Tone Float

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Tone Float
Studio album by
ReleasedJune 1970
ProducerConny Plank & Organisation
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Tone Float is the only LP by the German band Organisation zur Verwirklichung gemeinsamer Musikkonzepte (Organisation.) Organisation was a predecessor to Kraftwerk, which was formed by two members of the band, Ralf Hütter and Florian Schneider-Esleben, after the album's release.

Recording and release[edit]

The album was produced by Konrad "Conny" Plank. Of the album's recording, Hütter would later say:

The studio was in the middle of an oil refinery. When we came out of the door we could hear the sound of those big flames burning off the fumes – all kinds of industrial noises.[2][3]

Sales were poor and RCA opted to drop the band, which then dissolved following the departure of Hütter and Schneider-Esleben to Kraftwerk.

The album has never been officially reissued, although bootleg CDs, LPs and cassettes appeared since the 1990s. These often included a bonus audio-track, erroneously titled Vor dem blauen Bock, which in fact is an instrumental track named Rückstoß Gondoliere, from a 22 May 1971 performance by Kraftwerk on the Bremen Beat-Club TV show. This song features the short-lived line-up of Florian Schneider, Michael Rother and Klaus Dinger (Ralf Hütter had left the group during this period to study architecture). Rother and Dinger left Kraftwerk shortly afterwards to form Neu!.

In 2021, the album was unofficially rereleased on digital services under the name Tone Float Beat-Club 1971, along with a new album cover by record label Media Champ. This release additionally includes, and correctly names, Rückstoß Gondoliere.

Track listing[edit]

Detail from the back cover of the 1970 RCA Victor official release – note the traffic cone symbol, also a feature on early Kraftwerk albums.

All tracks are written by Schneider-Esleben, Hauf and Monicks[4]

Side one
1."Tone Float"20:46
Side two
2."Milk Rock"5:24
3."Silver Forest"3:19
4."Rhythm Salad"4:04


  • Basil Hammoudi – glockenspiel, conga gong, musical box, bongos, percussion, vocals
  • Butch Hauf – bass, shaky tube, small bells, plastic hammer, percussion
  • Ralf Hütter – Hammond organ, organ
  • Alfred "Fred" Mönicks – drums, bongos, maracas, cowbell, tambourine
  • Florian Schneider-Esleben – electric flute, alto flute, bell, triangle, tambourine, electro-violin, percussion
Additional personnel

Release details[edit]

Country Date Label Format Catalog
United Kingdom June 1970 RCA Victor Vinyl SF 8111[6]


  1. ^ Klaus Kehrle. "Tone Float - Organisation". Retrieved 2 September 2012.
  2. ^ Interview in Select magazine, 1991
  3. ^ Pascal Bussy: "Kraftwerk: Man, Machine and Music", SAF Publishing Ltd., Reprinted 1993, 1997, 1999: pp. 26
  4. ^ Organisation: Tone Float (RCA Victory, 1970)
  5. ^ Tone Float (LP). Organisation. Great Britain: RCA-Victor. 1970. SF 8111.{{cite AV media notes}}: CS1 maint: others in cite AV media (notes) (link)
  6. ^ "Organisation – Tone Float". Retrieved 2 September 2012.

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