Artists in the electronic music community are turning to social media, following the Wednesday (May 6) news of Florian Schneider’s death, to mourn the loss of the Kraftwerk founder.
“Farewell to the extraordinary Florian Schneider (1947-2020) of @kraftwerk – the man machine lives on through an astonishingly original back catalogue of inspirational music,” Scanner tweeted alongside a black-and-white photo of the electronic pioneer, while Midge Ure declared Schneider “way ahead of his time.”
While the German-born musician founded Kraftwerk in 1970 with collaborator Ralf Hütter, the group’s music would go on to inspire artists for decades, including the late David Bowie, who named instrumental track “V-2 Schneider” from his classic 1977 album “Heroes” after Schneider.
Check out more tributes to the late artist below.
Farewell to the extraordinary Florian Schneider (1947-2020) of @kraftwerk – the man machine lives on through an astonishingly original back catalogue of inspirational music. pic.twitter.com/yWF5UGwq8c
— Robin Rimbaud – Scanner (@robinrimbaud) May 6, 2020
Quoting Florian Schneider would be a disservice to his legacy and the intent of his work. The music says it all. Every single note. pic.twitter.com/s2Bs1lmepy
— Ghostly (@ghostly) May 6, 2020
RIP Florian Schneider from Kraftwerk! Co founder & vocoder don (middle, grey). Super influential group for me, reduction to the max was their mantra. His mate Karl (left) taught me music at Berlin University of the Arts. End of an era. Thanks for all the inspiration 🖤 pic.twitter.com/iDoa5ZQIJB
— Sacha Robotti 🦥👑 (@sacharobotti) May 6, 2020
Hearing some info that Florian Schneider has passed away. Very sad if true. Major influence. pic.twitter.com/V6BL9wVDyw
— Mark Farina (@djmarkfarina) May 6, 2020
Way ahead of his time. 🙏https://t.co/sbfeVEpSeZ
— midge ure💙 (@midgeure1) May 6, 2020
R.I.P Florian Schneider pic.twitter.com/VLJxHScqc1
— Pegboard Nerds (@PegboardNerds) May 6, 2020
aw RIP Florian Schneider❤️thanks for the music https://t.co/5xd8fLNAHY
— disasteradio / eyeliner in 2 person horse costume (@disasteradio) May 6, 2020