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Ex-Kraftwerk Karl Bartos goes ‘Off the Record’ with Sennheiser

Hamburg-based record label Bureau B and Sennheiser presented an audio-visual installation of ex-Kraftwerk member Karl Bartos’ latest album, Off The Record, at Rough Trade East in London.

Sennheiser headphones played a key role in an audio-visual installation of Karl Bartos’ newest album Off The Record at legendary record store Rough Trade East in London last week. Bartos, best known as one of the four “classic” members of Kraftwerk, was on hand to sign autographs as fans rotated between three stations of looped film, including an exclusive premiere of Bartos’ original demo recordings and musical jottings written between 1977 and 1993. Each station included several pairs of Sennheiser HD 201 headphones. According to Sennheiser marketing manager Steve Dalton, the HD 201’s were chosen for their cost effectiveness (£24.99 retail), low impedance and closed-back design. “The surroundings need to be blocked out, something Karl and his label were keen to achieve,” he said. During his time with Kraftwerk, Bartos kept a “secret acoustic diary.” Off The Record is the reinterpretation of pieces of that archive.