Father-Son Cover of The Robots by Kraftwerk

My 2016 winter project with Hudson is finished! Here are some notes about the production process.

Backstory: I discovered Kraftwerk when I was around 11 years old and became a huge fan. They inspired my love of electronic music–which I now enjoy sharing with my son. When a friend suggested that we should cover a Kraftwerk song, I knew The Robots would be fun to work on…

In addition to teaching my son about the production process and having fun with synths, I wanted to learn more about how Kraftwerk crafted their arrangements. It was also a great opportunity to study sound design and learn how to use some of my new synthesizers.

Almost all of the synths used to make the track were in the video: a Moog Mother-32 for bass, Roland JU-06 for chordal parts, Korg Arp Odyssey for various synth parts and a PO-12 Pocket Operator–a tiny drum machine by Teenage Engineering. Off-screen, we used a Novation MiniNova for Vocoding and I also layered a custom kick and clap to boost the PO-12 beat.

We loosely based our video off of the 1970s original from Kraftwerk. I made our neckties by soldering an led light kit. I used Ableton Live 9 for music production and Final Cut Pro X to edit the video. And, I had a little help with color correction from Hudson’s Mom, Scarlet–an awesome graphic designer. Also, Hudson insisted on having the counter on his head (at :23) so Scarlet helped photoshop his photo.

We hope you enjoy…The Robots!

First, check out the original version by Kraftwerk if you haven’t already seen and heard it:

And here is our cover: