Composing through technology, Robert Henke exposes the soul hiding in the machine, revealing himself as something of an heir to the tradition of German utopian futurism. At times atmospheric and cinematic, at others maniacal yet meticulously constructed – or affective and corporeal in its effects – this is quantum science as music.
An engineer, innovator and artist, Henke is known for creating emotionally evocative high tech music and visuals, while wielding hardware and software of his own invention. Founded in 1995 with Gerhard Behles (co-inventor of Ableton Live), Monolake was originally part of the legendary Chain Reaction family. For more than a decade now, Monolake has been Henke’s solo concern – true to his nature as restless researcher and scientist, he's pushed the project into new territories, maintaining a signature balance of cerebral cool with dynamic club vibrations. Known for his mind-blowing, cutting-edge and carefully designed laser and A/V shows both as Monolake and under his own name, he is always able to render the mechanical invisible in his pursuit of a truly human and contemporaneous experience.
A wizard of sonic physics, a masterful creator of enveloping sound environments and a consummate performer who delights in the immediacy of audience, MUTEK is pleased to present Monolake as a representative of Berlin's indisputable position as the soul centre of electronic music's past, present and future.
Inter_Connect Berlin is part of “Germany @ Canada 2017 – Partners from Immigration to Innovation”, a special cultural program presented by the Goethe-Institut and the German Embassy highlighting the German-Canadian friendship in honour of Canada's sesquicentennial year.