Various8-Bit Operators - The Music Of Kraftwerk

Label:Astralwerks – ASW 71189, Astralwerks – 094637118924, ReceptorsMusic – 094637118924
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1BacalaoThe Robots (Die Roboter)3:30
2GlomagPocket Calculator3:54
3CovoxComputer Love3:41
4Role ModelShowroom Dummies
Written-ByRalf Hütter
5NullsleepThe Model3:57
6David E. Sugar*Radioactivity4:13
7Oliver WittchowKristallo4:23
88 Bit WeaponSpacelab
Written-ByKarl Bartos, Ralf Hütter
9firestARTerComputer World (Computerwelt)4:26
10NeotericzElectric Cafe4:04
11ReceptorsTrans-Europe Express
Written-ByEmil Schult, Ralf Hütter
12Herbert WeixelbaumTanzmusik3:58
13BubblyfishIt's More Fun To Compute3:52
14Bit ShifterAntenna3:48
15gwEm And Counter ResetThe Man-Machine (Die Mensch-Maschine)4:06

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A various artist covers compilation, featuring interpretations of classic Kraftwerk songs, arranged primarily on lo-bit handheld gaming devices, vintage video game consoles and obsolete 8 bit home computers ( such as Game Boys, Ataris, Nintendo systems and Commodore 64's ) now revered for the rich and distinctive sound of their lo-bit microchips. This video game-influenced branch of electronic music, sometimes referred to as ‘chiptune’, ‘bitpop’ or just ‘8-bit’, has developed a flourishing international live scene, and is one of the first new genres of music to use the internet to its fullest advantage, with the advent of home-brewed synth cartridges and hacker influenced musical tools.
The 8-BIT OPERATORS collection features some of the top 8-bit artists from North America, South America and Europe, a selection of the best musical innovators, and several of the inventors themselves.

Made in the USA.

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  • Barcode (Text): 0 94637 11892 4
  • Matrix / Runout: A 7301 094637118924 E61209-01
  • Mastering SID Code: IFPI L383
  • Mould SID Code: IFPI 6100
  • Other (mould impression, center hub): M1S3

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Title (Format)LabelCat#CountryYear
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8-Bit Operators - The Music Of Kraftwerk (CDr, Compilation, Promo)AstralwerksnoneUS2006
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The Music Of Kraftwerk (CD, Album, Compilation)Astralwerks, ReceptorsMusicASW 71189, 094637118924Europe2007
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8-Bit Operators - The Music Of Kraftwerk (CD, Compilation)Astralwerks, ReceptorsMusicTOCP-66867Japan2007
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The Music Of Kraftwerk (CD, Compilation, Unofficial Release)Astralwerks (2), Astralwerks (2)ASW 71189, 094637118924Russia2007
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The Music Of Kraftwerk (CD, Compilation, Unofficial Release)Astralwerks (2), Astralwerks (2)ASW 71189, 094637118924Russia2007



  • llama2uk's avatar
    My copy is one of the ones with a promo sticker on the disc. Should it have a separate listing?
    • skylt's avatar
      I really enjoy this compilation and rate it higher than most Kraftwerk cover collections and the reason for this is that my understanding of Kraftwerks music is that they intended the music to be naturalistic and perfect and perhaps reflect the reality of the future. This compilation has recreated Kraftwerk tunes with "old" 8-bit tools to recreate the music in an from our perspective today old-school bleepy way - but this old school machinery is more modern than Kraftwerks original instruments...
      • shakespace's avatar
        Edited 13 years ago
        The review by Crijevo appears to have some axe to grind, seeing as it's one of the only bad reviews written by anyone regarding this release. Keep in mind that Kraftwerk themselves approved this entire release and it's tracks.Most people get this album, some who are into more benign electronic music like Yanni do not.
        There are over 200 positive reviews of this album from reputable people from the likes of Wire mag Pitchfork and NPR, and barely 1 bad one amongst them!
        • Crijevo's avatar
          Edited 16 years ago
          While some of the tracks put it straight without Kraftwerk there would have never been any remotely similar electronic or say, advanced popular culture (be it computers or music); '8-bit Operators' sampler also proves how much damage is done out there now that Kraftwerk have been on constant recycling - their songs when covered have rarely been a case of further innovation; mostly just an ideal situation for countless electronic bands whose only true statement to Kraftwerk was their godfathers' massive influence.

          '8-bit operators' in its tiny bits offers some interesting moments but basically sounds like a preprogrammed set of Kraftwerk demos, without much substance - like an old commodore 64 in most cases (so imagine a primitive video game of 1986-era provided a silly soundtrack). The grooves are fine but they are not even sterile, sounding too empty to take us anywhere. While trying to understand the '8-bit' pixelation of sounds from one side and then, some pompous techno arrangements from the other, this compilation only fares better as 'this side' of far worse 'Trans Slovenia Express Vol. 2'.


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