Interview with

Felix Kubin

Felix Kubin lives and works against the gravity with Sci-Fi pop, noise, animation films, radio plays (Hörspiele) and experimental broadcasting. As the messenger of exploding lungs he started his label „Gagarin Records“ in 1998 and rules the „syndicate of counter-noise“ since 9.9.1999. Felix Kubin is one of electronic music’s most dynamic and versatile performers. A lovechild of the home recording era, his activities include futuristic pop, radio plays, electroacoustic music, and works for chamber orchestra. Kubin’s music is saturated with enthusiasm for disharmonic pop, industrial noise, and 20th-century avant-garde music. In the last 20 years, he has released a diverse array of albums and played over 80 electronic music festivals. He likes to move between high and low culture, clubs and concert halls, as his main concern is the shifting of contexts and expectations. Indeed, Felix Kubin might very well be the most important clairvoyant for the now incorporeal cosmonaut Yuri Gagarin, whose phantasmagorical concepts are telepathically transmitted through him as the sad humming of the protones.

Facts

1: The word of the year 2010 is Utopia.

2: At the moment, we are in a state of Rennaissance. Lots of re-issues of good music, films etc.

3: After the abstraction of the digital realm, the physical world has become important again. Physicality in performance, the rediscovery of the complexity of acoustic resonance bodies, the rise of collectives in art and orchestras in music. The next years, people will spend much time with creating refined interfaces between the physical and the digital world. We don’t need more sound creating devices at the moment.

Questions

What is the biggest inspiration for your music?
Resonances, unusual films & architecture, microphysics, speed, noises of the city.

How and when did you get into making music?
At age 9. I was bored of playing other people’s music and started composing. My father supported me a lot. When I was 11, he bought me a KORG MS-20. At age 14 I got the first available 4-track audio cassette recorder.

What are your 5 favourite albums of all time?
I have difficulties with this question because music and art are processes that cannot be fixed in a nostalgic „best of“ category. Five albums that I listen to a lot: „Raymond Scott – Manhattan Research Inc.“, „Iannis Xenakis – Electronic Music“, „Renaldo & the Loaf – Songs for Swinging Larvae“, „The Honeymoon Killers – Les Tueurs de la lune de miel“, „Rolf
Dieter Brinkmann – Wörter.Sex.Schnitt“

What do you associate with Berlin?
Space, humour, the film Braindead

What’s your favourite place in your town?
The harbour

If there was no music in the world, what would you do instead?
Talk rhythmically.

What was the last record you bought?
George Coleman – Bongo Joe

Who would you most like to collaborate with?
Christian Marclay, Lary7, Daniel Padden…

What was your best gig (as performer or spectator)?
Spectator: „The Cardiacs“ – 1989 at Kir, Hamburg
Performer: couldn’t name the best; a good one most recently: Nov 2009, live at the Issue Project Room with Lary 7 and Scott Haggart

How important is technology to your creative process?
The idea of RECORDING something still amazes me. Such does the invention of radio, telephone and vacuum cleaner.

Do you have siblings and how do they feel about your career?
One brother who is also a musician. I think he is proud but he keeps his secrets.

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