[BadPanda032] NQ – Within Reach
NQ is Nils Quak. A writer, journalist and artist living in Cologne. He’s been working as a laptop-artist for nearly 10 years now. Residing between ambient, electronic post-digital cut-up collages and contemporary electronica, his pieces combine sonic landscapes, deconstructed rhythms and distant field-recordings into a dense blend being both highly abstract and still emotional.
NQ released records for various internationally renowned labels such as progressive form, Kitty Yo or Audiobulb.
He performed together with artists like Alva Noto, Aoki Takamasa, Gert-Jan Prins or Yoshihiro Hanno at festivals and performances such as Transmediale Berlin or Node in Modena or New York. Furthermore, NQ is part of the STFUcollective – a group of electronic music artist, which is deeply rooted in the DIY movement.
This is Within Reach, expect dark drums and eerie ambience.
Where do you live actually?
What is the last thing you ate?
I had a risotto with pine nuts tomatoes
What do you collect?
I wouldn’t consider myself a collector, although i tend to buy far too many records
“Writing has nothing to do with meaning. It has to do with landsurveying and cartography, including the mapping of countries yet to come” — Gilles Deleuze
Tirez sur le Pianiste by François Truffaut
British Radars by Hood
Gravity’s Rainbow by Thomas Pynchon
I don’t go out clubbing. At least i haven’t for the last four or five years. I’d rather have a couple of drinks somewhere outside with some friends
Probably Pan Sonic.
Favourite place on earth?
Something you’re proud of?
Where would you wish to wake up tomorrow?
Some nice place.
2009! NQ – Like Styrofoam, Bleeding (Distance Recordings :: Glasgow/Chicago)
2009! NQ – Inscription (Audiobulb :: Sheffield)
2007! NQ – Purple Skies (Kitty Yo :: Berlin)
2005! NQ – Balconies & Backyards (I can’t break you break records :: UK)
2004! NQ – Numbers of Nothing (TonAtom :: Kaiserslautern)
2003! NQ – Recording Syntax (Progressive Form :: Tokyo)
2002! NQ – s/t (TonAtom :: Kaiserslautern)