OKthat’s an exaggeration but this performance by Nils Frahm certainly got the ball rolling for me and therefore becomes a foundation block for this site.
As a middle-aged man who had spent most of his adult life going to indie gigs and dabbling as a house DJ, I was on the hunt for something different to absorb myself in; something new to obsess about.
Looking back, I guess there were other artists that brought me to this performance – almost certainly true when this video was an algorithmic recommendation – but that doesn’t make its impact any less dramatic for me.
In the years following, I’ve seen Nils Frahm play a couple of times and have even heard him talk about Said and Done in a self-depreciating way, calling it a “boring composition”. I guess it’s his Radiohead Creep – I get that – but I like the track and feel lifted when I hear it, no matter which version I hear. I love the repetitive nature of the single note and what appears – to an ignoramus like me – like quite impossible keyboard acrobatics.
Although, it’s this stripped down performance, and the memory of stumbling on it for the first time, that makes this one so special for me. I like the fact, that even though it’s a purely analogue and acoustic performance, you can sense the beginnings of Frahm’s future explorations in electronica. Here is a classically trained musician who can effortlessly embrace a modern way of constructing a composition – and vice versa.