Photo Credit: Andrea Silenzi

Felix Kubin

Felix arrived from Germany to present MEGAPOLIS with a Hörspiel featuring excerpts of the radio play “Paralektronoia”, which explores the relationship between electricity and paranormality and its traces on the biographies of numerous pioneers of electronics. Russian Lev Sergeiewitch Termen, for example, invented not only the theremin but also a notorious wiretap for the KGB, while eccentric British music producer Joe Meek at times locked himself in his studio, armed, so the production of his sound effects might remain a secret. Kubin’s version, called “Paralektroniker”, is an active, mental radio with over-sensitive antennae; by means of systematic field research and radio-phonic experiments he investigates the impact of invisible vibrations on the human mind.

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 70 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. Kubin was on the cover of the June 2010 issue of the Wire Magazine, an internationally recognized journal of modern music. (Mr. Kubin’s performance was sponsored by the Association for Independents in Radio; his travel was sponsored by the Goethe-Institut in Washington DC)

An excerpt from Paralektronoia performed live at the MEGAPOLIS Festival: