Mutek Exclusives: ATOM

Posted on May 19th, 2009 by .

One of the most eagerly anticipated events of Mutek’s 2009 edition is the North American premiere of Robert Henke and Christopher Bauder’s ATOM. This mind-blowingly ambitious event is being undertaken only in Montréal during Mutek and is basically one of the coolest things I’ve ever heard of: a network of 64 huge helium-filled balloons which are each connected to a separate sound source. These balloons are then “played” like musical instruments.

A feast for the eyes, ears and mind, ATOM is a show unlike anything you’ve ever experienced before.

There are 3 performances of ATOM during MUTEK, happening on May 29th and 30th at the Place des Arts Maisonneuve Theatre. This incredible performance is a collaboration between experimental techno producer Robert Henke (aka Monolake) and avant-garde interactive artist Christopher Bauder, two of the world’s most highly respected visionaries in their respective fields.

With ATOM, these two artists have managed to create the type of unique show that Mutek has become known for hosting. Henke’s music contains depth and soul on its own, but working in conjunction with Bauder’s stunning creation, ATOM becomes something truly remarkable. Better still – audience members will be allowed onstage during the performance to see for themselves exactly how this incredible piece of interactive art and music works.

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