Dieter Kovacic is best-known as dieb13, but he has also performed and recorded under the monikers Takeshi Fumimoto, Echelon, Dieter Bohlen, and dieb14.
He sprang into action in the late-'80s, as the Viennese avant-garde scene was picking up a momentum. Since then he is one of the european key figures in the harnessing of tape players, vinyls, CDs, hard dics and IP protocols as instruments. He is also involved in programming software for visualization of musical phenomena. His rare solo releases are complemented by a number of collaborations with the likes of Billy Roisz, Boris Hauf, Werner Dafeldecker, Martin Siewert, and Christof Kurzmann, all artists revolving mainly around the Viennese labels Charhizma and Durian.
Kovacic was born in 1973. He came to music from the DJ side, instead of a more traditional musical background. He began to tweak cassette players and turntables in the late '80s, and later moved to the computer. In 1995, he applied for a studies program in electro-acoustic music at the Viennese College of Music, but was turned down. Ironically, his professional career started at around the same time. His first self-release was a cassette with Stefan Geissler titled Lomophonien. He is the founder of the klingt.orgestra and runs the internet platform klingt.org.
Apart from his solo career, dieb13 works with artists like: ErikM, Ignaz Schick, Billy Roisz, dieb13 vs. Takeshi Fumimoto, The John Butcher Group, Phil Minton, Jason Kahn and Mats Gustafsson. Performances at phonoTAKTIK Vienna, Sonic Acts Amsterdam, Beyond Innocence Osaka, LMC Festival London, Electrograph Athens, MaerzMusik Berlin, Witten Tage für Neue Kammermusik, Donaueschingen Festival, Wien Modern, Turning Sounds Warsaw, Piksel Bergen, Donaufestival Krems, Batofar Paris, among others.