In 2009, I wrote a piece about Kraftwerk's reissued discography, The Catalogue: Four Decades of Masterworks. Without delving into each album individually and distilling every seminal and necessary fiber, the goal at the time was to articulate the group's impact on modernity, which, in my mind, put them in the daunting position of having to constantly evolve alongside technology. Citing the group's 1991 LP The Mix, I wrote the following:
Florian Schneider, co-founder of Kraftwerk, passed away at the age of 73.
The most fitting tribute to an artist that I can think of is to fail at imagining the world without their contributions. Certainly there's no way to determine how the last 50 years of music, in all the various permutations, innovations, and excesses it's undergone, would've sounded without Florian Schneider.
Technology will remain in flux, but human beings determine its trajectory. It will never outrun art or music.