Good music happens when you mix things up.


Kubilay Üner makes adventurous, eclectic, colorful music for media ranging from film and television to concerts and records.

He blends acoustic, synthetic and found sounds, builds his own instruments, bends tempos, layers noise, mixes metaphors, and is generally convinced that good music only happens when you mix things up.

Credits include numerous narrative features and documentaries, including the Lionsgate Western "Gone Are the Days" starring Lance Henriksen, Tom Berenger and Danny Trejo, as well as "Big Sur" starring Jean-Marc Barr, Josh Lucas, Kate Bosworth and Stana Katic, based on Jack Kerouac's novel; plus record productions for soul legend Bobby Womack; "Corkscrew Hill", a theme park ride at Busch Gardens in Williamsburg, VA; and music for video art installations at the LA County Museum of Art and the Pasadena Museum of California Art.

Kubi studied composition with Johannes Fritsch and Clarence Barlow in Cologne, Germany; with Luigi Nono at Centre Acanthes in France; and with Mort Subotnick and Fredric Rzewski at CalArts. He also played bass in soul and punk bands all over Germany, toured with singer-songwriters in Southern Brazil, and explored a seven-foot giant gong using a $2000 microphone on concert stages all across the Soviet Union, as part of a series of Stockhausen concerts.

Kubi's current home base is Chicago, where he also serves as the Director of the Music Composition for the Screen MFA program at Columbia College Chicago - although he does find himself in Los Angeles several times throughout the year.