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Karl Bartos (born 31 May 1952) is a German musician and composer. He was, between 1975 and 1990, along with Wolfgang Flür, an electronic percussionist in the electronic-music group Kraftwerk. He was originally recruited to play on its US "Autobahn" tour. In addition to his percussion playing, Bartos was credited with songwriting on the ''Man-Machine'', ''Computer World'', and ''Electric Café'' albums and sang one lead vocal on the latter. Bartos, who was born in Berchtesgaden, Germany, left the group in 1990, reportedly frustrated at the slow progress in the group's activities because of the increasingly perfectionist attitude of founding members Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider. In 1992 Bartos founded Elektric Music. This new project released the Kraftwerk-style ''Esperanto'' in 1993, and then the more guitar-based ''Electric Music'' in 1998. In between the two albums, Bartos collaborated with Bernard Sumner and Johnny Marr on Electronic's 1996 album ''Raise the Pressure'', and co-wrote material with Andy McCluskey which appeared on both ''Esperanto'' and Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark's ''Universal'' album. In 1998, he also produced an album by Swedish synthpop band the Mobile Homes, much in the style of his work with Electronic: guitar-pop with very slight synthetic references. It was received as a great disappointment to synthpop fans, but it sold more than any of their previous albums and was used in TV advertisements for an airline to moderate success. In 1992 Elektric Music were asked to remix Afrika Bambaataa's song ''Planet Rock'' for release on a remix album. Ironically, Planet Rock was the subject of an out-of-court settlement between Kraftwerk and Tommy Boy Records head Tom Silverman, as it uses significant parts from both Kraftwerk's "Trans-Europe Express" and "Numbers". In 2003, using his own name, he released the synthpop album ''Communication'', featuring such songs as "I'm the Message," "Camera," and "Ultraviolet." In 2007 his music provided the soundtrack to the documentary ''Moebius Redux - A Life in Pictures'', about the influential graphic artist Jean Giraud. Karl Bartos announced in early 2008 that he had opened the first edition of the audio-visual exhibition ''Crosstalk'' for public viewing at the white cube section on the official Karl Bartos website. The program holds 21 films, remixes, cover versions, and mash-ups from Sweden, Belgium, the Netherlands, Germany, United Kingdom, the USA, and Japan. In March, 2011, Karl Bartos released ''Mini-Composer'', an iPhone app. It's a simple 16 steps sequencer with 4 basic waves synthesizer. It has been designed with Japanese artist Masayuki Akamatsu and the executive producer is Jean-Marc Lederman. On 15 March, 2013 he released his next studio album, ''Off the Record'' preceded by "Atomium" the first single taken from the album "Off the Record". The 7" version was limited to 1.000 pieces, released worldwide 1st February 2013.Wikipedia This entry is from Wikipedia, the user-contributed encyclopedia. It may not have been reviewed by professional editors and is licensed under the GNU Free Documentation License. If you find the biography content factually incorrect, defamatory or highly offensive you can edit this article at Wikipedia.