Monolake Live Surround
with Tarik Barri
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.
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.