Robert Henke’s (aka Monolake) Lumière is an audiovisual composition for laser beams and sound. The components of the piece create a new type of interaction, a mixture of shapes and their sonic counterparts. The work is based on hundreds of such audiovisual ‘notes’, to create a strikingly synchronized novel experience.
The lasers project on a large screen, partially obscured by a wall of fog that makes the rays of light visible, connecting the back with the front of the room, forming fragile temporary objects above the heads of the spectators. The special quality of the laser light allows to combine complete darkness with moments of extreme brightness, pure white with intense saturated colors and precise movements with complex organic shapes.[vimeo 133091497 w=620&h=300]
Lumière II is driven by several pieces of software, programmed by Henke himself. They allow the creation of rapid successions of vector graphic images, as well as the associated sonic events, driven by a text written in a scripting language.
The current version of Lumière is a complete re-work of the initial ideas, with a different focus and aesthetics. The first version was based on improvisation – and had rough and spontaneous gestures as a result. The second version goes to the opposite direction: it is a carefully crafted composition, being constantly refined and extended.[vimeo 93861005 w=620&h=300]
Robert Henke is supported by KETEV, a post techno project by Berlin based sound artist and composer Yair Elazar Glotman. Phasing patterns from Reel-to-reel tape loops are manipulated by 4-Track cassette decks – creating roaring textures above slow shifting rhythmic mantras.
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Robert Henke: Lumière II + Ketev
Thursday, 26 November 2015 | 21:00 CET
Volksbühne | Rosa-Luxemburg-Platz | 10178 Berlin/Mitte