Nils Frahm

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I'm listening to the new album, Spaces, now. Very pretty piano and electronics somewhere between neo-classical and IDM I guess.

Not sure if sometimes I find it all a bit too pretty and wouldn't mind a little more riskiness. All the same haven't seen much talk of this composer producer here yet.

a beef supreme (dog latin), Monday, 25 November 2013 22:54 (seven years ago) link

it's pleasant but i just lose interesting about 25 minutes in and switch to something else.

illegalblues, Monday, 25 November 2013 23:36 (seven years ago) link

This guy is amazing live.

brotherlovesdub, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:00 (seven years ago) link

timely thread. I don't know if he's getting a push or what but I've also just discovered this guy and a live performance of 'says' made me well up at a piece of music for the first time in ages.

ewar woowar (or something), Tuesday, 26 November 2013 01:24 (seven years ago) link

He makes the occasional appearance on this thread:
The "classical" music you buy from Boomkat (2010): a thread to discuss Sylvain Chauveau, Johann Johannsson, Peter Broderick, Olafur Arnalds and others

djh, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 19:52 (seven years ago) link

Crikey:

Today the Barbican announces an exciting new concert date for autumn 2014: Nils Frahm will be performing in the Barbican Hall on 29 October 2014 following his new album release Spaces (now out on Erased Tapes).

Nils Frahm
Wednesday 29 October 2014 / 19:30, Barbican Hall
Tickets £15/£17.50/£20

djh, Tuesday, 26 November 2013 22:15 (seven years ago) link

Yeah I really like him but then I really like stuff like this, I don't ask for a hell of a lot from music anymore I've become an unapologetic vibesist

"says" kinda ruling my comedown atm, the rest of the new one also to a lesser extent, just great for when you're emotionally fragile

malapopism (wins), Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:42 (seven years ago) link

Nils! A friend of mine and a genius fiftyfold.

He's also a truly incredible mixing engineer, and I highly recommend the following 2013 records that he worked on -

Rauelsson - Vora
Greg Haines - Where We Were

Davey D, Wednesday, 27 November 2013 00:47 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

discovered this guy by wandering into one of his live performances during Big Ears a few weeks ago and was absolutely floored; the first thing I did when I got back home was order every record of his that I could find. "For - Peter - Toilet Brushes - More" is absolute godhead:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tQwrQETH-nw

shame that Spaces isn't on Spotify in its entirety because I want to force everyone I know who likes long composition stuff like this to listen to all of it

a duiving caTCH, a stuolllen bayeeeess (jamescobo), Sunday, 13 April 2014 22:58 (seven years ago) link

five months pass...

pretty amazing

LIKE If you are against racism (omar little), Thursday, 18 September 2014 07:16 (seven years ago) link

thanking u, love those

second one is brilliant, very delia & gavin

lex pretend, Thursday, 18 September 2014 20:06 (seven years ago) link

one month passes...

saw him this weekend, it was astounding. weird mix of baby boomers shepherded there by the local orchestra (saw a lady plugging her ears) and then like hipstery kids. strange venue too. anyway, am never gonna miss a show of his, at times it was the quietest show i've ever seen and at others the most enveloping.

global tetrahedron, Monday, 17 November 2014 16:13 (six years ago) link

Did you see the Chicago show last night or a different one? (I wanted to see it but couldn't.)

jaymc, Monday, 17 November 2014 16:18 (six years ago) link

it was at a bar in st paul mn. it was weird. but great. hopefully he'll make a trek back around here!

global tetrahedron, Monday, 17 November 2014 16:30 (six years ago) link

he has toured the west coast like three times in the past year ... i keep missing him :(

but i imagine he'll be back sooner than later!

alpine static, Monday, 17 November 2014 18:13 (six years ago) link

Heard an interview with him recently that actually said this would be his last US tour for a while.

brotherlovesdub, Monday, 17 November 2014 18:33 (six years ago) link

ha. well ... there you go.

Dawn of Midi opened for him at least some of the shows. What a bill that is.

alpine static, Monday, 17 November 2014 18:54 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

http://www.pianoday.org/

djh, Sunday, 29 March 2015 10:07 (six years ago) link

Solo sounds beautiful laying here drifting off on a Sunday night

out comes stanley, Sunday, 29 March 2015 21:31 (six years ago) link

Enjoying Solo quite a bit.

moans and feedback (Dinsdale), Wednesday, 1 April 2015 20:16 (six years ago) link

two months pass...

Nils Frahm has written his first score for one-take feature film Victoria with the soundtrack being released on London-based contemporary classical label Erased Tapes Records:
http://link.bleep.com/nils-frahm-music-for-the-motion-picture-victoria
Filmed in Berlin, Victoria is centred around a runaway party girl who joins a group of friendly men on a night out, but the night takes a dramatic turn as their night turns from a party, into a bank robbery – and the music reflects this change as it changes from techno – from DJ Koze – to sombre piano sounds.

put a skronk ornette (wins), Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:48 (six years ago) link

just started listening to this, the koze track is great. Film sounds like some 90s bullshit tho

put a skronk ornette (wins), Sunday, 14 June 2015 13:51 (six years ago) link

four months pass...

Am loving this Victoria score.

Norse Jung (Eric H.), Tuesday, 20 October 2015 21:43 (five years ago) link

Ooh, is it scored by Nils Frahm? I am now even more excited to watch it.

davey, Wednesday, 21 October 2015 01:55 (five years ago) link

anyone been listening to the late night tales? it is really brilliant.

doing my Objectives, handling some intense stuff (LocalGarda), Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:09 (five years ago) link

I keep meaning to but I haven't really found the right moment for it yet. His performance at the Royal Albert Hall earlier this year was brilliant, really want it to be released in its entirety.

Matt DC, Thursday, 29 October 2015 14:16 (five years ago) link

Yeah, the late night tales is lovely.

as verbose and purple as a Peter Ustinov made of plums (James Morrison), Thursday, 29 October 2015 23:45 (five years ago) link

I'm enjoying the Frahm/Arnalds compilation.

I generally prefer him when he is "just playing the piano" but I actually like the other stuff on this, too.

djh, Sunday, 1 November 2015 20:06 (five years ago) link

By him, I meant Frahm.

But, anyway, this sounded incredible/fitting driving along country lanes in the fog tonight.

djh, Monday, 2 November 2015 21:46 (five years ago) link

his LNT mix is good but Jon Hopkins does the same thing several orders of magnitude better IMO, do check it out

also Spaces (Frahm's best record ever by a considerable distance) now seems to be streamable in full on US Spotify, anybody who hasn't heard it bc it hasn't been immediately available is out of excuses

grinding like a jolly elf (jamescobo), Thursday, 5 November 2015 08:31 (five years ago) link

^ I much prefer Wintermusik and The Bells.

djh, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:47 (five years ago) link

yeah Spaces is amazing. was a little disappointed to listen to some of his records after seeing his incredible show but that record definitely captures the vibe. there was nothing wrong with the other ones but they were a little less... immense? or something

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 5 November 2015 19:49 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

Nils Frahm has written his first score for one-take feature film Victoria with the soundtrack being released on London-based contemporary classical label Erased Tapes Records:
http://link.bleep.com/nils-frahm-music-for-the-motion-picture-victoria
Filmed in Berlin, Victoria is centred around a runaway party girl who joins a group of friendly men on a night out, but the night takes a dramatic turn as their night turns from a party, into a bank robbery – and the music reflects this change as it changes from techno – from DJ Koze – to sombre piano sounds.

― put a skronk ornette (wins), Sunday, June 14, 2015 2:48 PM (9 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

just started listening to this, the koze track is great. Film sounds like some 90s bullshit tho

― put a skronk ornette (wins), Sunday, June 14, 2015 2:51 PM (9 months ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

in fairness this film was not the clubbing heist one night of madness shit I thought it would be & is actually pretty decent

Kevin Ageusia Smith (wins), Thursday, 7 April 2016 20:43 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

I was looking for this in Fopp the other day, hoping to find it for £3.

It didn't help that I couldn't remember what it was called, mind.

djh, Sunday, 20 August 2017 19:42 (four years ago) link

two months pass...

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1PTj1qIqcWM

StanM, Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:50 (three years ago) link

" Nils Frahm's 'All Melody' is out on January 26th 2018. Order the album here: http://phonofile.link/all-melody "

StanM, Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:51 (three years ago) link

tracklist & more info https://www.erasedtapes.com/release/eratp106-nils-frahm-all-melody

StanM, Thursday, 16 November 2017 19:52 (three years ago) link

two months pass...

yes! thank you

Dinsdale, Monday, 22 January 2018 18:28 (three years ago) link

been finding this so soothing today, very nice.

calzino, Saturday, 27 January 2018 13:09 (three years ago) link

I like it when he goes electronic

i know kore-eda (or something), Saturday, 27 January 2018 23:57 (three years ago) link

Fuck me, this is great.

Heavy Messages (jed_), Sunday, 28 January 2018 00:35 (three years ago) link

lovely sense of space and silence in his work. minimalism is often overlooked in our noisy times! i find a lot of modern composers, neoclassical, avant-tronic (whatever!) void of much emotion... but frahms music doesn't feel cold or empty. i love Colleen for the same reasons

meaulnes, Sunday, 28 January 2018 00:47 (three years ago) link

been enjoying this but the bits with vocals grate on me

global tetrahedron, Thursday, 1 February 2018 20:08 (three years ago) link

been enjoying this but the bits with vocals grate on me

― global tetrahedron, Thursday, February 1, 2018 8:08 PM (one hour ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

Paul Ponzi, Thursday, 1 February 2018 21:23 (three years ago) link

well I'm still going to his show

StanM, Sunday, 4 February 2018 21:04 (three years ago) link

I don't like most of the stuff i have heard from him. It is too polished, too minimal and too easy listening for my ears. Boring mainstream piano. Hauschka on the other hand seems much more adventurous and exciting.

Ich bin kein Berliner (alex in mainhattan), Sunday, 4 February 2018 22:29 (three years ago) link

The studio stuff may be hit and miss before now, but he's great live. Check out the montreux jazz or boiler room shows on youtube.

StanM, Sunday, 4 February 2018 23:25 (three years ago) link

been enjoying this but the bits with vocals grate on me

― global tetrahedron, Thursday, February 1, 2018 2:08 PM (four days ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

the instrumentals definitely stand out among the more experimental tracks, which sound to me like Nicolas Jaar demos. title track is beautifully paced. he does dynamics better than most - tracks that feel light and minimal can suddenly swell and engulf you like waves.

Indexed, Monday, 5 February 2018 16:07 (three years ago) link

Forget the youtube videos, they don't prepare you for seeing him play live in person & at full volume. Saw him in Brussels on Friday and he really is amazing.

StanM, Sunday, 11 February 2018 17:56 (three years ago) link

agreed- that's why 'spaces' is by far my favorite of his

global tetrahedron, Sunday, 11 February 2018 18:00 (three years ago) link

It took an Oslo audience to break my 'I've never seen a fight at a @nilsfrahm show' duck last night. Congratulations, my Viking friends!

— Wyndham Wallace (@WyndhamWallace) February 15, 2018

groovypanda, Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:29 (three years ago) link

I don’t speak Norwegian, but my onsite translator said s.o. was upset when asked to stop talking, so threatened to kill the complainant with a knife. It was nothing a good piano solo couldn’t eventually stop, though...

— Wyndham Wallace (@WyndhamWallace) February 15, 2018

StanM, Thursday, 15 February 2018 11:52 (three years ago) link

All my favorite parts of this album remind me of Loscil.

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Friday, 16 February 2018 13:35 (three years ago) link

Barbican show last night was great. I had no idea he was so funny and self-deprecating, a very likeable stage presence.

I'm so resistant to this kind of stuff almost on principle - the virtuoso genius surrounded by literally hundreds of thousands of pounds worth of gear on stage, the absolute tastefulness of it (it's Windham Hill techno - you don't get to like this and hate on Liz Story) - but I'm always bludgeoned into submission by how much I like the music in the end.

bamboohouses, Thursday, 22 February 2018 10:13 (three years ago) link

three months pass...

The minimalistic Encores 1 EP that was originally the exclusive vinyl with the Rough Trade edition is now out digitally and could be the first of a series (since he had more than a hundred songs/ideas for the album)

StanM, Saturday, 2 June 2018 06:47 (three years ago) link

nine months pass...

✔️

moose; squirrel (silby), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 06:13 (two years ago) link

encores 2 is great too btw

StanM, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:03 (two years ago) link

I have tickets to see Nils Frahm at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles this Saturday.

DT, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 07:10 (two years ago) link

Shit and I thought I just saw him in a killer theater

moose; squirrel (silby), Wednesday, 13 March 2019 16:44 (two years ago) link

He's amazing live pretty much anywhere though

StanM, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 17:31 (two years ago) link

i saw him in an old church in L.A.

omar little, Wednesday, 13 March 2019 18:00 (two years ago) link

ten months pass...

Does Nils actually own The Funkhaus in Berlin? Or ... no?

alpine static, Friday, 24 January 2020 08:54 (one year ago) link

not quite but he has a recording studio there:
https://saal-3.com/

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 25 January 2020 06:48 (one year ago) link

ten months pass...

"Tripping With Nils Frahm" - live album & video out this week

https://www.nilsfrahm.com/tripping-news/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mOh73eWIk4Q

StanM, Monday, 30 November 2020 12:28 (nine months ago) link

just for reference and because the evolution into what it has become live is so staggering: this is the album version of that same song:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=W6PH9lt4Ye0

StanM, Monday, 30 November 2020 13:34 (nine months ago) link

imho, it sounds great but overall it's a rather toned down + subtle affair (especially without the visuals) & not at all as exciting as the concert I saw in 2018 :-/

StanM, Thursday, 3 December 2020 14:44 (nine months ago) link

Quite the leap. Real Keith Jarrett vibe to the piano section 3:00-6:00 ish.

Indexed, Thursday, 3 December 2020 15:56 (nine months ago) link

three weeks pass...

Well just saw the film and well, dang, that was something. I find myself having a lot of his albums but never really consciously giving a close ear but based on the performance and the film, reading all the reports earlier in the thread about West Coast dates in the past really is triggering retroactive FOMO.

Ned Raggett, Sunday, 27 December 2020 21:44 (eight months ago) link

eight months pass...

Some cognitive dissonance at hearing a dub album by Nils Frahm within a week of Lee Scratch Perry's death... but also the new Nils Frahm/FS Blumm collaboration is pretty good!

sctttnnnt (pgwp), Tuesday, 7 September 2021 16:58 (one week ago) link

I got talking to him briefly after his show in Luxembourg a couple of years ago. I told him I was a fan of dub and that, among other things, I really liked the dubbier elements of his work.

giraffe, Monday, 13 September 2021 06:40 (five days ago) link


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