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New Short Film + Vimeo Channels

New Short Film

To start the new year off with a bang I’ve released a brand new film “Headlights” – An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score.

https://vimeo.com/115717304

Headlights – An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

 

Making Of

If you would like to geek out and see a “making of” the soundtrack film watch this.

https://vimeo.com/115757209

The Making of Headlights Soundtrack from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

Announcing My New Vimeo Channels

To bring you the best viewing experience for my videos, I’ve created a new set of channels on Vimeo. As of this newsletter there are 25+ videos online with more to come.
All the videos are HD so if you want to hear all those lovely sonic colors I work so hard to create consider watching my videos from your home theater system using Roku, Xbox,your smart TV, chrome play and more. Vimeo also has the groovy couch mode.
If you want to keep up with these channels, use the “Follow me” button on pages on Vimeo.

Supporting The Art & Work

If you would like to show appreciation for my art and/or find my articles save you time and inspire you consider supporting my efforts through:

Cheers from your synth friend,
Mark Mosher

Boulder, CO

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Modulate This! Synth Blog Turns 9

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Wow – the last year has ben my busiest music year ever! I released more music and played more shows than ever before over (photos) with my solo work (http://www.MarkMosherMusic.com), I formed a new duo http://www.AIWinter.net and released an EP., I continued to host the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup which just passed the two year mark with over 190 members. I produced a few shows in Boulder, one of which one a “Best Of” award by Westword Magazine.

As a result posts on Modulate This! came in bursts – but posts did come  ^)

Looking Back

Here are some highlights and representative posts from the last year.

I some really cool interviews this year, like Interview with Gary Numan,

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and, Interview with Composer Reinhold Heil on His Work on The Helix TV Series on SyFy

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I continued to share research in mindmap form like my Post on What’s New in  Live 9 (mindmap viewed over 13,000 times).

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I’ve gone deep with instruments like Absynth and shared some tips on sound design -  NI Absynth Tip: How to Set Channel Volume, Overall Preset Volume and Enable Automatic Channel Level Adjustment.image

Last year I fell in love with the Octatrack and did posts some posts passing along tips on it and electronic music rigs in general, like How to Run Your Elektron Octatrack (and Other Elektron Gear or Gear that Runs on DC) on Battery Power with the Tekkeon myPower ALL Plus MP3450i

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I’ve come to know some really cool people in my synth journey, so there were posts like this one trying to spread the word about their projects – Art + Music + Technology By Darwin Grosse – A Must Listen Podcast for Electronic Musicians

 

I also had the good fortune to fly out and perform and do installations at festivals so I did a few show reports.

Video and Photos from My 9 Box AudioCube Mountain Oasis 2013 Adventure with the Bob Moog Foundation.

Electro-Music event coverage.

Looking Forward

Here are some links you might find helpful going into year 9.

Thanks!

Thanks for reading, watching, and listening. Here is to another year!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
https://markmosher.bandcamp.com <<< Support the effort with a music buy :^)
http://www.aiwinter.net
http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup/

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Honored with Best of Denver 2014 by Westword Magazine for Experimental Music Concert Concept

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A show concept I organized (and participated in as a performer in the first show in Aug 2013), was recognized by Denver’s paper The Westword as a ‘’”Best of Denver 2014”!

Best Experimental Mix Denver 2014 – Watt? Amplified and Supercharged Music Expression

Mark Mosher organized the Boulder Synthesizer Meet-Up to connect with others interested in using technology in music. He found kindred spirits in internationally touring trombone player Darren Kramer and Victoria Lundy of the Inactivists and the now-defunct Carbon Dioxide Orchestra. The trio played through Mosher’s audio rig, with Kramer processing his trombone through analog and digital devices and Lundy joining him on her theremin. Playing separate sets with a collaborative performance at the end, Kramer, Lundy and Mosher presented a tour de force on the current state of electronic music and its future.

See article here.

The first show was a great team effort which included Victoria Lundy, Darren Kramer,Gannon Kashiwa. Thomas Lundy, and the Dairy Center For the Arts. Here is a behind-the-scenes video of my sound check from that show.

Save the date for April 25th 2014 8pm, as Victoria Lundy, and I – along with Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) will bring the latest version of this show to Dairy Center Center. Pre-sale tickets are here. More details on that show in a future post.

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Modulate This! Synth Blog Turns 8

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Modulate This! just turned 8 years old – woot!

Looking Back

In looking back at last year’s posts here are some categories which were areas of focus and also were were popular with readers.

My companion YouTube channel http://www.youtube.com/newechoproductions was still popular and is closing in on 870,000 views. Even though I’ve moved away from doing tutorial videos for the most part, my older tutorial videos continue to be of interest. Most of the new content this year was made up of videos of sound design experiments and concert footage from my shows. Here some some highlights.

Looking Forward

Here are some links you might find helpful going into year 8.

Thanks for reading, watching, and listening. Here is to another year!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO

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As Modulate This! Turns 7 Years and 7 Months I’m Taking a Sabbatical

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After 7 years and 7 Months of posting on Modulate This! I’m going to take a sabbatical from technology blogging.

The timing is right. Over the last year I’ve spent time going even deeper with Ableton, Maschine,  Absynth, Zebra, ACE, ElextraX, Predator, Fab Filter Plugs, Blofeld and  Resolume. I’m also jumping into the Electron world with Analog Four. I’ve really transcended a lot of the “tech” (and have built up a nice palette of patches from INIT)  allowing me to  focus on music creation. Also, my 2013 show is in great shape.

So I’m really looking forward to a very creative late spring and summer working on new material, performing shows, and finding new ways to express ideas with keys, AudioCubes, pads, grids, antennas and interactive visuals.

Also, summer is just around the corner I plan to spend more time in the wonderful mountains around Boulder (I took this shot today during lunch while on a mountain bike ride on a bluff overlooking Boulder).

If you want to keep up with my artistic work stop by:

Have a great summer – and take some time to get out of the studio and enjoy the burning fireball in the sky :^) All old posts remain active so have fun reading posts created to date.

See you soon,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Performer
Boulder, CO

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Modulate This! Turns 7

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Hello my synth and sound design friends. We’ve been hanging out and talking synths for 7 years! That's pretty incredible when you stop to think about it! Here is to another great year!

Talk soon…

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO
http://www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Modulate This! Turns 6

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Modulate This! just turned 6!. Thanks to all you readers out there for your continued support. I also want to thank fellow artists and electronic music bloggers who have supported this blog through reblogs and RTs, and who have educated and inspired me through their wonderful work. Finally, I want to thank my wife for her endless support of my blogging shenanigans – especially on those days when an idea for a post turns into a 5 hour exercise.

It’s Been a Great Year With Many Highlights

  • I was able to travel to play some shows which allowed me to meet some readers face-to-face and as a result I got to highlight their work through interviews.
  • I released the free “Sounds from a Distant Outpost” Themed Live Pack which was downloaded over 2,000 times to date and has yielded some cool compositions by other readers.
  • I went deep for you Blofeld and UltraNova owners with some super geeky posts.
  • I launched a companion Mindmap Mindmeister channel for you visual thinkers with some popular maps like the Blofeld 411. The channel has had over 24K views.
  • Videos continue to be popular and my combined artist/Modulate This! YouTube channel is about to cross 570,000 views.
  • I released the open knowledge “9 Box Method for performance, improvisation, and spontaneous tribal jams with music, sound, and light” based on AudioCubes and Ableton Live. This has turned into a music/science student outreach program with an install in a Denver K-6, as well as a jumpstart for some of you Ableton AudioCubes users.
  • I launched Patchlab as a Modulate This! Microsite. My original idea with this was to do a stream of consciousness patch library for you with individual patches. Unfortunately my schedule became too busy; and while I’ve left the patch stream up, I’ve repurposed this to be the root site for my larger free sound libraries. I consider it a success nonetheless as I got feedback that the patches in the patch stream and sound vignettes on soundcloud inspired some to go deeper with their instruments.

To Celebrate the 6th Anniversary I’ve Done a Site Refresh

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  • Improved Search: Promoted the search box into the top nav bar. After 5 years of posting my categories were getting a bit out of control so now you can just search for items.
  • New Layout: Clean and less cluttered. Went from 3 columns down to 2 with a wider content column to make room for HD videos and bigger photos.
  • Social Footer: I simplified the social footer making it obvious how to share posts on Twitter, Facebook, and Google Plus.
  • Right Column:
    • Hot Categories: Rather than list every category I’ve crated a list of “hot” categories. These are topics that I’ve written a lot about or are getting a lot of traffic.
    • Social Badges: I’m quite active in social media which I find perfect for micro blogging. Rather than try and incorporate that content back into this blog I’ve offered social badges so we can friend up quickly. I’ve also linked to my artist sites and music.
    • Banners for Friends:  I’ve placed banners for other organizations I support – like the Bob Moog Foundation and Electro-Music Radio. I’ll be adding more banners in the months to come.
    • Recommended Sites: I’ve kept this in the right side to highlight great blogs, friends of Modulate This!, and super heroes in the world of experimental and electronic music and sound.

What’s Next?

You’ve probably noticed in the last year that I’ve started doing more classic blog-like “diary” posts focusing on the technical side of my personal journey through the world of electronic and experimental music and sound. In some ways, Modulate This! has become the technical companion to some of the activity on my artist blog.  I’m going to continue down this path as the feedback I’m getting is that this more personal viewpoint is helpful to fellow artists. I will continue to find ways to use Modulate This! as a platform to support artists and developers who are shaping the future – including indie artists and small companies. I’ll also continue with more behind-the-scenes posts on synthesis and sound design as a way to give back and inspire other artists.

Onward to Modulate This! 6

Here is to another year. Thanks for being part of Modulate This!

Mark Mosher
Electronic/Experimental Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

Synth Geek Blog: http://modulatethis.com/
Artist Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Your Modulate This Holiday Gift is Ready – “Sounds From a Distant Outpost” Ableton Live Pack Plus Samples

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 Update: I'm updating this soundset so it is currenlty offline.

I'm very excited to announce that your FREE holiday gift is now ready for download! It is an Ableton Live Pack called Sounds from a Distant Outpost.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world.  These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting "edge" to any sound or music project.

 

The  source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well  as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content.  The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings. I've also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don't have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.

This project is also a social experiment. Rather than just provide a Live Pack, I've created a dedicated social microsite so you can share your notes and work with the library. I’ve also offered a SoundCloud drop box so you can share your original sound or music compositions.

I've had a great time creating – to coin a phrase – this  "story-based sound design with social remix" experiment.

I hope you enjoy your gift. I'm looking forward to your notes and creations.

As always, thanks your support. Have a happy, safe holiday filled with electronic music!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist

www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com

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Holiday Gift from ModulateThis! FREE Presets for Harmless Synthesizer

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Rather than send a greeting card to you all with a yearly letter ;^) – I spent some time yesterday and today making some presets for you with the fabulous new Harmless virtual synth. FYI - I updated my previous post on Image-Line's Harmless to include a mini-review.

As I mentioned in my previous post, you can get Harmless "name your price" ($9 minimum) until 12/31 or you could also just grab the free trial to experiment with these presets.

Visit the Download page for a link to the presets.

Also, check out this video tour I created where I walk throught the presets. My personal favorite is "The Krell" at 3:48.

Happy holidays!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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Modulate This! Pages – Pages Dedicated to Topics

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I've started creating dedicated Blog “Pages” – These are dedicated index pages for topics. They don’t appear in the normal blog post flow and have short URL’s you can bookmark.  The first dedicate page is for u-he’s ACE http://www.modulatethis.com/ace.html. Swing on by and join the conversation. Note you can subscribe to comments on these pages.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder

http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher
Download/Buy my album REBOOT on Bandcamp
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Mark Mosher Electronica Album REBOOT – Production Notes and Insights Into DIY Distribution with Bandcamp

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REBOOT Announcement
I’m happy to announce the release of my new album electronica REBOOT. I’ve been working on this project on and off for over 2 years. In this and future posts, I’ll share some behind-the-scenes information on the project and DIY music publishing that I hope will save you some time.

Get Reboot Now
I decided to currently offer REBOOT using a “pay what you will” model. Although the suggested pricing is $6 for the 7 song album + digital booklet and $1 for singles, you can name your own price including specifying $0 for free downloads.  You can download/buy from my Bandcamp page – http://markmosher.bandcamp.com.

About Reboot
First let me say that I think you fellow electronic music artists are going to enjoy the album. It’s loaded with complex layers and lots of synth “ear candy”. The album was composed, performed, produced, and mastered using Ableton Live and a Windows Laptop. With the exception of vocals, ALL instruments are virtual – in other words the album is 99.9% digital. Most songs are made up of around 30 tracks.

Production Notes

Virtual Instruments: Ableton Sampler, Operator, Simpler, Impulse; Lennar Digital Sylenth1; reFX Vanguard, Slayer 2; Tone2 Gladiator 2; Camel Audio Alchemy; Native Instrument Absynth 4, Massive; Cakewalk Dimension Pro, Image-Line Morphine, Toxic Biohazard III; Future Audio Workshop Circle; SonicCharge Synplant, FXPansion DCAM Synth Squad. I think I go them all ;^).
Controllers: Novaton Remote SL, Korg nanoKey/Kontrol, M-Audio Trigger Finger, Akai APC40, QWERTY Keyboard, Wacom Bamboo Tablet
Digital Effects: All effects were produced using Ableton Live’s built-in effects or with effects within virtual instruments with the exception of Image-Line Gross Beat and Multiband Compressor
Finalizing & Tagging: Sony SoundForge 9, Mp3tag

Phased Plan for Digital Distribution
I decided to distribute digital only for now and do a phased release and slowly build up distribution channels. This will allow me to stay focused on music and not get completely bogged down in managing distribution. In addition to launching a landing page on a publishing site I wanted to integrate links into www.markmoshermusic.com/music.htm so I could build equity on my own site and centralize distribution.

Bandcamp Publishing Solution
After much experimentation with various social media music distribution sites, I settled on Bandcamp for phase 1. I really like Bandcamp. It focuses more on distribution than trying to compete with social media sites. Instead it offers many sharing options that allow visitors to spread the word. It simply makes publishing a breeze. It’s very simple and clean. Integrating with PayPal is a snap. It also has some nice widgets that allowed me to use Bandamp for heavy lifting on the music page on my site.

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Pay What You Will
Bandcamp also supports the top high-rez audio formats and offers a flexible system that allows for many options for payment. Pay what you will, minimum payments, free but force an email address and more.

More on Self-Publishing…
If you’ve never self-published, there are a tone of little details behind the scenes – tagging, ISRC codes… I’ll post more on this in the future.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Composer, Sound Designer
Louisville/Denver/Boulder
http://www.modulatethis.com
http://www.markmoshermusic.com
http://www.twitter.com/markmosher

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One of my songs is climbing the soundclick charts

My second single "Midnight" from my album REBOOT is climbing the Electronica charts over at Soundclick. If you’d like to help me out click this link to listen to the song.

Thanks for your support,

Mark Mosher

========= Update – Oct 23th. =========

On Oct. 20th, the song made it to #1 on both the primary Electronica chart which incorporates all sub-genres (Industrial, IDM, Techno…), as well as the sub-genre Elecronica:Electronica.

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As of today, the song is # 9 on the primary chart and still #1 on the sub-genre chart. Thanks again for continued support as it’s keeping the song in the top of the charts :^). 

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Modulate This turns 2!

Birthday_02_3Modulate This turns 2 this month!  Every month since I launched, the number of page views has gone up as has the number of subscribers.  A big thanks to all you for reading, donating, subscribing, and using my sponsor links.

If you have any suggestions on articles, tutorials, or videos you’d like to see feel free to drop me and email.

Here’s is to another year. 

Mark Mosher

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Announcement: Modulate This! Producing Free Video Tutorials on Digital Music Production

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I’m releasing video tutorials on digital music production via YouTube and this blog.  You’ll be able watch the videos from my YouTube channel, www.youtube.com/newechoproductions or by reading posts on this blog. Videos appear under the category Video Tutorials.

To start with, I’m re-editing three existing tutorials I have on FL Studio and reformatting them to fit within screen YouTube dimensions.

  • Using the Vocoder in Fl Studio (Advanced)
  • Creating A Pattern with the Step Sequencer (Beginner)
  • Creating A Pattern with the Keyboard Editor (Beginner)

I’ll be adding new videos from time to time on using Ableton Live and other tools so subscribe to this blog to get notified when new videos become available.