PMC evokes dance club scene at Kraftwerk electronic music exhibition

Studio speaker manufacturer PMC has installed a 7.1 surround sound system in the Design Museum London, as part of its Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers exhibition. The installation is designed to evoke the immersive sound of a dance club, ‘transporting visitors through the people, art, design, technology and photography that captured and shaped the electronic music landscape.’

Postponed from earlier in the year, the exhibition focuses on legendary electronic music pioneers Kraftwerk and the band’s 50-year impact on the club scene. 

The sound system is based on PMC’s result6 compact nearfield monitors, and forms part of a 3D show capturing the band’s music and stage performances. 

“Kraftwerk has been using PMC speakers for many years and compiled their audio/video documentary collection, 3-D Kraftwerk Concert, on a PMC 9.1 Dolby Atmos set-up consisting of IB2S, twotwo6 and twotwo8 monitors, with a twotwo Sub2 active subwoofer,” says PMC Business Development Manager Chris Allen. “The system at The Design Museum complements the signal accuracy, excellent dispersion and unparalleled level of image integrity of their main system and allow the museum to convey the clarity and transient response that Kraftwerk demand, particularly at low levels.”

A spokesperson for Kraftwerk says the band invited PMC to support them at the London electro exhibition because they wanted to recreate the same sonic experience for the public as they have in their Kling Klang Studio in Düsseldorf.  That studio features a combination of PMC monitors in an Atmos configuration, which has successfully produced a number of extraordinarily immersive mixes. 

Often referred to as the ‘Godfathers of electronic music’, Kraftwerk pioneered the genre in the 1970s and had an enormous influence on other bands, including The Chemical Brothers. Alongside the Kraftwerk 3D show, the Design Museum’s exhibition will allow visitors to step into the visual world of The Chemical Brothers, as sound and vision interact to create a new three-dimensional experience by Smith & Lyall, built around the Grammy Award-winning track Got to Keep On.

The exhibition will also capture the mood and sounds of dance floors from Detroit to Chicago, Paris, Berlin and the UK’s thriving scene. Over 400 objects from the likes of Detroit techno legends Jeff Mills and Richie Hawtin, Haçienda designer Ben Kelly and the extreme visual world created by Weirdcore for Aphex Twin’s Collapse will be on show, and visitors will also have the chance to discover early pioneers like Daphne Oram and the seminal BBC Radiophonic Workshop.

Electronic: From Kraftwerk to The Chemical Brothers runs until February 14 2021.