Robert B. Henke (born 1969) is a German computer music artist working in the fields of audiovisual installation, music and performance. He was born in Munich, Germany, and lives in Berlin. Coming from an engineering background, Henke is fascinated by the beauty of technical objects. Developing his own instruments and algorithms is an integral part of his creative process.
His materials are 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. Many of his works use multiple channels of audio or are specifically conceived for unique locations and their individual properties. For the past few years, he has been exploring the artistic usage of high power lasers in his installations and performances.
Robert Henke is also a co-developer of the music software Ableton Live, alongside Gerhard Behles. Since 1995 he has produced electronic music under the name of Monolake, (originally founded in collaboration with Gerhard Behles). He writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers 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 the Tate Modern London, the Centre Pompidou Paris, Le Lieu Unique Nantes, PS-1 New York, MUDAM Luxembourg, MAK Vienna, the Art Gallery of New South Wales in Australia, KW Institute for Contemporary Art, Berlin.
Tarik Barri: Visuals, Robert Henke: Sound
Fundamental Forces is a collaborative audiovisual research project and installation work by Robert Henke and Tarik Barri. The title reflects the focus on movement, acceleration and the interconnections and attractions between visual structures and sonic events, as well as the underlying mechanics in each of the domains. Visual shapes emerge as the result of complex mathematical operations, are transformed and thrown around by the power of the underlying codes but they seem to be alive, there is a sense of plausibility and realism even in the most abstract moments, a sense that is created by the careful adjustments and tunings of all details, resulting in an overwhelming and highly immersive 360 degree projection combined with a deeply spatial auditive component that seems to span a space of nearly infinite size.