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Concert: Concréte Mixer IV at Walnut Room Denver, Friday Jan 30th, 9pm

I am excited to be returning for my fourth Concréte Mixer show. At this event, I will use an Octatrack dynamic sampler to incorporate real-time audio output from other musicians at the event to create expressive “instruments” on-the-fly. I will also perform a solo piece manipulating field recordings with infrared AudioCube controllers. To accompany the music and sound for the show, I will also be providing interactive visuals with live camera input.

Friday January 305h, 9pm
The Walnut Room, Denver
3131 Walnut St, Denver, CO
$8 advance / $10 at the door
21+

Tickets: http://www.thewalnutroom.com/event/756647-concete-mixer-iv-solo-denver/

RSVP on FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/events/867071910010193/

“I can feel, as if it were quivering in my memory, the whole drama of these last three years of experimentation […] The miracle of concrete music is […] things begin to speak by themselves, as if they were bringing a message from a world unknown to us and outside us.”
– Pierre Schaeffer, “In Search of a Concrete Music”

The Walnut Room in Denver has been a loyal supporter of experimental and ambient artists, and is a beautiful venue with superior sound and the best audio engineers in town. On January 30, five artists from different realms of performance and composition will convene at the Walnut Room to present an evening of acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. Mark Mosher will create expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly, building up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from the other artists. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals. He will be joined by electronic musicians Rod Tanaka and Mike Metlay, theremin artist Victoria Lundy, Concréte Mixer curator Thomas Lundy, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid all performing solo and interactive work.

 

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Photos from Concréte Mixer Concert at University of Denver’s Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music

Back in October I announced that I’d be performing in the Concréte Mixer Concert at University of Denver’s gloriious Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music. It was a music career highlight for me and just a fantastic show and audiance.

I finally got around to creating a flickr photo album on flickr. I also scanned the program if you’d like to learn more about the this Music Concréte series including details about the pieces and the technology.

Click here to view it or click on image below.

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Musique Concréte Concert Oct 17, 2:30pm – Concréte Mixer: Convocation for the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

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I’ll be performing at the Concréte Mixer — Convocation for the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. This who will be with  Rick Reid, Lizzy Mosher,  Thomas Lundy and Victoria Lundy.


Where: Lamont School of Music, University of Denver , Newman Performing Arts Center – Gates Concert Hall. Parking and directions.
When: Friday Oct 17th, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Tickets: While this is a convocation for the music school, the event is also open to the public and is FREE
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/939960689352864


I’m super excited to be performing at this event. First off, it will be great to bring our Musique concrète show to the Lamont School of music. Second, my daughter will be sitting in on one of my songs providing vocal drones. Third, , the venue is simply stunning.

Show Concept

I can feel, as if it were quivering in my memory, the whole drama of these last three years of experimentation […] The miracle of concrete music is […] things begin to speak by themselves, as if they were bringing a message from a world unknown to us and outside us.

– Pierre Schaeffer, “In Search of a Concrete Music”

The Lamont School of Music is hosting five artists presenting acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. The artists will play in multiple configurations as solos, duos, and other combinations. Mark Mosher will create expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly, building up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from the other artists. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals, and the visuals created by the other artists. Theremin artist Victoria Lundy, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid—all performing solo and interactive work, will join him. Lizzy Mosher will provide vocal drones, and Thomas Lundy will perform dry ice on metal “Copper Heart,” the Carbon Dioxide Orchestra’s signature instrument.

Program

  • Welcome
  • Copper Heart Trio Improv, – Victoria Lundy, theremin; Thomas Lundy, copper heart with dry ice;  Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis + visuals
  • Sounds from a Distant Outpost – Mark Mosher from album Fear Cannot Save UsMark Mosher, Ableton Llve/sampler performed on Ableton Push + visuals; Lizzy Mosher, vocal
  • After Hours (Part 2) Rick Reid – Rick Reid, field recordings, iPad.  This composition is offered as a sequel to John Pfeiffer’s “After Hours,” a track on his 1968 RCA album, Electronomusic: 9 Images. Pfeiffer used field recordings of office machines of that era (typewriters, rotary dial telephones, etc.) to create a percussion orchestra. “After Hours (Part 2)” updates that concept with sounds from the 21st century workplace.
  • Concrete Birds Victoria Lundy –Victoria Lundy, theremin, Ableton Live with samples
  • Wind and Ghosts Victoria Lundy – Victoria Lundy, theremin, Ableton Live with samples
  • “Tools of the Trade” Improv – Rick Reid, tools; Thomas Lundy, tools; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis
  • Birth Mark Mosher & Michael O’Bannon, from A.I. Winter EP InstantiateMark Mosher, Octatrack with original harmonic content; Lizzy Mosher, voice over recording at age 5
  • End Jam  –  Victoria Lundy, theremin; Thomas Lundy, copper heart with dry ice; Rick Reid, live spoken word; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis + visuals

Biographies

 

Thomas Lundy has served as curator of the Concréte Mixerseries since its beginning.He will provide metal shrieks and tool noise sources for Mark Mosher and Rick Reid.

 

Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground/punk scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, who opened for the legendary Silver Apples in 1997; is a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other local artists. She also was a member of Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory and performed with them at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase with ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in -Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, and demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention. Recently she’s been concentrating on solo ambient work exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin. http://fandalism.com/victorialundy.

 

Lizzy Mosher is a vocal artist and actor from Boulder.  She is currently a senior at Fairview High School.  She has performed in local theatre since she was twelve and as a vocalist in numerous performances with several Boulder-based choirs. Lizzy is excited to be performing in this Concréte Mixer and will be providing live looping vocals as a sampling source.

Mark Mosher is an electronic musician, sound designer, composer and performer from Boulder. He has performed at festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music Festivals in NY and Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts and more. Mark is the founder of the 190+ member strong Boulder Synthezier Meetup (www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup) and has been blogging on music technology for over 9 years at www.ModulateThis.com.

Mark is excited to be returning for his 3rd Concréte Mixer show and his second performance on DU Campus – the first being in the grand opening of The Hypercube space in 2011. At this event, Mark will be creating expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly on a computer-less and deep hardware sampler called the Elektron Octatrack. On most pieces, he will build up his instruments in real-time by capturing audio from contact mics and output from other musicians at the event. Mark will also be performing using original harmonic content distilled down into expressive performance patches on the Octatrack and on Ableton Sampler and Ableton Push.  To accompany the music and sound for the show, Mark will also be providing interactive visuals with live camera input. For more information and links to albums, please visit www.MarkMosherMusic.com and www.AIWinter.net.

Rick Reid has been fascinated with recorded sound ever since early childhood, when he heard his own voice played back on his older brother’s reel-to-reel tape deck. His first electronic instrument was a photo theremin, built with a Radio Shack electronics kit. Rick now owns and plays a wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments ranging from the conventional to the truly peculiar. Rick studied radio and TV broadcasting in both high school and college and worked part-time as a radio personality while still in school. He has since created thousands of TV on-air promos, marketing videos and commercials as a writer/producer for Starz, Encore, MoviePlex, TNN and broadcast TV stations in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. As a freelance voice actor, he has also been heard on dozens of national and regional radio and TV commercials, web videos and corporate/industrial media productions. Rick has been a sound designer for more than sixty theater production in the Denver-Boulder area, and has occasionally performed as a stage actor. He has released two experimental electronic music albums and created underscore and theme music for the sci-fi web video series “Lucha Libre: El Tecolote vs. the Body Thief from Dimension X.” He is slated to play theremin on the score of an upcoming indie horror feature film. Rick makes his home in Denver with his pet tarantula, Curly. For more details about Rick’s creative work and links to his music, visit www.RickReid.com.

More on Musique Concrète

Wiki Entry – http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musique_concr%C3%A8te

Here is a fun old documentary taken from the BBC 1979 documentary “The New Sound of Music” http://youtu.be/c4ea0sBrw6M.

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A.I. Winter Concert Events Releases

New EP by My Duo A.I. Winter Recorded Live at Electro-Music NY 2014

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The Electro-Music NY festival was really great this year. In addition to playing my solo set, Atlanta-based artist Michael O’Bannon and I had our debut performances as A.I. Winter. Michael and I worked for months via phone, Dropbox, and Evernote to compose a 20 minute piece with 4 movements for two Elektron Octatrack hardware sampler instruments.

Our performance was really well received and I am super happy and proud with the set. I’ve mastered the live recording from this event and released it as an EP with 4 tracks (one for each of the movements) on bandcamp https://aiwinter.bandcamp.com/album/instantiate.

The piece and EP is called “Instantiate” and is 21 minutes long if you listen to all 4 movements. It’s a slow evolving dark ambient piece with some serious stereo imaging so use headphones :^)

Photos from A.I. Winter Set

I’m still organizing all the photos and video that were taken at the event. I plan to release a video of our performance in the weeks to come. For now, enjoy a few photos from the set.

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New Web Site and Social Media Links for A.I. Winter

Michael and I had such a great time and response to our set, we’ve decided to turn this project into an ongoing duo. Check out our web site www.AIWinter.net, like us on Facebook, and follows on Twitter :^)

 

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Concert Events Tour

Flying Out To NY To Attend and Play 2 Sets at Electro-Music 2014 Festival and Conference Sept. 5-7

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This year’s Electro-Music NY Festival and conference is on September 5-7, 2014 at the Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

The electro-music(TM) festival is the world’s premiere event for experimental electronic music. Now in its tenth year, this three day conference/music festival includes concerts, seminars, demonstrations, jam sessions, a swap meet, and a laptop battle. The scope is very broad, covering all aspects of electro-music: experimental electronic music, circuit bending, computer music, electro-jazz, modular synthesis, musique concrete, improvisation, algorithmic composition, multi-media, visual art and much more. The focus will be on participant involvement, sharing, community development, audience education, and great music.

INFO ON MY SETS

This will be my 7th Electro-Music event and my 4th time at the the NY version. Getting involved with Electro-Music festivals is one of the best things I’ve done as a solo artist. It’s just an amazing event where you’ll see and hear some amazing performances and forge life-long friendships with other artists.

Cinematic Electronica with Invader Cam Set

I’ll be flying out to this show from Boulder to play my Cinematic Electronica set with Invader cam. Here is a video of the song “New Heart Beating” from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us.

I will be playing this rig for this set which includes Nord Lead 4, Ableton Push, AudioCubes, Tenori-on and Ableton Live with interactive visuals with live camera input.

Here are some sample videos from past concerts. First off, a video from Pacific Northwest Synthfest in Seattle http://youtu.be/m0gJnXPoGI0.

Video from Electro-Music Asheville 2014 http://youtu.be/uoBJ2jJ7S-w.

A.I. Winter Set
I’ll be playing a set as in a brand new duo called A.I. Winter with Atlanta-based artist Michael O’Bannon.

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A.I. Winter is a self-appointed harbinger of the progress of Artificial Intelligence toward world domination.  It imposes its musical interpretations of cosmic machine consciousness on the world at large.

For this set both Michael and I will be performing with 100% custom sounds each on our own Ocatatracks.

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To learn more about A.I. Winter visit the microsite http://www.AIWinter.net.

MORE INFO

If you’d like to learn more about what this particular event read Show Report: Electro-Music 2010 Festival in Huguenot NY. I’ve also setup a category on Modulate This! for posts related to all Electro-Music events http://www.modulatethis.com/electro-music/.

Here are some really cool photos from past events.

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Concert Video

Video of “New Heart Beating” Performed Live at Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival

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In May I performed a set at the Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival. Here is a video of the song “New Heart Beating” from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us.

The album version of this song is available on:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-heart-beating/id841045906?i=841045950
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J0OAOFI/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1403930254&sr=1-1
Bandcamp: http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/fear-cannot-save-us

This song was performed using Tenori-On as a MIDI controller and live sequencer driving racks for synths hosted in Ableton Live. The visuals are generated on-the-fly using live camera input as the only source with real-time visual FX.

Thanks to:

[project ruori] (http://www.ruori.org) for close-up video footage
Paul A Vnuck Jr. for opening still photo
Greg and Hong Waltzer for hosting such a wonderful event
Edward B Siedzik for running sound
Anna E Siedzik-Torres for running lights

For more photos from this event check out this – Show Journal & Photos from Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival.

Mark Mosher
http://www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Photos and Videos from Concréte Mixer II Solstice Concert in Denver

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Below are photos and video from the June 20th Concréte Mixer II Solstice Concert in Denver.

Excerpt from My Set

First up is a video excerpt of my solo performance.

This is an excerpt from my set at Concréte mixer/solstice: an evening of solo and collaborative musique concrete.live concert at the Walnut Room in Denver, CO 6/21/2014.

In this section of the piece, I’m manipulating a large number of samples (field recordings and small snippets from random needle drops on vinyl from a wide variety old recordings) in real-time with morphing, live sequencing, and playing back samples in both chromatic and slots mode using an Elektron Octatrack. Visuals are real-time based on live camera input via Resolume.

Finale with All

Next is a video excerpt from the finale. Throughout the night, each performer and act did individuals sets. For the last song, all artists but one took the stage to do a no rules improv. In stage are from left to right Tom Murphy, Victoria Lundy, Charles De Graaf , David Britton, Rick Reid, me, and Thomas Lundy. The entire piece was around 10 minutes long. What I like about this section of the improv was that 4 of the artists were using vocal samples which created the din-like sound of a crowd, but with an interesting movement to it.Near the tail end of this video you can hear the copper heart which I’m sampling and turning into Octatrack instruments.

 

Photos

Lastly, I posted quite a few photos in a Flickr album of shots taken throughout the night.

https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270

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I’m Performing Friday June 20th, 9PM at Walnut Room in Denver: Concréte Mixer/Solstice: an evening of solo and collaborative musique concrete

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I’ll be performing Friday night in Denver…

The Walnut Room in Denver is hosting seven artists presenting an evening of acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. As it falls on June 20, this edition is celebrating the summer solstice; there will be an emphasis on the sounds of nature as created music. The artists will play in multiple configurations as solos, duos, and other combinations. Lineup includes Randall Frazier, theremin artist Victoria Lundy, members of renowned ambient project Pythian Whispers David Britton, Charles de Graaf, and Tom Murphy, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid all performing solo and interactive work. Mark Mosher will be performing on Octatrack and Absynth and with interactive visuals. Thomas Lundy will also perform dry ice on metal “Copper Heart,” the Carbon Dioxide Orchestra’s signature instrument.

More info here https://www.facebook.com/events/1416053088668926.

3131 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 295-1868
$10 advance online / $12 at the door 21+ / www.thewalnutroom.com

Here is a photo of the instruments I’ll be using at this show this time which include an Octatrack hardware sampler, and Absynth virtual instrument controlled by a MIDI Fighter Twister (thing box with 16 knobs).

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Asheville Concert Events Show Journal

Show Journal & Photos from Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival

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I had a fantastic time attending and performing at the Electro-Music Asheville Festival 2014. Click here to view an album of al the photos I posted to flickr.

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Read on for a for notes on the fest with select photos from this photo album.

Thursday May 15th

On Thursday I fly from Boulder to Charlotte then drove up to Asheville (just over two hour drive) to attend Electro-Music Asheville. This is one of my favorite events of the year and is in a wonderful city. The event takes place at the Masonic Temple on the third floor. The stage is surrounded old curtain and backdrop that look like leaves and tress as you can see from the photo above.

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When I arrived I found out the local paper the Mountain Xpress had the festival as one of it’s “Smart Bets” for the weekend and they used one of my invader cam promo photos for the description of the fest :^)

 

 

 

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Friday May 16

On Friday morning Paul A Vnuk Jr and Geary Yelton grabbed breakfast then head over to the fest.19-Mark-Mosher-Live-EMAVL-photoby-Mark-Mosher

As you can see from the program there were mostly workshops from 1-6, then the concerts started at 7pm.

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One of the workshops I attended was Acoustics Synthesis by Paul Vo where he performed and discussed the VO-96 (http://voinventions.com/). This is such cool technology as it’s synthesis achieved only with the strings on the instrument. If I was a guitarist I’d jump on this for sure.

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After Paul’s demo most of the performers for the Friday night show started staging for sound check. For this event we all stage at the same time that way once the show starts we can move from set to set without taking time to setup.

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Here is cockpit view of my rig just after I setup. Left-to-right is Tenori-On, Nord Lead 4 with 4 Percussa AudioCubes, Ableton Push, HP Envy 14 laptop running Windows 7 + Ableton Live 9 + Resolume + Percussa MIDI Bridge, Novation NIO soundcard.  Here is a photo of the rig from the front with the room lights up.

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Once most of the acts were stage we posed for a group photo taken by Hong Waltzer. This is one of my favorite photos from the festival :^) Man that is a lot of gear on stage – lol.

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Bill Fox is holding a one of a kind prototype of a Martin “alien guitar”. It has LEDs on the fretboard and a built-in theremin. The festival mascot Zuzu the synth wonder dog is also in the photo :^)’

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See You at Electro-Music Asheville Fest This Weekend

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If you live in or near Asheville, NC I hope to see you this weekend at Asheville Electro-Music.

Learn More here http://www.emavl.com/

Mark Mosher
http://www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Boulder Concert Events Show Reports

Mixed Signals Show Photos and Recording of Jam

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The Mixed Signals concert at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder on April 25th was fantastic. Antidata (aka Wes Milhomen), Victoria Lundy (Theremin), and each played a 25 minute set. One of my favorite parts of the evening was our last song which was a collaborative jam (as seen in photo above taken by photo by Bret W. Moreland).

. Here is an ambient audio recording of the piece.

Here is a flickr album of I put together.

https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270

Here is another album taken by photographer Bret W. Moreland.

https://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=143270

Mark Mosher
www.markmoshermusic.com

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Boulder Electronic Music Events: April 24 Ableton University Tour + Mixed Signals Concert in Boulder Friday April 25 at 8pm

I wanted to turn you on to a few electronic-music events that will be participating in this week in Boulder.

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Boulder, CO
Date: April 24
School: University of Colorado, Boulder
Time: 11am (faculty meet), 2pm (break-out sessions – student only), (Public Event @ 6:30pm)
Presenter(s): Mark Mosher (Artist), Ben Samples (Artist), Dave Hillel (Ableton)
Venue: University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, Room# N1B46, 18th & Euclid, Boulder, CO 80309-0301
RSVP: No RSVP needed
More Info: Eventbrite

Ableton is proud to partner with University of Colorado at Boulder for the Ableton University Tour, a day and evening of student workshops and public presentations held at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, CO. Students are invited to join Ableton representatives and Certified Trainers for an afternoon of break-out sessions exploring composition, sound design, production techniques and performance utilizing Ableton Live and Push. Day time activities will be followed by a free evening presentation open to the public, featuring performances, tips and tricks and unique approaches for music-making from artists and Ableton experts. Special guests for the Boulder event include Mark Mosher (Artist), Ben Samples (Artist) and Dave Hillel (Ableton).

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I’ll be performing a concert set at the at the Dairy Center for the Arts next Friday April 25th at 8pm. In this concert I’ll be performing songs from my cinematic alien invasion album series including songs from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us which is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon,and CDBaby. Joining me in this concert will be Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) on modular synthesizer systems,  and Victoria Lundy on Theremin.
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When: Friday April 25th at 8PM
Tickets: $12 in Advance (
on sale now) | $15 at the door
FB Page:
https://www.facebook.com/events/227848874087048/

I’m helping to organize this show and we’re going to use a similar show format that was used for award winning Watt? Show (see this post on our Westword Magazine Best of Award). In this format each artist play a set. As with our Watt? show. We’ll also be back in the wonderful Performance Space at the dairy which has elevated show seating and comfy seats. There is a bar and snack bar in the lobby and you can bring your wine or beer into the theater. It’s just a great way to see a show of this sort.

We’ll kick the show off  with Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) performing a set that features original pieces on analog modular synthesizers. Next up will be Victoria Lundy will be playing a variety of classical and original ambient pieces on Theremin. There will be a brief intermission followed by my set with will also include “invader cam” which is an synchronized interactive visual performance.

Something new we’ll be adding in this show is that we’ll have visuals for all three performances. We’ll close the show with a collaborative piece we worked up at a recent rehearsal.

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To give you a feel for what the show will be like, here is a soundcloud set with music from all the artists.

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We rehearsed the flow and progression from modular, to theremin, my all digital set followed by a collaborative piece and worked really well so I hope you’ll join us for the show.

Get your advanced tickets here.


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Electronic Musician Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.FearCannotSaveUs <<< New Cinematic Electronica Albums
www.soundcloud.com/markmosher