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My Conversation with AfroDJMac on The Music Production Podcast #99

I had a great conversation with Brian Funk (aka AfroDJMac) for episode #99 of his Music Production Podcast. You can listen on iTunes or Stitcher or Google Play  or on YouTube (which also includes video footage). There are lots of detailed show notes and links from the conversation on the episode landing page

Mark and I had an excellent conversation about his work as a synthesist, composer, and live performer. We discussed his musical workflows and use of visuals in his performances. Mark also deconstructs and takes us behind the creative process of his newest single “Disconnected.” This episode is loaded with both practical and philosophical wisdom from Mark’s diverse and extensive experience as an artist.

I also discuss the local scene such as Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup, Beat Cypher, and my work with (no)poem, the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble, A.I. Winter and more. Again, links to all that in the detailed show notes and links from the conversation on the episode landing page

Also, my cat also video bombed the conversation at 35m27s. Brian was kind enough to render an excerpt so I could crate this short clip :^)

Here is the video for the full of the conversation.

Thanks again to Brian for inviting me!

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Performing Sunday January 27th with Denver Synth_Drone Collective

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Performing Tonight Thursday January 24th in Boulder at Beat Cypher at 7:30

I’ll be performing a short set along with all the other Beat Cypher’s at Madelife. It will be the first flight for my new custom Ableton template with Push 2 and AudioCubes. I’ll be playing an extended version of my new song “Disconnected“.

For those not familiar with Beat Cypher. “All styles welcomed and invited. The purpose of this event is to gather music producers/performers in the Boulder/Denver area and build community. Each performer gets a 10 minute time slot. Sign up is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE so get here on time to get a spot. ”

The event is always a lot of fun with some super interesting sets – so come on down.

Event is 7:30p-10

madelife
2000 21st St, Boulder, CO 80302

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Video and Pics of Favorite Moments with Percussa AudioCubes from the First 9 Years

Looking Back

I got my first set of Percussa AudioCubes in late 2009. They have informed and inspired so many of my songs and have been an integral element of my live performances throughout the years. With my 10th anniversary approaching this year I thought it would be fun to look back at some of my favorite moments with the AudioCubes to date and also offer some thoughts on where I’m heading next with the AudioCubes.

The AudioCubes are a collection of wireless intelligent light emitting objects, capable of detecting each other’s location and orientation, and user gesture (Wikipedia)

Before we go any further I first wanted to offer huge thanks to Bert and Celine from Percussa who have provided musicians and multimedia artists with such an innovative, transformative, and expressive solution that allows us to build custom signature “instruments” for studio, performances, and installations. I especially appreciate their willingness to listen and incorporate feedback year after year to support artists.

The Evolution of AudioCubes in My Video and Pics

AudioCubes have gone through several revisions, with the latest version, the Wireless AudioCubes PRO, featuring full wireless communication and high end materials and components.

Through the years I’ve upgraded my cubes and all my cubes are now AudioCubes PRO so you’ll see various generations in the pics and videos.

Videos

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Video: NewEcho & The Aefonic Live 01

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Here is video with an excerpt from a recent live collaboration with myself (NewEcho) & The Aefonic using only two Elektron Analog Four synthesizers. I also provided interactive visuals.

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Performing at Beat Cypher in Boulder on Thursday

I’ll be performing an improv electronic music set without a net (no prepared sequences) using only the Elektron Digitakt sampling drum machine tonight at BeatCypher at Madelife in Boulder.

For those not familiar with Beat Cypher. “All styles welcomed and invited. The purpose of this event is to gather music producers/performers in the Boulder/Denver area and build community. Each performer gets a 10 minute time slot. Sign up is FIRST COME FIRST SERVE so get here on time to get a spot. ”

The event is always a lot of fun with some super interesting sets – so come on down.

Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

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Performing Set at Beat Cypher May 24th, 2018 on Elektron Digitakt + Video from Past Performance on Analog Four

I’ll be performing a set tonight (Thursday, May 24th) at the Beat Cypher event in Boulder. As the format is rapid-fire 10 minute sets and I’ll be improvising using only an Elektron Digitakt and using small a set of custom beat sketches as a starting point. My set is inspired by the Star Trek: The Original Series episode #21 “The Return of the Archons”  – ha!

Time: 7:30 0 10:00 PM
Location: Madelife, 2000 21st Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | Map

[Update 5/25/2018]

“Not of the Body” 5/24/2018

Here is a recording of the song I performed. I forgot to hit record during that live session – so this is a recording I made during a session in the studio earlier that day. The song was inspired by the ST:TOS episode “Return of the Archons”. It was performed live on an Elektron Digitakt and recorded straight to 2-track without edits.

 

More About Beat Cypher

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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!

Video from My Last Performance Using Only Elektron Analog Four

Here is a video of my performance from madelife Beat Cypher #2.Audio is from GoPro.

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

 

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“The Beauty Comes Out of the Spider’s Nature” Improv on Elektron Octatrack by Mark Mosher

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This is a an audio board recording of a live improvisation using only the Elektron Octatrack. It was recorded at the Jan. 25th, 2018 Beat Cypher event at Madelife.

Thanks to Justin Forthuber at madelife for organizing this event and Chris Sessions for the board recording.

Thanks for listening,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
ModulateThis.com


If you enjoyed this recording click here.

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Madelife Beat Cypher Now a Recurring Concert Series + Video From My Set with Analog Four

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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.

Next event: Thursday January 25th
Time: 7:30 0 10:00 PM
Facebook Event:
https://www.facebook.com/events/1775998849375387/
Location: 2000 21st Street, Boulder, CO 80302 | Map

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.

THE RULES:
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
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HD GoPro Video Highlights from Denver Synth_Drone Collective Concert with Live Visuals on November 26th 2017

This is a 5 minute video highlight from the 2+ hour Denver Synth_Drone Collective performance at Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver for the Textures Ambient Showcase.We setup in semi-circle in the back of the cafe surround by the stacks of books. Most of the footage was shot over-my- shoulder with my GoPro Hero 5 Session as I improvised live visuals with Resolume 6with both live camera input and heavily synthesized video field recordings.

The Denver Synth_Drone Collective (from left-to-right around the semi-circle in this video):

  • Kuxaan Sum (Modular, Arturia Microbrute, Various Outboard FX)
  • Biostatic (Moog Sub Phatty)
  • Sean Patrick Faling (MFB Dominion1, Various Outboard FX)
  • Chris Sessions (Access Virus TI2, Ableton Live & Push 2)
  • Chris Frain (Moog Animoog)
  • Mark Mosher (Resolume, MIDI Fighter Twister | Ableton Live 10, Ableton Wavetable, Tone2 Nemesis, Ableton Push 2)

We plan to release an album of the entire performance in the future. For now check out albums from previous performances:

https://symbolicinsight.bandcamp.com/album/13th-planet
https://symbolicinsight.bandcamp.com/album/ambient-radiation

 

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Finish Out Your Thanksgiving Weekend with the Denver Synth_Drone Collective

If you are in Denver this Thanksgiving weekend stop by on Sunday November 26th Textures Ambient Showcase at Mutiny Cafe in Denver. The Denver Synth_Drone collective will be the only act and we’ll be performing from 7pm-10pm. Here is the event link. I’ll be both playing music with the collective and providing visuals for the entire evening.

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About the Denver Synth_Drone Collective

The Denver Synth_Drone collective is made up of artists bios+a+ic, Kuxaan Sum, Mark Mosher, Chris Sessions, Sean Patrick Faling, and Chris Frain.

The collective does improv limited by the following rules. Each member plays:

  1. One synth at a time
  2. Only a single note at a time

Of course once a note is triggered members can change the timber and pitch any way they like. It makes for super interesting drones, chords, textures, and movement.

To get a sense for this, check out a recording of our last performance on bandcamp https://symbolicinsight.bandcamp.com/album/13th-planet.


Notes on My Rig

For this show I’m doing visuals which means I’ll be using a Windows 10 laptop with a touchscreen. To keep the rig lean, I’ll use the laptop for my audio rig as well.  For visuals I’ll be using live camera input and video field recordings from my travels.

Swing by my artist site for my detailed Gig Notes on this rig.

 

 

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

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Gig Notes: Denver Synth_Drone Collective November 26th, 2017, Textures Ambient Showcase

I’ll be performing as part of the Denver Synth_Drone Collective for the Sunday November 26th Textures Ambient Showcase at Mutiny Cafe in Denver – a perfect way to wrap up your Thanksgiving weekend :^). We’ll be the only act and will perform from 7-10pm. Below are my rig notes for this event for which I’ll be playing music plus performing visuals for the entire night. Here is the event link.

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Modelling the Rig

For this show I’m doing visuals which means I’ll be using a Windows 10 laptop with a touchscreen. To keep the rig lean, I’ll use the laptop for my audio rig as well.  For visuals I’ll be using live camera input and video field recordings from my travels.

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Here is my sketch of the overall rig.

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Here is the rig in reality.

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Core Rig

  1. Windows 10 Laptop with a Touch Screen
  2. Logitech Trackman

Audio Portion of Rig

  1. Ableton Push 2
  2. Xbox One Bluetooth Joystick Controller (for Granulator II)
  3. Ableton Live 10 (beta) for real-time sound design using
    1. Ableton Wavetable (beta)
    2. Tone2 Nemesis
    3. Ableton FX
      1. Echo (beta)
      2. Pedal (beta)
    4. Max for Live
      1. Granluator II
      2. Iota
      3. Multimapper XBox 360
      4. Sustain If On
      5. eb. Touch_Strip_Crossfader
    5. Focusrite Scarlet 2i4

Here are some pics of the main synths. First up the wonderful new Ableton Wavetable which is now in beta.

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Next up Tone2 Nemesis FM synth.

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Visual Synthesis Portion of Rig

  1. Resolume 6
  2. MIDI Fighter Twister
  3. Logitech C920 HD Webcam
  4. Original video field recordings

More on Denver Synth_Drone Collective

The Denver Synth_Drone collective is made up of artists bios+a+ic, Kuxaan Sum, Mark Mosher, Chris Sessions, Sean Patrick Faling, and Chris Frain.

The collective does improv limited by the following rules. Each member plays:

  1. One synth at a time
  2. Only a single note at a time

Of course once a note is triggered members can change the timber and pitch any way they like. It makes for super interesting drones, chords, textures, and movement.

To get a sense for this, check out a recording of our last performance on bandcamp https://symbolicinsight.bandcamp.com/album/13th-planet.

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

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Photos from Textures Ambient Showcase October 29, 2017, Denver, CO

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.
Symbolicinsight.com/textures.

Textures was awarded Best Ambient Music Showcase for 2017!

Tonight’s lineup was:

  1. Johnathan Cash
  2. Chris Sessions
  3. Haunted Sound Laboratory
  4. unbridled sonic Anarchy

Here are some photos from the show.


Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
MarkMosherMusic.com
ModulateThis.com

 

 

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Playing a Musique Concrète/Synthwave/Glitch Set Tonight (8/14/2017) in Denver

Freq Boutique is a monthly event…like an open mic night for synth heads. Performances will start at 8 pm. Performers should arrive anytime before then so we can set up and make any last minute changes we need to.

I’ll be performing a  Musique Concrète/Synthwave/Glitch Set Tonight (8/14/2017) in Denver/Synthwave/Glitch Set on Elektron Octatrack + Analog Four + Tenori-On.

Details here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/142180683033909/

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

Synthesizer Sunday, a Union of Architecture and Sound

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

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

Particulars

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

Performers

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

Video from Preview Event

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

Show Notes for My Set

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

 

Elektron Octatrack Performance Sampler

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

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

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

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

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

Here is a video I made of the process.

Source 2 – Ambient recordings of the sound of the Galleria

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

Source 3 – Field Recordings of the Materials

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

Nord Lead 4 Performance Synthesizer

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

I Hope To See You At the Show

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

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Video & Photos: Behind-the-Scenes with Carbon Dioxide Ensemble with Filmmaker Taylor Dunne at Time + Space Fundraiser

Check out this fun behind-the-scenes video including interviews with Carbon Dioxide Ensemble Members, filmmaker Taylor Dunne (http://TaylorDunne.com) and an excerpt from our performance. It was an incredible night. The person who booked us gave us this feedback.

The carbon dioxide ensemble’s set was exceptionally killer. My teenage sister got to see your performance and was shocked/amazed/mind-warped.

I’ll take that!

When you get to the performance video where Taylor is improvising with 16mm film loops, check out how her performance is lighting up the ensemble like we’re using a strobe light!

A behind-the-scenes video with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble with Taylor Dunne at Time + Space Fundraiser for A Process Rehearsal Fundraiser in Denver, CO. Taylor Dunne improvising with us using 16mm film. The video also gives you a sense for this event.
The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is: Thomas Lundy on Copper Heart with Dry Ice, Victoria Lundy on Theremin and Reaktor, Mark Mosher on Elekton Octatrack and Novation Circuit.
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