Robert Henke – Interview + New Monolake Album “VLSI” + Video DEEP WEB Audiovisual Laser Installation and Performance

Interview

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Check out this great interview with Robert Henke (aka Monolake, and founder of Ableton) on the Art + Music + Technology Podcast http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-146-robert-henke.

What can be said about Robert Henke that hasn’t already been said a thousand times? A tireless inventor, music producer, visual artist and programmer, Robert has been at the front of so much – and for me he’s been a constant inspiration. He’s also become a good friend over the years, and I can believe it’s taken me this long to interview him for the podcast. But I always want to be careful about his time; luckily, he’s at a good point for a chat, and you get to listen in!

In this talk, we go over Robert’s ideas about music gear, collaboration (he’s worked with some amazing people…), balancing different types of work, and choosing areas to explore. He also reveals himself to be an “obsessed pragmatic”: he’s has a love for detail, but he has to fight his inner voices to make sure that he produces work.

Who can’t understand that?

New Monolake Album

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Robert has a new album as well – VLSI.

Video: DEEP WEB – kinetic audiovisual installation and performance

Robert’s work is discussed in the podcast. Here is a very cool video of one of his latest projects.

More Info

For more on Robert including info on upcoming tour dates see http://www.roberthenke.com/.

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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Max For Live News: Ableton Live Co-Founder Henke Releases Max for Live Devices + Ableton Denver Meetup “Presents An Evening with Darwin Grosse from Cycling ’74”

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Robert Henke, co-founder of Ableton has released some interesting looking Max for Live devices on his website – http://www.monolake.de/technology/m4l.html. Devices include:

  • The legendary PX-18 step sequencer
  • Black – "A simple device which does two things: It displays songtime in hours:minutes:seconds- at least as long as you are working with a constant song tempo. And it allows to black out the computer screen while listening to the music…"
  • Distance – "This audio effect device is for those who are into careful placement of sonic events in the stereo field."
  • Circular Doppler – "Two virtual microphones rotate around a single sound source. Doppler delays, distance dependent amplitude modulation and filtering included. Movement of source and microphones synced to song position. This allows 100% reproducible effects."
  • Grain Freeze – “A granular audio freezer effect. Creates lush textures out of everything!”

Timer permitting, he indicated he’ll be uploading more devices in the future.

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In other Max for Live releted news. The Ableton Denver meetup presents “An Evening with Darwin Grosse from Cycling '74” – http://www.meetup.com/Ableton-Denver/calendar/12088339/. Meetup is Jan 24h, 2010 at the Walnut Room in Denver at 7:00 p.m. If you live in the Denver area register for the meetup and swing on by and say hi.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

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A Video Roundup of Sampling Past and Present

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I’ve been sampling since the 80’s when I got an Ensoniq Mirage. I’ve since moved on to software and now use Ableton Sampler, and Camel Audio Alchemy for sample-based work these days. I still find sample-based sound design fascinating and recently found some cool videos which illustrate how far we’ve come over the last few decades.

PAST
First, I stumbled across a Synthtopia Post “Bob Moog Introduces The Fairlight CMI” which had four videos, one of which is shown below. “Bog Moog Fairlight Part 2 on YouTube:

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Next is a great video of Peter Gabriel using the Fairlight in 1982. The video has some awesome footage of Peter Grabriel and company recording found sound and manipulating sound from the Farilight. He also discusses the use of non-lyrical human voice in music.

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Next a 1984 video with Quincy Jones and Herbie Hancock.

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PRESENT
Using found sound with Absynth.

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Next is a nice tutorial video of using Alchemy to create a multisampled instrument.

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Last, a video of Robert Henke using my favorite Ableton Sampler:

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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