Robert Henke

Robert Henke builds and operates machines that create sounds, shapes and structures. He is fascinated by the beauty of technical objects, and developing his own instruments and algorithms is an integral part of his creative process.

His material is computer generated sound and images, field recordings, photography and light; transformed, re- arranged and modulated by mathematical rules, real time interaction and controlled random operations. Robert Henke's work has a particular focus on the exploration of spaces, both virtual and physical. Many of his works use multiple channels of audio or are specifically conceived for unique locations and their individual spatial properties.

The results include music on the edge of contemporary club culture, surround sound concerts, compositions in the tradition of academic computer music, audiovisual installations, site-specific sound art and publicly available software. His long-term project Monolake is one of the key icons of the electronic club music culture emerging in Berlin after the Wall fell. Robert Henke is also one of the main creators of the popular music software Ableton Live, which completely redefined the performance practice of electronic music.

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Robert Henke