Kraftwerk’s It’s More Fun To Compute

This is an unofficial cover version & video for Kraftwerk’s It’s More Fun To Compute – The Minimal Mix.

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After attending a Kraftwerk concert in Randers, Denmark, I just had to realize this classic track from the Computerwelt album.

I aimed for a quite straight version, albeit updated to a modern-day minimal house/techno sound.

I did the video in the style of the good ol’ Germans, hand-creating ~150 video frames in Adobe Photoshop and cutting them all together in Premiere.

I used the following gear on the track.:

  • Clavia Nord Lead 2X (bass, leads/pads, sequences, drums)
  • Ableton Vocoder
  • SugarBytes Efectrix (FX sequencer for drums)
  • PSP VintageWarmer for mastering
  • Ableton Live 8 (sequencing, etc.)

In a way, it’s a “demo reel” for the Nord Lead 2X as well.

3 thoughts on “Kraftwerk’s It’s More Fun To Compute

  1. Your rendition is pretty good .. but there's something missing.

    Try listening to the orig track .. there's a "feel" to it. There's TONS of emotion, mate.

    Try to understand that we, as 16-year-olds, went to school each day not knowing if the Russians were going to launch missiles at us (here in the US – Germany was the in-between point).

    This music wasn't just an electronic "joke."

    Cheesy computers, and bored air-force personnel sitting at NORAD consoles held ALL our lives in their hands. The human race almost never survived the 80's.

    Don't get me wrong .. your rendition is more modern .. but it's lacking the gloom .. as well as the hope for survival .. we faced in the 80's.

    Even today my fear of nuclear death is more real than being killed by some cheap Afghanistan IED.

    In the early 80's, we humans were on the brink of destruction.

    This music helped us quell that fear. Made it possible to go to school the next day. I imagine like the kids at Columbine might have felt.

    Please don't make this music a cliche.

    There was a reason behind it.

    Search for that reason .. and you will understand why this music endures. Why Kraftwerk endures.

  2. Your rendition is pretty good .. but there's something missing.

    Try listening to the orig track .. there's a "feel" to it. There's TONS of emotion, mate.

    Try to understand that we, as 16-year-olds, went to school each day not knowing if the Russians were going to launch missiles at us (here in the US – Germany was the in-between point).

    This music wasn't just an electronic "joke."

    Cheesy computers, and bored air-force personnel sitting at NORAD consoles held ALL our lives in their hands. The human race almost never survived the 80's.

    Don't get me wrong .. your rendition is more modern .. but it's lacking the gloom .. as well as the hope for survival .. we faced in the 80's.

    Even today my fear of nuclear death is more real than being killed by some cheap Afghanistan IED.

    In the early 80's, we humans were on the brink of destruction.

    This music helped us quell that fear. Made it possible to go to school the next day. I imagine like the kids at Columbine might have felt.

    Please don't make this music a cliche.

    There was a reason behind it.

    Search for that reason .. and you will understand why this music endures. Why Kraftwerk endures.

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