Kraftwerk ("power station") are a German electronic music band formed in 1970 in Düsseldorf.
The signature Kraftwerk sound combines driving, repetitive rhythms with catchy melodies and a minimalistic and strictly electronic instrumentation. Throughout their career, Kraftwerk has pushed the limits of music technology with some notable innovations, such as self-made instruments and custom built devices. The group's simplified lyrics are at times sung through a vocoder or generated by computer-speech software.
Kraftwerk were one of the first groups to popularize electronic music and are considered pioneers in the field.