Monolake / Robert Henke

Robert Henke is a composer, artist and software developer, mainly known for his contributions to contemporary electronic music and for his laser works.
His musical work has a particular focus on rhythm, timbre and color, and he is recognised as a pioneering explorer of surround sound. His long term project Monolake, became one of the key icons of a new electronic club culture emerging in Berlin after the fall of the Wall.
His installations often change slowly over long periods of time, and are specifically conceived or adapted for unique locations. They include elements of intentional uncertainty, resulting in endless variations. Most of them use laser technology combined with sound to create unique audiovisual experiences.
For Robert Henke coding software to realise his works is an integral part of his artistic practise. He is one of the main creators of Ableton Live, a software which since its invention in 1999 became the standard for music production and completely redefined performance of electronic music. He writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers and held teaching positions at the Berlin University of the Arts, the Center for Computer Research in Music and Acoustics (CCRMA) at Stanford University, and the Studio National des Arts Contemporains – Le Fresnoy, in Lille, France.
His installations, performances and concerts have been presented at Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris, Palazzo delle Esposizioni in Rome, Le Lieu Unique in Nantes, PS-1 in New York, MUDAM in Luxembourg, MAK in Vienna, Palazzo Grassi in Venice, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, KW Institute for Contemporary Art in Berlin, STRP Biennale in Eindhoven, and on countless festivals including Unsound, CTM, MUTEK, Sonar, New Forms Festival.