I have been listening to Nils Frahm ad nauseam lately after his new album “All Melody” came out last week. I have always found him incredibly inspiring as he seems to create such beautiful works through simplicity and repetition.
I think he is more “classical” than “electronic” in that he prefers to use keyboards, pianos, organs, etc., yet I feel he would be right at home in the modular world. I would be curious to hear what he would come up with given opportunity (or interest) to build a modular synth and what one of his performances would sound like.
I find his techniques are very similar to what we use: rapidly evolving repetitive notes, slow morphing of filters and envelopes, and heavy use of delay and reverb, among other things.
Here are some of my favorite videos of him performing and his work. I have also included a video of the most beautiful studio I have ever seen where he recorded All Melody.
- Nils Frahm - Says (Live on KEXP)
- Nils Frahm - All Melody / #2 | Resident Advisor
- In the studio with Nils Frahm
- Nils Frahm at Funkhaus Berlin
I hope you all find him as inspiring as I do, and let us know what you think!