The Culture Corner: The Matrix Of Kraftwerk's 'Computer World' 40 Years On : World Cafe : World Cafe Words and Music from WXPN Celebrating its 40th anniversary this year, John Morrison revisits Kraftwerk's Computer World and its importance then and now.
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The Culture Corner: Kraftwerk's 'Computer World'

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The Culture Corner: Revisit The Matrix Of Kraftwerk's 'Computer World' 40 Years On

The Culture Corner: Revisit The Matrix Of Kraftwerk's 'Computer World' 40 Years On

The Culture Corner: Kraftwerk's 'Computer World'

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Kraftwerk perform during the Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, Autobahn (1974) at The Museum of Modern Art on April 10, 2012 in New York City. Mike Coppola/Getty Images hide caption

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Kraftwerk perform during the Kraftwerk - Retrospective 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8, Autobahn (1974) at The Museum of Modern Art on April 10, 2012 in New York City.

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  • "Pocket Calculator"
  • "Computer World"
  • "Numbers"
  • "Home Computer"

These days, computers are everywhere — this show could be streaming on your laptop or a tiny computer you might know better as the smartphone. Back in 1981, when Kraftwerk released its album Computer World, things were a bit different. The idea of a home computer and technology being so close to humanity was a novel thing. It was something to seriously consider as part of the future. Kraftwerk was able to do so through music.

John Morrison returns with another edition of The Culture Corner. He enters the matrix of Kraftwerk's Computer World, which celebrates its 40th anniversary this year, discussing its importance then and now.

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