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Rebecca Allen, the Kraftwerk animator



I stumbled upon the website of Rebecca Allen just now, for the first time in many years. Allen is the visual artist, computer graphics designer and animator responsible for Kraftwerk's Musique Non-Stop video, as well as the 3D rendition of the Kraftwerk members heads as visible on all records from the "Electric Café" era.


This was all done in 1985. The development of the graphics and animations, which demanded new software developed specifically for this purpose, was carried out in the computer graphics laboratories at New York Institute of Technology. The musique Non-Stop music video was the first music video ever to feature rendered 3D graphics.



Visit Rebecca Allen's site for a slide show of pictures, including the unused one in the middle of this article - a photo that clearly implies that "Electric Café" really was going to be named "Techno Pop".

2 comments:

Anonymous said...

"The musique Non-Stop music video was the first music video ever to feature rendered 3D graphics."

This is wrong. It was among the first and better ones, but Dire Straits had "Money for nothing" in 1984, showing longer 3d rendered sequences.

Anonymous said...

Devo was using rendered 3D images in their videos as far back as 1982. (See: "Peek-a-boo" / "Time Out For Fun")