Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider has died, aged 73

Kraftwerk’s Florian Schneider has died, aged 73

Florian Schneider-Esleben, the co-founder of the legendary electronic group, Kraftwerk, has died aged 73 of cancer.

Schneider formed the influential group and multimedia project with Ralf Hutter in 1970.

The news was confirmed to the Guardian by one of his musical collaborators, who said Schneider had died a week ago and had a private burial. It was also confirmed via Sony Berlin.

Schneider first learned to play the flute as a child; later he employed electronic elements and effects on the instrument that allowed him to play it like a bass, before creating an electronic version.

Kraftwerk — with its use of electronic instruments that included homemade and custom-built devices — has been widely credited with pioneering electronic music and influencing various genres across the musical spectrum.