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Video Replay of My May 22nd Live Stream Multimedia Concert with BTS Notes on Using Elektron Machines , Novation Controllers, and Resolume

If you missed my live stream a few weeks back here is an unedited YouTube live replay of my solo multimedia concert. The performance is a combination of live arrangement and live playing that features original electronic music with real-time visuals.

More live streams are coming, so subscribe to my YouTube channel and click the bell icon to get notified of upcoming videos and streams.

Set List

The video is 23 minutes long but if you just want to jump to a particular song you can use the links below. Let me know in the comments which was your fav 😃.

  • 0:00 Stand By (Recording of soundscape “Slipping Into Stasis Entering Jump Gate 42” from album Sonic Encounters Volume 02
  • 0:35Gonna Rise Up live performance of song from the album Fear Cannot Save Us
  • 4:27 “Replicant’s Dream” live performance of a song from a forthcoming album
  • 7:42 “Techno Planet 01” live performance of a song from a forthcoming album
  • 11:49Disconnecteda Bandcamp single performed live
  • 16:50 “Light Runner” live performance of song from a forthcoming album
  • 22:34 End Program with audio excerpt from the song “They Walk Among Us” from album Reboot

As you can see some of these tracks will be released in the future. Follow or subscribe on my Bandcamp site to get notified of an album or single release.

Performance Notes

All the music and sound is from Elektron Analog Four MKI, Octatrack MKII, and Digitone. The machines are not synced. I mostly play directly from the machines, but also play notes on the Analog Four via the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 keyboard and on the Digitone via the Launchpad Pro MK3 grid. I also use the Launchkey Mini MK3 along with a Logidy UM3 pedal to control Resolume Arena 7 in real-time. Visual sources are from live camera input and other various sources.


Mentions

The performance got some nice mentions by synth publications.

Synthtopia

The video was featured as a Synth Sunday Jam. Thanks Synthtopia – woot!

Synth and Software Magazine

I got an amazingly kind mention on the Synth and Software Facebook page.

Synth & Software is an online publication and social media community for electronic music enthusiasts—anyone who enjoys listening or who plays, programs, or aspires to make music with synthesizers, samplers, DAWs, audio processors, and other instruments and software…

https://synthandsoftware.com

Performance “Instrument” Notes

I view this entire rig as a multimedia “instrument”. One goal in designing this “instrument” was to accommodate the following use cases while being air locked in a performance cockpit where my performance flow would not change whether I’m performing:

  1. Music sets in-person
  2. Music + visuals sets in person
  3. Music + visual sets via live stream
  4. Music + visuals sets in person simulcast via live stream

Performance Cockpit

When I’m performing in person I don’t normally use headphones and don’t look at the monitor on my laptop. Instead listen I to the P.A. or monitors. I look at the screen or wall/screen/scrim where the visuals are being projected. This incorporates the performance space as part of the vibe of the performance.

My streaming equivalent of this is to us a big screen right in front of me and perform with reference monitors at near concert volumes. Performing this way is much closer to performing on stage in front of an audience which puts more positive energy into the performance.

Conceptual Overview of 2020 Rig

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  1. Performance Cockpit – The region outlined with aqua highlighter is my performance cockpit where I play, perform, control live arrangements, and visuals.
  2. Music Machines – All sound and music is produced via the following Elektron machines:
    1. Analog Four – Analog synth with 4 synths and effects
    2. Octatrack – Performance sampler, mixer, looper, effects processor, live arrangement of playback when needed
    3. Digitone – Digital FM synth with 4 synth and effects
  3. Live Camera for Visual Synthesis – I compose the camera shots in real-time by moving a Logitech HD Webcam which is a source for my visual software Resolume
  4. MIDI Controllers
    1. Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 – Keys are used to play the Analog Four through hardware MIDI. RGB pads use custom MIDI modes to control Resolume through USB MIDI.
    2. Novation Launchpad Pro MK3 – Velocity and pressure sensitive pads are used to play the Digitone through hardware MIDI. I have custom control modes that I can also use to control Resolume via USB MIDI.
  5. Audio & Visual Monitoring – Screen + reference monitors.
  6. Audio to the house / Audio interface with Loopback for Streaming – Yamaha AG06
  7. Laptop for Visuals and Streaming – Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Windows 10
  8. Visual Software – Resolume Arena 7 software
  9. Streaming Software – OBS Studio software for streaming
  10. Streaming Endpoint – YouTube…

Using Midi Controllers to Decouple Visual Arrangements from Song Arrangement

In past incarnations of my multimedia show I controlled the arrangement and automation of visual effects for Resolume with Ableton Live “dummy clips” and automation envelopes. This meant the arrangement for visuals were implicitly locked with musical arrangement. For this new rig I wanted to decouple the visuals from the audio arrangement. This would allow me to perform the arrangement of the visuals manually making the experience more variable and unique with repeat performances.

I now control arrangement with the RBG pads on the Novation Launchkey MINI MK3.

Alternatively I can use the Logidy foot pedal for hands-free arrangement.

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While I’m pretty busy playing and doing live arrangement, I can also use the Launchpad Pro MK3 with it’s custom MIDI modes and velocity sensitive fader grid feature to control parameters on Resolume.

FYI I’ve written past posts on these controllers in these categories:

Juggling Machines with No MIDI Sync

My set list is made up of songs spread across each machine and I often perform an entire song using only one machine. In a few cases I will work across machines. For example, I perform the majority of my song “Disconnected” on the Octatrack and the leads from the Analog Four.

The machines are not synced and are not connected via MIDI. This allows for complete freedom to do live arrangement, change my set list on-the-fly. I might have corresponding patterns with matching tempos across machines but I select them and trigger them on-the-fly so I can play around with the pocket, tap tempo to shift or even change tempos or free-form play to add more tension.

Having no cross-machine dependency also means if a machine where to go down during a performance or have to be rebooted (which has never happened), the song and show can go on.

Fits in One Case and a Backpack

Another design goal for the rig was it had to fit into a Pelican 1510 case and backpack. This allows me to fly with the rig as well as load in to local shows with only one trip from the car.

I flew with an earlier version of this rig to Asheville, NC to perform at Mountain Skies in 2019 and manage to jam all this into a Pelican 1510.

With the addition of the new controllers I’m sure I could fit it all in the pelican with some overflow into my backpack.


In Closing

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Save the Dates April 24-26 – Curated Live Streams for Online Ableton Loop Conference

Ableton Loop is a summit for music makers. I was all set and super excited to go to my first Loop in Berlin this year. Of course that isn’t going to happen as the IRL event was postponed to 2021.

So today I was quite exited to learn that Ableton is planning on an online version of this year’s event!!!

With Loop delayed until 2021, we’ll bring a bit of that community to you at home. We’re planning three days of curated live streams and daily music-making challenges, as well as a place to discuss the process of making music and share results. Save the dates: April 24-26. More info is coming soon.

https://www.ableton.com/en/blog/ideas-offers-making-music-home/

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KEXP Live Stream & Schedule for Iceland Airwaves Music Festival 2017

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KEXP Seattle is is broadcasting live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival – woot!

Sets on Wednesday through Friday can be heard live on KEXP at 90.3 FM in Seattle and worldwide at KEXP.ORG. Sets from all days will be streamed with live video on KEXP’s Facebook page.

I didn’t realize KEXP was streaming till lunch time today where I luckily caught the live stream from my favorite band GusGus’s set. It was a fantastic set so hopefully they’ll post recordings of all the sets for the whole weekend at some point. For now, here is blog post “KEXP Live at Iceland Airwaves 2017, Day 1: GusGus“.

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Join KEXP as we return to the land of fire and ice, broadcasting live from KEX Hostel in Reykjavik for the Iceland Airwaves Music Festival! KEXP’s international broadcast will feature 16 exclusive performances live on air on Wednesday, November 1st, through Saturday, November 4th, from 6AM-2PM (Pacific Time).

If you are in Reykjavik during Iceland Airwaves, the following performances and broadcast at KEX Hostel are free and open to the public. Space is limited on a first come, first served basis.

Tuesday, October 31st [not broadcast but available as live streaming video]
01:00PM PST/ 04:00PM EST – Bangoura Band
02:00PM PST/ 05:00PM EST – Kiasmos

Wednesday, November 1st
06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Between Mountains
08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Sóley
11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – GusGus
01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Hatari

Thursday, November 2nd
06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – JFDR
08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Par-Ðar
11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – Glintshake
01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Hórmónar

Friday, November 3rd
06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Mikko Joensuu
08:30AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Gordi
11:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – Fai Baba
01:30PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – Högni

Saturday, November 4th [not broadcast but available as live streaming video]
06:00AM PST/ 09:00AM EST – Megas
08:00AM PST/ 11:30AM EST – Lido Pimienta
10:00AM PST/ 02:00PM EST – GlerAkur
12:00PM PST/ 04:30PM EST – HAM


Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
MarkMosherMusic.com
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Tune In Now: 13 Hour Electro-Music.com New Years Eve Concert

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Spread the word and tune in now to the 13 hour electro-music New Years Eve streaming event from my friends on Electro-Music internet radio. The event features 21 experimental and electroacoustic and electronic musicians from around the world.

Tune In

You can tune in via your computer or mobile device here http://electro-music.com/radio/

You can join the chat here.

Schedule

Note times are in GMT. Schedule in Mountain Time is below. Scroll down this page to see the schedule translated into your local time.

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Happy New Year,

Mark Mosher

 

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Watch Moogfest 2016 Live Stream

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Sad you didn't make it to Moogfest? Good news – they are streaming live from multiple locations http://live.moogfest.com. Use the tabs under the player at this page to switch rooms. Schedule is to the right of the player. The full schedule for the event is here http://sched.moogfest.com.

 

 

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Ring in the New Year with the Electro-Music.com New Years Eve Concert Live Streaming Event

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Members from the Electro-Music.com community from all over the world be be performing live streaming concerts on January 31st.

Tune in here http://radio.electro-music.com/index.php/.

Times on poster are GMT, but if you visit this page you’ll see the times translated to your local time http://electro-music.com/wiki/pmwiki.php?n=Radio.NextSpecialEvent

Live chat room is here http://electro-music.com/forum/chat.php

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Live Streaming SciFi Electronica + Dark Ambient Octatrack Improv – Today (9/23/2013) at 3pm MDT

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Post show update: If you missed the show live you can hear a recording using the soundcloud player below.

Here is the playlyst:

I played some tracks from my albums and offered behind-the-scenes composer and producer’s notes. I also performed an ambient improvisation in real-time with my Octatrack called  ‘Children Of The Gods Find The Weather Machine”

Playlist:
– Played the show in with a little “Orbiting Miranda” from album No Ghosts. Just Fear.
– “Midnight” from album REBOOT
– “Calibrating the Krell Educator Machine” which is an improv I posted on my SoundCloud account
– “Stealth” from the album REBOOT.
– “Children Of The Gods Find The Weather Machine” which I performed live
– “They Walk Among Us” from the album REBOOT.
– “Orbiting Miranda” from the album NO GHOSTS. JUST FEAR.

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Subscribe  my channel Mixlr channel to get notified of upcoming shows.

I’ll be hosting a live audio streaming session today at 3pm MDT  (5pm EST, 21:00 GMT) for 30 minutes. I’ll be playing a few tracks of my original scifi-inspired Elecgtronica albums and offering behind-the-scene notes. I’ll also do a live improvisation using field recordings on my Octatrack.

You can listen to the show and chat on http://mixlr.com/markmoshermusic/. You can also follow me on Mixlr if you want to be notified of upcoming shows.

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