Cristian Vogel was born in Chile and moved to England in the mid 1970s. Vogel first began working with electronic compositions in the late 1980s with the Cabbage Head Collective (working with Si Begg, among others). He attended the University of Sussex, under the tutorship of Martin Butler (composer) and Jonathan Harvey (composer) and graduated with a degree in 20th Century music, suffusing his techno compositions with influences from musique concrete and other avant-garde styles.
In the early 1990s, Vogel issued two EPs on Dave Clarke's Magnetic North Records label, the first of which was the underground success, Infra.. After further solo EPs and collaborations with emerging UK techno artists such as Russ Gabriel, Neil Landstrumm and Dave Tarrida, Vogel released his debut full-length, Beginning to Understand, in 1994 on Mille Plateaux, and subsequently became the first UK techno artist to be signed to Berlin's Tresor Records. He also started the vinyl only label Mosquito with Si Begg, on which he released both his own music and other artists', and is considered to be one of the main founders of the No-Future collective that was active in Brighton during the mid-nineties.
In 2001, Vogel moved to Barcelona, where he set up the Erutufon 5 studio, and later Station 55 Electronic Music Studio. He currently lives and works there, managing Station 55 Records and studio.
In recent years, he has started a number of record labels: Rise Robots Rise (now defunct), Sleep Debt, and Station 55. Whilst these record labels are primarily a vehicle to release his own work, they have also released records for other artists.
Alongside Jamie Lidell, he formed the group Super Collider, who released two albums, before Jamie Lidell saw fame with his Warp Records album Multiply. Cristian Vogel currently sings and plays guitar in his band project Night of the Brain, whilst continuing to maintain a presence on the underground techno scene.
Vogel has been sought after as a remixer and album producer, having worked with artists such as Radiohead, Maxïmo Park, Chicks on Speed, and Thom Yorke.
Since 2003, he has worked closely with the Swiss choreographer Gilles Jobin , having composed electronic music scores for 5 of his critically acclaimed contemporary dance pieces.