Nils Frahm recording at Studio P4. Photo: courtesy of Erased Tapes Records

Pianist and composer Nils Frahm has created a score for German film Victoria, which will be released via Erased Tapes next month. As reported by Resident Advisor, the film was shot in one take by director Sebastian Schipper in Berlin, and was awarded the prize for best cinematography at the recent Berlinale film festival. It’s also in the running for a prestigious Deutscher Filmpreis award in seven categories, including best soundtrack. Frahm’s score, entitled Music for the Motion Picture Victoria, features cellist Anne Müller, viola player Viktor Orri Árnason, and Erik K. Skodvin on guitar, and opens with a DJ Koze edit of Frahm’s “Burn With Me.”

Victoria is out in Germany on June 11, and will reportedly also be shown in other countries at a later date. The release of the film’s soundtrack will follow shortly after, on June 15. Frahm’s statement to listeners regarding the soundtrack, as well as a tracklist and stream of soundtrack excerpt “Them,” can be found below.

Dear viewer and listener,

I’ve finally written music for a film. It took me some time to do so, as I was patiently waiting for a movie that would truly speak to me. When director Sebastian Schipper invited me to work on Victoria, I knew it was worth the long wait. Does such a strong film even need music? I realised it wouldn’t be easy to create a score that embraces these bold pictures.

Luckily we were given unusual creative freedom by approaching the movie together with Sebastian Schipper, who was keeping the production and direction to one single team. The score was recorded in a special location, the former GDR broadcasting production facilities that today host Studio P4. We simply put a big screen in the middle of the room, filled it with microphones and instruments, set the movie on loop and kept improvising on top of it together—my good friends and I.

The guest musicians started their recording session by playing a cohesive take over the course of the whole movie. This was the most interesting part of the day, since they hadn’t seen the film before. They became spectators and creators at once, intuitively recording hundreds of different cues that way. You are about to listen to some of its highlights. I hope they do Victoria and your ears justice.

With love, Nils Frahm

01. Burn With Me (Victoria Edit by DJ Koze)
02. Our Own Roof
03. A Stolen Car
04. In The Parking Garage
05. Them
06. The Bank
07. The Shooting
08. Nobody Knows Who You Are
09. Pendulum
10. Happy New Fear (Bonus Track)
11. Marilyn Whirlwind (Bonus Track)