Mo, 6th June
8:50 PM - 9:50 PM

Festivalhalle (Mandatory masks)



  • Robert Henke (electronics)

Robert Henke – CBM 8032 AV (DE)

CBM 8032 AV is an audiovisual performance for five networked Commodore CBM 8032 computers from 1980. Three of these iconic machines from the beginning of the personal computer era create the sound, one is responsible for the graphics and another one is controlling the others during the performance, operated by the artist. This performance using extremely limited technology is based on additional hardware and software written in assembler, created by Robert Henke and his team over the course of four years. Everything shown on stage could have been presented already forty years ago, but it needs the cultural background of today, where the inherent reduction can be understood as deliberate and inspire new creativity. The computers can only create rather simple but powerful and rich timbres, and the graphics is monochrome green with low resolution. In such an environment, every single note and every visual event is important, and this enforces a focus on structure, rhythm, and articulation. The resulting journey into an alternative future based on technology from the past is also a journey into the essence of music.