Gig Notes: Denver Synth_Drone Collective November 26th, 2017, Textures Ambient Showcase

I’ll be performing as part of the Denver Synth_Drone Collective for the Sunday November 26th Textures Ambient Showcase at Mutiny Cafe in Denver – a perfect way to wrap up your Thanksgiving weekend :^). We’ll be the only act and will perform from 7-10pm. Below are my rig notes for this event for which I’ll be playing music plus performing visuals for the entire night. Here is the event link.

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Modelling the Rig

For this show I’m doing visuals which means I’ll be using a Windows 10 laptop with a touchscreen. To keep the rig lean, I’ll use the laptop for my audio rig as well.  For visuals I’ll be using live camera input and video field recordings from my travels.

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Here is my sketch of the overall rig.

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Here is the rig in reality.

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Core Rig

  1. Windows 10 Laptop with a Touch Screen
  2. Logitech Trackman

Audio Portion of Rig

  1. Ableton Push 2
  2. Xbox One Bluetooth Joystick Controller (for Granulator II)
  3. Ableton Live 10 (beta) for real-time sound design using
    1. Ableton Wavetable (beta)
    2. Tone2 Nemesis
    3. Ableton FX
      1. Echo (beta)
      2. Pedal (beta)
    4. Max for Live
      1. Granluator II
      2. Iota
      3. Multimapper XBox 360
      4. Sustain If On
      5. eb. Touch_Strip_Crossfader
    5. Focusrite Scarlet 2i4

Here are some pics of the main synths. First up the wonderful new Ableton Wavetable which is now in beta.

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Next up Tone2 Nemesis FM synth.

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Visual Synthesis Portion of Rig

  1. Resolume 6
  2. MIDI Fighter Twister
  3. Logitech C920 HD Webcam
  4. Original video field recordings

More on Denver Synth_Drone Collective

The Denver Synth_Drone collective is made up of artists bios+a+ic, Kuxaan Sum, Mark Mosher, Chris Sessions, Sean Patrick Faling, and Chris Frain.

The collective does improv limited by the following rules. Each member plays:

  1. One synth at a time
  2. Only a single note at a time

Of course once a note is triggered members can change the timber and pitch any way they like. It makes for super interesting drones, chords, textures, and movement.

To get a sense for this, check out a recording of our last performance on bandcamp https://symbolicinsight.bandcamp.com/album/13th-planet.

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

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