Burnt Friedman

BURNT FRIEDMAN is one of Germany’s most long established and highly rated electronic music producer and musician with a career spanning almost 40 years. He was born in Coburg, Germany in 1965 and has lived in Berlin since 2009.

After initially being a student of art in Kassel, Germany, Burnt started to focus on music exclusively from the late 1980s onwards. He went on to attend the Academy of Media Arts in Cologne as a postgraduate student and began to publish his musical works along with his studio productions in 1979. He also began performing live around the same time, both of which soon attracted the attention of the Cologne electronic music scene. From there he progressed to various notable music collaborations throughout the 1990s on projects with the likes of Jaki Liebezeit, AtomTM (as Flanger), David Sylvian (as Nine Horses) and since 2017, master drummer Mohammad Reza Mortazavi. 

In 2000 Friedman launched his own record label, Nonplace, with 48 releases to date. Working under the solo artist name of BURNT FRIEDMAN, he sought to address the prejudices people had then about the authenticity of programmed music. His studio and on-stage partnership with Jaki Liebezeit, the former drummer of CAN, lasted 17 years; the two musicians have developed pioneering electronic-acoustic music over that period. On the strength of their craft and universal musical vocabulary they have consciously distanced themselves from the traditional formulas of Western European and Anglo-American music.

PITCHFORK, May 2016: „Generally speaking, advances in electronic music have greatly expanded the possibilities for creative expression. But it’s also true that the electronic revolution has put a straitjacket on rhythm—or at least on time signatures that don’t resolve to a neat 4/4. Fortunately, Burnt Friedman has spent his career refusing to go gently into that neat grid. A frequent collaborator of Can drummer Jaki Liebezeit, Friedman is no stranger to alien pulses and serpentine patterns (…)“JUNO records: „If you’re looking for futuristic high-speed tribalism then Burnt Friedman’s Nonplace imprint is the perfect place to start.“PARIS DJS: „This is Jazz, Worldmusic, Krautrock with a 21st Century Sun Ra spirit.“