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ARTIST
TITLE
Piercing Music
FORMAT
CD

LABEL
CATALOG #
ICM 002CD ICM 002CD
GENRE
RELEASE DATE
10/6/1997

2012 warehouse find; originally released in 1994. Piercing Music was Robert Henke's (Monolake) debut, created at first as a sound installation which ran for a few weeks in an office building. Piercing Music is a one-hour journey into a dark, warm and sometimes pretty noisy world, full of artificial life, created long before the terms "glitch" or "microsampling" were real words. This is probably Henke's most serious academic work, composed using controlled random distributions to create a synthetic structure which behaves "naturally"; this is achieved by deconstructing sound into tiny little particles and embedding them into a grid of slow, permutating deep drones. Most sounds are derived from recordings of water, transformed into crisp spikes of noise with occasional low bursts. It was produced using one of the first versions of the MAX software, with a minimum of other equipment; but, nonetheless, already embodied the typical depth and width which has come to characterize his releases as Monolake. Repackaged and re-released in 2003, Piercing Music is serious ambient music, more connected to the works of Thomas Köner or Asmus Tietchens.