Frank Rothkamm [ Kraftwerk Computer World ]

‘Computer World’ or “Computerwelt” is an album by the German band Kraftwerk which was one of the first bands to exclusively use electronic synthesizers. ‘Computer Welt’ was released in 1981 on vinyl and it ventured into the then emerging world of computers. But only thematically, because the album was entirely made with analog synthesizers, played by custom-made analog sequencers that only Kraftwerk had.

The only true digital diversion was the Texas Instruments handheld computer, marketed under the “Speak & Spell” moniker, which was featured prominently on the track ‘Pocket Calculator’, although it played a minor musical role.

Taken as a whole, the album pretends to be something it is not. It goes to great lengths to sound and even look digital, but it does it the same way in which actors who play robots or play with them: ‘I am a robot - beep beep’.

In 2016 I decided to do a Derrida-like deconstruction or Dekonstruktion of ‘Kraftwerk’s Computer World’, but to reverse the roles played by technology. I took the original record and while listening, re-recorded each instrument one at a time by ear only, including all the vocals. I did not use any modern “error-correction” or quantization methods. Every instrument was played via a vintage digital keyboard in my studio, which housed arguably the largest collection of hardware synthesizers from the mid 80s through the mid 90s in Los Angeles at that time.

This compositional methodology is similar to the Resident’s ‘Third Reich n Roll” album. They took 1950s and 1960s songs, played along with them, and then discarded the originals.

‘Craft Work’ is a work of musical craft, the ability to replicate and improvise variations on musical parts extracted by ear from a recording in real-time. I played along with the ‘Computer World’ record, instrument by instrument, and then I discarded the original. I am a believer in first takes, but heavily edited ones.

This I put out as ‘Kraftwerk’s Computer World’ with my main distributor Google, on YouTube and Play. To my never ending surprise the album was mostly ignored, except by Google’s automated copyright lawyers. Even though I clearly indicated on the album title and on each song title the Kraftwerk-ian source, only the first song I recorded, ‘Computer World’, was detected, so the album was reduced to one track, a Single, really. To my never ending surprise, the rest of the material was declared original Rothkamm as all lyrics and instrumental parts were supposedly augmented, mutated or varied enough to make up a new species of music. Thus is the wisdom of Google’s robot lawyers.


Facebook on my own computer
Twitter myself into the future
WhatsApp on my own computer
Instagram myself into the future

Google Maps on my own computer
YouTube myself into the future
Reddit on my own computer
SnapChat myself into the future

Chrome on my own computer
Safari myself into the future
Edge on my own computer
Firefox myself into the future

Linux on my own computer
Android myself into the future
Windows on my own computer
OSX myself into the future


TCP and XML HMTL and JavaScript

US-A and Latin-8 WTF and USB


Haskell, Python, R, C++
Ruby, Shell, Go, Objective C


It's more time to rebuke
It's more time to rebuke

It's more time to rebuke
It's more time to rebuke

It's more time to rebuke
It's more time to rebuke


It's more time to rebuke
It's more fun to rebuke
More fun to rebuke
It's more fun to rebuke



Eins, zwei, drei, fier, fünf
Sieben, acht

Eins, zwei, drei, fier, fünf, sechs, sieben, acht
One, two

Uno, due, tre, quattro
Uno, due, tre, quattro
Uno, due, tre, quattro

One, two

Chi, nyi, sum, shi
Tari, tara, tarum

Chi, nyi, sum, shi
Tari, tara, tarum

Chi, nyi, sum, shi
Tari, tara, tarum


I'm the operator with my mortage calculator
I'm the operator with my mortage calculator
I'm the operator with my mortage calculator

30-year fixed

Compound interest

Down payment
Interest rate
Origination fee

And closing


1, 2, 3
5, 6, 7

1, 2, 3, 4
1, 2, 3, 4, 5


1, 2, 3, 4, 5
2, 3, 4, 5

1, 3, 4, 5
1, 2, 3, 4, 5


1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8

1, 2, 3, 4, 5


Catalog No: FLX119 (LN482)
Title: Kraftwerk Computer World
Sound Artist: Frank Rothkamm
Visual Artist: Holger Rothkamm
Label: Flux Records
Length: 29:24 (1764s)
Composed: 2016
Location: Los Angeles
Instruments: Williams WP1
Roland JV-1080
Kurzweil K2500
Korg M3R
Studio Projects C1
Release Date: 04/17/2017
Format: Digital
Tags: electronic
165 ALBUMs
23 CSOUND   
30 IFORMM   
29 OTHER   
26 PIANO   
136 SOLO   
794 TRACKs
1594 MP3s
109 PDFs

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