Turning five computers from 1980 into an audiovisual live performance environment required a deep occupation with their hardware and ancient programming techniques. What struggles, happy accidents, and magical moments arose as a result?
How did those machines manage to generate sound and video? How was it possible to create complex structures in an environment that only has 32kbyte of RAM and a 8bit microprocessor? Why did all these limitations in the end lead to something magical and new? Robert Henke provides insights into the complex resonances between technology and artistic result that lie behind CBM 8032 AV.
The Music Makers Hacklab is presented with CDM, Nusasonic, and the SHAPE platform, which is co-funded by the Creative Europe programme of the European Union. Funded by the Senate Department of Culture and Europe, and Initiative Musik.
Anna Tskhovrebov enjoys programming 8-bit assembly, C++ and drum loops, always drawn to the blurred boundaries between art and engineering. She joined the team at Studio Robert Henke in 2018 after finishing a master’s degree at the computer music department (CCRMA) in Stanford, California.
Robert Henke is a pioneering electronic artist, known for his works as Monolake and his key contributions to the development of digital audio workstation Ableton Live. At CTM 2020, Henke will be presenting a new audiovisual piece entitled "CBM 8032 AV," inspired by and performed on restored Commodore 8032 computers.