Felix Kubin

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Felix Kubin

(born Felix Knoth; 1969 in Hamburg, is an electronic musician, composer, curator, sound and radio artist. He runs the Record Label Gagarin Records.

Felix Kubin und Hubert Zemler, die als CEL ein No-Wave-Kraut-Funk-Album gemacht haben. Ihr Stück „Elektrybałt“ ist heute unser Track des Tages.

No-Wave-Kraut-Funk: Felix Kubin und Hubert Zemler alias CEL

Kubin began his musical career at the age of eight with piano and electronic organ. From 1992 to 1996 he attended the Hamburg University of Applied Sciences (Hochschule für Angewandte Wissenschaften), where he studied drawing, sound installation, video and animation film. In 1995, he received a DAAD grant and spent a year at the Media Art Department of the ArtEZ Hogeschool voor de Kunsten in Enschede, Netherlands.

At the age of twelve, in 1981, he started recording his first pieces with synthesizer, organ, voice and drum machine. Two years later he began experimenting with a 4-track tape recorder. In 1983, he started the band “Die Egozentrischen 2” together with Stefan Mohr.

He was then soon discovered by the Hamburg label owner and impresario Alfred Hilsberg (ZickZack Records), who invited him to perform at various events, such as “In der Hitze der Nacht”, a festival which took place in 1984 at Markthalle Hamburg. Some home recordings from this period have been included, among others, on the compilation „The Tetchy Teenage Tapes of Felix Kubin 1981-1985”.[1]

During the 1990s, Kubin began to experiment with music made from noises and released several albums with his band „Klangkrieg“. From 1992 to 1994 he was a member of the dada-communist singing group „Liedertafel Margot Honecker“. In 1998, the same year in which he founded his own record label Gagarin Records, he turned to avant-garde pop. In the following years he expanded his artistic spectrum through lecture performances, the development of new radio formats and contemporary compositions for chamber orchestra and electronics.

In addition to numerous publications, music releases, workshops and lectures in Germany and abroad, Felix Kubin wrote music for films and theatre productions. He performed at more than 100 international music and media art festivals such as Sónar, Unsound, Transmediale, Wien Modern, Présences électronique and Ars Electronica, but also in museums like MoMA PS1, New Museum of Contemporary Art, La Casa Encendida and Galerie nationale du Jeu de Paume.

Since 2005, Kubin has been increasingly involved with contemporary experimental music, working together with ensembles, and being invited to compose for various music halls. In 2010, in collaboration with the „ensemble Intégrales“, he directed „Echohaus“, a live concert for six rooms, headphone ensemble and electronics, which was premiered at the MaerzMusik Festival in Berlin. In 2013 and 2015 he was commissioned the two compositions „Chromdioxidgedächtnis“ and „Takt der Arbeit“ by „NDR das neue werk“, a renowned radio series of contemporary music. 2016 saw the premiere of Kubin’s opus magnus “Falling Still” at the Internationales Musikfest Hamburg. The orchestration of this 70min work includes string ensemble, percussion, a boys choir and live electronics. During the same year he composed music for an orchestra consisting of 20 Korg MS-20 synthesizers. The composition, by the title „A Choir of Wires”, was performed by students of the LUCA School of Arts at Vooruit in Gent. In 2019 he founded the sequencer music duo CEL together with the Polish drummer Hubert Zemler. At the same time he began a collaboration with the Hamburg based Ensemble Resonanz that led to the composition of the pieces “Lunar Plexus” and “Telephobie”.

French film director Marie Losier portrayed Felix Kubin in the award-winning film „Felix in Wonderland“, which premiered at the Locarno Film Festival in 2019.

Juni 24th, 2021 by