See inside Nils Frahm's analog studio

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Originally published by The Vinyl Factory

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Located on the banks the River Spree in the East Berlin, Funkhaus is one the city’s most iconic buildings. Constructed in the 1950s with the typically austere grandeur much 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 its wide-reaching ambition.

A central part Berlin’s cultural history, Funkhaus now also plays a role in the recording Nils Frahm’s new album All Melody.

Realising a long-term plan to create a recording studio that would match the scope 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 keyboards, pianos and synthesizers, and exploiting the unique acoustic properties 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.”

To get a better sense that process, we visited Frahm at Saal 3 to hear about the making the album, the construction the studio and how he could possibly recreate that environment on tour.

All Melody is out now on 2xLP Erased Tapes.