German retrofuturist and self-described dadaist Felix Kubin has always had a way with experiments. Born in 1969 and growing up in sprawling Hamburg, Kubin’s first outings with piano, glockenspiel and tape recorder were acted out at the tender age of eight. Only three years later the synth gods gifted the still young Kubin with his everlasting love, the iconic Korg MS-20. Since then he has shown himself as a unique specimen on the scene for electronic and/or experimental music – both on his own and in a number of constellations and bands such as punkish Die Egozentrischen 2 and noise-duo Klangkrieg.
Balancing a fine line between the cerebral sound art of Stockhausen and the strict pop sensibilities of Deutsch Amerikanische Freundschaft, Felix Kubin’s work as a solo artist has been a continuous exploration of his very own brand of equal parts musique concrète, German schlager-tendencies and inventive, electronic playfulness. All this while also producing a plethora of plays, works in animation and even audio plays for German radio.
A true spectacle, immensely immersive and a very good friend of PHONO Festival, Felix Kubin never fails to amaze, and we couldn’t be happier to have him back for a solo set at this year’s festival.
Felix Kubin is presented by Goethe-Institut Dänemark