Robert Henke (DE)
ROBERT HENKE presents LAYERING BUDDHA A LIVE MULTICHANNEL SURROUND CONCERT[NORTH AMERICAN DEBUT]Berlin's Robert Henke is better known as the producer behind Monolake, one of the leading dub-techno pioneers of the past decade. Though it's a little-known fact that Henke began his recording career as a serious academic composer, with such experimental releases as 1995's Piercing Music and 1997's Floating.Point, in recent years he has returned increasingly to his given name as a venue for these more classical and academic interpretations of electronic music. Certainly, 2004's Signal to Noise was a welcome return to form that alluded to inspirations from early Klaus Schulze to Francois Bayle in its dissonant reconstruction of white noise, computer excess, and droning radio waves. For this MUTEK showcase, Henke presents his live orchestration of FM3's popular Buddha Machines, a series of rudimentary boxes manufactured in China that emit ambient loops for hours on end. Thus far, the Buddha Machines have attracted great fanfare (Brian Eno is said to have bought eight at one go), a remix album, and numerous reinterpretations. The recorded version of this presentation first appeared in 2006 as Layering Buddha (ICM).