Bob Humid


Bob Humid

Bob Humid (also known as Robert Feuchtl) is one of the most avowed producers in the Cologne electronic music scene. He was born in Montevideo, Uruguay, but grew up in Germany for most of the time. He was one third of the Electronic Body Music / Kunstlied-Formation "Der Liederkranz" in the late 1980s and early 1990s. He has organised & co-organised many activities in Cologne's electronic music underground including "Mos Eisley" (with DJ Tetsuo), "Twist'n'Shout" (with Uh-Young Kim), "Is It Now?", "Radical Love Area" and "Vectrax" (with Telekolleck). He has also run the two record labels named Bored Beyond Belief (1995 - along with Wolfgang Schreck from Big Noise fame) and Serve & Destroy Recordings.

Bob Humid was also the technological editor for the German Groove Magazine for almost seven years as a successor to Christian Rindermann (aka C-Rock) and he gained reputation in the German Keyboards / Sound & Recording Magazine where he worked as a technological author. Along testing studio & DJ gear he is known for being a producer with a strong affinity for detail. Over the years he has gained a growing reputation as a dedicated mastering engineer. Under the Credit of his own studio "Fat Of Excellence", which he runs together with Numinos, he mastered countless records for Boxer Sport, Mathias Schaffhaeuser's Ware Records, Pagoda London, Plasteline, Audiolith, Patrick Alavi, Kitbuilders, Dan Curtin and many other Indiependent-Labels and artists. His work also includes Sound-Design for various companies such as Native Instruments and Magix. All Beat Patterns of the build-in software-Drum Machine "Robota" (which is part of actual Samplitude and Sequoia DAW versions) which carry the extension "BH" are known to be produced by Bob Humid. His work can also be traced in the Native Instruments Synthetic Drums Libraries Sound-Design.

Over the time Bob Humid has worked, produced, and remixed with such people and groups as: twila.too, Carla Subito (Fetisch Park), Holger Czukay (Can), Igor Sirodzha, Daniel Myer (Dots And Dashes, Haujobb), Bernhard Deissler (Videos), Alexander Gerdes, Numinos, Coloma, Mathew Mercer, Carlsbop, Der Liederkranz, Decomposed Subsonic (aka Valour), Uh-Young Kim, Telekolleck (Britis©he Botschaft), Peter Licht, Djamel Laroussi and Mathias Schaffhäuser (Ware Records).

Releases

* Twisted Repairs (Serve & Destroy / Groove Attack) - 2001

His debut Album-Release "Twisted Repairs" draws a sharp line between the musical styles of labels such as Rephlex and Certificate 18. It features elements of IDM, Techstep, Drum'n'Bass and some vocal production. It also features very sophisticated beat-programming and a unique editing where every sound has a meaningful feel to it. Bob Humid has an obvious obsession for Funk within 4/4th metrics and a digital production philosophy that he claims to be influenced a lot by Rupert Hine in his early 80ies phase. While being distrubted worldwide by Groove Attack these both debut albums have been solely promotet in Germany where they have been highly acclaimed by the local press.

Twisted Despairs (Serve & Destroy / Groove Attack) - 2001
This Album can be considered the "Evil Twin-Brother" of "Twisted Repairs". It is the effort of the artist himself to perform a remixed variation of Twisted Repairs. Bob Humid intended to make "Twisted Despairs" sound as if the original album would have been remixed in a far away future and brought to present times by mysterious ways of time-travel. Therefore it leaves the paths of abstract Drum'n'Bass totally while serving a wild and eclectical mix of electronic genres, heavily covered under a lot of DSP-Processing and hundreds of layers of effects and filtering-techniques.

Second Wind Phenomenon (Suburban Trash / Serve & Destroy) - 2006
Five years after his debut album "Twisted Repairs" Bob Humid has changed his look at Electronic Music. "Second Wind Phenomenon" is a mature musical oeuvre that combines elements of Soundtrack, Science-Fiction, Psychedlia, IDM, Drill'n'Bass and Radioplays. Being a real concept-album, inspired a lot by the way Bands like Godley & Creme, The Legendary Pink Dots or Coil produced their albums, it is very divers and eclectical while slightly touching all kind of musical styles. The production defines the limits of what is possible in modern music-production. It features binaural microphoning-techniques and a lot of unusual vocal production. Along the participants we find the names of Holger Czukay (Can), Igor Sirodzha, Coloma, twila.too and Carla Subito (Fetisch Park). The CD-Extra-Zone of the CD-version (a double-vinyl version is available) contains a XviD-version of "Angst", a 16mm short-movie by filmmaker Alexander Gerdes for which Bob Humid has written the soundtrack and score.

External links

* [http://www.discogs.com/artist/Bob+Humid Comprehensive discography at Discogs]
* [http://myspace.com/bobhumid Contact, tourdates and news
* [http://suburbantrash.c8.com/ Label and Mailorder for Bob Humid Records
* [http://www.beatport.com Download Bob Humid Tracks Online
* [http://shops.yoosic.com/shop.php?sid=14 MP3s + free Download of the Short-Movie "Angst"
* [http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=3470374558797179388&q=bob+humid watch "shiny black bug" (musicvideo)
* [http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=4746533885097003741&q=bob+humid watch "we care because they won't" (musicvideo)
* [http://bobhumid.de/fatex Fat Of Excellence - Bob Humid's Studio in Cologne
* [http://www.aentitainment.com/media/aentitainment_objekts003.pdf] Actual Interview with Bob Humid (2007)


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