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Monolake

Robert Henke (a.k.a. Monolake), born in Munich, Germany, builds and operates machines to create art.

He pairs archaic concepts with computer science in order to explore new aesthetic territories between composition, performance and installation. The creation of his own instruments and tools and the results of using them are two sides of the same artistic process.His art is focused on carefully shaped textural details and gradual changes of repeating structures in different time scales. It is also about volume, power and impact, the tension between silence and noise, and about ...read more

Robert Henke (a.k.a. Monolake), born in Munich, Germany, builds and operates machines to create art.

He pairs archaic concepts with computer science in order to explore new aesthetic territories between composition, performance and installation. The creation of his own instruments and tools and the results of using them are two sides of the same artistic process.His art is focused on carefully shaped textural details and gradual changes of repeating structures in different time scales. It is also about volume, power and impact, the tension between silence and noise, and about the exploration of real and virtual audiditive spaces.

Henke is a pioneer of multichannel sound, using methods and systems like wave field synthesis and ambisonics to create situations of total immersion, expanding the sonic experience of his performances beyond of what can be reproduced in stereo.

Although mainly known for his musical output, Henke is also working in the field of installation, both sound based and audio. visual. Currently he explores the usage of high power lasers for an installation called 'Fragile Territories' which will be shown this winter in Nantes, France.

Henke’s interest in the combination of art and technology is further evident in his contributions to the development of the music software 'Ableton Live'. For more than a decade since Ableton’s founding in 1999, he has been central to the development of Live, which became the standard tool for electronic music production and completely redefined the performance practice of electronic music.Henke also writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers, and holds a professorship in sound design at the Berlin University of Arts. « hide

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