Brandt Brauer Frick

Brandt Brauer Frick

Label
Because
Pays
Allemagne
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Il y a dix ans, en 2008, trois jeunes musiciens berlinois (Daniel Brandt, Jan Brauer et Paul Frick), avec un background classique sous le bras mais grands clubbers devant l’éternel, se mettaient à jouer ensemble et improviser, avec en tête comme l’explique Daniel, l’idée de « combiner le son des compositions classiques et instrumentales avec l’énergie et la pulsion de la dance-music. » De ce qui n’aurait du être qu’un jeu naquit ainsi le projet Brandt Brauer Frick, en forme de chainon manquant entre les codes de la musique classique et la cadence infernale de l’électro, illustré à merveille par « You Make Me Real », un premier album signé sur le label allemand K7, et qui réconciliait deux monde à priori éloignés. Aujourd’hui, avec quatre albums d’explorations tout azimut et dix ans après leurs débuts, le trio BBF est devenu partie prenante de la scène électronique, ainsi qu’une machine à live redoutable.

Intitulé « Echo », le cinquième album de BBF est une nouvelle facette de leur univers, un condensé de onze morceaux qui reviennent au centre du dancefloor et au concept de base de BBF : retranscrire les structures et les textures de la musique électronique avec des instruments classiques.

English

Sometimes what you don’t do is as important as what you do. Brandt Brauer Frick have made name for themselves producing techno without the technology, using classical instruments in preference to synthesizers and computers. It’s a negative that’s had positive results. The Berlin trio’s 2010 debut ‘You Make Me Real’ was a forward-thinking gem. They reworked it on 2011’s ‘Mr Machine’, a techno record played totally live by a ten-piece classical ensemble—they’ve graced the stages of dark nightclubs, classical concert halls and cultural institutions alike, namely Glastonbury, Coachella, Montreux Jazz, Lincoln Center, Mutek, Sonar, Southbank, Centre Pompidou, Fabric, Berghain during their 150 or so worldwide shows over the last 18 months. Taken together, Brandt Brauer Frick are the sound of dance music’s rule book being torn up, pulped and recycled into sheet music paper.

On album three, called ‘Miami’, it’s what Brandt Brauer Frick are not doing that is once again important: they aren’t slavishly following the formula of its two predecessors. “‘Mr Machine’, the record made with the ensemble, especially was very planned and strict,” says Paul Frick. “We wanted to be more spontaneous this time. We wanted to do something very different, more dark and more rough.” Daniel Brandt takes up the thought. “We felt like we’d fully explored the sound we were doing on the first two albums. We wanted to do something different. With the first record we always thought a DJ must be able to mix this. But at some point we became bored with that approach, that formula of things slowly coming together. Also the experience of playing so many gigs in the last years changed our way of making music a lot.”

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