At once engineer, innovator and artist, Robert Henke creates high-tech music and visuals inextricably linked to hardware and software of his own devising – yet despite such fore-fronting of technology, Henke’s work remains emotionally-driven and evocative. In Berlin in the mid-90s, Henke co-founded minimalist dub-techno duo Monolake with Gerhard Behles, with whom he also created the now-industry-standard Ableton Live software. In 2004, producer Thorsten Pröfrock, known for his output on Hardwax, took Behles' spot in the duo – a move that alongside Henke’s continual technological creations (including his 2009 Monodeck MIDI controller) brought an evolution in Monolake’s approach to sound. Henke’s latest, ever-altering live project, Lumière, a controlled array of roving white lasers programmed by data linked to audible frequencies, comes to EM15 after performances at Poland’s Unsound and Berlin’s CTM festivals. Like much of Henke’s live and improvised audiovisual work, Lumière explores perceptions of virtual and physical space, filling a given room with patterns of light and modulated, multi-channel sound. Henke also blends academic knowledge into his already eclectic background, teaching at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Studio National des Arts Contemporains in France, and the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics at Stanford University, where he is currently a Mohr Visiting Artist in the Department of Music.
Teatre Barts 08/03/2015