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Online tributes have been posted around the globe for Florian Schneider, who co-founded the influential German band Kraftwerk with Ralf Hütter. He died Wednesday from cancer at the age of 73.

Kraftwerk issued its debut album in 1971 and after several lineup shifts, released a string if influential electronic albums such as Ralf und FlorianAutobahn and Trans-Europe Express in the mid-1970s.

Schneider, a flutist who also played violin, guitar and synthesizers, was key to the band’s forward-looking approach to technology and creating new sounds via electronic drums and their synth-vocal processor Robovox. Schneider appeared on 10 Kraftwerk albums, leaving the band in 2008 prior to a reunion tour.

Parlophone Records Co-Presidents Nick Burgess and Mark Mitchell said in a statement, “Florian Schneider was a pioneering figure in the history of modern music. It is no exaggeration to say that countless artists would not sound the way they do today if not for Florian’s revolutionary compositions and innovative musicianship. The band’s experimental courage and enormous influence crossed a myriad of genres, from electronic to dance to hip-hop.

“Consummate multi-media artists, Kraftwerk not only broke new musical ground, but created a unique and inspiring visual universe, from their album covers to their state-of-the-art stage productions. All of us at Parlophone and Warner Music Group are honored to be stewards of Kraftwerk’s incredible body of work, and we send our deepest condolences to Florian’s family, friends, and countless fans across the globe. He will be deeply missed.”