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Sonic Encounters Update: New Look + New Episodes

The Sonic Encounters Podcast Has a New Look

I’m super excited to announce a new cover and logo for my Sonic Encounters Podcast. Once again I collaborated with friend, music collaborator, Thereminist, and co-founder of Cuttlefish ArtsVictoria Lundy to refresh the cover and align the look with my other projects.

I highly recommend Cuttlefish Arts if you never need any brand or graphic work for covers, web sites and more

Catching Up on New Episodes

I’ve released 3 new songs over the last month or so:

I’ve also embedded the SoundCloud playlist below.

How to Subscribe

More Info

I refreshed the landing page for Sonic Encounters here https://SonicEncounters.com/Podcast.

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Artist News Music Video Performance Videos Videos

Behind-The-Scenes Notes for My 2010-2015 Dark Sci-Fi Techno Show + 2013 Cover of Daft Punk”Derezzed” (Mile High Edit)

What follows is a rather detailed journal of my 2010-2015 Dark Sci-Fi Techno Show.

What Motivated Me to Write this Post…

While I was working on a playlist for the upcoming Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup 7th Birthday Party at Tilt Arcade I thought about Tron which made me think about a cover I’d done back in 2013 of the song “Derezzed” by Daft Punk.

My cover of “Derezzed” (Mile High Edit) was really an illustration of the show concept I designed and performed from 2010-2015. While that show was performed with all original music I also thought it would be fun to do a cover with the same show design – because – well I love Daft Punk. So let’s start with that…

Video “Derezzed” Cover (Mile High Edit)

I re-sequenced the song from scratch (no samples for the original were used). I performed the music and visuals live in a single take with no edits.

My rig at the time was Ableton Live, Percussa AudioCubes, Moog Etherwave Theremin Plus, and Tenori-On sending MIDI notes to an Ableton Rack with VSTs. I used the Machine to control the arrangement in Ableton on-the-fly and to live sequencing the parts I wasn’t playing live as well trigger clips in Live to automate changes in Resolume. The AudioCubes were used to trigger and control effects through gestures, as well as add 4 more dimensions of gestural control for effects for the Theremin. I used the Tenori-on to improvise a lead :^) More on all this below…

Background & Show Design

I created the show concept in support of my original alien invasion sci-fi theme concept albums Reboot, I Hear Your Signals, and – at the time – the forthcoming Fear Cannot Save Us.

Note: These albums are available on Spotify, Apple Music and most other outlets. The albums are free “name your price” on Bandcamp.

My design goal was to have the audience more easily relate to what I was doing with a complex and abstract rig by incorporating controllers that offered real-time visual feedback. This would allow them to correlate what I was doing with what they were hearing from the speakers. As the show evolved I amplified this further with projected visuals with real-time FX using only live camera input.

Visually the show design was a inspired in part by Tron, and John Carpenter’s “They Live”. I also used additional lighting to create shadows inspired by German expressionism films like “The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari“.

Here is an example of a live performance. More videos from shows at the bottom of the post.

Mark Mosher Performing “New Heart Beating” Live at Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival

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Here is a rundown of how it all worked.

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The Return of Nine Inch Nails in 2013

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Just saw a post on statement from Trent Reznor over on pitchfork. Looks pretty real since the NIN web site had this banner on it.

NOTE FROM TRENT:

Nine Inch Nails are touring this year.

I was working with Adrian Belew on some musical ideas, which led to some discussion on performing, which led to some beard-scratching, which (many steps later) led to the decision to re-think the idea of what Nine Inch Nails could be, and the idea of playing a show. Calls were made to some friends, lots of new ideas were discussed, and a show was booked – which led to another, which somehow led to a lot of shows.

The band is reinventing itself from scratch and will be comprised of Eric Avery, Adrian Belew, Alessandro Cortini, Josh Eustis, Ilan Rubin, and me. The first shows will begin this summer, followed by a full-on arena tour of the US this fall, and lots of other dates worldwide to follow through 2014.

Lots of details and dates to come. See you soon.

TR

I missed the last tour through Denver so I’m looking forward to seeing how things shape up.

Mark Mosher
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
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Music Monday: Take to the Trees Arbor Day Music Collaboration

Artist Jack Hertz has pulled together a fantastic collaboration album Take to the Trees for charity. Donate and download here http://sound4good.bandcamp.com/.

In celebration of Arbor Day on April 27th 2012. Sound for Good is giving you a lot of great music for your donation of just $1 USD (or more) to help plant more trees. Download a large collection of wonderful music from various artists with 100% of your donation going to the National Arbor Day foundation to plant trees. Read more about the foundation at www.arborday.org

Sound for Good is a project that was created by Jack Hertz to discover how we can publish and promote great music as means to support good causes. This is an independent project that is not for profit or monetary gain in any way. The artists time and 100% of your donation will are given to support good a cause. Help make this a success so we can all learn how to use art and commerce for good.

credits released 27 April 2012
The amazing cover photo was taken by John Koch-Northrup. View the full hi-res image at the following url:www.flickr.com/photos/johei/4420730269/sizes/o/in/set-72157625072500449/

There is a huge amount of music from great artists on this album including Ian Boddy, Burning Artist, Chromasonic, Crystal Dreams, Todd Fletcher, Groupthink, Jack Hertz, HG Fortune and Inner Dreamer,inside/ outside, Oskar Menzel, Joe McMahon, Mesawzee Eagle, Mirada, Shane Morris, Mystified, redgreenblue, John Sherwood, and Symatic Star.

I’m honored to have contributed the track “And What Do The Trees Hear When the Wind Blows?”.

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My song is an ambient sonic journey starting with natural sounds which morph into the hidden inner world of trees and back again. The piece starts off with a120 degree stereo field recording of wind blowing through aspen trees and surrounding trees in Louisville, Colorado just outside of Boulder. All harmonic content from my song is derived from the field recording. I’ll do a behind-the-scenes post on this in the future if you’d find it of interest.

Donate and download here http://sound4good.bandcamp.com/.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

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Great Interview with Gary Numan on NPR World Cafe

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I just finished listening to this awesome interview with Gary Numan on NPR. Lots of back-story and industry insight. You also get to hear his refreshingly optimistic views on being an artist in the internet age. They also discuss Gary’s new album Dead Son Rising which I did a Music Monday post on in September.

Visit the NPR page to listen to the interview.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
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Videos from The Chemical Brothers Live Show 2011

I was surfing around and found some of these videos shot by fans at shows for the current Chemical Brothers tour. The lighting and visual effects are pretty fantastic.

This first three clips are via thorstendiel. First is “Galvanize” in Esch-sur-Alzette (Luxemburg) 13.01.11. It doesn’t get going till around 2:20.

Next is “Do it Again”.

Next “Hey Boy Hey Girl”.

Here is another video of “Hey Boy Hey Girl” from Mexico this time shot from higher up and from the right by salinasayala. This angle gives you a real sense of the depth used for the visual effects.

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Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

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(Modulate This) Artist News Synth: Moog Slim Phatty Synth: Teenage Engineering OP-1

Teenage Engineering OP-1 & Moog Little Phatty Sightings in NPR “Yacht: Tiny Desk Concert” Video


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I actually had not heard about the Tiny Desk Concert series on NPR before I saw a post about it on the Moog Music Facebook page. It's a pretty cool idea. In this video – a fun performance by Yacht and some synth action on withThe Moog Little Phatty is clearly visible. Watch closely for the OP-1.

Here is a more electro version of “Utopia / Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire)”. Yes, more synths, and some DEVOesqe looking uniforms – sweet!

YACHT Utopia / Dystopia (The Earth Is On Fire) from DFA Records on Vimeo.

 

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Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

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“Move Like This” – A New Album by The Cars Drops

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This year, the founding members of The Cars reunited. Their new album from Move Like This just dropped. Links to the album are here http://thecars.org/movelikethis.html.

The band is now out on tour to support the album – http://thecars.org/concerts.html.

After a quick preview of some of the tracks I’m happy to report that Greg Hawkes has laid down his usual tasty synth magic.

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Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer
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(Modulate This) Artist News New Electronic Music

New Music Monday: “History of Modern” by Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark

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This album released in September but I missed it so I thought I’d do a post on it in case you missed it as well.

History of Modern is Orchestral Maneuvers in the Dark’s (OMD) 11th studio album and their first studio album in 15 years. It features the original “classic 4 piece lineup” of founding members Andy McCluskey, Paul Humphreys along with Malcolm Holmes and Martin Cooper.

I’ve been listening to OMD since the beginning and was a huge fan of their early albums such as Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (1980), Organisation (1980), and Architecture & Morality (1981). When I was a baby synthesist I cut my teeth sequencing covers of a few OMD songs (along with other seminal synth bands like Gary Numan, DEVO, and Kraftwerk) – so I was quite excited to learn of this new release.

IMHO this is some of their best work. It’s definitely not simply a nostalgia retread. The album has solid songwriting, interesting production with a nod to their iconic sound, and some new surprises like the more dance floor oriented track “Pulse”. It’s definitely worth a listen.

They’ve produced a few videos to support the album as well.  Here is  a video of “If You Want

By the way, OMD is currently touring North America. I’ll include a tour link below. Here are some videos I dug up on YouTube of recent live performances.

View embedded video of “Sister Marie Says”

View embedded video of “History of Modern Pt 1”.

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Thomas Dolby Releases New EP ‘Oceana’

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Thomas Dolby is releasing his new album in EP segments to members of his fan club the Flat Earth Society. Membership is free and you can join up here.

He’s said on his blog that each segment will have different styles. The first EP was Amerkana which released in June and had a bluegrass vibe. In a recent newsletter Thomas discussed the styles of the first two segments:

I was flattered that so many people embraced it (Amerikana) without being too judgmental about the style I adopted. No 'oh god now Thomas has turned into a country singer–next he'll be doing Grand Ol' Opry wearing sheepskin chaps!' You knew it was just another musical idiom I adopted to help tell my stories, and I thank you for staying so open-minded. 'Oceanea' is a wild journey to a different time and place altogether.

I got an email from the fan club list today that Oceana is now available to members – Click here to visit the online store.

I just downloaded, and haven’t had time to listen yet. I can say the three tracks on the EP are:

  1. Oceana
  2. Simone
  3. To the Lifeboats

You also get liner notes in PDF format which are quite nice.

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Show Report: Howard Jones & Duncan Sheik at the Boulton Centre for the Performing Arts, NY 10/22/2010

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Last Friday I attended Howard Jones concert at the Boulton Center or the Performing Arts in New York. Here are a notes from the show.

Duncan Sheik
imageDuncan Sheik was the opening act. He sang and played his own accompaniment on acoustic guitar with some stories in between. Note – Duncan collaborated on Howard’s song, Someone You Need, and performed joined Howard's 25th Anniversary concert at the indigO2. Of course I enjoyed the hit “Barley Breathing”, my favorite song was “The Tale of Solomon Snell” off of his latest album Whisper House. It was  was quite fitting for the Halloween season. Sheik’s acoustic set offered an excellent contrast and complimented Howard’s show well.

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Howard performed in an Electric 3 piece band configuration with Robbie Bronnimann playing keys, doing live arrangements and sequence playback, and live mixing with Ableton Live; and Jonathan Atkinson on electronic drums.

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The set list was an excellent mix of classic Howard Jones songs with newer songs from recent albums Revolution of the Heart and Ordinary Heroes mixed in.

One thing I really liked about this show was that although a lot of the songs were from Howard’s classic catalog, the show was not a “nostalgia act”. The arrangements were fresh and the performances were tight and had a vitality to them you could really feel.

Having Robbie doing the heavy lifting with Ableton Live and live mixing imagefreed up Howard up to focus on singing, playing and interacting with the crowd. It’s clear Howard is a seasoned artist who continues to take performance seriously and really connects with the audience. Jonathan Atkinson’s drumming also brought a human groove and interesting visual element to the performance.

My favorite song of the night was “Equality”. It started off with Robbie doing a real-time jam with all sorts of beat slicing using Novation Launchpad.

Later in the show, Duncan Sheik came back on stage and he and Howard did a version of Tears for Fears “Shout”.image

Taking a Bow

Live Rig Notes
imageAfter the show I got to meet and talk with Robbie Bronnimann about the show. He’s using Ableton Live running on a Mac with a Novation Remote SL MK II which he uses to play keyboard parts. He also uses the Remote SL as a controller for Live devices. He is using two Novation Launchpads to control mix, launch clips and scenes, and to control devices.

The entire rig is mounted on a custom tube system which is strapped to a V-Stand and can be packed into a flight case. Speaking of this, he mentioned that this is the only rig the entire band transport. Howard’s Fantom G8 and Jonathan’s drum kit – I believe it was a a Roland TD-20s V-Pro™ Series – are provided locally. So they show up and load their sounds prior to the show. Now that’ s a small carbon footprint.

Howard played all his parts from the Fantom G8. Patches either sounded either spot on from album versions, or where updated and freshened up but still worked very well.

Meet and Greet
Both Howard Jones and Duncan Sheik took time out after the show to do a meet and great for all attendees at the lounge at the back of the theatre which was really cool for the fans. After talking with Robbie, I did manage to get up there and was last in line and briefly met both Howard and Duncan who graciously signed my 25th Anniversary concert at the indigO2 DVD :^).

Great Show!
What a great night. The music and performances were fantastic and the crowd was really into it and often sang along. While this was the last show of this short American tour, I recommend you visit http://howardjones.com/touring.html to stay informed about upcoming shows.

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03_MarkMosher-Soundcheck-electromusic2010Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
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(Modulate This) Artist News DEVO

DEVO Tour Postponed, Get Well Bob 1, Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale Will Still Attend Moogfest

Just saw on DEVO’s blog that DEVO has had to postpone the tour due to the fact that Bob Mothersbuagh is injured. From their site:

imageDEVO deeply regret that they have had to postpone all of their upcoming live dates for 2010 due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy. Most of DEVO's upcoming November tour dates, including Solana Beach's Belly Up, , Los Angeles' Club Nokia, and San Francisco's Warfield Theater, will be rescheduled for next spring and the public will be informed once new dates have been confirmed. Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale will still attend Moogfest on October 29th, in Asheville, NC. As previously announced, DEVO have been awarded the first-ever Moog Innovation Award by Moog Music.

You can mail get well cards for Bob1 to:
AMY HUDSON
SPECTACLE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Attn: Get Well Bob1!
1100 Glendon Ave., Ste. 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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

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Show Report: Two Days in Denver with Robert Henke (aka Monolake)

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Photo: DMNS Gates Planetarium

Robert Henke of Monolake and one of the creators of Ableton live came through Denver and performed his work “Intersection” on Monday and then delivered a lecture at Denver University on Tuesday. This invitation only event was hosted by The Digital Media Studies program at the University of Denver.

This was a real treat as this was one of only a small number Robert’s performances in the US. Here is a show report.

MONOLAKE “INTERSECTION” CONCERT MONDAY SEPTEMBER 27TH, GATES PLANETARIUM 
Intersection” is a work which incorporates “field recordings made in Hanoi in 2009, reconstructed through narrative, music and sounds”. The performance was presented in the context of the amazing full-dome digital theater of the Gates Planetarium

Before the show started the event host Trace Reddell, Ph.D. (Director, Digital Media Studies University of Denver) introduced Robert who talked a little bit about the piece and the show.

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Robert described the show as a real-time collaboration between himself and Gate’s Planetarium’s own VJ / Pilot / Scientist Ka Chun Yu Ph.D. on visuals (pictured below).

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They had only met a few hours before the show and the concert was almost completely improvised.

Music and Sound
On the sound side of things, Robert describes “Intersection” as follows:

Intersection is entirely created using field recordings taken in November 2009 in and around the city of Hanoi in Vietnam. The field recordings were transferred to a laptop and layered, filtered, slowed down and processed in many ways to form the composition. The idea of using recordings of day by day sounds as material for musical expression is not new. It has been pioneered shortly after the advent of tape recorders in the late 1940 by the French composer Pierre Schaeffer and others. They coined the term ‘musique concrete’ for these kind of works.

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(Modulate This) Artist News DEVO

DEVO To Receive MOOG INNOVATION AWARD at Moogfest 2010

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Moog Music will present DEVO with a very special synthesizer, details of which will be revealed in the coming weeks. Past recipients of the previously titled Moog Award include Keith Emerson, Herb Deutsch, Gershon Kingsley, Jan Hammer and Bernie Worrell.

Update: Here is a photo from Moog's flickr page showing Mark Mothersbaugh recieving the synth. The synth picture, the Moog Voyager XL is also now available for purchase.

Mark Mothersbaugh & the Minimoog Voyager XL

 Read more details on Moog’s site…

Duty now,

Mark Mosher
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com

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Percussa AudioCube Production and Performance Notes for “I Hear Your Signals”

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For my original music album “I Hear Your Signals” (download the album free) I use Percussa Audiocubes as performance controllers. In this post I’ll give you all the geeky details about how the controllers were applied in the project.

AUDIOCUBES AND MIDIBRIDGE
I used 4 AudioCubes plus Percussa’s free MIDIbridge app on Windows to configure and route AudioCube signals to Ableton Live. I use the same MIDIbridge patch for every song which allows for consistent and predictable data mapping from the cubes to Ableton Live.

In general, I play a lot of the notes on you hear on the album via keyboards, Theremin and Tenori-On live. I tend to use the cubes as controllers, for scene launching, and for real-time modulation of effects and synth parameters and only use them for triggering notes from time to time.

CUBE CONFIGURATION
The AudioCubes are configured with the in the following modes:

  • Cube 1 – Sensor (the red cube at 9:00 in the picture above): This cube sends MIDI CC information back to Live. I configure each side of  cube to give me visual feedback where each cube face is set to a different color. The closer my finger or hand is to the sensor, the brighter the light. Currently, Sensor cubes need to be wired via USB.
  • Cubes 2 & 3 Receivers (white cubes in above picture): Sends MIDI notes back to Live when a signal is received from Cube 4. image I also send RGB MIDI light sequence via MIDI clips in Ableton. The cubes then become light show elements and also offer visual feedback. These cubes are also plugged in via USB so they can receive high-speed transmissions via MIDI clips.
  • Cube 4 – Transmitter (green in the picture above): This cube is wireless. Aligning the faces of this cub with the faces on cubes 2 & 3 triggers MIDI notes back to Ableton Live.

MIDIBRIDGE AND ABLETON CONFIGURATION
I then MIDI map MIDI CC data and Note information coming from cubes via Ableton Live MIDI Map mode to various functions within live.
For cube 1, CC’s are mapped to device parameters and macros. These in-turn are often routed to parameters within VSTs. For example, a cube face might modulate delay time with Ableton’s native Ping Pong Delay FX device. Or the CC might map to filter on a VST synth. Below is a snapshot of the MIDIBridge settings for Cube 1 (click to enlarge).

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For Cubes 2 & 3, notes are triggered when the face from the transmitter Cube 4 is detected. I route notes to either MIDI tracks holding Ableton instruments or VSTs and/or racks. In some cases I route MIDI notes through a dummy track back to SugarBytes Artillery II running in a send or on the master track for effects. Since effects are triggered via notes rather than CCs with Artillery II, this method allows me to control effects as well as playing notes with signals from Transmitter cubes which only send MIDI note information. In other words, by combining native Ableton effects with Artillery II, I can use any cube in the network to trigger effects.

CUBE USAGE FOR EACH SONG

1) “Arrival”

In this song I’m using AudioCubes as lighting and feedback elements in the live show. They were not used in composition or performance of the music. MIDI clips in Live are used to sequence the lights.

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Videos on The Making of Robbie Bronnimann’s Upcoming Album “Rotations”

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Robbie Bronnimann dropped me an email recently letting me know about a very cool series of videos he’s posting over at Sonic State.

First off, if you're not familiar with Robbie’s work, he’s a London-based composer and producer. He also has released music under the name dba with vocalist Shaz Sparks and acted as a writer/producer The Sugababes. He has also collaborated and produced the last few Howard Jones albums and has also toured with Howard (see this Modulate This Post on their Australian Tour).

Now Robbie is working on his own solo album project called Rotations and is shooting video along the way. The videos are great and show a behind-the-scenes view of how a seasoned producer works. I recommend you watch them all as Robbie does a great job explaining his studio and technology – and more importantly goes beyond technology and talks a lot about the creative process.

I’ve embedded the first 5 videos below to get you started. This is a work in progress so you’ll want to bookmark http://www.sonicstate.com/news/studiolog (Note they are posted in reverse date order). My favorite is Video 5 where he brings in Shaz Sparks and his 5 year old daughter  to record vocals. He then build’s up tracks using elements of their voices.

I'm really looking forward to Rotations!

Video 1: Robbie Bronnimanns Journey
http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf

Video 2: The Journey Begins
http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf

Video 3: Samples, Hits, and out of RAM
http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf

Video 3: Sound processing, recording the box
http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf

 

Video 4: Granular hits and transitions, DSI Evolver action
http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf
 

Video 5: Recording Vocals
http://www.sonicstate.com/video/hd/HDplayer.swf

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