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Organisation – Tone Float

Contributed by Matthijs Sluiter on May 6th, 2020. Artwork published in .
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Organisation was a predecessor of the band Kraftwerk. From Discogs:

Classically trained musicians Florian Schneider and Ralf Hütter formed Organisation in 1968. Their music was a mixture of sounds, feedback and rhythm. The band took part in various performances at art galleries and universities.

They recorded one album for RCA Victor early 1970. The line up was Fred Monicks on drums, Butch Hauf on bass, Basil Hammoudi on percussion, Florian Schneider on flute and violin and Ralf Hütter on organ. The original sales were poor but nowadays it is highly sought after and many bootleg releases exist.

Title and band name are set in Ringlet — like the esoteric illustration, an art nouveau typeface may not be the first thing that comes to mind when picking a typeface for electronic music. At the time though, it may not have been such an unusual choice – see for instance the cover of Klaus Schulze’s Irrlicht of two years later. Besides, little did Schneider and Hütter know about the future of electronic music. Additional information about the album is set in Univers. Helvetica is used for generic information.

The album art was designed by “Comus”, an alias used by Roger Wootton for RCA artwork. Wootton was also the band leader of a British rock band named Comus.

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1 Comment on “Organisation – Tone Float

  1. In later years, The album was re-released as a bootleg with the addition of “Kraftwerk~” (obviously to improve recognition / sales). The band name is set with the stencil lettering used for early Kraftwerk releases, with “Organisation” set in what looks like Helvetica Compressed.

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