Live Video of My performance of “First Orbit” at Electro-Music 2010

Here is an excerpt of my performance of the song “First Orbit” from I Hear Your Signals at Electro-Music 2010. Thanks to Jeremy DePrisco for sharing this video with me. Audio is from camera mic. By the way, if you were at the show and have video or pics, contact me as I'd like to post more.

This song is performed using Percussa AudioCubes and a Novation Launchpad.

Watch embedded video.

Here are some other pictures Jeremy took during the my set. I love this next shot. I’m palming an AudioCube and modulating 4 parameters at the same time.




These next shots were taken during setup and sound check with the houselights still up. During the show you couldn’t see all the cabling.


Checkout my previous post “Back from Electro-Music 2010 Festival” for more pictures.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO

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5 responses to “Live Video of My performance of “First Orbit” at Electro-Music 2010”

  1. Hi Roy,
    Yes, one of the reasons I chose the controllers I use and composed my album around the controllers is so that I could introduce variability. In this video, AudioCubes are controlling the arrangement on-the-fly and modulation of effects in-real-time. When I reach for the Launchpad matrix, the notes I’m playing are in real-time. In other words, if I make a mistake, you can hear it. If I fail to play a note or change switch to a scene, you won’t hear a change. So, they certainly could have an off night – but I hope not :^).
    All the controllers certainly inspire and change the way I compose and did influence each composition. In “I Hear Your Signals”, I’m retelling the alien invasion story of REBOOT from the other point of view, so composing using AudioCubes, using spatial control of the Theremin, and playing notes from matrix buttons allowed me to break loose from my keyboards and approach the compositions from a new point of view. The big win is this allows me the arrangement on the fly and I’m not locked into some sort of backing track allowing me to focus on being “first chair” controllerist/synthesist.
    The system is almost completely open and it’s up to me to configure how the controllers interact with the software to perform each song. As you can imagine, this takes a lot of time and I also rehearse – a lot. This allows me to transcend it all to focus on performance – and if I choose mix things up. For example, two weekends back, when I was performing at Electro-Music and got to my last song I had 3 minutes to play song that was 4:21 minutes long. I told the person running sound just to give me a signal when I was out of time. I compressed the arrangement and left out a section and ended 10 seconds after I got the signal. I can also extend sections and improvise if I choose to.
    Thanks for taking the time to read, listen, and comment,


  2. Mark,
    Very cool! I visit your sites regularly, but never knew what the AudioCubes were about. Do they introduce much variability in your performances? I know you took pains to ensure you could perform “I Hear Your Signals” live, and it appears from the video that your handling and placement of the cubes is very deliberate. Do they ever cause you to have an off night? Also, do they contribute to your creativity during composition or otherwise inspire you to write a certain way that best complements them? I’m not a performer, and I’m just wondering if, outside of how cool they look, they enable you to create or perform better.


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