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MONOLAKE

Wasteland

MONOLAKE

Wasteland

Distilled metallic drones from 2005's 'Polygon Cities album.

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Robert Henke

[metropol]

Robert Henke

[metropol]

A fractured piece written for the 'Atom' performance with Christopher Bauder.

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MONOLAKE

cut

MONOLAKE

cut

Dub shards digitised and re-processed for a sick, propulsive masterclass.

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MONOLAKE

Occam

MONOLAKE

Occam

Dating back to Monolake's earliest work for the seminal Chain Reaction label in 1997.

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MONOLAKE

Melting

MONOLAKE

Melting

standout 1996 12" cut underpinned by that immense, rugged bassline...

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MONOLAKE

static

MONOLAKE

static

Henke's first steps beyond that singular dub sound and into more rhythmically complex territory.

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MONOLAKE

Atlas

MONOLAKE

Atlas

Eight minute 2009 killer complete with that disjointed wailing loop...

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MONOLAKE

tangent II

MONOLAKE

tangent II

Absolute classic material lifted off 1999's Interstate album.

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Robert Henke

Layer 02

Robert Henke

Layer 02

Henke let loose on FM3's original Buddha Machine...

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MONOLAKE

reminiscence

MONOLAKE

reminiscence

Henke revisiting classic Basic Channel templates for this epic 2003 cut.

156

MONOLAKE

ionized

MONOLAKE

ionized

Slow and sumptuous low-end chug featuring that distinct, spherical metallic sound.

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MONOLAKE

Digitalis

MONOLAKE

Digitalis

Dark malfunctioning 9 minute epic from 2005.

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MONOLAKE

fragile

MONOLAKE

fragile

One of the all-time classic Monolake tracks with that signature growling bassline....

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MONOLAKE

Mass Transit Railway

MONOLAKE

Mass Transit Railway

Field recordings slowly drifting into pure washed-out bliss....

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This time on 14tracks:

“The imbalanced computer music of Robert Henke”

Robert Henke's biography is as impressive as they come in electronic music. The musician has spent time as a mastering engineer at Berlin's Dubplates & Mastering, co-founded software company Ableton (responsible for probably the most influential piece of music software this century: Ableton Live), lectured in computer aided composition and sound design at Universitat der Kunste in Berlin and, most importantly, enjoyed an illustrious career recording under his own name and, more famously, as Monolake. The project actually began as a collaboration with fellow Ableton co-founder Gerhard Behles, and over the years has also featured sporadic rhythmic contributions from fellow Berlin cohort Torsten Proefrock, aka T++, but the sound has always been shaped by Henke's supreme attention to detail and unique musical vision. For his eponymous material Henke fuses elements of intricate sound design and conceptual composition (having been involved with several high profile installation pieces, including the Atlantic Waves performance at London's Tate Modern back in 2006), elements that often provide the foundations for the technofied, metallic sound structures that have made Monolake releases so instantaneously recognisable over the last 15 years. This week's selection looks back at Henke's illustrious career, beginning all the way back with a seminal debut for Chain Reaction in 1994, into some of his more abstract drone pieces, and through to the most recent productions from this year...

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On 07 Jul 21:26 jason anderson said:
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“but”

who doesn't own ALL of these records already in some form or another? nice that you choose to pay tribute to such a seminal electronic artist/thinker/magician ;¬)

On 07 Jul 22:46 simon blackwell said:

“err...”

you're just too cool for school Jason Anderson, not all as sharp as you bruv!

On 08 Jul 11:45 Leak said:

“Uhhh...”

...well I didn't know about Atlas and Atom/Document yet - gonna rectify that in a bit... :)

np: Evil Nine - Dead Man Coming ft. Toastie Taylor (They Live!)

On 08 Jul 15:53 adam cohn said:

“word”

this is some dark and developed shit, not heard much monolake and its right up my strasse.

On 09 Jul 07:53 split said:

“floating and piercing”

curious that Henke's solo 'floating point' and 'piercing music' arent featured??? those are the seminal works ad the ones that would be most interesting to revisit, as theyre less known

On 09 Jul 11:13 14Tracks Boomkat said:
http://14tracks.com

“RE: floating and piercing”

Piercing music is a single 61 minute track which, much as we'd love to include, would be impractical. Floating.Point has, unfortunately, never been made available for download by the label.

On 02 Dec 14:57 software development Surrey said:
http://www.geeks.ltd.uk/Services/software-product-development.html

That was inspiring,

These sound great,

Anyway, thanks for the post