"We are upgrading"

Kraftwerk are working on new material, with Ralf Hütter claiming that a new album could arrive "soon".

A notoriously guarded beast, Kraftwerk operate on their own terms. A truly seminal group, the German pioneers have not offered any new material since the release of 'Tour de France' back in 2003.

Recently emerging to play a series of concerts at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, Ralf Hütter took time out to give fans an update on the group's status.

Speaking to the New York Times, Ralf Hütter gave a pleasingly robotic interview during which he revealed a number of ongoing plans. Stating that the band could release an album "soon" the producer continued by emphasising the band's work rate. “We didn’t fall asleep. The 168-hour week is still going on since the beginning, since 1970.”

Later, Ralf Hütter “Music is never finished. It starts again tomorrow. The record is just a record, but for us it’s nearly boring. We like better the programs that we can operate with. So we are operating, we are upgrading, we are updating continuously. There’s continuous reprogramming going on, and composition and new concepts are also coming”.

According to myth, Kraftwerk have been working furiously in Kling Klang - their Dusseldorf studio - for three decades, with little material seeing the light of day.

Amassing huge archives in the process, Kraftwerk drew on their stock imagery when constructing the shows at the Museum of Modern Art. During the interview, Ralf Hütter gave a few tantalising hints of what might reside in the Kling Klang vaults.

“In the archives there are some old visionary drawings where we envision notes coming out of the brain directly" he said. "We had all kinds of ideas, but it takes time to make them real. I’m not complaining. We’re been very lucky, especially for the technology developing as we were fantasizing.”

Sadly, though, there is no timescale for any Kraftwerk release.

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