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Electronic - Released December 3, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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In December 2018, Nils Frahm returned for four nights at Funkhaus Berlin, the former headquarters of the East German national radio which is now a complex of studios and concert halls. It was here that he had composed his last album, the acclaimed All Melody, and here also that he had started a tour of 180 dates to support it. "It was about time to document my concerts in picture and sound," Frahm explains, "trying to freeze a moment of this period where my team and I were nomads, using any method of travel to play yet another show the next day. Maybe tonight is the night where everything works out perfectly and things fall into place? Normally things go wrong with concerts, but by combining our favourite moments of four performances, we were able to achieve what I was trying to do in these two years of touring: getting it right!" On the track-list of this record which comes accompanied by a film, we see an inspired Nils Frahm in beret and black T-shirt. He replays a good half of the album All Melody, and notably the trippy Sunson, whose techno break will draw whistles from Berlin club audiences. We can also enjoy the addition of The Dane (which is on All Encores) and a final, melancholic Ode – Our Own Roof, taken from the soundtrack to the film Victoria. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Electronic - Released January 26, 2018 | Erased Tapes

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While a whole generation of musicians seems to have adapted to nomadic composition, often between two dates in a plane or in a tour bus, there still are some that like the quality of studio production. Whatever the most-seasoned chamber producers may say, the surroundings are a major factor in the success of a recording (ask Ben Frost or Midori Takada). When other people release maxi CDs every two months, Nils Frahm, German virtuoso of the electric (or sometimes not) piano, took two years to imagine and build his “dream studio”. He put it in a place steeped in history, the Funkhaus Berlin, former headquarters of the East German public broadcasting that was transformed into a studio and concert hall facility. Nils Frahm has thus taken residence in Saal 3 to patiently build a pipe organ that you’ll hear emerging from the first tracks of the disc, like this profession of faith The Whole Universe Wants to Be Touched. With this seventh album which, track after track, makes us dive once again with delight into his oneiric—and almost subaquatic—world, the German pursues his quest for perfection, which he knows to be unreachable. “The music I hear inside me will never end up on a record, as it seems I can only play it for myself. This record includes what I think sticks out and describes my recent musical discoveries in the best possible way I could imagine.” We certainly want him to keep trying…© Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Classical - Released March 29, 2021 | Erased Tapes

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The creator of Piano Day has struck again! In mid-March 2020, without any prior notice, Nils Frahm released an album of eight "lullabies" dating from the time of his album Screws, called Empty. For this new edition of Piano Day (launched in 2015), the German pianist went through his archives to unearth an album recorded at MUMUTH, the University of music and performing arts in Graz, in 2009, as part of Conversations for Piano and Room produced by Thomas Geiger, the founder of Kunsthalle3000. Graz offers a window into Nils Frahm's early period. Back then, he had just landed in Berlin and he was still self-producing his albums. The Nils Frahm who reveals himself through these nine tracks is "raw", perhaps, but as stunning as ever (see, for example, the superb Because This Must Be). The famous "Frahm sound" did not then exist. It would be developed a few months later, on Felt (2011). This was made when the artist decided, so as not to disturb his neighbours, to wedge felt between the strings and hammers of his piano and to place microphones nearby in order to be able to listen to himself on headphones. There are also two tracks that wouldn't make the cut for Spaces, his 2013 album based on field recording and electronic improvisations. Hammers, developed here in two short minutes, a "drier" version that laid the foundation for one of the pianist's signature titles – and one of his most hypnotic. And Went Missing, which closes the album, which also sounds a little “harder" than the muted and mezzo piano version of Spaces, but no less majestic. © Smaël Bouaici / Qobuz
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Ambient - Released November 18, 2013 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released March 28, 2020 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released December 7, 2009 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released November 18, 2013 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released March 29, 2015 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released October 10, 2011 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released February 1, 2010 | Erased Tapes

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Electronic - Released March 28, 2016 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released January 22, 2016 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released December 3, 2012 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released September 20, 2019 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released October 10, 2011 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released January 25, 2019 | Erased Tapes

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After the release of Encore 1 in June 2018, Nils Frahm expanded the All Melody universe even further with Encores 2 just six months later. The artist explains, “The idea behind Encores is one we had from before All Melody; to do separate releases each with their own distinct musical style and theme, perhaps even as a triple album, but All Melody became larger than itself and took over any initial concepts. I think the idea of Encores is like musical islands that compliment All Melody”. Whereas the former was made minimalistically with just a piano and a harmonium, the German composed these five tracks in a more ambient way using a recording technique through an amplified stone well he found in Majorca! Once again, the acoustics are impressive on this album, especially on the intro Talisman with its long drawn-out melodies. Nils Frahm also brings us another round of electronic layers during the 12 minutes of his final track, Spells, which fluctuates between ambient and atmospheric techno with hushed voices and an early 90’s synth. 26 minutes of music to heal the mind. © Smaël Bouaici/Qobuz
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Ambient - Released November 7, 2011 | Erased Tapes

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Classical - Released February 24, 2021 | Erased Tapes

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Classical - Released March 10, 2021 | Erased Tapes

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Ambient - Released August 23, 2010 | Erased Tapes

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  • Tripping with Nils Frahm
    Tripping with Nils Frahm In December 2018, Nils Frahm returned for four nights at Funkhaus Berlin, the former headquarters of the East German national radio which is now a complex of studios and concert halls.