Felix’s Machines

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Felix's machines

Felix Thorn is the Dr. Frankenstein of musical sculpture. He hacks up old musical instruments, machine parts and electrical components, and stitches them together with wires. That could easily turn into a bit of a mess, but Felix is a master of his craft; when he turns on the current, Felix’s machines thrum into life…

For those with weak hearts, here’s a gentle introduction:

Now for the real thing:

Born in Brighton (UK) in 1985, Felix began learning the piano at the age of seven, and in his teenage years moved onto jazz improvisation and electronic music production. He then went on to study Sound Art at The London College of Communication, University of the Arts, where he looked for more ways to express his musical compositions visually through sculpture. It was then that he started to teach himself electronics, and began to build machines in his bedroom.

Felix's machines drawing

Fed by MIDI signals from Felix’s computer, the intricate contraptions can be activated according to pre-programmed composition or live improvisation. Each movement of an instrument is also accompanied by a synaptic LED flash, further enhancing the visual texture and making these futuristic electro-acoustic mechanical automatons crackle with life.

After his initial creations, it didn’t take long before Felix was noticed by the London Sinfonetta, leading to his first installation at the British Library in 2007. Since then he has appeared in art galleries and performed live concerts worldwide, produced an EP of his machines’ music and received commissions from Apple, Cadbury’s, Moleskine and Converse.

Felix is a young musical techno-artist hacking his way through virtually unchartered creative territory, and making truly amazing stuff along the way. His stated ultimate goal is to create an acoustic synthesiser. We can’t wait to see that, if only to understand what it means…

“Although my medium focuses on the development of acoustic sounds, I am continually inspired by electronic music – the countless abstractions act as blueprints for the construction of its acoustic counterparts. I aim to build a space where artificial and dream-like environments can become a reality.” – Felix Thorn

For more info about Felix and his machines, or to order the EP of the music, visit www.felixsmachines.com