Lou Reed: I'm always listening to what's going on out there, whatever it is.
Christina Kubisch: These systems often are in places where they shouldn't be.
Reed: The technology available these days is so astonishing that if you listen carefully -- or even if you don’t listen carefully -- there are things approaching you from the back, from the sides.
Kubisch: For example, it happened that while I was walking around a street, I could hear everything that was going on inside an office, including voices and computer activities.
Reed: I mean, if there's something further from left field, tell me what it is.
Kubisch: I have a collection of hundreds of hours of recordings in my archive. I don't know if this is music or noise, but I'm always fascinated by this aural universe halfway between heavy metal and pop music!
Reed: It's inconceivable to me that you could find someone who hasn't done something contrary to what they know is good for them.
Kubisch: Sometimes at night I go through electronics catalogs and ask myself what I can change, subvert, using some components in an improper manner.
Reed: What does that mean?
Kubisch: The city itself can become a concert.
Reed: Have you listened to it?
Kubisch: Lights actually emit curious sounds, just like LCD or plasma TVs.
Lou Reed: They like to read things, they like something with a little depth to it, they don't find that as a bad thing.
Kubisch: By using very strong and heavy coils, I could pick up many magnetic fields, thus breaking the limits of the present receivers.
Reed: Think of it this way: you lay out your 10 bucks, or whatever the hell it is, to go to a movie for two hours. So you're there.
Kubisch: Then I discovered headphones.
Lou Reed: I was so deep in there, I thought we were the same person.
Kubisch: When people ask me what I am, what do I do, I always struggle to answer.
Reed: That won't happen here in New York. It won't. Won’t.