Nils Frahm at Funkhaus Berlin
Photography: Bruce Thompson

Musician Nils Frahm has commandeered the striking Saal 3 at Funkhaus Berlin.

Located on the banks of the River Spree in the East of Berlin, Funkhaus is one the city’s most iconic buildings. Constructed in the 1950s with the typically austere grandeur of much of the city’s Soviet architecture, it was designed to house world-class recording facilities and broadcast studio, home to GDR state radio and a symbol of its wide-reaching ambition.

A central part of Berlin’s cultural history, Funkhaus now also plays a role in the recording of Frahm’s new album All Melody, released today via Erased Tapes Records.

Realising a long-term plan to create a recording studio that would match the scope of his ideas, Frahm has taken over Funkhaus’ Saal 3 – a grand space originally used to record chamber music – and made it his own, housing his incredible array of keyboards, pianos and synthesizers, and exploiting the unique acoustic properties of the building.

Recorded between Saal 3 and a dried well in Majorca, All Melody is shaped by those spaces and reflects what Frahm describes as his interest in ‘the physical feeling that sound can produce’.

Funkhaus Berlin
The foyer of the building. Photography: Funkhaus Berlin

To get a better sense of that process, our sister brand The Vinyl Factory visited Frahm at Saal 3 to hear about the making of the album, the construction of the studio and how he could possibly recreate that environment on tour.

All Melody is out now on 2xLP via Erased Tapes Records.

Music: ‘A Place’, ‘My Friend the Forest’, and ‘#2’ by Nils Frahm, courtesy of Erased Tapes Records.
Film shot by Bruce Thompson in Berlin, edited by Pawel Ptak.

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