Live Performance in the Age of Supercomputers
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.
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.