Robert Henke (Monolake) Talks Lumière Audiovisual Laser Performance, RBMA Festival NYC, Ableton Live, and More!

Dubspot goes behind the scenes with electronic composer, artist, and co-developer of Ableton Live:  Robert Henke. Discover the ideas and motivations behind his Lumière audiovisual laser light show performance at this year’s Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York.

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Dubspot partnered with Red Bull Music Academy Festival New York to present a closer look at one of this year’s most interesting live performances. Robert Henke’s Lumière harnesses the medium of high-powered lasers synchronized with powerful, dynamic sounds to create complex shapes in real-time performance.

In this video, Henke talks about the ideas and motivations behind Lumière, the risks and benefits of improvisation, creating innovative new sounds and visuals in real-time, and the future of music and visual performance technology. He also discusses his current performance setup which includes two computers, Ableton Live, Max for Live, a Novation Launchpad, synthesizers, custom MIDI controllers, zoning in on specific details and sounds and exploring them to their fullest potential.


Ableton Live Producer Certificate Program

Upcoming Course Start Dates. Register today!
6/16, 7/21, 8/4 (NYC)

6/16, 6/21, 6/22, 9/22, 10/5 (LA)
6/6 (Dubspot Online, Space still available!)

The flagship of our music training, with every Ableton Live course offered at the school. After completing this program, you will leave with a portfolio of original tracks, a remix entered in an active contest, a scored commercial to widen your scope, and the Dubspot Producer’s Certificate in Ableton Live.

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What’s Included:

  • Ableton Live Level 1: Beats, Sketches, and Ideas
  • Ableton Live Level 2: Analyze, Deconstruct, Recompose, and Assemble
  • Ableton Live Level 3: Synthesis and Original Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 4: Advanced Sound Creation
  • Ableton Live Level 5: Advanced Effect Processing
  • Ableton Live Level 6: Going Global with your Music

This program is about learning Ableton Live by going through the entire process of being an artist, by developing your own sound through a series of sketches and experimentation. You will also learn the ins and outs of this powerful software through a series of exercises designed to help you master the steps involved in producing your own music. After a level of getting familiar with the tools that Ableton has to offer, you will then develop your sonic ideas into full-length tracks. You will be exposed to a variety of approaches to arrangement and composition, storytelling techniques, ways of creating tension and drama in your music. At the end of the day, it is the sum total of your choices as an artist that define your sound, and levels 2 – 6 will give you the experience of actually completing tracks to add to your portfolio.

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


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Visual Performance Program

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7/14, 11/17 (NYC)

6/20, 10/20 (LA)

In this program you will explore the role of the visualist and prepare for the challenges you may face in a live show, while learning the basics of performing, producing, and manipulating visual content. You will also develop a deeper understanding of the history of visual performance, referencing the history of the performing arts and expanded cinema.

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Dubspot’s Visual Performance curriculum was designed by V Owen Bush and Benton-C Bainbridge of Glowing Pictures, a company they founded together in 2004. Bush and Bainbridge are pioneers of live visual performance, with an extensive list of collaborators and credits including work with the Beastie Boys, Pauline Oliveros, Animal Collective, Flying Lotus, Four Tet, Grace Jones, Kanye West, and Moby, to name a few. They have presented their work across five continents, at venues like the Whitney Museum of American Art, Museum of Modern Art, Lincoln Center, Madison Square Garden, the American Museum of Natural History, SFMOMA, the Mercat des les Flors (Barcelona), LUX2006 (Sevilla), Auditorium Parco della Musica (Roma), Sonic Light (Amsterdam), Wien Modern (Vienna), Inventionen (Berlin), and the Teatro Colón CETC (Buenos Aires). Over the years they have innovated and helped to develop tools and techniques for visual performance, collaborating with the software design company Vidvox LLC to develop live video software including VDMX, the central application used in the course.

More start dates and information about payment plans can be found here.

If you have questions, please call 877.DUBSPOT or send us a message.


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Anyone who comes by will have the opportunity to ask our instructors in-depth questions about our programs, curriculum and philosophy, and watch live music production and DJ demos. You can even sit down at one of our workstations and take it for a test drive. If you are still trying to decide what you are looking for, we suggest you stop by one of our Open Houses to learn more about the school, understand what the learning process at Dubspot entails and help you decide what is best for you. We can also help with scheduling details and payment options.

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