Live Performance in the Age of Supercomputers

Wednesday, October 6, 2010

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.

Eric Ameres

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.

Live Performance in the Age of Supercomputers
Studio 1—Goodman
October 6, 2010, 1PM

EMPAC 2010-2011 presentations, residencies, and commissions are supported by grants from the National Endowment for the Arts, the National Dance Project of the New England Foundation for the Arts (with lead funding from the Doris Duke Charitable Foundation; additional funding from the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, the Community Connections Fund of the MetLife Foundation, and the Boeing Company Charitable Trust), and the New York State Council for the Arts. Special thanks to the Jaffe Fund for Experimental Media and Performing Arts for support of artist commissions.

Mid Atlantic Arts Foundation
National Endowment for the Arts
NEFA - New England Foundation for the Arts
State of the Arts - NYSCA