(FULL!) STEIM & Geluid van Nederland workshop series: Processing Found Sound w/ Robert Henke

November 29th, 2012 until December 1st, 2012
STEIM, Achtergracht 19 1017WL, Amsterdam STEIM, Achtergracht 19 1017WL, Amsterdam


STEIM, in partnership with the Geluid van Nederland project, presents a series of workshops addressing the creation, consumption, and reappropriation of field recordings.

For this second workshop we welcome electronic musician, producer, and sound artist Robert Henke (Monolake) back to STEIM to give a 3-day workshop on the technical aspects of field recording, from capturing sound, to production and performance.

The Geluid van Nederland website contains an archive of geocoded field recordings already collected as part of the Geluid van Nederland project. We encourage participants to add their own recordings from the workshop to this archive, and also to use recordings from the archive as part of their projects. The entire Geluid van Nederland archive is open for free creative use and will remain sustainably preserved as it grows.

Dates: Nov 29 – Dec 1, 2012
Time: 10:00 – 15:00 each day
Cost: €35 (covers all three days)
Location: STEIM, Achtergracht 19, 1017WL Amsterdam
Maximum Participants: 15

The workshop will have a strong focus on using field recordings as source material for further processing. The workshop will include a group field recording session through the city of Amsterdam. At the end of the workshop participants will have the opportunity to present their work in the context of a concert in the evening.

Some topics Robert will cover include:

– what to record and with which intention? ( aesthetic considerations )
– how to record ( technical considerations )
– mono, stereo, multichannel

– how to create meaning and narration ( aesthetic )
– simple processing of sounds for enhanced results ( technical and aesthetic)

Advanced Processing:
– using field recordings as source material for sampling, re-synthesis, granular synthesis etc..

Diffusion, Playback, Performance, Installation:
– how to present field recording based works?
– how to work with multiple channels of audio
– speaker placement and selection
– real time manipulation



Participants must bring their own field recording equipment (portable sound recorder, microphones, etc..). Participants are also responsible for bringing a pair of headphones and a laptop with sound software that they are familiar with. Robert will be mainly demonstrating techniques using Ableton Live and Max, but the techniques used will be generally applicable to any multi-track sound production software.



Robert Henke, born in Munich, Germany, builds and operates machines to create art.

He pairs archaic concepts with computer science in order to explore new aesthetic territories between composition, performance and installation. The creation of his own instruments and tools and the results of using them are two sides of the same artistic process.

His art is focused on carefully shaped textural details and gradual changes of repeating structures in different time scales. It is also about volume, power and impact, the tension between silence and noise, and about the exploration of real and virtual audio visual spaces.

Henke is a pioneer of multichannel sound, using systems like wave field synthesis and ambisonics to create situations of total immersion, expanding the sonic experience of his performances beyond of what can be reproduced in stereo.
Although mainly known for his musical output, Henke is also working in the field of installation, both sound based and audio-visual. Currently he explores the usage of high power lasers for an installation called ‘Fragile Territories‘ which will be shown this winter in Nantes, France.

Henke’s interest in the combination of art and technology is further evident in his contributions to the development of the music software ‘Ableton Live’. For more than a decade since Ableton’s founding in 1999, he has been central to the development of Live, which became the standard tool for electronic music production and completely redefined the performance practice of electronic music.

Henke also writes and lectures about sound and the creative use of computers, and holds a professorship in sound design at the Berlin University of Arts.

For 2013 he has been selected as Mohr Visiting Artist at the music department of Stanford University, where he will be teaching a class in computer music composition and performance.