header photo: Selfportrait Christian Löffler
Music has the power to time travel. And through music we can time travel too. So what happens when two masters of their musical handicraft but of totally different centuries collaborate?
Talented producer Christian Löffler has reworked four Beethoven tracks from original 1920s recordings of his pieces. The release, which comes through Deutsche Grammophon, comes as the world celebrates the 250th anniversary of the birth of Beethoven.
Invited by the German label, which is btw the world’s oldest classical music label, Löffler set about reworking the four tracks earlier this year and began to work his way through the recordings and searching for connections with his own sound.
“I was just following my ears choosing them. I was searching for parts that really caught my attention,” says Löffler. “I was jamming on my synths or on the piano to find melodies and sounds that kept the original idea but took it into my universe. My focus was to find little nostalgic moments that can make a good link to my music.”
Although the EP tracks are intrinsically different from the original recordings, Löffler has largely left Beethoven’s voice untouched. He has instead used the composer’s music as the colours to his own painting, searching for simple motifs that gave a narrative to his own productions.
Today Löffler has shared “Fate,” the EP’s focus track. The video for the track was created by Swedish film maker and photographer Fredrik Altinell. Enjoy the video below: