Robert Henke Residency
Robert Henke is a computer music composer and founding member of the electronic music project Monolake. He pairs archaic concepts with computer science in order to explore new aesthetic territories between composition, performance and installation. The creation of his own instruments and tools and the results of using them are two sides of the same artistic process. Henke’s interest in the combination of art and technology is further evident in his contributions to the development of the music software 'Ableton Live'. For more than a decade since Ableton’s founding in 1999, he has been central to the development of Live, which became the standard tool for electronic music production and completely redefined the performance practice of electronic music.
Henke also writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers, and holds a professorship in sound design at the Berlin University of Arts. For 2013 he has been selected as Mohr Visiting Artist at the music department of Stanford University, where he will be teaching a class in computer music composition and performance.
Henke will be make two public appearances during his residency:
Lecture: Audiovisual Machines
Friday, May 3, 5:00 p.m. (Free admission)
Music Administration Building, Room 109
Henke takes a close look at the conception and realization of some of his recent works, including his laser installation Fragile Territories. He reflects on the role of technology for his art and discusses the potential benefits and risks of being able to create his own tools from scratch. The talk also focuses on the differences and overlaps between Henke's compositional approach, his concerts, and installations.