Founded in 1995 by Robert Henke and Gerhard Behle, Monolake is currently Henke's solo project. Originally part of the legendary Chain Reaction family, Henke now release full-lengths and EP's on his own Monolake/Imbalance imprint. Monolake's music is indebted equally to both dub and minimal techno, placing their sound somewhere between Maurizio and Vladislav Delay. Cool, restrained, and undeniably rhythmic, the project feeds the fluidity of bedroom ambience into the pulsations of club life, pushing elements of these disparate genres to their limits. The results are often hypnotic. For some this is one of the festival's highlights.
Monolake is the solo musical project of sound designer, software engineer and multi-disciplinary artist Robert Henke. Originally part of the legendary Chain Reaction family, Henke has released his last seven full-lengths of heady, bass-driven leftfield sounds on his own Monolake/Imbalance imprint. Equally indebted to dub and minimal techno, Henke’s robust brew of rhythms frequently toys with the supernatural. Lush, unsettling, and created with Raster Noton-like precision, his sound design is the result of his fertile imagination and computer wizardry combined. Henke has played at MUTEK on many occasions (2005, 2003, 2001). On his last visit, he presented Atom, a masterful collaboration with visual artist Christopher Bauder that featured a large, shimmering matrix of 64 helium-filled balloons. Henke’s performances are always part-technological exploration, part-optimal sound manipulation, total assault of the senses. For this year's conceptual presentation of his latest album, Ghosts, Henke will offer immersive surround sound along with otherworldly real time visuals, created and performed live by dutch audiovisual artist Tarik Barri, with whom Robert Henke collaborates since 2009.