Thursday, September 30, 2010

[HvEXAS] EMPAC | Robert Henke (Ableton / Monolake): Live Performance in the Age of Supercomputers | 10/06+07 | FREE


Robert Henke (Ableton / Monolake): Live Performance in the Age of Supercomputers
Wednesday, October 6, 4 and 7 PM (talks)
Thursday, October 7, 8 PM (performance)
Studio 1 - Goodman

Berlin based composer and sound artist Robert Henke (Ableton / Monolake) will provide insight into his artistic approach, present new works, and perform a multichannel audiovisual concert together with visual artist Tarik Barri.

As a child of Berlin's vivid club culture in the 1990s and a frequent guest at the legendary electronic studio of the Technical University, Robert Henke started composing music influenced both by academic computer music and electronic dance music. His more rhythmical works are released and performed under the alias Monolake. He has performed at the Centre Pompidou in Paris, the Tate Modern in London, ZKM in Karlsruhe, Germany, and in squatted houses in Berlin. His music has been licensed for several dance performances and TV series. He is also one of the principal authors of Ableton Live software. 

Henke studied sound engineering for film and computer science. He teaches sound design at the Berlin University of Arts, as well as creates and performs music, runs his own record label, does sound installations, and writes about computer-generated sound. He lives and works in Berlin.

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Wednesday, October 6 at 4 PM: Live Performance in the Age of Supercomputers talk

How can we convincingly perform computer based auditive or audiovisual art in today's world? The possibilities for sound generation and manipulation are almost limitless; however, the interfaces, as well as  our experience and practice with them, are not nearly as advanced. Robert Henke discusses theoretical ideas of performing live and contrasts them with a critical review of his own concerts. 


Wednesday, October 6 at 7 PM: Live. Max. Max For Live. What is it Good for? talk

In 2001, the revolutionary Ableton Live software gave birth to a new way of creating and performing electronic music. Ableton Live's production of endless repetitions of hypnotic beats became a huge success, especially among dance music producers. However, the academic music world has remained highly skeptical, as Abelton Live is not believed to be ideal for a seated audience listening to carefully crafted details. The modular and infinitely personal structure of a framework like Max/MSP has been a long-term standard tool in academic computer music, but Live and Max seem to cater to a very different audience. What happens when those two worlds become more integrated? 


Thursday, October 7 at 8 PM: Monolake Live Surround with Tarik Barri performacne

With walls of pulsating sound made danceable by heavy percussion and massive bass pulses, Monolake Live Surround explores the possibilities of spatial sound design in a club environment by using minimal, dub-influenced techno music. This concert experience reflects Robert Henke's ongoing research project expands the usual club soundscape by using four or more discrete audio channels. The listener/dancer will be placed in a field of sound beyond any physical space defined by speakers and walls, providing an immersive experience that goes beyond the usual club environment. 

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