MUTEK 10 Preview: Christopher Bauder & Robert Henke’s audio-visual installation: ATOM

May 13, 2009 § Leave a comment

Amazing installation from Christopher Bauder & Robert Henke, details from Mutek’s Blog. This performance looks AMAZING!

From MUTEK:At the controls of ATOM is Robert Henke, the experimental techno producer who first made his name in the 90’s as Monolake, alongside Gerhard Behles.  Though often cited as torchbearers of the experimental side of dub-laden, minimal techno that was part and parcel with the legendary Chain Reaction label, Henke and Behles are equally renowned as the inventors of Ableton Live, the music-production software that has become the ubiquitous tool of most serious producers.

Henke has always been the type of forward-looking artist to envision the creation of digital instrumentation, no matter how complex, as part of the dream of sound.  So it comes as little surprise that his music, which once resulted in the invention of Ableton software, should now result in the striking partnership with cutting-edge interactive artist Christopher Bauder.

For its part, Bauder’s art operates in the borderless terrain between the limitless ether of the technological world and the distinctly limited reach of human sensation.  Having founded the WHITEvoid laboratory in 2004 as a platform for his innovative designs, he has spent the past decade cementing his reputation in the art world as someone willing to reinvent limitations for the 21st century view of competing realities.

ATOM constitutes a logical conclusion to a stream of creations that has escalated the possibilities of sound creation from inanimate objects.  There is the TONELADDER, an ordinary household ladder equipped with sensory pads that creates tones as you walk up and down.  There is Electric Moons, an even bigger variation of ATOM.  There is the MIDIGUN, a midi-controlling pistol that allows producers to play music simply by pointing and pulling a trigger.  And then there is POLYGON PLAYGROUND, featured in the video below, a musical mini-mountain that shifts as its player walks across it.

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