The Hamburg-born composer and producer is known for melding classical influences and electronic production into minimalistic, but emotionally potent works. Originally the sound studio of East Germany’s GDR, the Funkhaus Berlin has opened its doors to artists and musicians, and Frahm is one artist occupying a custom-built studio in the vast complex – which he now calls home. The unique historical space is where the artist recorded his latest album All Melody, out now via Erased Tapes.
Frahm takes us back to where it all began for a one-off live performance, and deconstructs the creative process behind his new album.
DJ Shadow has unveiled a new visual for his Nils Frahm-assisted single “Bergschrund.” “Bergschrund” was directed by Matt Devine and stars Matthew Sunderland as an unsuspecting target of otherworldly activity. The track comes from DJ Shadow’s latest record, ‘The Mountain Will Fall,’ which was released earlier this year on Mass Appeal Records.
Says director Matt Devine: "To me the track has a really cinematic and also science fiction tone to it. I wanted to make a film that really worked with this visually but also had a humor to it. It is also my favorite track from the album so I was honored to be asked to make something for it."
Says DJ Shadow: "Nils Frahm is an insanely smart composer. He created a sinewy, gated vintage synth line which I then expanded upon, hopefully to complimentary effect. Bergschrund is an obscure German word for a particular type of crevasse, or ice cliff, usually found on mountains at very high elevations."
DIRECTOR: Matt Devine PRODUCTION COMPANY: Somesuch PRODUCTION COMPANY: Revolver EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Hannah TW EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Michael Ritchie EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Pip Smart EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Anna Mannix EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Chris McIlvenny EXECUTIVE PRODUCER: Amit Nerurkar PRODUCER: Tom Gardner PRODUCER: Isabella Vitelli DIRECTOR'S ASSISTANT: Leilani Croucher PRODUCTION RUNNER: Scott Stirling 1ST AD: Jose Marquita DOP: Stefan Duscio 1ST AC: Inaki De Ubago 2ND AC: Caroline Izquiedrdo Duarte KEY GRIP: Richie Brown GRIP ASSISTANT: Dave Manu GAFFER: Arising Ting Tubtim, Russell Fewtrell REMOTE LIGHT OPERATOR: Ex Matt Hoile PROPS BUYER / ART DEPT: Ed Whitfield STANDBY PROPS: James Cox SOUND: Gareth Evans WARDROBE: Joanna Mae Park SAFETY OFFICER: Rob Simper UNIT MANAGER: Pat Kelly STUNT COORDINATOR: Harry Dakanalis HEAD STUNT RIGGER: Mark Le Cornu STUNT RIGGER: Talayna Nikora EDIT HOUSE: The Butchery EDITOR: Dan Lee POST HOUSE: Absolute COLOURIST: Matt Turner 2D LEAD: Zdravko Stoitchkov 2D ARTIST: Owen Saward, Chris Chitty, Lora Nikolaev, Jack Kennedy, Chris Tobin POST PRODUCER: Nic Sanchez
On the 28th of July 2015 Ólafur Arnalds and Nils Frahm met up at Nils's Durton Studio in Berlin, and invited Alexander Schneider and his camera to document it. But instead of ending the session after the first take we continued to improvise throughout the night, ending up with several new pieces written and recorded in 8 hours with no overdubs and no edits.