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New Album Release: Sonic Encounters Volume 03

Heads up. My new album Sonic Encounters Volume 03 is out. Check it out and pass it on…

https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03

Note today is “Bandcamp Friday” where Bandcamp waives it’s revenue share on all sales to give musicians more money from each purchase. So it’s a great day to buy indy albums on Bandcamp to support your fav artists.

The Sonic Encounters began as a podcast in 2015. After each season of the podcast completes it is released in album form. Volume 03 contains the 7 songs from Season 03 of the podcast.

These songs are a combination of electronic tonalities derived from synthesis and musique concrète using original sounds, field recordings, patterns and notes played via keys, pads, trigs, and buttons. Additional expression on these musical objects is improvised via key/pad pressure, touch strips, knobs, sliders, crossfaders and live sound design to create real-time automations.

The following review of the original podcast that does a nice job summarizing the concept of Sonic Encounters Soundscapes…

“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths… these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.

The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.

Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill. ” – BlindFlyTheater.com

Enjoy and have a musical weekend!

Mark Mosher

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New Soundscapes Album – Sonic Encounters Volume 02

I’m happy to announce the release of the album Sonic Encounters Volume 02 on Bandcamp. The album contains 8 improvisational soundscapes with over 40 minutes of original music from season 2 of my Sonic Encounters podcast. The album is available now for $5.

Click here to listen / buy on Bandcamp

The songs are a combination of electronic tonalities derived from pure synthesis from original sound design work, and musique concrète using original sounds and field recordings.

The bandcamp edition allows you to choose from CD Quality FLAC, high-def MP3-320 as well as other formats allowing you to hear even more sonic detail within these works.

Podcast Review & Concept + Season 03

“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths… these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.

The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.

Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill. ” – BlindFlyTheater.com

In related news, Season 03 of Sonic Encounters Podcast is coming soon. To tune in to past and future episodes visit SonicEncounters.com.

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My Sci-fi Cinematic Electronica album “Fear Cannot Save Us” Turns 5

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My album Fear Cannot Save Us turns 5 years old today! While I’ve released singles such as “Disconnected” and podcast episodes on Sonic Encounters – this was my last full studio album. Three years in the making, it was album #3 in a series of alien invasion concept albums containing original cinematic electronica, dark ambient, and experimental tracks.

To celebrate the occasion the album is available at special pricing on Bandcamp for $5 US for the month of March. The Bandcamp edition also features a 10 page digital booklet with liner notes and photos.

It is also album is available at standard pricing on all major outlets including Spotify, iTunes / Apple Music,Amazon MP3, Google Play, CD Baby and more.

Making of the Album

Checkout the making of the album on Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Technology Podcast #23

… This last week he put out a new album Fear Cannot Save Us, which is a continuation of the science fiction themes from his earlier albums Reboot and I Hear Your Signals, but is also one of the finest classic electronic music albums I’ve heard in a while. So I took the opportunity to quiz him on the making of the album, how he mixes sci-fi themes with electronic music, and how he produced such an excellent sounding product.

Note, the album was mastered by Gannon Kashiwa. I did the cover with art direction assistance from Dave Weed and Victoria Lundy (Cuttlefish Arts).

About the Album

It tells the story of the transformation of a human to an alien hybrid being. The album takes you through our hero’s journey as they rapidly coevolve and become self-aware and aware of their mission for revolution. Assuming evolution does not imply direction, could the change benefit mankind?

On another level this album is also allegorical. It’s about tolerance for people who seem different and strange to us. It’s also about people accepting change in themselves. On a third level, the album and the series are a nod to my love for classic Sci-fi films

markmosher-invader-cam

The albums in this series are orchestrated with classic and contemporary synth sounds and loaded with sound design “ear candy” for synth and Sci-fi fans looking for a soundtrack experience for an epic movie yet to be filmed. If you listen to the tracks in album order, the story unfolds, and the titles of the songs give away the basic plot of each scene, but it’s left up to you – the listener – to fill in the story details. Each song was written to stand on its own as well. The dynamic arrangements and production will reward you for listening with high-quality headphones, stereo systems, or home theater systems.

Bringing this album to life is the culmination of over three years of work. This work included going deep and studying the sound design possibilities of a small number of monster digital synthesizers such as Absynth, Zebra, and ElectraX, as well as circuit-modelled analog synthesizers such as ACE and Saurus. To give the album an organic feel and sense of place, I manipulated my field recordings using Ableton Sampler. I also worked to find ways to “see through the eyes” of great guitarists, not to emulate guitar tone per se, but to instead apply concepts like non-linear distortion and wave shaping within feedback circuits to add more dynamics, emotion and expression to my sounds and performances. I hope you enjoy the sonic detail and emotion that will emerge and evolve with multiple listens.

Make sure you check out the other entries in the series, Abum #1 – “Reboot” tells the tale of the original alien invasion from the human point of view. Album #2 – “I Hear Your Signals” – tells the same story but from the alien point of view with inverted emotional curves.

Bandcamp, Spotify, iTunes / Apple Music,Amazon MP3, Google Play, CD Baby

Thanks

Thanks again to all who have supported this album throughout the years.

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New Recordings Discography Page with Store Buttons

Hi All,

First off , so sorry for that last garbage email a few minutes ago. I was testing a new editor and hit the wrong button – doh! Sorry about that.

Anyway, I’m emailing to let you know that I launched a “Recordings” section for my web site featuring a discography my original albums and singles.

albumsClick the covers or titles of albums and singles to learn more about each release, hear full-length previews, and see links to various online stores. Bandcamp allows for name your price. If you are new to my music, Reboot is a great place to start BTW. Some fun cinematic beat-driven electronic music.

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Also, if you haven’t been to the root of my site in a while, swing by http://NewEcho.com to see a groovy animated masthead with excerpts from one of my performances.

Thanks again for listening,

Mark Mosher

Synthesist : Original Music, Sound, and Interactive Visuals

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My Horror Soundscapes Album and the Rest of My Discography on Bandcamp are Now Available Name Your Price!

To reward those like who support indie artists by shopping on Bandcamp –  and to help me reach more new people with my music –  I’ve decided to make my entire discography on Bandcamp donation-based via “Name Your Price”. Pricing remains the same on other outlets.

There is over four hours of original music on my Bandcamp page https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/ today!bandcamp-discography

This includes the horror soundscape release No Ghosts. Just Fear. which is a perfect album for your Halloween playlist for parties – or just to scare your friends and neighbors :^)

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Thanks for downloading and listening,

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

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New Soundscape Album Sonic Encounters Volume 01

 

Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Now Available

The album contains 14 tracks and 2 hours of Cinematic Ambient Soundscapes. You can listen and buy here or from the embedded player below. If you enjoy the album consider a buy and please tell your friends.

About This Release

Sonic Encounters began as a podcast that ran from June 2015 through May 2016 and contained 13 episodes or original music racking up over 10,000 plays on just this series along. Each show had a companion post which contained original artwork made, a back story, behind-the-scenes artist notes and photos.

I’ve decided to convert the podcast into an album series. Sonic Encounters Volume 01 is the first release in the series. It contains all the past soundscape episodes. If you buy the full album you’ll get the bonus track “Tonalities from Orbit Live from the University of Colorado Atlas Institute Black Box”. This previously unreleased track is a 11:31 minute live room recording from the “Boulder Laptop Orchestra BLOrK performs with guest Mark Mosher” concert event.

Liner Notes

I converted the  podcast show notes to a single page of  liner notes here.

Premise & Buzz

“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths…I’m trying to restrain myself in writing this review as it’d be easy to come off sounding a bit hyperbolic… But these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.

The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.

Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill.

My favorite story so far is “Metamorphosis Under the Chatham Light”. I get chills just thinking about it.

My very close second is “And What Do Trees Hear When the Wind Blows”. Read each premise before you listen.  Or not. No matter, the pieces will creep into your consciousness and take up residence.”  – BlindFlyTheater.com 

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“No Ghosts. Just Fear.” Halloween Horror Soundscape Album Available on iTunes, CD Baby, Amazon, Spotify, and Name Your Price on Bandcamp

 

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Back in 2012 I released No Ghosts. Just Fear. with five original  horror soundscapes as a Bandcamp exclusive. The album is now also available in wide distribution to most online music stores and streaming services. So if you are looking for some creepy soundtracks for your Halloween playlist – or just want to creep out your neighbors, you can…

Buy/stream now on to Bandcamp (Name Your Price), CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, and most other digital delivery services.

Thanks for supporting independent music,

Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
http://NewEcho.com
http://SonicEncounters.com


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Liner Notes

This album contains five original instrumental horror soundscapes by Boulder-based synthesist and composer Mark Mosher. Listen in the dark on a great sound system with a sub-woofer or with good headphones  and let your imagination run wild! Then remember, it’s all in your head :^)

About Mark Mosher

Mark has been working with synthesizers for decades. He performs an expressive visual controllerism set live with antennas, cubes, grids,and keys at festivals around the country.

The Making of this Album – The dark ambient sounds and music within these arrangements was created and performed on various virtual instruments. In some cases original audio recordings were used as sources then re-shaped with granular synthesis to turn these recordings into playable expressive instruments with huge sonic range and motion.

Credits

released October 27, 2012

Album Credits:

Composed, Arranged, Programmed, Performed, and Produced by Mark Mosher

Mastered by Gannon Kashiwa

Cover Design by Dave Weed

Cover Photo by Mark Mosher

TRACK NOTES

1 – “Primeval”

Amygdala kicks in as you enter the fear zone. Remember, it’s all in your head! I use hand crafted synthetic sounds (subtractive and additive synthesis) to create strange tones, textures. and rhythms to build tension. Fast note-runs, and radical tempo changes will creep you out. This piece was performed using Percussa AudioCubes. Note I released this as a single in 2011. Even if you’ve heard it before, the album version is a new high-resolution remix. For this remix I reprogrammed some of the effects, remixed the track a bit, and then re-rendered with highest quality synth settings. Plus this track and all others were mastered by Gannon Kashiwa and it sounds simply incredible!

2 – “Alone in the Dark”

When you are alone in the dark your mind will play tricks. Over the last year I’ve been spending time listening to the tone. harmonics, overtones, and distortion created by expressive electric guitar greats like David Gilmour. “Alone in the Dark” is my exploration of expressive manipulation of harmonics and distortion with a single synthesizer patch custom programmed. As a result you’ll hear me go beyond the sonic range of guitars into the sub-harmonic realm.

3 – “Fight or Flight”

Your brain is on overload as you run for your life through a dark building searching for the exit. I broke a long complex original audio recording into small chunks called “grains” with a custom patch in a virtual instrument called Absynth. My patch allows me to traverse, manipulate and perform with this massive sample as if it’s an expressive instrument with a very unique harmonic palette.

4 – “Under the Spider’s Web”

There is a dim golden light ahead in the dark. Between you and the light, there is a spider and of course a large web blocking your path. Was that something crawling down the back of your neck? Like the previous track, this is custom granular synth performance.

5 – “Orbiting Miranda”

Inspired by the film “Serenity”. I used a variety of custom programmed virtual synths and effects to create this lush but dark ambient piece. Note I released this as a single in 2011. Even if you’ve heard it before I recommend you buy the album to get this new high-resolution remix re-mastered by Gannon Kashiwa.

Buy/stream now on to Bandcamp (Name Your Price), CD Baby, iTunes, Amazon Music, Google Play, Spotify, and most other digital delivery services.

 

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3 Years in the Making New Album “Fear Cannot Save Us” Has Released #cinematic #scifi #electronica #darkambient

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I’m very happy to announce my new album Fear Cannot Save Us is now available on Bandcamp. It will be available on other outlets soon, but bandcamp edition is the best value and also contains a 10 page digital booklet with liner notes and photos.

Here is the link http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/fear-cannot-save-us .

This is album #3 in a series of alien invasion concept albums containing original cinematic electronica, dark ambient, and experimental tracks. This third album, released in 2014, tells the story of the transformation of a human to an alien hybrid being. The album takes you through our hero’s journey as they rapidly coevolve and become self-aware and aware of their mission for revolution. Assuming evolution does not imply direction, could the change benefit mankind?

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On another level this album is also allegorical. It’s about tolerance for people who seem different and strange to us. It’s also about people accepting change in themselves. On a third level, the album and the series are a nod to my love for classic Sci-fi films

markmosher-invader-cam

The albums in this series are orchestrated with classic and contemporary synth sounds and loaded with sound design “ear candy” for synth and Sci-fi fans looking for a soundtrack experience for an epic movie yet to be filmed. If you listen to the tracks in album order, the story unfolds, and the titles of the songs give away the basic plot of each scene, but it’s left up to you – the listener – to fill in the story details. Each song was written to stand on its own as well. The dynamic arrangements and production will reward you for listening with high-quality headphones, stereo systems, or home theater systems.

Bringing this album to life is the culmination of over three years of work. This work included going deep and studying the sound design possibilities of a small number of monster digital synthesizers such as Absynth, Zebra, and ElectraX, as well as circuit-modelled analog synthesizers such as ACE and Saurus. To give the album an organic feel and sense of place, I manipulated my field recordings using Ableton Sampler. I also worked to find ways to “see through the eyes” of great guitarists, not to emulate guitar tone per se, but to instead apply concepts like non-linear distortion and wave shaping within feedback circuits to add more dynamics, emotion and expression to my sounds and performances. I hope you enjoy the sonic detail and emotion that will emerge and evolve with multiple listens.

Make sure you check out the other entries in the series here markmosher.bandcamp.com. Album #1 – “Reboot” tells the tale of the original alien invasion from the human point of view. Album #2 – “I Hear Your Signals” – tells the same story but from the alien point of view with inverted emotional curves.

Thanks

Many thanks to my wife and family, friends, fellow independent artists who have helped and inspired me (including the Electro-Music, Boulder Synthesizer Meetup, and Ableton User Group communities) , the software designers and instrument builders that make the tools I use every day, fellow bloggers and listeners who have supported my art throughout the years. Here’s to the next sonic journey and making the world a better place through art.

Cheers,

Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com