Joachim Krebs

born in 1952 in Karlsruhe, Germany

Died in 2013 in Ettlingen, Germany


After traditional piano studies, he made the first steps in composition of SoundNoiseCollages with tape recorder starting in 1966


1968 –1978

As a member (keyboards, composition) of the legendary rock theatre band CHECKPOINT CHARLIE, he made his first professional experiences in the field of multi media performance


1972 – 1983

Piano and 1979 – 83 composition studies at the University of Music Karlsruhe


1972 – 1995

Use of the synthesizer at concerts and in productions


1980 - 2000

Numerous performances of instrumental music for different kinds of instrumentation at essential international festivals, since 1995 International performances and exhibitions of spatial sound compositions for enterable and concert-based Space-sound installations, (Selection): International Gaudeamus Music Week Amsterdam (NL). International Festival for Contemporary Music-Performance Linz (A). Nuova Consonanza Rome (I). Donaueschinger Musiktage (GER). International Vacation Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt (GER). Audio-Art Festival Warsaw (P). Center for Art and Media – ZKM Karlsruhe (GER). Berlin Festival Weeks (GER). Florida Electroacoustic Music Festival Gainesville (USA). CCMIX Paris (F). Science Center PHAENO Wolfsburg (GER). ISCM World New Music Festival.


Productions with all important radio broadcasting stations in Germany, France (France Musique), Italy (RAI), Netherlands (NOS), Austria (ORF). CD-, CD-ROM and video productions at MDG. WERGO, CPO, Frauenlob Bauer, Schneeball, ZKM a.o.


The most important awards: Beethoven Award of the city Bonn (GER). Villa Massimo Rome (I). The German Marshal Fund of the United States (USA). International Gaudeamus Music Week (NL). International Viola-Research Society Salzburg (A). International Vacation Courses for Contemporary Music Darmstadt (GER). Heinrich-Strobel-Stiftung of the SWF. Ministries of Culture of the states Niedersachsen and Nordrhein-Westfalen (GER). Art Foundation Baden–Württemberg.


1978 - 2013

Intensive studies on extra-European musical traditions


1980 – 1985

Member of the folk-jazz-rock-band SOH´RA; collaboration with musicians from India, Afghanistan and the USA



Studies and concert tours in India and the USA


1985 - 2013

Use of the sampler at concerts and productions


1986 - 2013

Lectureship for free improvisation at the University of Music Karlsruhe


1994 – 1996

Elaboration of the procedure of Space–soundMicroscopy of natural sounding materials


1995 – 1999

Space-soundCompositions as part of the project series „Artificial Soundscapes


1998 - 2013

International performances and exhibitions as well as radio broadcasts of works by the artist-duo <sabine schäfer // joachim krebs>. Productions in the fields of Space-sound art and radiophonous sound art. Space-soundCompositions for Space-soundObjects as well as circumambulatory, enterable and concert-based Space-soundBodies.


The complete instrumental works created between 1978 and 1989 have been published by PEERMUSIC Hamburg / New York.