Day 3 of the Avant_MUTEK Chicago events ends the celebrations on a high note!

MUTEK, Meiotic, Smartbar and Abstract Science present:
MONOLAKE (DE) – live surround set
KARL MEIER (US) – live

Live Surround project
Monolake is Robert Henke, a Berlin-based producer of sophisticated
electronic dance music that represents the ideal synthesis of
computer-driven musical experiments and dancefloor rhythms. Founded in
1995 by Henke and Gerhard Behle, Monolake is currently Henke’s solo
project after Behles left the act to concentrate on his duties as head
of the Ableton music software company. Emerging from Berlin’s
legendary Chain Reaction/Hard Wax collective, Henke has since released
6 full-lengths and numerous EP’s on his own Monolake/Imbalance
imprint. Monolake’s music is indebted equally to both dub and minimal
techno–drawing comparisons to Maurizio and Vladislav Delay–while
incorporating elements of drum & bass and academic computer music.
Cool, restrained, and undeniably rhythmic, the project feeds the
fluidity of bedroom ambience into the pulsations of club life, pushing
elements of these disparate genres to their limits. Henke’s work as
co-creator and conceptual designer of Ableton’s popular “Live”
software has revolutionized electronic music performance and in 2009
he was appointed professor of sound design at the University of Arts,
Berlin. Monolake’s Chicago appearance features his Live Surround
performance, an ongoing research project that explores notions of
space and depth in sound (traditionally concerns limited to the
production studio), in the non-static and unfocused club environment.

”…the aural equivalent of a glass-and-steel skyscraper, and I’m
repeatedly sucked in by its grandeur.”
– Peter Margasak, Chicago Reader

The deep, immersive echo chamber that sits at the center of
DeepChord’s signature Echospace series may appear inspired by the
genre-defining work of first-wave dub technoists that appeared on the
Chain Reaction label in the mid- to late-90s. But it’s also work
that’s quintessentially building upon the Detroit scene where it was
born, and that divine marriage of roots and vision make the work at
once so highly considered, so timeless, and so pertinent. A
Detroit-Chicago collaboration between prolific and low-key ambient
dub-techno producer Rod Modell (Deepchord) and Steven Hitchell
(Soultek), Echospace released a series of 12″ singles on England’s
Modern Love label, all of which were compiled on a CD named after the
series, The Coldest Season. The same year, the duo also issued a pair
of singles on Lee Purkis’ Fortune8 label, as well as an additional
release on echospace[detroit]. As with much of Modell’s output,
Echospace’s material is deeply rooted in the Basic Channel/Chain
Reaction school of dub-techno, emphasizing deep throbs and alternately
soothing and unsettling ambience .

Chris Widman is a Chicago DJ that defies easy classification. As host
of the weekly radio program Abstract Science since 1997 and Smartbar
resident DJ, he is at the forefront of breaking new styles, crossing
genre lines and re-introducing forgotten music. When DJing for the
dancefloor, Widman mixes a diverse array of sounds–dubstep, techno
and detroit electro among them–to create his own form of sonic
warfare, designed to both entertain and challenge audiences. This
versatility and depth has seen Widman DJ with acts including Amon
Tobin, Kode9, Moderat, Monolake, Nightmares on Wax, Plaid and Skream.
Widman also records and performs live with Colin Harris as Quadratic.

Click here for the full-listing of Avant_MUTEK 2011 events

MUTEK is a digital creativity and electronic music festival that is
celebrating its 12th anniversary this June 1-5 in Montreal. Over 100
acts from 15 different countries gather for 5 days of indoor and
outdoor concerts, special events, and professional conferences.
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