acclaimed song " Blue Monday ".
Radio-Activity closes with "Ohm Sweet Ohm", which begins with a Votrax voice singing the titular phrase. The song continues with a synth melody as the other instruments Radio Stars - Kraftwerk - Radio-Activity . It slowly accelerates over time before fading out.
Radio-Activity was released to mixed reviews, with Rolling Stone criticizing the album: " In a retrospective review, Jason Ankeny from AllMusic called the album "a pivotal record in the group's continuing development" and stated that it "marked Kraftwerk's return to more obtuse territory, extensively utilizing static, oscillatorsand even Cage -like moments of silence".
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For other uses of "Radio activity" and "radioactivity", see Radioactivity disambiguation. For the animated film, see Ohm Sweet Ohm film.
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