Thursday 21 February 2008, 8pm
Studio1, NASDA - Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Block E.
Access from the Barbadoes St carpark opposite the Catholic Cathedral.
Robert Henke is a renowned Berlin artist/musician who has performed in such places as the Tate Modern in London, the Centre Pompidou in Paris and at the Mutek festival in Montreal. He has been an influential figure in the development of computer-based music performance and expressive software and hardware to support this, most notably Ableton Live.
Robert Henke's music is about the exploration of sound, rhythm and structure, and about the interaction between a sonic event and the space in which it happens. During the years his Monolake projects have become more focused on music for the dancefloor while he has continued to produce drones, electro acoustic soundscapes and media installations under his own name.
On 21 February he will be performing his award-winning Layering Buddha project in Christchurch and also present a workshop that is aimed at anyone interested in musical creativity with computers.
Layering Buddha is based on permutation and the layering of sounds from the FM3 Buddha Machine, a low-fi loop playing device. Layering Buddha is performed in an immersive six-channel surround sound environment and totally in the dark and was awarded an Honorary Mention in the Digital Music category at the 2007 Prix Ars Electronica competition.
Installation of the 6-channel surround sound system will be kindly provided by MAINZ - The Music and Audio Institute of New Zealand
More information about Robert Henke and his recent projects can be found at: www.monolake.de
Robert Henke Workshop
Too Many Choices - How to make music if everything is possible
Thursday 21 February 2-4pm
Imagitech Theatre, Christchurch Polytechnic Institute of Technology, Block A.
Music software has reached a state where its possibilities generally exceed the technical knowledge of most users. While it has become very easy to create sound, a lot of people are completely overwhelmed by what their tools offer and get confused and defocused.
Robert Henke proffers this solution: Use only a few tools and try to understand them well enough to master them.
The aim of this lecture is to provide ideas about how to dive deeper into any kind of music software in order to make the most out of the tools at hand. Examples will be presented using Ableton Live 7, Operator and Sampler.
This lecture and workshop is for all audiences which are interested in computer generated sound. Very basic knowledge of Ableton Live or any other music software or hardware is needed.