Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke (aka Monolake)

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Photo: DMNS Gates Planetarium

Robert Henke of Monolake and one of the creators of Ableton live came through Denver and performed his work "Intersection" on Monday and then delivered a lecture at Denver University on Tuesday. This invitation only event was hosted by The Digital Media Studies program at the University of Denver.

This was a real treat as this was one of only a small number Robert's performances in the US. Here is a show report.

MONOLAKE “INTERSECTION” CONCERT MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH, GATES PLANETARIUM 
"Intersection" is a work which incorporates “field recordings made in Hanoi in 2009, reconstructed through narrative, music and sounds”. The performance was presented in the context of the amazing full-dome digital theater of the Gates Planetarium

Before the show started the event host Trace Reddell, Ph.D. (Director, Digital Media Studies University of Denver) introduced Robert who talked a little bit about the piece and the show.

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Robert described the show as a real-time collaboration between himself and Gate’s Planetarium’s own VJ / Pilot / Scientist Ka Chun Yu Ph.D. on visuals (pictured below).

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They had only met a few hours before the show and the concert was almost completely improvised.

Music and Sound
On the sound side of things, Robert describes “Intersection” as follows:

Intersection is entirely created using field recordings taken in November 2009 in and around the city of Hanoi in Vietnam. The field recordings were transferred to a laptop and layered, filtered, slowed down and processed in many ways to form the composition. The idea of using recordings of day by day sounds as material for musical expression is not new. It has been pioneered shortly after the advent of tape recorders in the late 1940 by the French composer Pierre Schaeffer and others. They coined the term 'musique concrete' for these kind of works.

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$49 Yard Sale on Image-Line Plugins Till August 31st

Image line is having a yard sale. The following plugins are $49 till August 31st. Bold indicates plugins I used in my last two albums. Hyperlink links to a Modulate This post/category for the product.

  • Drumaxx
  • Maximus
  • Sakura
  • Morphine
  • Toxic Biohazard
  • PoiZone
  • Slicex
  • Sawer
  • Gross Beat
  • Sytrus
    • DirectWave
    • Hardcore
    • Harmless
    • Ogun
    • Vocodex
    • Juice Pack (I like the Multiband compressor, WaveCandy oscilloscope, and the notes VST)
    • Edison Wav editor

    Watch embedded promo video

    Move info…

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician, Boulder CO
    www.MarkMosherMusic.com
    www.ModulateThis.com

     

    Overview and Time-Lapse Video of My Ableton Live Laptop Music Rig + Controllers

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    Over the years I’ve played hundreds of shows as a keyboardist using my trusty Apex column with various hardware synths.  In late 2009 I had a vision to create a new Ableton Live laptop-centric rig using only virtual synths running in Live.

    While I wanted to play some keys, I was really excited to add alternative visual, tangible, and spatial controllers and selected Percussa AudioCubes, Tenori-On, a Novation Launchpad. I went with my trusty Remote SL 25 for keys as it also doubles as a controller for Live. In the 11th hour I added a Moog Ehterwave Theremin which was clearly necessary to play “They Walk Among Us” live :^).

    I’ve played enough shows to know that you can’t always count on basic lighting and P.A. to be adequate, so I added these elements to my requirements as well – just in case. My goal was to be able to run a room of 80 people if needed with just my rig. My other goal was 4 trips from the car load-in max with a 15 minute setup time or less.

    The sketch above shows all this on paper (click the image to see a larger view). After months of slowly building up gear, the reality – sans lighting – is shown in the fun little time-laps video embedded video below.

    Here is a list of what's in the rig:

    • Laptop: Windows 7 32-bit, HP DV6t-1200 Pavilion w/Core2 Duo P8700 @ 2.53 GHZ, 3G memory, 7200 RPM Drive (Update I now use an HP Envy 14 I5)
    • Soundcard: Novation NIO 2|4
    • DAW Software: Ableton Live 8 Suite
    • Primary Controllers: Novation Remote SL 25 (updated to MKII), Launchpad | Tenori-On | Percussa AudioCubes
    • Primary Virtual Synthesizers: Tone2 Gladiator 2| Native Instruments Absynth 5 | Camel Audio Alchemy | U-He Zebra 2, ACE | Ableton Sampler, Operator… | SonicCharge Synplant | Lennar Digital Sylenth1 | reFX Vanguard, Slayer2 | Image-Line Harmless, Toxic Biohazard | Cakewalk Dimension Pro | FAW Circle | DCAM: Synth Squad…
    • Hardware Synthesizers: Moog Etherwave Theremin, Waldorf Blofeld (not pictured)
    • PA: Bose L1 Compact
    • Stand: Odyssey ATT2 Table, Odyssey L2 Laptop Stand

    Links to lots of the software I use here:
    http://markmoshermusic.com/links.html

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
    http://www.modulatethis.com
    http://MarkMosherMusic.com

    U-He Zebra 2.5

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    I’m just now getting around to experimenting with some of the new features in Zebra 2.5 which was released in December. A couple of big new features worth noting are:

    • New effect plugin Zebrify that allows you to use Zebra 2.5 effects on any synth. In the picture above (click to enlarge) I’m using it to add effects to U-HE ACE but it would work with any device. I love the idea of mixing FX from one synth with sound sources from another.
    • XMF Filter module with 15 filter types
    • Improved preset management (Favorites, Junk, drag'n'drop organisation, collapsible folders)
    • Unlimited undo/redo for parameter
    • New "SR Decimate" filter mode
    • 100+ new presets by Howard Scarr
    • ModMatrix now supports up to 12 slots
    • Glide2 parameter which offsets Glide for modules with an even number (Osc2, Osc4, FMO2 etc.)

    Bottom line, the new features take an already fantastic and classic synth and improve it allow for even more sonic possibilities.

    I’m currently exploring the new XMF Filter module which is quite fantastic. Checkout this video overview from Urs.

    Watch embedded video.

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    Links:

    Mark Mosher
    Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
    www.ModulateThis.com
    www.RebootAlbum.com
    www.MarkMosherMusic.com