Goethe-Institut Boston
Friday, September 26, 2014

Non-Event and the Goethe-Institut Boston present

special lecture/performance “Paralektronoia”
with DJ ANGELA SAWYER of Weirdo Records

Plus, newly added after party with Felix DJing!

Goethe-Institut Boston
170 Beacon Street
Boston, MA 02116
7 p.m. **Note early start time!
Advance - $12.50 general admission, $8 students/Non-Event members
Night of Show - $15 general admission, $10 students/Non-Event members

After party only: $5 will run from approx. 9pm-11pm

Eventbrite - FELIX KUBIN "Paralektronoia" + BROMP TREB


FELIX KUBIN is a composer, radio-playwright, curator and media artist based in Hamburg, Germany. He began recording and performing experimental electronic pop music at the age of 12. In the 1990s he turned to electroacoustic noise music and formed “Klangkrieg” with Tim Buhre. From 1992-1994 he co-organised artistic political interventions with the Dada-communist Party KED and the “Liedertafel Margot Honecker” singing group, whose notorious actions received wide media coverage. In 1998 Kubin started to produce Futuristic pop music and launched the independent record label “Gagarin Records”. Over the past decade he has performed at eighty international music and media arts festivals including Sonar, Club Transmediale, Mutek, ISEA, Wien Modern and Ars Electronica.

Since 2001, Kubin has been writing and producing radio plays for national radio stations WDR, BR, DR, SWF and Vienna’s ORF Kunstradio. In 2011, he won the Prix Phonurgia Nova with his radio play „Säugling, Duschkopf, Damenschritte“. He has also composed music for film and theatre productions, including work by Christoph Schlingensief, Mariola Brillowska, Robert Florczak and Schorsch Kamerun. His recent commissions include writing compositions for the chamber orchestra “ensemble Intégrales”. In March 2010, their collaborative live concert „Echohaus“ for 6 rooms, headphones ensemble and electronics was premiered at Festival MaerzMusik in Berlin.

>>Read “Radio-Activity: An Interview with Felix Kubin” in the Quietus

BROMP TREB is the onomatopoeic flailings of Neil Young Cloaca. Composing and improvising with intentionally unstable systems of his own devising, he joyfully uses/misues busted circuits, collaged beats, cheap effects pedals, poor drumming technique, and tape manipulation to make idiosyncratic music / non music. In addition to this project, Young Cloaca is a member of long-running art damage quintet Fat Worm of Error, makes disorienting diaristic video work, and produces performance/screening events. He has performed and screened his work all around North America and Europe. He lives in Western Massachusetts.

>>Read “Bromp Treb Busts the Matrix” live review in New Music Box


“Paralektronoia” examines the correlation between electricity and paranormality.

In this lecture/performance, Felix Kubin introduces a subjective choice of pervasive concepts of different realities using various audio examples that range from interviews and music, excerpts from radio plays, to live sound experiments. “Paralektronoia” is based on his 2004 WDR radio play of the same name. The radio play is about a young man whose body is slowly starting to dissolve due to increasingly more intense listening experiences in a paralectronic institute.

The electro-paranoia phenomenon has left its mark on the lives of numerous electronic pioneers. Russian-born Lev Sergejewitch Termen not only invented the instrument theremin, he also invented the infamous bugging device for the KGB. Joe Meek, the eccentric British music producer, locked himself, at times armed, in the studio in order to keep the origins of his sound effects secret. And the German composer, Karlheinz Stockhausen announced: “I was educated on Sirius and that’s where I want to return to, even though I currently live in Krten near Cologne. A “paralectronic technician” is a metamorphosing mental radio with hypersensitive antennas.

In order to track down „paralektronoia“, Felix Kubin collected inventors and musicians who research the effects of invisible oscillations on the psyche using systematical field studies and radiophone experiments. “Paralektronoia“ removes the borders between transmitter and receiver.

Listen to your inner voices. Your radio is listening, too.

Includes interviews with the artists and composers Alvin Lucier, Carl Michael von Hausswolff, Lionel Marchetti, Asmus Tietchens, and Mika Vainio, as well as Stefan Andriopoulos (instructor for media history and occultism) and Dr. Hannes Maier (physicist & neuro-otologist).

This program is part of the Goethe-Institut Boston’s “New Music from Germany” series