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Karl Bartos (1952)

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Karl Bartos was, between 1975 and 1990, along with Wolfgang Flür, an electronic percussionist in the electronic-music group Kraftwerk. He was originally recruited to play on its US "Autobahn" tour. In addition to his percussion playing, Bartos was credited with songwriting on the Man-Machine, Computer World, and Electric Café albums and sang one lead vocal on the latter.

He left the group in 1990, reportedly frustrated at the slow progress in the group's activities because of the increasingly perfectionist attitude of founding members Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider.

In 1992 Bartos founded Elektric Music. This new project released the Kraftwerk-style Esperanto in 1993, and then the more guitar-based Electric Music in 1998. In between the two albums, Bartos collaborated with Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr on Electronic's 1996 album Raise the Pressure, and co-wrote material with Andy McCluskey which appeared on both Esperanto and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's Universal album. In 1998, he also produced an album by Swedish synthpop band the Mobile Homes, much in the style of his work with Electronic: guitar-pop with very slight synthetic references. It was received as a great disappointment to synthpop fans, but it sold more than any of their previous albums and was used in TV advertisements for an airline to moderate success.

In 1992 Elektric Music were asked to remix Afrika Bambaataa's song Planet Rock for release on a remix album. Ironically, Planet Rock was the subject of an out-of-court settlement between Kraftwerk and Tommy Boy Records head Tom Silverman, as it uses significant parts from both Kraftwerk's Trans-Europe Express and Numbers.

In 2003, using his own name, he released the synthpop album Communication, featuring such songs as "I'm the Message," "Camera," and "Ultraviolet."

In 2007 his music provided the soundtrack to the documentary Moebius Redux - A Life in Pictures, about the influential graphic artist Jean Giraud.

Karl Bartos announced in early 2008 that he had opened the first edition of the audio-visual exhibition Crosstalk for public viewing at the white cube section on the official Karl Bartos website. The program holds 21 films, remixes, cover versions, and mash-ups from Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, the USA, and Japan.

On March, 2011, Karl Bartos released Mini-Composer, an iPhone app. It's a simple 16 steps sequencer with 4 basic waves synthesizer. It has been designed with Japanese artist Masayuki Akamatsu and the executive producer is Jean-Marc Lederman.


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Name Duration Released
Electronic Apeman 05:36 2003
Reality 04:40 2003
15 Minutes of Fame 04:10 2003
I'm The Message 05:01 2003
Another Reality 03:26 2003
The Camera 03:56 2003
Ultraviolet 04:07 2003
Interview 04:43 2003
Cyberspace 06:32 2003
Life 03:30 2003
Friends 04:27 1998
Another Day 05:04 1998
The Long Way 07:03 1998
Sunshine 05:41 1998
Falling 04:01 1998
The Young Urban Professional 04:42 1998
Shallow Grave 03:57 1998
Only a Dream 05:36 1998
Out of This World 03:49 1998
Together We Can Do It All 05:37 1998
Call on Me 03:34 1998
Kissing The Machine 05:05 1993
Show Business 03:20 1993
TV 05:44 1993
Esperanto 04:41 1993
Information 08:35 1993
Crosstalk 05:52 1993
Lifestyle 04:46 1993


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