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Peter Broderick announces 'Grunewald' EP

Not long after the release of Peter Broderick’s seventh solo album ‘Partners’ in August of this year, the composer closes the year with his equally exceptional ‘Grunewald’ recordings, ou...
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Not long after the release of Peter Broderick’s seventh solo album ‘Partners’ in August of this year, the composer closes the year with his equally exceptional ‘Grunewald’ recordings, out on December 9th 2016 via Erased Tapes.
 
Born in just one night inside the four walls of the discrete yet majestic Grunewald Church, situated on the outskirts of Berlin, this five-track EP is an exploration of the alluring partnership between the acoustic space and Broderick's solo performance on piano and violin. Reflecting the grandeur of the room and the natural interaction between the instruments and their surrounding environment, 'Grunewald' pays homage to a very unusual space that's become a haven for an entire generation of contemporary composers. 
 
Words from Peter, October 2016:
  
“In the few years between 2008 and 2011 or so, the Grunewald Church in Berlin was something of a hotspot for a group of us musicians. It started when Nils scouted it as a location in which to record The Bells . . . and then it seemed like we were in there every month or two for a while, either for recordings or for concerts.
 
There was a lady living just down the street from the church, and we’d just knock on her door, give her a couple hundred euros, and then she’d hand over the keys to the church! To be given unsupervised access in a space like that is really quite unheard of most of the time… For anyone who likes reverb, the Grunewald is a dream come true. That in combination with the beautiful old Bösendorfer piano made it the perfect place for both recording and performing.
 
When mixing the recordings that comprise this EP, simply titled Grunewald in homage to that old haven of ours, there were no artificial reverbs or delays used . . . only the natural sound of that epic space. Originally these piano recordings were released as part of a split album on a small Japanese label, and the violin piece was included on a compilation, also Japanese . . . but all these pieces were recorded on the same night, in the same space, and it is with great pleasure that I see them reunited for this release.”

· pre-order the EP on 10"/CD/DL here



Peter's EU tour commences tomorrow. All dates here

Peter Broderick is set to release his new studio album 'Partners' on August 19th

For close to a decade, Portland’s Peter Broderick has cut his own unpredictable path through the world of contemporary music. So far, his wanderings have led him from solo works into the realms of f...
Peter Broderick is set to release his new studio album 'Partners' on August 19th picture
For close to a decade, Portland’s Peter Broderick has cut his own unpredictable path through the world of contemporary music. So far, his wanderings have led him from solo works into the realms of film, dance and documentary scores, as well as art installations.

Now, Peter takes that unpredictability one step further. For his latest album 'Partners', he experiments with chance, surrendering an entire song’s composition to the roll of dice.


“The inspiration really came when I decided to learn to play John Cage’s In A Landscape on the piano . . . I listened to a recording I had over and over again, five seconds or so at a time, picking out every single note. Then cross referencing what I’d learned with other versions of the piece as well as the original score. Beyond Cage’s music, his life and practice have interested me more and more, after having read about his love for foraging wild foods and using chance operations to compose music, in a sense taking his ‘self’ out of the music.”


Pre-order the LP/CD/DL from our store and stream its first single 'Carried' below. 



Join Peter Broderick and the Erased Tapes team on September 4th at East London's Brilliant Corners as our collaboration with Classic Album Sundays continues.

In what will be the second in our 'Meet the Composer' series this event is an opportunity to delve into the conception and creation of a newly released album from an Erased Tapes artist and hear the record in full on the finest audio equipment. Find out more via the Classic Album Sundays website.


Woodkid & Nils Frahm collaborate on score for JR's short film 'Ellis' with Robert De Niro

Woodkid & Nils Frahm's collaborative score for JR's short film ELLIS starring Robert De Niro is set for release on July 8th with all profits going to the Sea-Watch initiative. For the first half ...


Woodkid & Nils Frahm's collaborative score for JR's short film ELLIS starring Robert De Niro is set for release on July 8th with all profits going to the Sea-Watch initiative.

For the first half of the twentieth century, Ellis Island stood as the gateway to America. For some twelve million people, it was their first encounter with the land they hoped to call home.

Directed by acclaimed French artist JR, ELLIS tells the story of one such migrant. Starring Robert De Niro, the film winds its way through the crumbling hallways of the abandoned Ellis Island hospital complex, now home to JR’s Unframed art installation. Entwined with the narrative is a score composed by Woodkid, performed and co-written by Nils Frahm. The delicate piano motifs of ‘Winter Morning I’ culminate in a crescendo of strings, while the harmonium swells on the B-side are the foundation for De Niro’s narration: an encomium for those who shaped modern America. 

There’s perhaps never been a more fitting time for this story, with all the proceeds going to the Sea Watch initiative, a non-profit charity dedicated to the protection and rescue of civilian refugees. 

"The music fell in our laps and melted with the images. The film has stuck in my head ever since; it moved my heart and changed my soul" – Nils Frahm

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