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

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.

Rival Consoles returns with mini-LP 'Night Melody'

Rival Consoles returns with new mini-album 'Night Melody' picture
Night Melody’ is Rival Consoles' new 34-minute, 6-track mini album to be released on Erased Tapes, August 5th – following 2015's acclaimed full-length 'Howl'. Born out of and shaped by long hours working into the night, it’s nocturnal in sound; mysterious in the way that the early hours so often are.

“I found myself in a silent home, with the days getting dark very early. I’ve never before in my life been affected by the lack of light so much. I just remember it always being night time. I would either make music into the night, go out drinking with friends, or go to parties and dance into the early hours, every day, week after week, month after month, until eventually the days became brighter again.”

'Lone' is the first glimpse from the release and is the result of constant adjustments to find a delicate balance of fragility and assurance.

Pre-order the 12"/DL from our store and stream the first single below.

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 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

• stream 2-track teaser • watch trailer • pre-order LP/CD/DL

Ben Lukas Boysen becomes Erased Tapes recording artist with new LP 'Spells'

Ben Lukas Boysen releases new album 'Spells' on Erased Tapes picture
Following the world premiere and heavy rotation of 'Golden Times 1' on BBC Radio 6 Music as championed by Mary Anne Hobbs, we're excited to announce the signing of Ben Lukas Boysen with his forthcoming LP 'Spells' due for release on June 10.

'Spells' merges programmed piano pieces with live instruments, combining the controllable technical world and the often unpredictable aspects of live improvisation. In some ways it continues where his underground debut 'Gravity' (re-issued on Erased Tapes, June 10) left off, though a lot of weight is lifted, making room for a lighter and more energetic listen. Friend and fellow Erased Tapes artist Nils Frahm mixed and mastered both albums. Ben is not a master pianist like his dear friend, but his sound collages are so meticulously designed that after hearing the result an impressed Nils declared: "from now on, if anyone asks – this is a real piano"

· read more · listen to 'Nocturne 4'

· pre-order CD/LP/DL via Erased Tapes
or digitally from Bandcamp · iTunes or stream it on Spotify

A live report of our Piano Day event at The Courtyard Theatre

A live report of our Piano Day event at The Courtyard Theatre  picture
For Douglas Dare, the piano is a sad instrument. He makes a convincing case; at his fingertips, the keys sing plaintively, exquisitely melancholy. By the time he embarks on a cover of Bjork’s ‘Lionsong’, that peculiar mood has settled over the audience; the room is packed, but thoughts are turned inwards. You can see it in the swaying.
Dare’s is the opening set of London’s Piano Day celebrations, held on March 28th at Shoreditch’s Courtyard Theatre, opened in the late nineteenth century as a public library. Shortly afterwards, we’re offered another glimpse of what the piano can do. When Michael Price performs some tracks from The Hope of Better Weather, you can hear expectance but also traces of nostalgia. Remembrance of Better Weather would be an equally apt title.
No modern piano concert would be complete without a nod to John Cage. And when it comes, it does so courtesy of Peter Broderick whose performance of In a Landscape has that mesmeric, slow-building quality so peculiar to the instrument. Broderick’s set is also the closest the evening comes to a variety performance; he kicks off with some piano jokes (including one he penned himself), and at one point wanders amid the crowd, singing unaccompanied (the farthest we drift from twinkling keys.)
The evening was a celebration of what the piano can do, and the different directions in which a pianist can lead the instrument (and, of course, vice versa.) So it’s only fitting that proceeds went to the next generation, helping to buy a new piano for South London’s World Heart Beat Academy . Run by Sahana Gero, the charity offers music tuition to some three hundred children, many from challenging backgrounds, and is expanding into a new space in Battersea.
World Heat Beat is place where creativity and social change go hand-in-hand; the students are not only offered an environment in which to create, but gain a valuable (not to mention employable) skill. It’s a place that fosters imagination, much like the library that the Courtyard Theatre once housed: a strange reverberation from the past.
To round the evening off, the three Erased Tapes pianists take once more to the keys. As they played their encore for six hands, you couldn’t help but wonder what new paths the next wave of pianists might embark on. Theirs is an instrument with over three hundred years of history. Long may it continue.

Words by James Stanfield 
Photo credit: Alex Kozobolis


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