To celebrate the release of his new album, Ghosts, experimental techno godhead Monolake is embarking on a Ghosts In Surround tour.
According to Robert Henke, the tour is about “presenting the material of the Ghosts album in the most dramatic, beautiful and immersive way: as a full surround sound experience plus real time generative video.
“Precisely crafted earthshaking beats, rough dirty noises, deep bass, wide lush soundscapes and little sonic creatures inhabiting a fascinating planet in which a lot of things go badly wrong and nothing is taken for granted – an audiovisual tour into new territories.”
Only three dates have been confirmed so far, but “more concerts in other countries, on other confidents and in distant solar systems” will be announced soon. Those confirmed dates are February 29 at Berghain in Berlin with supporting DJ sets from Shackleton and Peverelist, March 1 at London’s Fabric with Craig Richards and Peverelist, and March 9 at the 5DaysOff festival in Netherlands.
Ghosts, out February 27 on CD, double vinyl and download, was composed entirely in Ableton Live, a digital audio workstation that Henke himself helped develop. According to Fabric, the live incarnation of the work will feature the music “presented in surround sound alongside Tarik Barri’s advanced real time generative video, creating a new level of sonic and visual immersion.”
Henke will use “multiple channels of audio and computer animations and place the listener in a deep, wide field of sound that is much bigger than the physical room defined by the speakers and the walls.
“For Ghosts I tried out a lot of new things, new ways to create and transform sounds as I spend a lot of time thinking about structure,” Henke adds. “The big challenge now is how I can bring all of this to the stage in a beautiful way. Unlike in film, where surround sound follows clear rules, exploring space in a club context is a very different challenge. I want to do more than to just be throwing sounds around the audience. Things are supposed to make sense in a narrative way, too.”