Robert Henke

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Robert Henke
Robert Henke
Robert Henke
Background information
Also known asMonolake
OriginBerlin, Germany
GenresElectronic music
Years active1995–present
LabelsImbalance Computer Music

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-creator of the music software Ableton Live, with Gerhard Behles.[1][2]

Since 1995 he has produced electronic music under the name Monolake,[3] which he 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.

Robert Henke during an Atom live performance

Selected installations[edit]

  • Destructive Observation Field
  • Werk III
  • Fragile Territories
  • Works for Wave Field Synthesis
  • Fundamental Forces

Selected performances[edit]

  • Deep Web
  • Lumiere II
  • Destructive Observation Field
  • Monolake Live Surround
  • Intersection
  • Atlantic Waves

Selected albums[edit]

  • Monolake - Archaeopteryx (2020)
  • Monolake - VSLI (2016)
  • Monolake - Ghosts (2012)
  • Monolake - Silence (2009)
  • Robert Henke - Layering Buddha (2006)
  • Monolake - Polygon Cities (2005)
  • Robert Henke - Signal To Noise (2004)
  • Monolake - Momentum (2003)
  • Monolake - Cinemascope (2001)
  • Monolake - Gravity (2000)
  • Monolake - Interstate (1998)
  • Monolake - Hongkong (1997)
  • Robert Henke - Piercing Music (1994)


  1. ^ Shaw, Dan. "Ableton Live: taking the DAW from the studio to the stage". HappyMag. Retrieved 2 June 2020. From the minds of Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke came a platform that would transform the nature of live performance for electronic artists.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)
  2. ^ "Gerhard Behles and Robert Henke on Ableton". Retrieved 13 January 2022.
  3. ^ "Listen to a discussion with Monolake from Unsound New York 2012". Wire. Retrieved 6 June 2020.{{cite web}}: CS1 maint: url-status (link)

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