For live shows of the artists please check their websites.
2012-12-29 David Fenech LP out now
Dear Looking Glass People,
I am happy to announce the advent of David Fenech's LP "Grand Huit". The record is now available from Stora mail order.
It's a wonderful soundstory composed of songs, acoustic sketches and field recordings. Everything was recorded on 4-track back in the nineties and released on CD by a small French label in 2000. The reason I put it out again on vinyl is that it's pretty unknown until today. For many years I kept listening and listening to the CD in repeat mode, so I thought: why not put it out on Gagarin Records?
The recordings are remastered by Mr. Gavin Weiß of SoundSupport who did a wonderful job here. And there's a hot cat on a poster accompanying the record, painted by the hot cat Martha Colburn.
I am sure you will dive into David Fenech's eery world of vocals and chords with the same shivers as I do.
A plus tard...
2012-11-15 Orphée Mécanique and Grand Huit
No, Mr Kubin hasn't gone over to the French. He still dreams in German. But it seems that French titles recently populate his black forrest. Finally, the long-awaited release of his radio play "Orphée Mécanique" has arrived in the world of concrete matter (matière concrète), namely on a CD put out soon by Belleville Verlag and Bayerischer Rundfunk. Enthusiastic listeners of the Hörspiel from all over Germany sent us emails offering a kingdom, a horse or their daughter (or all of it together) to get a copy of it. So, here you go. Keep your daughters and kingdoms, just send me horses and I will be happy to ride my 12 daughters to school every morning.
On a further note, the masterwork "Grand Huit" by David Fenech will be out in december on Gagarin Records. Hardly noticed at the time of its genesis back in 2000 due to unfavourable circumstances, you can soon enjoy this re-mastered "cinéma pour l'oreille" containing soundtracks of fear and glory on shimmering dark vinyl. Accompanied by a beautiful artwork of New York based artist Martha Colburn.
Our new 7" label Apolkalypso has been launched on 31-8-2012.
Make a move with your eye(s) to the left, see, there it is in the menu.
The first five releases are by
Check out how they sound like by clicking on the record covers here. All singles appear in a limited edition of a 100 copies with a transparent plastic screen-print cover and inlays individually designed by the artists themselves. They are going fast, so be quick.
Available at www.stora.de (check labels > apolkalypso).
2012-06-20 Apolkalypso, Demo Dandies#2, Teenage Tapes
Sorry for the silence on our end.
The ministers of the Gagarin empire had to betake themselves in seclusion - just to return in fresher shape than ever. Soon you will witness the launch of APOLKALYPSO, a new 7" sublabel dedicated to the idea of the (anti)hit and spontaneous attack. The first five releases will feature a flock of lucid candidates such as Lary 7, Jimi Tenor, Mia Theodoratus, Gelbart, On + Brr, Meryll Hardt and the scarred and eloquent Broca Areal. All releases come in an edition of 100 copies, transparent sleeve with a white logo and printed inlays created by the musicians themselves.
Next on Gagarin Records is a wonderful David Fenech vinyl (re)release of the splendid album Grand Huit that was released quite unnoticed ten years ago on CD. The 4-track adventures assembled on this album belong to the most exciting and underrated music he has ever produced, so a vinyl re-release and a better mastering were overdue!
Furthermore, Felix Raithel and Felix Kubin are feverishly working on the 2nd release of their Demo Dandies tape series. Part II with a selection of demos from Berlin is closed to be finished.
For the 4-track people amongst you, here's a snowball into your thirsty mouth: Another Teenage Tapes compilation of Felix Kubin will be out on Minimal Wave (NYC) in early September, with 6 sofar unreleased tracks on it. Dig it.
There are more fishes in the pond but we'll keep our mouths sealed until they break the surface of reality. Meanwhile stay tuned to our frequency and don't believe the hype.
2012-06-20 Orphee Mecanique CD release
After the first broadcast of Felix Kubin's radio play ORPHEE MECANIQUE on Bayerischer Rundfunk in March 2012, a lot of people have asked where they could get a copy of it. We are happy to announce that Intermedium Records will release the Hoerspiel on CD in September 2012. The Hoerspiel was awarded "radio play of the month" and will be performed live during the ARD Hoerspieltage at the ZKM (Center of Art and Media Technology) in Karlsruhe on November 9th this year.
2012-04-01 Orphee Mecanique Hoerspiel
For the last 3 months Felix Kubin has been busy with the production of his new radio play "Orphee Mecanique", a revision of the 2006 Hoerspiel "Orpheus Psykotron", which had its premiere on March 30. It's a pop-art existentialist version of the old Orpheus myth. Everything's automatized, even the dead are walking around like hard-working robots. Follow us into Kubin's version of the underworld, with lots of shadows, poems, strange sounds and dark desires...
Until April 6 you can listen to the radio play online.
There is also an interview with the author.
Don't worry about the German language - it won't kill you. And there are many songs and sounds and chilly atmospheres, hohoho...
2012-02-18 Demo Dandies Berlin
Tonight's Demo Dandies session is coming from bar "O Tannenbaum" in Berlin, Sonnenallee 27. You can listen to the live stream here from 22:00 h CET on for approximately 4 hours.
"Demo Dandies" features only amateur demos. The recordings are given to the DJs Felix Kubin and Felix Raeithel during the live event. For more information go to demodandies.de
2012-01-17 WDR radio feature on Historical Recordings and others
WDR (West German Radio) dedicates a whole programme to "ambivalent sound projects" such as Mechthild von Leusch, Ursula Bogner, Jiri Kantor and the Historical Recordings.
It will be broadcast on 25.2.2012 at 23:05 h CET.
Here is the link
2012-01-13 Some Duration on your Cells
Before www.felixkubin.com will finally be restarted and blossom in new colours and structure (just like this very Gagarin site), which might be in spring, at least we aim at that date, the NEWS about Kubin and Co. will be spreaded over here on the very label site, so sharpen your lenses for some short-cut facts of the future (which only exists by theory, not by experience):
New Kubin album (2LP/CD) out on his schoolfriend's label it's. It's the label's name.
Title: TXRF (which stands for, yeah, you guessed it: Total Reflection X-ray Fluorescence). Pure sequencer music without drumcomputer (I hope you will cope). Ok there's one exception but it's not the track you'd expect, so don't you even try to guess. All handmachine-made with KORG MS-20s, Sherman Filterbank and a bit of that Electrix Repeater which is out of production since many years much to my mom's and dad's dismay.
Release date: 13.2.2012 (physical) - 20.2.2012 (digital) - 39.11.0200 (telepathic)
Heroically, an old tetchy Felix Kubin track will be on the compilation Minimal Wave Tapes: Vol II, a joint release by New York's doozy Minimal Wave and L.A.'s floosy Stones Throw. Two excellent labels, to say the least. Finally, the track "Japan Japan" is available on vinyl now, so sharpen your gladrags for da dancaflur.
21.1.11 Kubin live at Gebäude 9, Lüneburg, with his old paypal Nova Huta
18.2.11 Demo Dandies #2 at O Tannenbaum, Berlin. Felix Raeithel and Felix Kubinski play your demos but first read this.
2011-12-31 Prix Phonurgia Nova 2011 for Felix Kubin Hörspiel
Felix Kubin won the Prix Phonurgia Nova for his radio play "Säugling, Duschkopf, Damenschritte" (Infant, shower head, female steps - autoproduction 2010). The competition was set up in 1986 by grandmaster Pierre Schaeffer himself in order to support sound art and creativity in radio.
Phonurgia Nova (English)
Le Monde (French)
You can listen to the Hörspiel here
2011-11-22 Felix Kubin under the influence
Kubin live talk at some recent concerts
Unsound (Krakow, Poland)
Dancity (Perugia, Italy)
Club Mod (St. Petersburg, Russia)
2011-09-17 Demo Dandies#1
The first issue of the Demo Dandies tape series is out now!
DD#1 focuses on unknown bands from Hamburg.
The series is based on a DJ concept by Felix Kubin and Felix Raeithel. Bored by the lack of interactivity between DJ and audience they decided to play only amateur demos given to them at their DJ gigs. Each release of the tape series is compiled from these unreleased tracks, concentrating on the local scene.
For more information go to demodandies.de
2011-09-07 Deutsche Kassettentäter part 2 online now
INTERRUPTIONS #5. Deutsche Kassettentäter. The rise of the German home-recording tape scene #2. (60' 59'')
ZickZack label founder Alfred Hilsberg and author Frank Apunkt Schneider talk about the cultural, social and political conditions in Germany at the end of the seventies that gave rise to a radical new type of music, which Schneider describes as 'the undirected aggression of the freed noises'.
Listen to it on Radio Web Macba
2011-08-05 New radio mix by Felix Kubin on Dublab
Mr Frosty of the fantastisch Dublab radio has put my radio mix "Stop der Information" online here.
2011-08-05 Ergo Phizmiz wins Hoerspiel Prize
Our label hero Ergo Phizmiz won a prize for his recent radio drama "Disappearing Boxes". The man has discovered the wonderful medium HOERSPIEL (radio play) for himself and no-one can stop him anymore.
First, he entered the realm of cinema d'oreilles with a wonderful drama about German expressionist artist Paul Klee and his Zwitschermaschine that he created for the mighty BBC. His recent play "Disappearing Boxes" was produced for the Studio Akustische Kunst which belongs to the equally mighty WDR in Cologne, a radio station that became famous for its pioneering electroacoustic works in the middle of the 20th century. Next to RAI in Italy and RTF in France, the WDR was one of the first playgrounds for musique concrète artists.
2011-07-12 Two Tongues At The Centrifuge (Radio Mix)
I just made a new radio mix for awdio.com.
Some sweet nightmare music featuring mostly unreleased demo tracks by artists like David Fenech, Tencu + Katrin Essenson, Ela Orleans, Les Restes, Emmanuelle de Hericourt, Barry Bermange + Delia Derbyshire, Felix Kubin + Fritz Ostermayer, Meryll Hardt, Like A Tim, Coeurt Vert and more...
2011-06-26 DEMO DANDIES - Musik aus schiefen Kellern am 28.7.2011
28.7.2011 ab 18.00
MS DOCKVILLE KUNSTCAMP (Reiherstieg Hauptdeich Ecke Alte Schleuse), Hamburg
Felix Kubin (Gagarin Records) und Felix Raeithel (Sozialistischer Plattenbau) spielen Demo-Aufnahmen aus dem Publikum und aus ihren Label-Archiven.
Musikalisch umrahmt/umarmt von Tape-J Jessica Tomorrow.
Wir wollen Eure Demo-Aufnahmen!
Kon- und Dissonanzen Hamburgs, vereinigt Euch!
Wir suchen Musik, wie sie einmal war, bevor Deutschland den Superstar suchte.
Kommt aus Euren Löchern, ihr Lurche!
Die Kirche des Lärms wartet.
Mitmachen kann jede/r, der/die persönlich zum Festival erscheint.
Felix Kubin (Gagarin Records)
Felix Raeithel (Sozialistischer Plattenbau)
"Demo Dandies" ist kein Nachwuchswettbewerb, sondern ein Keller voller Leichen. Nur Zähne wachsen nach. Alles andere ist gezielter Zufall.
2011-06-06 Gagarin Records Kurzportrait im Titel-Magazin
Das Titel-Magazin hat sich aus gegebenem Anlass - dem 50jährigen Jubiläum des ersten bemannten Raumflugs - unserem Label gewidmet und stellt die letzten drei Veröffentlichungen vor: Max Goldt, Technical Drawings und die in der Presse frenetisch gefeierten und leider bereits ausverkauften "Historischen Aufnahmen Vol. 1".
Link zum Artikel
2011-04-15 How to hold a quill
Making of the cover artwork for the record "Max Goldt - L'Eglise des Crocodiles" by the graphic designer/calligrapher Frank Ortmann in 2011.
2011-04-12 Gagarin 50th anniversary
Today we celebrate the 50th anniversary of Juri Gagarin's first space flight!
In the occasion of this eminent event many Gagarin Records artists have created some audio and visual hommages
Go to Morpheus Panoptikum!
Contributions by Puyo Puyo, Jesse Stiles (of Technical Drawings), Mariola Brillowska, Ergo Phizmiz, Wojtek Kucharczyk, Boris D Hegenbart-Matsui, Vernon & Burns, Pete Um and Gunter Adler
2011-03-31 Max Goldt and Technical Drawings
With a bit of delay, Technical Drawings (GR 2025) and Max Goldt (GR 2024) are finally available at stora.de and dig their way to stores and distributors. Here's a nice video of a Technical Drawings live concert.
2011-03-17 Radiaator Festival Tallinn
The Raadiaator festival is starting today in Tallinn, Estonia.
Felix Kubin plays demo tapes by artists of Tallinn (Estonia). LIVE!
They bring their CD-Rs directly to the DJ.
In between he features some demos of his own archive.
Tonight at 22 h CET
Paralektronoia lecture performance by Kubin and lots of other stuff by Paul Devens (NL), Sarah Washington/Knut Aufermann of Resonance FM (UK/D), Nebojsa Milikic (SRB), Eesti Elekter (EE), eleOnora (EE) and others
LISTEN >> www.lokaalraadio.ee
2011-03-07 Pete Um featured in the WIRE
Our favourite breeder of horses, Pete Um, is featured together with Man From Uranus, Nochexxx and The Doozer in a brilliant long article in this month's WIRE (March 2011). Great photos of these survivors of the non-existing music scene in Cambridge, a city of meadows.
2011-03-02 We are online!!!!!
Finally, after years of programming and testing, this page has been re-constructed and and turned into a content management system that allows fast updates and looks much more beautiful. This new website makes us independent from corporate mass platforms like myspace and facebook. During the next months there will be more pictures, reviews etc. Take a look at our new releases: Technical Drawings (GR 2025), Max Goldt (GR 2024) and Historical Recordings Vol. I (GR 2013). Soon we will start filling the re-programmed felixkubin.com site with content to finally move it to the same quality level as this one.
Big thanks to Bartek Kujawski a.k.a. 8rolek for his fantastic programming and to Jessica Broscheit who took care of the new layout!