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Move over stereo, Kraftwerk are releasing Dolby Atmos music Catalogue on Tidal

Multichannel music is getting a huge boost with the news that electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk are releasing their Grammy Award winning 2017 live album 3-D The Catalogue in Dolby Atmos immersive audio on Tidal HiFi and Amazon Music HD, July 3.

This is the first digital release of the album, which has already been released in a variety of Special Edition formats, including Blu-ray, CD and vinyl.

In addition, the stereo version of 3-D Der Katalog (aka the German language edition) will also be made available on digital platforms worldwide.

Simultaneously, the band is making the original German language versions of the five Kraftwerk studio albums (Trans Europa Express, Die Mensch-Maschine, Computerwelt, Techno Pop and The Mix) available to stream and download worldwide. This is the first time they have been made available globally, having been previously limited to Germany, Switzerland and Austria. 

Autobahn, Radio-Activity/Radio-Activität and Tour De France all have just one recording each available worldwide.

For fans, the opportunity to hear these albums in Kraftwerk’s native language is a long anticipated treat; the German version of the Computer World/Computerwelt album having been hailed as the definitive recording.

The availability of 3-D The Catalogue (and 3-D Der Katalog) in Dolby Atmos is also a significant development for the Dolby Atmos Music format. Dolby Atmos Music is mixed to completely surround listeners with a 360 degree soundstage.

The availability of 3-D The Catalogue in Dolby Atmos is a significant development for the Dolby Atmos Music format…

3-D The Catalogue is available in a variety of physical editions

Subscribers to Tidal can stream Dolby Atmos from the Tidal app in media players like Amazon’s Fire TV player, directly to a Dolby Atmos home cinema system or soundbar.

Amazon Music HD subscribers are currently limited to using the Amazon Echo Studio speaker.

Kraftwerk were formed in Düsseldorf, Germany 1970 by Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. All the Kraftwerk albums were produced in their electronic Kling Klang Studio.

Blending electronic dance beats with synthesised voices and robotic rhythms, the band had a huge influence on Hip Hop, techno and synth-pop. Kraftwerk founders Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider were honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Grammy Award in 2014, .

Their immersive 3-D The Catalogue 12345678 live show has played festivals and art museums, beginning with a performance at the Venice Biennale in 2005. Their first retrospective was held at The Museum of Modern Art, New York in 2012, followed by a further presentation at Kunstsammlung Nordrhein-Westfalen in Düsseldorf in January 2013. The band has since toured The Catalogue 12345678 show through the Tate Modern Turbine Hall (London), Akasaka Blitz (Tokyo), Opera House (Sydney), Walt Disney Concert Hall (Los Angeles), Fondation Louis Vuitton (Paris), Neue National Galerie (Berlin) and Guggenheim Museum (Bilbao). 

In 2018, Kraftwerk won a Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for 3-D The Catalogue 12345678, a complete 3D Audio and Video retrospective of their albums.

Always looking to break new frontiers, the band partnered with the European Space Agency, in July 2018, to host a live satellite link up with German astronaut Alexander Gerst on board the International Space Station. The astronaut joined the band in a performance of Spacelab from the 1978 release The Man-Machine.

About Steve May

Creator of Home Cinema Choice magazine, Steve muses and reviews for Trusted Reviews, T3, TechRadar, Home Cinema Choice, Ideal Home, The Luxe Review, Channel News and the i newspaper. He’s also the editor of professional home cinema website Inside CI, and contributor to industry trade magazine ERT. He's on Twitter and Instagram as @SteveMay_UK

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