Monolake MUTEK, Montreal QC, August 26
Published Aug 27, 2017Monolake immersed the Society for Arts and Technology in his breed of cerebral and consummate techno as part of INTER_CONNECT Berlin: Eine kleine elektronische Nachtmusik.
Although the German electronic project originally consisted of members Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke, the moniker now solely applies to Henke, while Behles runs a music software company Ableton. As a co-inventor of Ableton Live, it's no surprise that artist, inventor, and engineer Henke has such a firm grip on the basics of electronic music.
Composing and improvising live, Henke used synths and self-invented technologies to produce a constantly evolving atmosphere of brash, churning and explosive techno that, for all its fervour, still remained elegant, refined and immersive.
Known for his meticulously designed laser and audio-visual shows both under his own name and as Monolake, Henke proved himself a wizard of sonic physics. He consistently challenges the limits of electronic music, and his dynamic production and performance style carried the energy of the evening through to a cinematic close.