NILS FRAHM – FELT TOUR
In case you haven’t heard, Nils Frahm is currently on his Felt Tour throughout Europe with plenty of new merchandise (cds, vinyl, the first batch of t-shirts and a special tour surprise) in the boot of his Volkswagen. So make sure you pay him a visit and leave some love on his Facebook page. I’m sure he will love that!
We’re especially proud to present him and his label mates A Winged Victory For The Sullen at one of Berlin’s greatest concert halls: Radialsystem V on November 21st.
03.11. Nijmegen (NL) – Lux Theater 04.11. Groningen (NL) – De Oosterpoort 05.11. Den Haag (NL) – Rewire Festival / De Kerk 06.11. Gent (BE) – Sint Elisabethkerk 07.11. Liverpool (UK) – Scandinavian Church 08.11. Manchester (UK) – Band On The Wall 09.11. Reading (UK) – Reading Minster 11.11. Brighton (UK) – Green Room12.11. London (UK) – Café Oto › tickets 13.11. Paris (FR) – Montreuil › tickets 14.11. Dijon(FR) – Sabotage @ Concert en Appartment15.11. Zürich (CH) – Stall6 / Theater Gessnerallee 16.11. Luzern (CH) – Südpol 19.11. Bari (IT) – Timezones Festival 21.11. Berlin (DE) – Radialsystem V › tickets 26.11. Leeuwarden (NL) – Explore The North 21.01. Cologne (DE) – E’de Cologne / Basilika St. Aposteln 26.05. Den Haag (NL) – Dag In De Branding / Paard Van Troje
Hope to see some of you at our big night at Radialsystem V Berlin on November 21.
We cannot wait.
Thank you all for listening.

NILS FRAHM – FELT TOUR

In case you haven’t heard, Nils Frahm is currently on his Felt Tour throughout Europe with plenty of new merchandise (cds, vinyl, the first batch of t-shirts and a special tour surprise) in the boot of his Volkswagen. So make sure you pay him a visit and leave some love on his Facebook page. I’m sure he will love that!

We’re especially proud to present him and his label mates A Winged Victory For The Sullen at one of Berlin’s greatest concert halls: Radialsystem V on November 21st.

03.11. Nijmegen (NL) – Lux Theater 
04.11. Groningen (NL) – De Oosterpoort 
05.11. Den Haag (NL) – Rewire Festival / De Kerk 
06.11. Gent (BE) – Sint Elisabethkerk 
07.11. Liverpool (UK) – Scandinavian Church 
08.11. Manchester (UK) – Band On The Wall 
09.11. Reading (UK) – Reading Minster 
11.11. Brighton (UK) – Green Room
12.11. London (UK) – Café Oto › tickets 
13.11. Paris (FR) – Montreuil › tickets 
14.11. Dijon(FR) – Sabotage @ Concert en Appartment
15.11. Zürich (CH) – Stall6 / Theater Gessnerallee 
16.11. Luzern (CH) – Südpol 
19.11. Bari (IT) – Timezones Festival 
21.11. Berlin (DE) – Radialsystem V › tickets 
26.11. Leeuwarden (NL) – Explore The North 
21.01. Cologne (DE) – E’de Cologne / Basilika St. Aposteln 
26.05. Den Haag (NL) – Dag In De Branding / Paard Van Troje

Hope to see some of you at our big night at Radialsystem V Berlin on November 21.

We cannot wait.

Thank you all for listening.

ERASED TAPES NEWS ISSUE 07-11
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AN EVENING WITH… ÓLAFUR ARNALDS
The distance between performer and listener will not only be bridged, but completely eradicated next month, as Ólafur Arnalds embarks on his first ever solo tour. Several of these unique and intimate shows will see him improvise alongside some of his fellow composers, label mates and friends including Peter Broderick and Anne Müller.
 
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Thanks for listening.Robert

ERASED TAPES NEWS ISSUE 07-11

We have a brand new newsletter featuring the latest on Ólafur Arnalds // Rival Consoles // Nils Frahm // Codes In The Clouds and the new Erased Tapes signings: World’s end girlfriend // A Winged Victory For The Sullen.

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AN EVENING WITH… ÓLAFUR ARNALDS

The distance between performer and listener will not only be bridged, but completely eradicated next month, as Ólafur Arnalds embarks on his first ever solo tour. Several of these unique and intimate shows will see him improvise alongside some of his fellow composers, label mates and friends including Peter Broderick and Anne Müller.

› Watch a video explanation by Ólafur and Buy tickets for his first ever solo tour plus festival shows. | Facebook

› Read more here


Thanks for listening.

Robert


Erased Tapes, Noble Fur & Bunce Booking proudly present:
Nils Frahm & Greg Haines: North American Performances 2011.
These two Berliners will be traveling through New England and Ontario for a short exclusive spell. 
 
Weaving their tender hymns like gossamer through the hills and dales.Please join them if you are close.


Dates and links below:



May 6th Princeton, NJ – Terrace Club (Princeton University)
May 7th Oberlin, OH – Fairchild Chapel (Oberlin College) 
May 8th Ann Arbor, MI – Canterbury House 
May 9th Toronto, ON – Somewhere There 
May 10th Ottawa, ON – Freiman Hall (Ottawa University)
May 11th Burlington, VT – Parima
May 12th Cambridge, MA – Lily Pad
May 13th Hudson, NY – Hudson Opera House
May 15th Brooklyn, NY – Galapagos

Nils FrahmGreg Haines
Spread the word, and remember: If you aren’t here, then go somewhere else! ;)

Erased Tapes, Noble Fur & Bunce Booking proudly present:

Nils Frahm & Greg Haines: North American Performances 2011.

These two Berliners will be traveling through New England and Ontario for a short exclusive spell. 

Weaving their tender hymns like gossamer through the hills and dales.
Please join them if you are close.

Dates and links below:

May 6th Princeton, NJ – Terrace Club (Princeton University)

May 7th Oberlin, OH – Fairchild Chapel (Oberlin College) 

May 8th Ann Arbor, MI – Canterbury House 

May 9th Toronto, ON – Somewhere There 

May 10th Ottawa, ON – Freiman Hall (Ottawa University)

May 11th Burlington, VT – Parima

May 12th Cambridge, MA – Lily Pad

May 13th Hudson, NY – Hudson Opera House

May 15th Brooklyn, NY – Galapagos

Nils Frahm
Greg Haines

Spread the word, and remember: If you aren’t here, then go somewhere else! ;)

Shyscapes (feat. Nils Frahm – Tristana)

This is a mesmerizing short motion graphics fine art video from Misha Shyukin’s Bachelor graduate project. 

Misha requests viewers watch the video with eyes half closed and not view it in full screen mode, otherwise if you watch the video with your eyes half closed but in full screen mode, its likely that you will get drowsy. 

The accompanying music track is ‘Tristana’ by Nils Frahm, courtesy of Erased Tapes Records and taken from his debut ‘Wintermusik’ available at: erasedtapes.com/​store/​index/​ERATP018

Nils and me enjoy Misha’s animation art so much, we asked him to produce a video for his upcoming new album.

You can check out Misha’s work at: shyukin.com

7fingers out now in Europe! // Condolences & Wishes for Japan // Nils Frahm & Peter Broderick - Japanese Tour 2011

I was forced to watch the entire first series of The Walking Dead till 5 am and thought I was still watching it when I saw the news about Japan this morning… How terrible!

I’m glad to hear that our distribution team at P*Dis in Tokyo are all fine. World’s End Girlfriend is OK too! Maeda-san just emailed me saying he only lost a vase in the earthquake, but it might have been because he’s pracitsing the guitar…

We will keep everyone updated about Nils Frahm & Peter Broderick’s Japanese Tour!

Hopefully they will still be able to visit all you lovely people and play for you in April:

I’m sending my blessings to everyone out there, their families and friends.

May they all find shelter!

__________

Today is the EU release of 7fingers by Nils Frahm & Anne Müller!

The flashy vinyls just arrived at our Berlin office and look absolutely amazing!!!

You can order them here: http://erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP028

I’m very thrilled to see it even hit the front page of iTunes Germany, sitting rather comfortably between The Beatles, The Social Network soundtrack and… Bambi! Hurray!

That’s almost as surreal as being recommended in the Bleep.com staff chart:

http://bleep.com/index.php?page=dynamic&module=staffCharts

And highly recommended on Zero”:

A new collaboration from the talented pianist and composer Nils Frahm with performer and cellist Anne Müller sees a beautiful symbiotic relationship form. String and piano arrangements, sculpted with pulses, rhythms, loops and field recordings make for a boldly unique album. Highly recommended’

Mojo Magazine gave it 4 stars:

'The combined talents of wunderkind pianist Frahm and Anne Müller here produce a subtle, seductive chamber music sporadically interleaved with electronic glitches’ ****

The Line Of Best Fit made the title track their Track Of The Day:

'An album that sees headphone electronica, modern classical, and soundtrack music all converge to beautiful, intelligent, often terrifying effect’

http://www.thelineofbestfit.com/2011/03/sotd-2012-nils-frahm-anne-muller-7fingers/

RadioEins in Berlin made it their Lounge-CD Of The Week - whatever that means, I guess it’s good.

So yeah.

Congrats to Nils and Anne!

Can’t wait to see them perform 7fingers live this summer…

Dead proud.

Much love,

Robert

NILS FRAHM
live at Haldern Pop Festival 2010

This is a little treat for everyone who’s been following us throughout the last 4 years. One of my personal highlights. I hope you’ll enjoy it as much as I do. Love, Robert

Erased Tapes & Haldern Pop Televisions
present

A film by
SpringerParker

All music written and performed by
Nils Frahm

Camera
Stefan Daub & Ivo Fuchs

Edited by
SpringerParker

Sound recorded by
KD Keusgen at Keusgen Studio
with Brauner Microphones

Sound mastered by
Nils Frahm at Durton Studio

Produced by
Haldern Pop Televisions & Expanded Cinema

Organised with the help of
Robert Raths at Erased Tapes
Felix Grimm at Toutpartout
Steven Kruijff at Haldern Pop
Stefan Reichmann at Haldern Pop

Thank you.

© 2010 Erased Tapes Records. All rights reserved.

The song ‘Said And Done’ is available as part of Nils Frahm’s second solo piano work ‘The Bells’. 

You can order it here: erasedtapes.com/​store/​index/​ERATP021

THE SUNDAY TIMES

The Big Story

Classically strained. 

Using classical music as a starting point, a new breed of composers brought up on pop and rock is carving out a fresh genre

Wyndham Wallace 

Published: 23 January 2011

The internet, we’re constantly reminded, has changed the way people listen to music. Downloading makes it instantly accessible, allowing us to stockpile releases and explore further than previous generations could ever have afforded. The internet has also, we’re advised, changed the way people make music. It’s no longer necessary to be in the same studio, or even the same country, to collaborate on compositions. Less acknowledged, although equally important, is that the internet has changed the way we define music. With the growth of online sites catering to every niche interest, and the ability to blend and disperse new styles rapidly, musicians and labels are, for perhaps the first time, free to think beyond the constraints of genres, unrestricted by retail and the media’s need to tidily pigeonhole “product”.

Perhaps the most interesting result of this cross-pollination is the slow reclamation of classical music by a new generation of composers who have grown up with pop and rock. Classical music’s relationship with its popular counterpart has long been oppositional: when they have overlapped, it’s been for the sake of novelty — the disco-meets-classical medleys of Hooked On Classics, the Moog experimentation of Wendy Carlos’s Switched-On Bach — or to emphasise the earnest artistic endeavours of the music’s proponents, whether it be Yes’s symphonic prog-rock, Apocalyptica’s interpretations of Metallica or Sting’s po-faced lute revivalism. What’s happening now, however, would have been unthinkable to generations who grew up annoying their Mozart-loving parents by playing rock’n’roll loud. Rather than turning to the classics to embellish their work, contemporary composers such as Olafur Arnalds and Nico Muhly are employing its structures and instrumentation while refusing to confine themselves to its traditions. And they’re being marketed to people who may never have heard a Deutsche Grammophon recording in their life.

“The foundations of this old dividing line have already begun to crumble,” says Robert Raths, self-styled “initiator” of Erased Tapes Records, one of a number of independent labels trading in both indie and more classically structured and arranged music. His roster includes Arnalds’s mingling of orchestral and electronic, Nils Frahm’s solo piano improvisations and Peter Broderick, who also records for the über-hip Bella Union label. “When I first heard their music, I didn’t think of them as classical,” Raths says. “I thought of them as composers who speak the same language, using a different palette of instruments. Bear in mind that Olafur used to be the drummer in a hardcore band, Nils used to make mainly electronic music and Peter used to be a studio musician before they decided to explore more delicate musical arrangements.”

Dave Howell, who co-founded the 130701 imprint of Fat Cat Records (originally home to Sigur Ros), agrees that the borders are disappearing. Last year, the label released Max Richter’s Infra, a Royal Ballet commission that blurs the boundaries between chamber, ambient and electronic music. It is also home to Hauschka, whose treated piano solos are adorned with grand orchestral arrangements on his recent Foreign Landscapes album. “It didn’t seem that distant from a lot of the other music we were putting out,” Howell says, “We’ve always been excited to explore and release great-quality music, regardless of the genre. I don’t find that it’s a big distance from Sigur Ros to Max Richter.”

Whether these artists are practitioners of classical music is open to question.

Certainly, few of them embrace the tag. “Classical music is from a different time,” Hauschka suggests. “I would name it maybe contemporary music.” Nils Frahm, meanwhile, opts for “modern classical”.

“My music has roots in classical music, but also in all kinds of modern music, since I listened to all sorts of pop or electronic and club music all my life.” Arnalds chooses “post-classical” or “neoclassical”: “I don’t think it fits into the classical genre much, apart from me using classical instruments.”

Dustin O’Halloran, a member of Devics, who contributed to the score for Sofia Coppola’s Marie Antoinette and who, with two albums of piano solos behind him, releases a new, fully orchestrated album in February, wonders if the term is even relevant any more. “What is ‘classical music’ now?” he asks. “Is it only music that is accepted by the classical community? The classical world doesn’t seem to take much notice of a lot of contemporary composers.”

Whatever it is, the decision to distance themselves from the classical world when searching for an audience is a shrewd one: according to the BPI, the form’s record sales declined by 17.6% in 2009. Younger fans no longer need to browse classical racks, as they can explore online instead. As Arnalds points out, “with the digital age… it’s much easier for us to reach the general public. Previously, music like mine could only be accessed through speciality music shops”. Admirers of Sigur Ros might be led to releases by their sometime string section, Amiina, while followers of Björk might stumble upon solo releases by her former collaborator Valgeir Sigurosson, who runs the Bedroom Community label, an outlet for artists such as Nico Muhly, currently working on an opera for ENO and arranger du jour for acts such as Grizzly Bear and Antony & the Johnsons. Together, they have cultivated their own scene: late last year, Frahm opened for Arnalds on a number of live dates, Bedroom Community’s roster performed under the umbrella The Whale Watching Tour and O’Halloran employed the Icelandic composer Johann Johannsson to produce his forthcoming album.

Whether they will find a significant audience remains to be seen. Howell agrees that such music is becoming increasingly popular while conceding: “I don’t think this will be limitless. This kind of music is more likely to be given a platform by cultural institutions such as the South Bank and the Barbican.” Ironically, many people gravitate to this music as a reaction to the mass commodification and homogenisation of pop. “Music has become so normalised into everything we do that many of the songs we consume on the radio, on our TV or computer screens, have somehow become sanitised,” Raths says. “You listen to them, perhaps even get them stuck in your head, but they lack visceral appeal and imagination. So I guess people have started searching for a quiet place that allows them to reflect and dream, something thought-provoking, rather than bombarding.”

It’s far from impossible, therefore, to imagine a world that has flipped on its axis, with kids infuriating their rock-loving parents by playing classical music. “The breaking of conventions might be less obvious than the breaking of windows and two-finger salutes,” Raths says, “but nevertheless I hear a subtle notion of change, which I sense is of this time.”

Hooked on neoclassics 

Amiina

Sigur Ros’s string section have two albums under their belt, Kurr and Puzzle, released last September.

Dustin O’Halloran 

Piano Solos Volumes 1 & 2 are available on Bella Union, and Lumiere, produced by Johann Johannsson, is due for release by 130701 on February 28.

Hauschka 

His seventh album, Foreign Landscapes, was released by 130701 last October. A new one, Salon des Amateurs, is out in April, featuring the Grammy-winning violinist Hilary Hahn and members of Calexico and Mum.

Johann Johannsson 

Viroulegu Forsetar (Touch, 2004) and IBM 1401, A User’s Manual (4AD, 2006) are arguably the highlights of his six albums to date.

Lars Horntveth 

A member of the Norwegian post-rock act Jaga Jazzist, Horntveth released his second album, Kaleidoscopic (Smalltown Supersound), in 2008.

Max Richter 

A classically trained former member of Piano Circus, Richter released his fifth album, Infra (130701), in 2010.

Nico Muhly

Having worked with Björk, Philip Glass and Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Muhly has released three solo albums, Speaks Volumes, Mothertongue and I Drink the Air Before Me, for Bedroom Community.

Nils Frahm 

A collaborative album with the cellist Anne Müller, 7fingers, was released last year on Hush Records.

• Nils Frahm and Anne Muller’s album is out on Erased Tapes (Europe only) on March 14

Olafur Arnalds 

…And They Have Escaped the Weight of Darkness, his second album, was released last year by Erased Tapes. He plays the Tabernacle, W11, on February 7.

Valgeir Sigurosson 

The programmer for Björk’s soundtrack to Lars Von Trier’s film Dancer in the Dark released his second album, Draumalandio, on his own Bedroom Community label in 2010.

Nils Frahm - Said & Done

See the composer and pianist perform a song in an exclusive video from the Haldern Pop festival in Germany (log into The Sunday Times homepage to watch this video world premiere.)

Olafur Arnalds - Ljosid

See the video for a new track from the talented Icelandic producer and multi-instrumentalist, Olafur Arnalds (log into The Sunday Times homepage to watch this video.)

Source: http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/culture/music/classical/article516535.ece

Erased Tapes Piano Octopus: 
Nils Frahm, Peter Broderick & Ólafur Arnalds live in Brussels

Captured by Robert Raths at Autumn Falls Festival - Botanique, Brussels on November 28, 2010.

One of my personal highlights of 2010 was watching Nils, Peter and Óli play together with 6 hands on 1 piano. Luckily I had a camera on me…

THANK YOU @ICELANDAIRWAVES 2010! @OlafurArnalds @CodesClouds @RivalConsoles

CODES IN THE CLOUDS – Paper Canyon Recycled

Exclusive Release on Gogoyoko.com during Iceland Airwaves 2010!


October 11th, 2010 will see the exclusive release of Codes In The Clouds' remix album entitled 'Paper Canyon Recycled', featuring the likes of Paul Mullen (The Automatic), Tom Hodge, Worriedaboutsatan, Machinefabriek and Library Tapes – not to mention label mates Rival Consoles and Nils Frahm


Having received so many wonderful renditions from all around the world, CITC and Erased Tapes want to give something back. 100% of all profits from Download Sales on Gogoyoko.com will go to Landvernd (“Icelandic Environment Association”), who were established in the good year of 1969 and has been in the forefront of environmental protection in Iceland ever since. (More info: http://www.landvernd.is)

You get the download exclusively here on Monday:http://www.gogoyoko.com/#/album/Paper_Canyon_Recycled



Every remix album sold on FairshareMusic.com and elsewhere will help Friends of the Earth's vital campaigning work for a safe climate and a healthy planet (More info:http://www.foe.co.uk). The strictly limited 'Paper Canyon Recycled' CD edition will be printed on 100% recycled eco-board and includes a Download Code for 5 Exclusive Bonus Tracks.

You can pre-order the strictly limited eco-CD edition here: http://www.erasedtapes.com/store/index/ERATP024

You can also get the Download here from October 18th: http://www.fairsharemusic.com



Paper Canyon Recycled stemmed from an open call, giving fans and fellow artists the opportunity to submit a remix of CITC’s 2009 debut album release Paper Canyon. The band received over 100 track submissions. The skills of one particular entrant, Brighton-based producer and musician Guy Andrews (iambic), impressed the band so much that they have invited him to co-produce their next studio album at Brighton Electric in September. Factotum Films in Scotland shot a spellbinding music video for his remix of Distant Street Lights, which got premiered on the UK music portal Drowned In Sound. (Watch: http://www.vimeo.com/14729869). 


Autumn 2010 is set to propel CITC onto the international music radar being one of a very few UK acts invited to perform at Iceland Airwaves 2010. Codes In The Clouds will join fellow label artists Ólafur Arnalds, Nils Frahm and Rival Consoles as part of an Erased Tapes label night at the event. Performing on Saturday October 16 at Iðnó, a beautiful old theatre venue, the band will showcase new material taken from their upcoming album release as well as two of the remixes live. Upon their return to the UK CITC will perform at Brainwash Festival in Leeds on October 24, followed by the official 'Paper Canyon Recycled' Remix Album Launch at Vibe Bar in Shoreditch, London on October 28. January 2011 will see the release of a new full-length album and an extensive European headline tour to start an eventful new year.


LIVE AT ICELAND AIRWAVES 2010:

24.11. Reyjkavík:  Bar 11 – Gogoyoko.com Off-Venue Show
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=129535603763513

16.10. Reykjavík:  Iðnó – Erased Tapes Label Night
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=155762534445079



LIVE IN THE UK:


24.11. Leeds:  Royal Park Cellars – Brainwash Festival 2010
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=136334813055666&ref=ts

28.10. London:  Vibe Bar – Paper Canyon Recycled Remix Album Launch
More info: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=150289195007127&ref=ts



FIRST REVIEWS:


Excellent remix action…it’s really, really good’ Track Of The Day – Clash

‘Stirring stuff indeed’Drowned In Sound