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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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Modulate This! Turns 14

Modulate This! turned 14 on October 1st 2019. Yes that’s right, I started blogging on synth tech & technique way back in 2005.

Around 2010 I started an artist blog where I did posts on upcoming shows, releases, photos and videos of past shows, and talked about the live performance scene in Boulder, Denver, and around the US.

In January of 2019 I made a move to simplify, streamline and reduce cost and I merged both blogs into https://markmoshermusic.com where I continue to blog on both artist news and synth technique.

You can continue to read past and upcoming posts on synth tech & technique on the “modulate-this” s category he https://markmoshermusic.com/category/modulate-this/.

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Here is To Another Year!

I have a lots of ideas on new topics to cover and I’m also excited to report on the Denver / Boulder synthesizer scene (which is exploding) as well as spread the news about some cool projects by my synth friends.

Mark Mosher
Experimental Musician and Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO

Artist Site: MarkMosherMusic.com
Podcast: SonicEncounters.com
Meetup: RockyMountainSynth.com

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Colorado Modular Synth Fest is Today + Giving Talk with Victoria and Tom Lundy on “Theremin, Musique concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!”

The Colorado Modular Synth Festival (CMSF) will have live music and interactive hands-on activities for kids and adults interested in synthesizers and electronic music.

The event will take place at Belmar Plaza (464 S Teller St, Lakewood, CO 80226) from 2-8pm and then 8-10PM at Crazy Mountain Brewery at Belmar.

We have over 18 performers and speakers scheduled. Artists are playing outdoors with a modular only or hybrid synth setups.

Korg, WMDevices, BlipBlox and Colorado Modular Synth Society will have family-friendly synthesizers to learn with and play!

Checkout the Facebook event page for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/2289165391178448/.

Talks Begin at 2:30 at Colorado Media School

Talks discussing synthesis 101, sound design and composition will take place at the adjacent Colorado Media School.

At 2:30 I’ll be giving a talk with my fellow Carbon Dioxide Ensemble members Victoria and Tom Lundy called “Theremin, Musique Concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!

More on the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration with Thomas Lundy, Victoria Lundy, and Mark Mosher. We focus  on live improvisational performance of Musique concrète. In this unique act Mark uses the Elektron Octatrack dynamic performance sampler to live sample Thomas Lundy as he manipulates a Copper Heart and other objects with dry ice. Victoria Lundy accompanies on Theremin. The only audio source for Octatrack other than drum samples is the input from the contact mic on the Copper Heart. We then support the show with interactive visuals with live camera input.

Check out this recent performance behind-the-scenes performance video in collaboration with filmmaker Taylor Dunne.

Learn more at CarbonDioxideEnsemble.com

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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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The Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast is Back!

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After a 2 year hiatus – my Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast is back! The 13 past episodes (with over 1 hour and 50 minutes of music) are back online as Season 01.

Season 02 is incoming so here is how to listen and subscribe.

Episode Notes Now Embedded in Podcast + Buy Button

I also streamlined the podcast and instead of using a companion blog for episode notes – I took the time to place all the show notes within the podcast episodes pages on Soundcloud instead (which also should feed your podcatcher).

In the cases where I have released an episode on Bandcamp – there is corresponding buy button.soundcloud-krell

The Album with Tracks from Season 01

In a related note – Season 01 of the the Sonic Encounters Podcast was released on Bandcamp as Sonic Encounters Volume 01 album. So if you’d like to support my art plus enjoy higher resolution audio of these records plus get 2 bonus tracks visit https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-01.

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Thanks for listening,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Aritst
Boulder, CO
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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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MarkMosherMusic Web Site Redesign – Come Listen to some Full-Length Song Previews and Watch Some Videos

I’ve been heads-down in the studio working on new music and doing pre-production work for a new multimedia concert show for 2018 which will feature cinematic science fiction themes and updated visual. I also took some time to redesigned MarkMosherMusic.com to support more rich media to help better illustrate where I’m heading in 2018.

The home page now features:

  1. Groovy new animated masthead banner for computer and tablet browsers
  2. Quick link icons to all my stores and social sites
  3. A dedicated slide-out “Follow” menu for subscribing to artist news via email and links to my social sites
  4. Upcoming show links
  5. A few spotlight videos from my new Video section
  6. Testimonials from past events
  7. An embedded player with a featured playlist with a selection of full-length tracks from various albums of Science Fiction Theme albums , and Soundscapes albums.

The media on the site is setup more like a catalog so you now more easily browse, listen, and watch.

Enjoy and tell your friends,

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

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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 Single and Video: “Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8”

Story:

I discovered a space-time distortion while visiting Chicago. The location of the anomaly is at track 8 at Union Station.

Get The Single Watch the Video

I published this new song as a single on Bandcamp.

I also made a live studio recording of the session then edited this into a super trippy video which you can watch on YouTube.

Artist Notes:

This audio and video was captured in one real-time pass to a Zoom Q4N Digital Recorder. The primary source video for 90% of the visuals is from the overhead view of the live studio session. The only other footage is a video field recording from Chicago’s Union Station also recorded on the Zoom Q4N. The audio was not edited when I added video effects in post.

The audio field recording was extracted the Zoom Q4N video shot at Union Station. It’s mangled pretty heavily in this piece put if you listen closely, you can hear an automated voice informing you that you are at track 8 and 10. Interestingly, the speakers at the station are not directional and the audio is at different loop lengths – so just wandering about between these gates is a trippy polyrhythmic treat.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities:

The piece is a combination of live sequencing and live performance. The Octatrack is used to host drum samples and recording. It is also used to MIDI sequence 3 synth slots on the Nord Lead 4 including MIDI automation. I perform live using all 4 slots on the Nord plus manipulate the Octatrack in real-time. Lots of real-time sound design and morphing. All the groovy synth sounds are exclusive to Nord Lead 4 all being created in real-time (meaning no synth audio was pre-recorded).

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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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Concert Announcement + Show Notes: April 30th Noon-3pm, Synthesizer Sunday Event – A Union of Architecture and Sound Hosted by Doors Open Denver

Synthesizer Sunday, a Union of Architecture and Sound

The city of Denver has invited me and four other local electronic music artists to perform Sunday April 30th. This is part of the larger Door Open Denver Event.

Like architecture, which starts from basic elements – glass, sand, and stone to create a building – synthesizers start from basic sine waves modulated to produce sound into music. Join us for this open-air concert at one of Denver’s most prominent cultural facilities where five musicians taking turns playing synthesizers will dedicate their performances to the distinctive glass roof of the Galleria.

Particulars

When: Sunday April 39th 12 PM – 3 PM
Admission: Free
Facebook Event: https://www.facebook.com/events/1866714256917847/
Where: Denver Performing Arts Complex, Speer Boulevard and Arapahoe St, Denver, Colorado 80204.  We will be under the glass arch of the Galleria in front of the Buell Theater.

Performers

  1. Dane Terry 12:00 noon –  12.25
  2. Victoria Lundy  12:30 – 12:55
  3. Mark Mosher 1:00 – 1:25
  4. Chris Frain 1:30 – 1:55
  5. Kuxaan Sum 2:00 – 2: 25

Video from Preview Event

Last week, Kuxaan Sum and I paid an early morning visit to the Galleria with our rigs for a preview performance for CBS 4 News. Afterworld, we had an opportunity to play short improvised set with an almost empty Galleria. The natural reverb was AMAZING. Check out this video.

Show Notes for My Set

For my set, I’ll be doing structure improvisation using real-time synthesis using my favorite two hardware instruments – the Nord Lead 4 Synthesizers and the Elektron Octatrack Dynamic Performance Sampler

 

Elektron Octatrack Performance Sampler

The Elektron Octatrack Dynamic Performance Sampler is an incredibly deep instrument from Sweden that allows me to do real-time sound design with effects and morph between different instrument “states”. Prior to the performance, I’ve prepared a series of samples derived or inspired by the Galleria architecture, materials, and space.

Source 1 – Converting Images of the Galleria into Complex Audio Waveforms

I converted images of the Galleria into audio waveforms by resynthesizing the pictures using an additive synthesizer. Each pixel in the photo is converted into image planes with audio gain and pitch.

I then manipulated a play head which travels across these panes. As this happens, this additive synthesizer uses 520 oscillators produce partials of frequency, amplitude and waveform phase in real time. I programmed a series of sounds using this technique and recorded 2-29 second audio samples which I then transfer into the Octatrack for use in live performance on Sunday.

As you can see form the above spectral analysis, this process creates amazingly complex harmonic content.

Here is a video I made of the process.

Source 2 – Ambient recordings of the sound of the Galleria

My second set of sources for the Octatrack are recordings of the ambience of the this massive space as theater goers start arriving for a shows one evening.

Source 3 – Field Recordings of the Materials

Lastly, I spent some time to record a session where I played the Galleria itself. I used a drum stick, felt mallet, and drum brushes to gently play metal beams, door handles, and other parts of the Galleria bones. I’ve built a custom drum kit for the Octatrack using these elements.

Nord Lead 4 Performance Synthesizer

Part of the show concept is “like architecture, which starts from basic elements – glass, sand, and stone to create a building – synthesizers start from basic sine waves modulated to produce sound into music.” To this end I’m using custom presets on the wonderful Nord Lead 4 Performance Synthesizer (also made in Sweden) inspired by the Galleria.  I’ll be improvising and morphing these original sounds live.

I Hope To See You At the Show

As you can see this is going to be a truly amazing community event. I’m optimistic that this is the first of many such events where the city partners with local experimental music artists. If you live in the Denver or along the Front Range, I hope will be consider coming to the show to enjoy the music and sound in this wonderful space and support the concept.

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Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup Awarded “Best Music Meetup”

I’m honored to be recognized by Denver’s Westword Magazine’s Best of 2017. When I founded the meetup in 2012, I could never imagine that the meetup would grow 560+ members! Another fun fact is at the time of this writing we’ve held 55 meetups.

[update 10/21/2018] Meetup has over 720 members and we’ve held 67 events.

Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup Awarded “Best Music Meetup”

http://www.westword.com/best-of/2017/arts-and-entertainment/best-music-meetup-8919194

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If you are local and haven’t joined (or will be visiting), check out more on the meetup here http://meetup.com/rocky-mountain-synth.

If you want to know more about the history workings of the meetup, listen to my interview with Darwin Grosse on Podcast 139: Mark Mosher on the Rocky Mountain Synth Meetup.

And as always, I huge thanks to the members and all those who have presented and performed at the meetup.

Texture Ambient Showcase Wins “Best Ambient Music Showcase”

http://www.westword.com/best-of/2017/arts-and-entertainment/best-ambient-music-showcase-8918365

Congrats to my friend and collaborator (Denver Synth_Drone Collective) Wesley Davis (aka bios+a+ic) who won Best Ambient Music showcase for all his great work on the Textures Ambient Showcase. I’ve had the honor to have been invited to play this showcase on three occasions (see related blog posts) and Westword was kind of enough to mention me and some of other synth friends and collaborators in the article as well.

More To Come…

I feel so fortunate to live in such a vibrant art community. More meetups and more shows to come!

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On Saturday March 18th, 7:30pm – I’ll Be Performing as a Special Guest with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra


Saturday, Mar 18
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, Roser ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder

Boldly going where no laptop orchestra has gone before, BLOrk integrates technology with performers in an ensemble setting, providing live interaction between the two. Techie performers equipped with laptops, tablets, smartphones and a variety of control devices, play alongside live vocalists as well as alongside musicians playing acoustic instruments. The ensemble, which is housed at CU Boulder’s Center for Music, Art, and Performance, performs original music as well as seminal works in the history of electronic music.

BLOrk will be joined by special guest Mark Mosher, a sound designer, experimental multimedia artist, and music technologist from Louisville, CO. While performing locally and at events across the country, Mosher has been demystifying synths & inspiring people’s “inner sound designer” for over 10 years though his blog.

Mosher will be providing live interactive visuals for BLOrk using real-time synthesis with live camera input as well as performing a solo musical piece of original Krell-inspired electronic tonalities.

Founded in 2008, BLOrk uses hemispherical speakers which project the sound in a way similar to that of an acoustic instrument, creating a unique sonic experience. The ensemble builds on the research of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) and the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).

Directed by:
John Gunther, associate professor of jazz studies at CU Boulder
John Drumheller, director of music technology at CU Boulder
More info on Mark Mosher at http://MarkMosherMusic.com.

Performance is free and open to the public.

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I’ll be Performing 2 Halloween Shows this Weekend with Thereminist Victoria Lundy + Teaser Video

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I’m excited to announce I’ll be performing two halloween concerts with Thereminist Victoria Lundy. I’ll be doing real-time sound and visual synthesis.

Teaser Video

What’s a theremin? What is real-time sound and visual synthesis? Here is a teaser video from a set Victoria and I performed earlier this month.

Friday Oct 28th, 3-5pm: Denver Central Library Trick or Treat Street –

We’ll be performing as part of the Denver Central Library Trick or Treat Street. We’ll have a real-time camera on the passerbys to add spooky effects to their image.

More info here – https://kids.denverlibrary.org/blog/halloween-trick-or-treat-street-central-library.

Here is a map. You can park on the street at 2 hour meters, or at the Civic Center parking facility located south of the DPL and just east of the Denver Art Museum.

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Sunday Oct 30th, 7-10pm: Textures Ambient Showcase, Mutiny Information Cafe, Denver

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On the 30th we’ll be performing at Textures Ambient Showcase along with Winter Twig.

Here is a map. Parking on the streets.

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Modulate This! Turns 11

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Modulate This! turns 11 today – WOOT!

In celebration of a decade of blogging and to position the site for the future, I’ve changed the look and moved to new platform and host. If you want to follow along in email opt-in using the form below and/or use this RSS feed.

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Divergence

Modulate This! has always had a synth tech and technique slant with industry trends sprinkled in. The earlier articles reflected the emergence of laptops for live performance, the divergence of buying a shit ton of VSTs and gear, and the rise of “controllerism”.

Note – When trying to decide what photo create for this post I started thinking back about all the gear I’ve used over the past decade. Then it struck me that the only two instruments that survive in my rig that I had when I started of the blog in 2005 are Ableton Live (which I started using in 2003) and Absynth (which I started using in 2002 and it is still my go to virtual synth). Something old, something new… Push 2.

Along the way I made quite a few “how-to” video tutorials on my companion YouTube channel (which has just over a million views) and also documented a lot of my research on my public Mindmeister mindmap channel (featuring the “Elektron Octatrack Video Tutorial Index” with over 30K views; and the “What’s New in Ableton Live 9” and “U-HE DIVA Synthesizer: OSC & Filter Anatomy” maps each with over 15K Views).

Convergence

In the last few years, the blog has reflected my convergence down to a smaller set of instruments with a focus on mastery. This often resulted in longer deeper reads.

What’s Next for Modulate This!

A renewed focus on Synth Tech & Technique and Demystifying Synths and Inspiring Your Inner Sound Designer

This means a continued focus on articles and videos on synth tech & technique. So more articles to help you on your sound design journey whether you are and up and coming sound designer, a seasoned expert, or an artist who wants to boost your sound design chops to help you create more unique sound and music.

Covering the Denver / Boulder Scene

I’m also fortunate to be on the ground in the Denver & Boulder area where the electronic and experimental music scene has experienced incredible growth – so watch for posts on this. In a related note, the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup which I founded 4 years ago just crossed 530+ members! If you are ever in the Denver area 2nd Wednesdays on even numbered months – come on by.

Drawing Inspiration from Lateral Art & Artists

Speaking of Denver & Boulder, there are some amazing museums here. Consuming these lateral forms of art and learning about artist process has informed and transformed me – so I’d like to share some ideas on this as well in the future.

Nature, Travel, & Being in the Field

In the last few years I’ve stepped up my field audio/video recording work both in natural settings and when I’ve had the good fortune to travel. I’ll pass on some thoughts on gear and process.

Sharing Inspiring Work from Sci Fi and Horror

So many Sci Fi and Horror films depend on electronic and experimental music for sound effects and score. I’m a geek about this and want to talk about this more.

Sharing Inspiring Work from My Synth Friends

One of the best parts about publishing Modulate This! is it has allowed me to meet amazing artists all around the world – many of whom I’ve gotten to meet face-to-face – many of whom have become good friends. I draw so much inspiration from my synth friends and will continue to spread the word about releases and shows.

Thanks for Reading!!!

I’ll close by saying thanks to all of you for reading and supporting Modulate This!

Your synth geek friend,

Mark Mosher
ModulateThis.com

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I’m Performing Sunday Dec 27th, 7pm at Mutiny Information Café in Denver

I’ve been invited to perform as part of a synth drone collective this Sunday with some fantastic artists. Consider coming down for a post-holiday chill out. If you think you might come mark yourself as “going” on Facebook – Facebook invite. More info on the show below.

Textures Ambient Showcase 2015-12-27

show rules

The show will be a free improv session with the following rules:

  1. one synthesizer per player
  2. all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs)
  3. play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects processing
  4. music from 7-9:30 or so.. continuous with all players as inspired
  5. players can break or not as desired

Details

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Synth_Drone collectivetextures ambient showcase features 3 live acts each LAST Sunday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver. Shows are ALL-AGES, beverages are available, and we requests a $5 donation for the artists.Synth_Drone collective
The debut performance will be over 2.5 hours of continuous synth drones from a select group of Denver’s synth wizards each with one synthesizer.kuxaan-sum, Mark Mosher, Sean Patrick Faling
Wesley Honegger, Wes Milholen, biostatic
and possible others….

My Rig

I’ll be performing on Electron Octatrack.

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This instrument is not normally known for drone and ambient work, but I find it’s well suited for this type of free improv. Just to give you an example of what can be done with an Octatrack, check out the is a short ambient video below using mostly Octatrack with Nave iPad synth and Tenori-on as sources. Here are podcast episodes where I used the Octatrack.

https://vimeo.com/80239103