Three laser beams cut through the room and form geometrical shapes – floating, ephemeral, divided by frequencies. Robert Henke is at the computer behind that, controlling the interaction of shape, colour and music. He is working on Lumière, his new project, for which he is painstakingly teaching lasers to dance. For Henke, the visionary and mediator between engineering science and free-spirited art, it is not the first project of this kind: In the early nineties he co-founded Monolake with Gerhard Behles, exploring the varieties of electronic music. As the co-founder and developer of Ableton he revolutionised music production with the Live software. Since then, he’s also been working on the spectrum of audio-visual art under his own name.
6sept13 visited Robert Henke while he was developing Lumière. The result is a portrait between his past, present and future.
Written & directed by Dirk Herzog, Jan Rödger
Cinematography: Jan Rödger
Interview & editing: Dirk Herzog
Music: Robert Henke & Monolake
Subtitles by Stephanie Geiges
Composer Jonathan Cazenave talks about his use of the ebow on Things That Occur in Nature's song Sky (fast moving clouds) This was shot in Jonathan's recording studio near Atlanta.
See the music video here: youtube.com/watch?v=nDyQnBamin4
I always liked bonsai trees, and I was curious to try the approach I used for "Music from a Tree" on a smaller scale, so I bought a bonsai and recorded this little experimental piece.
To determine the key I used the lowest note I could play and recorded the rest around it.
Besides playing the leaves, I used bows of different sizes, a piano hammer and a paint brush.
As far as microphones I used my Røde NT6, a customized stethoscope and tiny MEAS piezo transducers.
I played all the sounds and rhythms only with the bonsai, I didn't use any synthesizer or samplers to create or modify the sounds. I hope you'll like it.