Madelife, a creative accelerator in Boulder and frequent host venue for the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup, started hosting a very cool electronic music concert series late in 2017 called Beat Cypher. Each performer gets a 10-minute slot and signs up first come first serve. It’s Rapid-fire fun for performers and listeners!
It’s now a recurring event happening the fourth Thursday of each month. I’ll be heading down tonight to do a set using only my Elektron Octatrack.
How it Works
Come down to madelife for an evening of music and friends! ALL STYLES WELCOME. The madelife Beat Cypher is all about bringing local music producers/performers together to share their talent with each other and the community.
1. Bring a portable setup for live performance. There will be plenty of table space and power.
2. There is a sign-up sheet (FIRST COME FIRST SERVE). Each person get’s a 10-minute slot.
Join the madelife Beat Cypher Group (http://bit.ly/2mPG59d) for photo/video uploads, Beat Cypher News, and updates!
Video from My Last Performance Using Only Elektron Analog Four
Here is a 7 minute performance from madelife Beat Cypher #2.Audio is from GoPro. Beat Cypher is kind of like an open mic with micro-sets which necessitates small rigs and groove boxes. It’s super fun.
I challenged myself to do my set with just an Elektron Analog Four. The Analog Four has 4 analog synths, is only 4 note polyphonic in total and has chorus, delay and reverb on the master chain.
The performance is a combination of original presets, tweaked factory presets, live playing using the onboard chromatic keyboard, real-time sound design, use of some pre-defined original sequences with live arrangement and live sequencing. I’m using 4 kits” throughout (which you can switch to with no load-time or hickups). So all synthesis, no samples, no audio playback.
- 00:00 Real-time synthesis with original preset
- 00:34 Live arrangement with grooves, live-sound design, live play on chromatic keyboard
- 4:00 Back to real-time synthesis using chromatic keyboard
- 05:00 Things get pretty Logan’s Run bleepy and modular-like
- 06:25 Freeze with the amazing on-board reverb
Spreading the word – tonight (November 8th, 2017) the Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) will be performing at Fiske Planetarium. The show is free and goes from 7:30pm-9pm. Doors at 7pm.
The Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrk) performs the music of Sun Ra and other “Songs of Space” featuring Fiske’s full dome sonic visualizer “Liquid Sky.” The concert is free and open to the public. Seating is limited and doors open at 7pm.
BLOrk integrates a variety of music technology with live performers and is an ensemble at the College of Music at the University of Colorado Boulder. Now in it’s 10th year the ensemble is directed by John Gunther and John Drumheller.
The program features composition by visionary bandleader, composer, arranger, artist, and poet Sun Ra. Also featured is the electronic/groove based compositions by BLOrk-member Colin Hill. Songs of Space features incredible planetary visuals, NASA recordings, and scary space creature noises.
A Rocky Mountain PBS video featuring BLOrk.
I had the honor of performing with BLork in March. Here is a video of my solo piece within the larger performance.
I attended the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver tonight. This is a a long-running event occurring on the last Sunday of each month at the Mutiny Information Cafe. I’ll be performing there next month on November 26th as part of the Denver Synth_Drone Collective.
Textures Ambient Showcase features 3-4 live acts each LAST Sunday of the month, 7 p.m.,Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver. Shows are ALL-AGES and beverages are available. We requests a $5 -10 donation for the artists.
Textures was awarded Best Ambient Music Showcase for 2017!
Tonight’s lineup was:
- Johnathan Cash
- Chris Sessions
- Haunted Sound Laboratory
- unbridled sonic Anarchy
Here are some photos from the show.
As I mentioned in a recent post, the focus of our ensemble is on live improvisational performance of musique concrète. Thomas Lundy uses blocks for dry ice to cause the copper heart to vibrate (through rapid cooling, strikes, drags…). I then use the Elektron Octatrack dynamic performance sampler to live-sample the Tom’s performance via a contact mic on the copper heart. I then simultaneously performs and does real-time sound design with the captured audio. Victoria Lundy accompanies on Theremin and Reaktor.
Audio is from room via the Q4N video camera.
Denver Noise Fest: http://www.DenverNoiseFest.com
Spreading the word…
“Songs of Space”
The Boulder Laptop Orchestra [BLOrk] weaves sounds and images of space with their signature electro-acoustic music and Fiske’s own full dome sonic visualizer “liquid sky.”
In partnership with the Colorado Space Grant Consortium, BLOrk will present historic recordings from NASA, sounds of deep space, and recent images from our galaxy and beyond all interwoven with music to create a unique and compelling experience.
Free Admission – Limited Seating.
This video is part 1 of a live cinematic electronica set I performed at the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup on August 11th 2015 at the Walnut room in Denver. In this video I'm performing both the music and the visuals.
In part 1 I perform an extended version of "Gonna Rise Up" from the album Fear Cannot Save Us" markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/fear-cannot-save-us. For this piece, I was doing live arrangement on the Octatrack plus playing lead synth on the Waldorf Blofeld. The lead patch is an original patch from INIT using OSC2 & 3 for sync with mod wheel. The original lead patch on the album version was done with Zebra 2. To retain some of its character, I used Extreme Sample Convert to multi-sample the Zebra patch then import into the Blofeld for the source for Oscillator 1.
This set was performed only on Octatrack dynamic performance sampler with original field recordings and sonic elements from albums plus a Waldorf Blofled keyboard with original presets.
Live audio was recorded on a Zoom H2n fed by my sub-mix to house via Mackie 402VLZ3. Main footage is from a GoPro with secondary foot from my friend Chris Frain.
The ONLY video source is from live camera input being run through layers of custom Resolume presets controlled by an Arturia Beatstep live.
Things have been a little quite over here at Modulate This! HQ because I've been super busy working with my my good friend Darwin Grosse to form a new duo called (no)poem. Stay tuned for some upcoming behind-the-scenes posts where I'll share some insights into how we put the duo together as well as some notes on the tech and artistic elements of the our upcoming tour. For now here is a little background on the project.
For those who don't know Darwin, he is director of education and customer services for Cycling ’74 (Max). He is the creator and host of the art+music+technologypodcast. Darwin also launched a brand new blog called All Things Modular.
We're striking out from Boulder on a mini-tour of the Heartland.
- August 1: 7:00 pm - SP CE Commons, Lincoln Nebraska
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/388937801300097/
The poster for this show can be downloaded at this link
- August 2: 4:30 pm - Des Moines Social Club
Facebook event: https://www.facebook.com/events/903563153037921/
The poster for this show can be downloaded from this link
Are you ready to hear a copper heart played with dry ice fed through to an Octatrack with Theremin accompaniment? Well here you go.
Video of live concert footage: Concréte Mixer IV Denver – Co2 Copper Heart vs Octatrack vs Theremin with Thomas Lundy and Victoria Lundy. Recorded live at the Concréte Mixer IV concert at the Walnut Room in Denver on January 30th, 2015. I am live sampling the Copper Heart with an Elektron Octatrack and providing drum elements, Victoria Lunday is playing Theremin. The only audio source for Octatrack other than drum samples. Shot with GoPro with audio from Zoom H2n recording ambient room sound.
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
RSVP on FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/events/867071910010193/
We are going to be STREAMING the show here if the internet connection is solid enough: http://tinyurl.com/radiospiral
“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.
On April 25th I performed in a set at the Mixed Signals concert at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder. I was joined by Antidata (aka Wes Milhomen) who performed a set with modulars, Andromeda, and some Elektron gear and Victoria Lundy who performed on Theremin. 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). Wes was on Andromeda, Victoria on Theremin, and I used a Nord Lead 4 for the piece.
I’ll be performing in a very interesting experimental music concert later this month. Instead of playing my composed electronica songs, I’ll doing some very unique collaborative pieces where I capture, shape, and perform with audio from other artists performing live. This includes a performance with a copper heart played with dry ice (see video below).
I’ll also be performing a solo piece using some field recordings I’ve made. I’ll be providing interactive visuals from live camera input from stage for most of the evening. Read on for more info and scroll to the bottom for videos which will give you a taste of what to expect.
“Today’s serious composer of electronic music will often incorporate some techniques of musique concrete. Prerecorded voices or instruments are often used as a source of sound to be manipulated by the composer, and used, along with electronically produced signals, as the principal music signals of a composition. It has been all but forgotten that in 1951, when the Germans opened their studios in Cologne under the artistic guidance of Eimert and Stockhausen, musique concrete was considered a separate vocabulary and not to be confused with the new German developments of oscillator developed sounds. Early writings on these subjects made clear distinctions between musique concréte and electronic music.” “The primary aim of musique concréte is the alteration of the listeners perceptions.” – Herb A. Deutsch, electronic music pioneer.
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 25, 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 experimental musician Randall Frazier, theremin artist Victoria Lundy, noisician John Gross, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid all performing solo and interactive work.
A special treat is the revival of the dry ice on metal “Copper Heart,” the central instrument from the former Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, which has been stored since about 1999!
Randall Frazier: Orbit Service is the musical project of Colorado-based producer/engineer Randall Frazier
(helmet room, Bela Karoli, Kal Cahoone) produced in collaboration with Kim G. Hansen (Antenne), Dennis Swanson (Day Dissolved Dream) and Kirill Nikolai (Still Light). Orbit Service’s mystical leanings steer them close to the likes of Sol Invictus, but OS zigs where neo folk zags, giving them a sonic momentum that leads to a much outer part of outer space. This beautifully crafted set smells like moist earth covered in leaves. Orbit Service’s mining of ever deeper moods has yielded a subtle treasure that glows like distant sun. http://orbitservice.bandcamp.com | http://www.helmetroom.com/.
John Gross has been performing noise since 1994. He has appeared in Zoologist, Burn heavy, Page 27 Robot Mandala, and Suicide Notes. John is the curator of the Denver Noise Fest, and has performed around the country at Ende Tymes Fest, the International Noise Fest, and the Albuquerque Experimental Fest. https://soundcloud.com/noise27.
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. http://fandalism.com/victorialundy.
Mark Mosher is an electronic musician, sound designer, composer and performer from Boulder, CO. He has performed festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music Festival NY, Electro-Music Festival in Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, University of Denver’s Performance Black Box, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts and more. His 2012 dark ambient album NO GHOSTS. JUST FEAR. cracked the Top 10 on Bandcamp’s BestSelling Experimental Albums in Week of October 8th 2012.
At this event, Mark will be performing musique concréte by creating expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly on a computer-less state-of-the-art hardware sampler called the Octatrack. He will build up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from other artists. He will then then perform with these instruments live. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals. https://markmoshermusic.com/.
Rick Reid has been the sound designer for more than fifty theater productions in the Denver area. He also performed soundtrack music for the locally-produced web video series “Lucha Libre: El Tecolote vs. The Body Thief From Dimension X” and will be playing theremin in the soundtrack of the upcoming indie feature film “The Cosmic Creature.” Rick has self-released two electronic music albums. He has also been a voice actor on several local and national TV and radio advertising campaigns. In his daytime gig, Rick creates movie previews for the Starz, Encore and MoviePlex television networks. Find Rick on the web at www.RickReid. com.
Thomas Lundy will be playing dry ice on metal.
TEASER VIDEO FOR ONE OF THE COLLABORATIONS
This video features the Copper Heart and is just a small taste of some interesting sonic experiences we all have in store for you at the show so we hope you will come to the show and tell your friends. This improvisation was shot at a tech rehearsal in a Denver warehouse. It features Tom Lundy playing the copper heart with dry ice. The rapid cooling of the copper causes the metal emit all sorts of interesting sounds. The Copper Heart has a contact mic on it with the signal being routed to Mark Mosher who is sampling the signal on the fly and shaping and sequencing the sound in real-time with an Elektron Octatrack. So you hear both the original Copper Heart plus the manipulation. Victoria Lundy is playing complimentary parts on a Moog Etherwave Pro Theremin which is being processed by Mooogerfoogers. Mark is also running real-time interactive visuals with Resolume based on live camera input (which can be seen on the right wall at the beginning of this video). For the actual show these images will be projected behind the artists.
SOLO PIECE EXAMPLE
All be doing a solo piece where I simultaneously create music and sound from field recordings and manipulate visuals. I’ll be using an Octatrack, a laptop running Resolume and Absynth via Plogue Bidule host controlled by a Livid Base. I’ll also use a Tenori-On as Octatrack food. Below is a flickr photo set of the rig sand some rehearsals.
Instead of using visual patterns, I’ll be processing live camera input. So this video illustrates what the video might look at the show.
I’ve seen this show twice this year – once at Mountain Oasis 2013, and once in Denver. Simply amazing! In case you can’t make it in person or you want to relive it checkout the video below.
This behind-the-scenes video below also mentions there was a difference between the “Festival Run” (as in Mountain Oasis) and the Tour. They used 3 trucks in the stadium tour 11 trucks. They didn’t have anything that was rigged in the festival tour, so if you saw the show at Mountain Oasis, ywatch the video above to see all the screen projection action.
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Hey… Checkout my revamped artist web site…www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Thomas Dolby will be brining The Invisible Lighthouse Tour through the Denver area this week. He’ll be playing Wednesday in Boulder and Thursday in Denver.
About the Show
In this show Thomas will be playing and narrating the soundtrack to his self-made film debut The Invisible Lighthouse, with special guest Blake Leyh on live Foley sound effects. Here is a video trailer that will give you a feel for the show – http://youtu.be/BFxbkZqznB0.
See You At the Show
I’ll be at at the Thursday show so perhaps I’ll see you there.
- More info on Thomas Dolby at http://www.thomasdolby.com/
- More Modulate This! posts on Thomas Dolby here http://www.modulatethis.com/thomas-dolby/
Here is a behind-the-scenes video from my August 23rd show at the Dairy Center for the Performing Arts in Boulder Colorado.
The video was shot at my sound check by fellow performer and Electric Trombone player Darren Kramer using GoPro. The audio is from GoPro camera.
At this show I’m using Abeton Live to do for live sequenced playback. For live play, For this song called “Dark Signals” (from my second album I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS) I’m using a my Remote SL MKII Keyboard along with Maschine (custom template in made with Control Editor) to play instruments in Live racks. As you’ll see in the video I’m using pressure from the pads to modulate this synths.
AudioCubes are receiving light commands via MIDI CCs from Ableton Live. I
never use on-board sounds in Tenori-On and instead use it as a
controller and pump MIDI into synths hosted in Ableton Live.
The visuals are based on live camera input processed in Resolume. The Resolume system receives controller and automation from the Ableton rig via MIDI. I’m using the house projector to display my visuals on a screen that’s the width the of the stage!
It’s a little hard to tell from this video because audio is from GoPro, but the sound at this show was amazing thanks to Gannon Kashiwa who owns and operates GK:SOUND at the TARDIS in Denver. I’m working on a 3 camera edit from footage from the actually show performance which will have audio from the board – so stay tuned.
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Below is a Flickr slideshow (view embedded slideshow) with photos from the 2013 Midwest Electro-Music Experience. It was my first time at this festival. A good time was had by all and there were amazing performances. Thanks to Charles Shriner for hosting the event.