Brandt Brauer Frick

Really like what these guys are doing! Brandt Brauer Frick is a German three-piece. Their music is some sort of techno but interestingly they mostly use acoustic instruments and sound sources.
Daniel Brandt (left) and Jan Brauer (middle) are electronic musicians while Paul Frick (right) is classically trained. The music definitely contains some classical flourishes, from Steve Reich and American minimalism especially.

Brandt Brauer Frick's debut album is out in november on !K7 Records and I'm looking very much forward to it. So far I have some of their single releases as mp3's but this is music for the vinyl collection, no doubt about it. My girlfriend and me were supposed to see them at Vega in january but for different reasons we arrived late and missed the show. I talked briefly to Daniel Brandt and he mentioned something about Distortion Festival but they didn't play there. Hope to see them live sometime in the not too distant future.

Here's an awesome video for the track "Bop". I won't give away too much, just make sure you watch it. So many cool things at play;

I love how they both visually and sound-wise blend a classical "serious music" or "high art" aesthetic and a techno aesthetic. It works so well together and of course they're not without irony and humor.
Up next we have The Brandt Brauer Frick Ensemble! Here's where it gets really cool. The BBF Ensemble is the three of them augmented with additional live players and here they are rehearsing tracks for upcoming performances. Unbelievably cool!

If more classical concerts were like this I'd go to more classical concerts. The music also works in specific electronic/techno settings. Here's a live performance from Berlin's much hyped Berghain club. A certain Kraftwerk aesthetic at work if you ask me;

Shirts and ties and techno clubs!

As I said above the debut album is out in november. For more info visit www.brandtbrauerfrick.de

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  1. They are awesome, Jacob introduced me to them around christmas an I think he in fact played one of the tracks at Dunkel once. It's nice the they way you get a visual presentation of the connection between American Minimalism and electronica aestetics, as you mentioned, in the videos. I would definitely like to see these guys live, it gives the term live electronica a whole new meaning.

  2. I love the tuba and timpani in the ensemble, I would like see a concert with the ensemble, but just seeing the three of them would be nice too.

  3. Yeah, it should be noted that I was also introduced to Brandt Brauer Frick by our mutual friend and fellow student Jacob Eriksen :)
    Keeping a close eye on the BBF touring schedule is probably a good idea.