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Replay of My Set + Full Concert for 8th B-Day Concert for Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet

The 8th B-Day party concert was really fun and loaded with great performances. Special thanks to Christoph for being our virtual stage manager.

My Performance

This is recording of my 10 minute set from the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet 8th birthday party concert. Music and visuals are performed in real-time.

I start by playing a song called “Light Runner” performed on an Elektron Digitone playing notes via MIDI from a Novation Launchpad Pro MK3. I then improvise and mangle a sample from the 50’s using an Elektron Octatrack. This is followed by followed by an improv jam with core patterns on Digitone with lead synth and arpeggios from an Elektron Analog Four MKII being played via MIDI from a Novation Luaunchkey Mini MK3.

Entire Performance

Here is the full concert performance (including the video above) with all 7 artists.

  1. 00:00 Welcome Message by host Mark Mosher
  2. 00:14 Dino J.A. Deane: Real-Time on the MPC-Live – One for the Beat Cypher – http://jadeane.com
  3. 04:38 Mike Bryant: Twisting knobs for quarantine therapy – https://www.twitch.tv/rebele93
  4. 12:14 Huston Singletary: Lo-fi ambient groove with Moog & Roland – https://hustonmusic.com
  5. 16:47 J.L. Kane: Hip Hop instrumentals – https://soundcloud.com/j-l-kane
  6. 28:25 Announcements of other upcoming events by stage manager Christoph https://www.instagram.com/monoscenes/
  7. 30:01 Mark Mosher: Grooves, Sample Mangling, & Interactive Visuals – https://MarkMosherMusic.com
  8. 40:17 Méchant Métrique: Ominous vibes with Elektron boxes – https://www.instagram.com/mechantmetr…
  9. 49:53 Victoria Lundy: Mood pieces and melodic Theremin – http://VictoriaLundyMusic.com
  10. 1:00:25 Sign off
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(Mark Mosher Music News) Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup

Hosting and Performing in an Online Concert Tonight

Heads up. I’m hosting and performing the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet’s 8th Birthday Online Concert.

Artists will be performing 10 minute sets on YouTube starting at 8:10 PM MDT.

Use this link to set a reminder and watch live https://youtube.com/markmosher/live.

[update July 9th – a replay of this concert is now available here.

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New Short Film: ENVIRONS 001 – Searching for Creatures That Fly

I’ve just published a new short film called “ENVIRONS 001 – Searching for Creatures That Fly“.

I composed the music first. It was an improvisation recorded in one pass. Then I shot the footage over a series of a few days. Then a half-day tranquil video editing session letting music inspire the edits and visual effects in 5 or 6 editing passes. A narrative and vibe emerged.

If you enjoyed this piece and have a moment please leave a comment :^)

Mark

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Octatrack Performance Videos Synth: Octatrak Video

Psychedelic Octatrack Soundscape – “I’m Going to Mary’s Party Tomorrow Aren’t You?”

Take a trip through a wormhole where captured signals from a 50’s PSA come streaming through your space helmet. You try to tune to some techno, but it doesn’t work.

Watch embedded YouTube video

Sample mangling with Elektron Octatrack MKII making heavy use of scenes and Designer LFO’s. Some manually tuning of the Comb Filter with slider as well.

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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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Live Multimedia Performance – B.E.A.T. Creative Technology Performances and Demos Event Friday May 22nd, 5PM MDT

I’ve schedule a YouTube Live event. Swing by now and click “Set Reminder”.

Watch Live / Watch the Replay

I’ve embedded the video in this post so if you happen to be here during the event you can watch live. If you are here after the event you can watch the replay.

For my portion of the event I’ll be streaming from my YouTube channel here.

Program

I was asked to perform 20-25 minutes. Below is my planned set list. Of course, things tend to be fluid when doing online streaming so this may shift.

  1. Stand By Loop – Music is a recording of “Slipping Into Stasis Entering Jump Gate 42” from the album Sonic Encounters Volume 02
  2. Gonna Rise Up – Live version of a song from the album Fear Cannot Save Us
  3. Replicant’s Dreams – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  4. Techno Planet 02 – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  5. Disconnected – Live version of single “Disconnected
  6. Light Runner – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  7. End Program – Audio excerpt from “They Walk Among Us” from the album Reboot

Artist Notes

Music

All music and sound will performed live and with live arrangement using the Elektron Analog Four MKI, Octatrack MKII, and Digitone. I will be performing on the machines directly and with the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and Launchpad Pro MK3.

Visuals

All visuals are generated in real-time with Resolume Arena 7, with live camera input from a Logitech C922X and other various sources. I control Resolume in real-time with Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and Launchpad Pro MK3.

Streaming

I’m streaming with OBS Studio with audio routed into a Yamaha AG06 audio interface with loopback. My talkback mic is a RØDE PodMic.

Show Credits

  • Mark Mosher: Music & Real-Time Visuals, Show Design, Show Producer
  • Chris Barr – Associate Producer, Testing, Chat Wrangler
  • Lizzy Mosher – Social Media
  • Victoria Lundy – Photoshop assist to trim the groovy speaker array image

Artistic Support

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Presenting Tonight (5/18/20) on Launchpad Pro MK3 + Trip Down Memory Lane with Launchpad

Presenting on Launchpad Pro MK3

I’ll be doing an online talk tonight (5/18/20) at 7:30 PM MDT on the Launchpad Pro MK3.

Subs Up & BAUG present: Using the Launchpad Pro MK3 w/ Ableton Live and Hardware at https://www.meetup.com/SubsUp/events/270647931/

Meet the Launchpad Pro MK3

The Launhpad Pro MK3 is an incredible deep and useful controller that goes way beyond being an Ableton Live controller. It can be used as a stand-alone MIDI Controller to send notes and chords. It also has a 4 track stand-alone sequencer with advanced features such as probability and mutation. You can have 8 custom modes where you basically make 8 different custom MIDI Controllers.

Live integration also much improved with new dedicated buttons. You can also combine stand-alone with Live using features like “Print to Clip”. Additionally you can send MIDI out 2 hardware output and USB simultaneously. The pads are full RGB, velocity and pressure sensitive. They feel great. Plus this thing is light and small.

What I’ll Be Talking About

I’m still refining my talk but here is a mind map outline of what I’m planning to cover.

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Launchpad Pro MK3 In Action

I just love this thing and I’m finding all sorts of uses for it. The video below is an example of using it stand-alone. I used the stand-alone sequencer to make this pattern and recorded into the Digitone. I then use the notes and chord mode to play the Digitone live.

While the video below is the sibling Launchpad X it illustrates the use of the velocity sensitive faders in a custom mode to control an effects processor.

I’m also using custom modes to control my visual software Resolume. More on this in a future post.

10 Years with Launchpad

In a related note this year marks my 10th year using Novation Launchpads. Here are a few pics

Through the years I think I’ve owned 4 different versions (all the ones in green below). When I bought the Launchpad Pro MK3 some accused me of needing some sort of intervention (Dino and Jeff) 😂.

A Few Videos of the LP PRO MK3 in Use

Here are some videos from my archives using previous generation Launchpads. First a video from 2010.

Here is a video from 2013 where I’m using a launchpad to move patch cables on a virtual synth.

Closing Thoughts

In closing I’ll say that the Launchpad series have been transformative and fun and I look forward to working more with the Launchpad Pro MK3.


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Bandcamp Subscription So Far

In this post I wanted offer a brief summary of subscriber-exclusives since I launched the subscription in mid-December to  give those who haven’t subscribed a sense for what’s happening over on the subscribers page 😀.

First off, thanks to all who have subscribed so far. I really appreciate it 🙏.

Subscribe-Exclusive Music Releases

In addition to the 12 releases in my back-catalog, subscribers are getting early access to the forthcoming soundscapes album Sonic Encounters Volume 03. Since the subscription went live I’ve posted 2 new soundscapes “Ancient Savanna (A Post Modern Ambient Bossa Nova Ice Cream Sandwich)” and “Antarctic Night” both over 5 minutes long.

Early Access to Videos and Deeper Notes

I posted many of my #Jamuary videos early to the subscribe page and offered more detailed composer and producer’s notes. In come cases I provided early access to extended versions of the videos.

Behind-the-Scenes Updates

I’ve offered around a dozen BTS updates.

Subscriber Access to “Electronic Musician’s Guide to Making Music with the iPad”

I’m writing a guide on making music with the iPad. It’s a work in progress but already has a lot of useful and time-saving info. I’m up to about 2,000 words. Subscribers have access to my draft. I’ll be updating this from time-to-time.

Learn More

If you want to learn more about the subscription which is only $15 a year (and you get to keep all releases you had access to after your subscription ends) visit https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/subscribe. Take a moment to watch the video which also doubles as a nice look back at my discography spanning back 10 years.

Cheers,

Mark Mosher

Electronic & Experimental Musician, Multimedia Artist, Event Producer
Boulder, CO
MarkMosherMusic.com

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All My #Jamuary Videos Along with Detailed Rig & Producer Notes

Last month I participated in #jamuary and created 7 new songs which I’ve posted as videos to this YouTube playlist. . It was really inspiring and freeing to just go for it and finish these short musical themes.

Via @truecuckoo … “The idea with Jamuary is to get going with what you have, and to help get comfortable sharing and performing little jams, and to get to know each other and appreciate what everyone is doing in the electronic music independent scene. Post a little music snippet every day of jamuary, or for as many of the days that you have the energy to. Browse the hashtag and get inspired. Get to know musicians you had never heard about, and perhaps even make some friends along the way.”

Below are the individual vids below (click on the pics of vids if you are reading this via email). The are numbered based on the day in January in which they were released.

Let me know if you have a favorite in the comments.

Day 04 Featuring the iPad and Resolume

I created the song from scratch in Korg Gadget. I’m still amazed at how fantastic these virtual Korg synths sound!

In this piece I used Korg’s emulations of the Arp Odyssey (Arp ODYESEi aka Lexington) and Korg Mono/Poly (MonoPoly aka Montpellier) for the leads. The bells from the gadget synth Helsinki which are bit-crushed. Drums are from various drum gadgets. The earth shaking smooth bass is from an emulation of the Korg MS20 (iMS-20 aka Memphis). I performed, arranged and mixed the piece in Gadget then rendered it out to AudioShare.

From there I normalized the audio and then exported to dropbox. To create the video I took a screen recording of the audio running in the AudioShare player on the iPad. I then trimmed that and used it as a source for Resolume. I then performed real-time synthesis using that video as a source.

Day 05 Featuring the iPad and Edradour 10 Year Single Malt Scotch

My #jamurary2020 Day 05 is improvised piano with Frippertonics looping with additional live sampling powered by Edradour 10 Year single malt scotch 🥃 😋.

I’m using a gorgeous virtual grand piano from the Korg Module app. I’m feeding that into the fantastic Audio Damage Enzo looper to do Frippertronics looping. Once I get some music rolling I live sample the looper plus live playing into the Samplr app. All this is being run through the gorgeous Eventide Blackhole reverb.

To learn more about Edradour visit there web site www.edradour.com. Here is a review of Edradour 10 Year youtu.be/pzSRKJlSMcE?t=336.

Day 06 on iPad and Launchpad Under the Watchful Eye of Gort

My #jamurary2020 Day 06 – under the watchful eye of Gort – is once again made all on one @Apple iPad Air with no external synths or audio processing. #aum is the host and the musical bed is a string part improvised with lovely @sugarbytesofficial Factory synth into an instance of the most amazing @audio.damage Enzo looper and a beat I created with most groovy @olympianoiseco Patterning 2.

I improvise a lead on @cmepro Xkey Air keys over the bed with the killer @korgofficial iMono/Poly synth and start fading in parts with the LaunchpadX. My lead and the musical bed start to fill up effects buffers in @sugarbytesofficial Turnado and I then improvize and control slicing in real-time with Launchpad X. The @Eventideaudio Blackhole appears throughout the signal flow to give the piece some sense of space.

Day 07 Performed on iPad at a Local Coffee Shop

I recorded my Jamuary2020 Day 07 synth improv video from Bittersweet Cafe in n Louisville, CO while enjoying a cappuccino ☺. One again this is on an @Apple iPad Air with no external synths or audio processing. #AUM is the host.

I started off by improvising a loop with a bell pad sound using @sugarbytesofficial Factory synth performed with GeoShred Pro as a MIDI controller using @audio.damage Enzo looper. I then used @audio.damage granular synth Quantum to make a textural bed underneath. The source is from an original field recording I made New Years Eve 2018 in a tube station in London. It’s about 200 people singing the same song as they jam into a tight tunnel to access tracks below ground. I build a loop using @audio.damage Enzo. The @Eventideaudio Blackhole appears throughout the signal flow to give the piece some sense of space.

I then live programmed the drums and bass elements using @olympianoiseco Patterning 2 with the circular grid and with real-time recording with pads on the glass. I finish off with a little distorted lead using GeoShred Pro with Factory synth.

A tech note – this was all battery-powered and also wireless as I used AirPod Pros to monitor the iPad and used AUM to record digitally record the session. GoPro Hero 7 was used for the video. It all fit into a small sling bag 😎.

Jamuary 2020 Day 13 – Nord Lead 4 Morph Mania

For my #jamuary2020 Day 13 I’m using only my trusty @nordkeyboards Nord Lead 4 with 3 custom presets from “init” arranged into a “performance” with a split.

For those not familiar with the Nord Lead 4, it has 4 complete synthesizers each with their own FX each. Presets called “programs” can be placed into one of four “slots”. Slots can be combined into “performances” where you can perform with all four slots in concert.

For EACH synth instance you create both impulse and continuous morphs which allow you to save states for pretty much any parameter in for the preset in a slot without changing presets 😮. You can save and trigger 7 impulse morphs per slot with impulse morph buttons on the left next to the wooden pitch stick. Morph buttons are momentary switches but you can latch them as I do 26 second mark. Continuous morphs are mapped to the groovy pumice mod wheel (or map this to an expression pedal).

I used this custom set of presets and “performance” when I performed as a special guest for the Boulder Laptop Orchestra (BLOrK) at the @cu_atlas Atlas Black Box at @cuboulder back in 2017. For this performance I used only the Nord Lead 4 with 14 programs each with a large number of morph states. Video here https://youtu.be/ScpItttfGlY.

In a somewhat related note I’m a @uccs_alumni so it was real treat to perform within the CU system 😀. #jamuary #improv #synth #blork #sounddesign

Day 22 – Nord Lead 4 Krell Plus Cat

Nord + Cat. That is all.

Day 29

My Day 29 #Jamuary is a #MusiqueConcrète piece I improvised using ONLY samples I recorded at my favorite barber shop @rockbarbers (http://www.rockbarbers.com/). A big thanks to Rock Barbers for allowing me bring my @zoomsoundlab H1n recorder to do a field recording session at their place 😀.

I made this using a @microsoft Surface Laptop 3 on Windows 10 with @Ableton Live, #Push 2, Wavetable, one drum rack and 3 instances of @audio.damage Quanta. This play-by-play below applies to the long version which is on YouTube here.

I start off playing an instance of Ableton Wavetable. I made a custom preset by importing the sound of a barber shaving cream hot lather dispenser to make a custom wavetable. The right waveform is barber shears. Further #SoundDesign from there to make it all an instrument. I play this on an Ableton #Push2 controller and record the notes I’m playing on-the-fly to create a MIDI loop. A bit of Echo and Reverb on this.

Once I get that going I move on the 2nd track which uses the most amazing @audio.damage Quanta granular synthesizer where I use a sample of barber shears. I improvise and record notes into a loop. I sweeten this using the Amazing Noises Outer Spaces @c74connect Max for Live reverb.

I move on to a 3rd track. Again I’m using Quanta. This time I’m doing granular synthesis using a field recording of the cash register drawer opening. The ding bell sound played across the keyboard and stretched with granular synthesis sounds a bit like chimes. Once again I use Outer Spaces as my reverb.

I move on to the 4th track, use Quanta yet again and this time the sample is the sound of a comb being banged inside a barber comb jar with Ableton Echo for effects.

I move on to the 5th track and bring things to a crescendo using an Ableton Drum rack loaded with samples of the footrest being dropped on an old barber chair, the sound of the razor strap on that old chair being jiggled, the din of the shop, shears, an electric clipper, the comb banging on the jar, and a blow dryer. I then start to fade dial back the energy and eventually return back where I started at Ableton Wavetable with a bit of barber shears.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast Coming to an End But Lives On as an Album Series + New Song

I first launched the Sonic Encounters podcast in almost 5 years ago in June of 2015. In June of 2017 I also started releasing podcast seasons as albums on Bandcamp.

Today I’m writing to let you now that I’ve decided to retire the podcast and continue forward with Sonic Encounters exclusively as an album series on Bandcamp.

So a big thanks all of you out there who listened to and subscribed to the past episodes. Below is more info on how to continue to stream or download past episodes plus get new songs as I release them.

Streaming and Downloading Past Episodes

You can still stream all past episodes that were released as albums for free via Bandcamp. The advantage of having these as Bandcamp releases is that you can also buy and then download high resolution audio versions of the songs and in some cases get bonus tracks.

Volume 03 is In The Works + New Song

Active subscribers to my bandcamp subscription (learn more here) get access to all my new music plus my entire back catalog of 12 releases which includes Volume 01 and Volume 02 of Sonic Encounters. Subscribers also get early access to Volume 03 which is in the works.

Subscribers get access to tracks of Volume 03 as I’m creating the album. As of this post, the album has 2 tracks from the podcast before I shut it down, plus a brand new track called…

“Ancient Savanna (A Post Modern Ambient Bossa Nova Ice Cream Sandwich)”.

It’s a soundscape with a narrative arc and is the third song on the forthcoming Sonic Encounters Volume 03 album. It’s filled with some throwback rhythms and gorgeous analog tones. 

Thanks for listening and subscribers thanks for your support!

Mark

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January Artist News: Doing Visuals tonight, Studio Update, New “Events” Category and “Now” Page…

A few updates.

Next Performance

First off, reminder that I’ll performing visuals for a show tonight (January 26th, 2020). Here is the official Facebook event.

Studio Album Update

In case you missed it, I’ve been working for over a year on my first studio album in over 5 years.

The songs have been composed and recorded. I’m in final mixdown and mastering.

I’m redesigning my studio space to make mixing and mastering more comfortable. I was originally going to get a bigger monitor speaker setup than my current 5″ but after doing some reviews I decided to go with smaller powered micro monitors so I can mix longer with less fatigue. I’m going to give iLoud Micro Monitors a try https://www.ikmultimedia.com/products/iloudmm/.

I’m also reworking my desk solution to get a sit/stand desk. Until I get this all worked out I’m taking a break on album production. Should have all this sorted in a week or two.

Jamuary2020

I’ve been doing subscribe-exclusive posts on Jamuary but haven’t put anything out as a blog post on this here yet. I’ll do a more formal blog post on this after January linking to all videos. For now check out the YoutTube playlist for the videos I’ve posted to date and to see new ones I finish before the end of the month https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLGCypErMVASYA4Je2sHhyGdqMP5Rs1TJG.

Web Updates

I changed my event pages work. I used to maintain a table with events in it. It was difficult to edit and keep up with. Inspired by my friend Victoria’s site https://www.victorialundymusic.com/, I decided to simply create a menu that links to posts categorized as “Events”. It took me a few hours, but I went back through every post spanning back to 2008 and to categorize events. So new upcoming and past events are simply here…

https://markmoshermusic.com/category/events/

I’ve created a new page called a “now” page. I bumped into this idea via after listening to Brian Funk’s podcast with CD Baby Founder Derek Sivers https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/1/23/derek-sivers-on-the-creative-process-and-making-music-music-production-podcast-149. I thought it was really interesting. After listening I swung by Derek’s web site and discovered and idea called a “now” page. Here is the concept https://sivers.org/nowff. If you have a site you might want to consider a “now” page in addition to your “about” page here is even more info https://nownownow.com/about.

This inspired me to create a “now” page for my artist site which is here…

https://markmoshermusic.com/now/

Cheers,

Mark

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Producing and Performing in Synth Patrol Record Store Takeover Saturday Dec 21, 2019


Saturday Dec 21st, 2019
1-3pm

Little Horse Vintage, Books, Vinyl
820 Main St.
Louisville, CO


Overview

I’m happy to announce a special event at Little Horse Books, Vintage & Vinyl in downtown Louisville. I’ve arranged with the owner to do a record store takeover with the Synth Patrol. It’s a perfect chance to do some holiday shopping and listen to some experimental music.

On this mission, the Synth Patrol squad will be meetup members The Aefonic (aka Brian Horsfield), Cold Future (aka Victor John), monoscene (aka Christoph Scholtes) and Newecho (aka me). We will be live sampling random needle drops on random or shopper-selected vinyl to improvise a live soundscape. I’ll accompany all this with psychedelic visuals. Here are some sample visuals.

This is an improvisational session and we’ll be performing from 1-3 continuously so feel free to come late or wander in and out.

Here is a walk through video of the space.

There is free parking downtown on the streets and at the Library. Within a two block radius you can grab lunch or drinks at one of many restaurants, shop for vinyl and vintage at Little Horse, listen to the performance, grab a beer at 12 Degree Brewing (which is in the same building), stroll about and buy local, wander over to Tilt Arcade, and/or finish off your afternoon at the amazing ice cream at Sweet Cow.


Players

Brian Horsfield (aka The Aefonic) – Modular

Victor John (aka Cold Future) – Elektron Octatrack

Mark Mosher – Interactive Visuals with live camera input, Ableton Live & Push 2

Christoph Scholtes (aka monoscene ) – Modular

Artistic Team

Mark Mosher – Director, Graphical Score, Opening Film, PR

Brian Horsfield – Rehearsal space

Victoria Lundy of Cuttlefish Arts – Synth Patrol brand identity consulting and logo


Thanks To…

Little Horse Vintage, Books, Vinyl

Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup Members.

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Announcing My New Bandcamp Subscription with Subscriber-Only Exclusives

I’ve launched a new Bandcamp subscription. Watch the video 4 minute video here https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/subscribe. Watch till the end as there is an Easter egg for those familiar with my alien invasion sci-fi themes albums :^)

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Audio and Video Recordings from Mosher-Deane Live MicroFreak Session at the Renaissance Room

Below is a live recording of the Mosher-Deane duo improvising with two MicroFreak synthesizers as their primary tonal source. This live session was recorded at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup on October 8th, 2019 in the Renaissance Room at La Vita Bell in Longmont, CO.

Teaser Video

First up just under a minute of some live footage from the show.

Full Audio Recording of the Set

Here is a 12 minute audio recording of the full performance.

All tonal elements are from one of the two MicroFreaks which were being performed live as well as processed and live sampled with further mlusical mainpulations. Samples were used for percussive elements.

Mark’s Rig

MicroFreak: (synth), audio out to Octatrack MKII
Octatrack MKII:

  • Track 1 – Flex machine for live sampling
  • Track 2 – Thru Machine to route input in from MicroFreak plus add FX
  • Track 3 – Pickup Machine with Filter and Delay
  • Track 4 – Pickup Machine with Filter and Reverb
  • Track 5 – Static machine for percussive samples
  • Track 6 – Static machine for percussive samples
  • Track 7 – Not used
  • Track 8 – Master FX – LoFi, Reverb

Dino’s Rig

MicroFreak: (synth), audio out to UCA202, usb to HUB
UCA202: (audio i/o) audio out – main output usb to HUB
QUNEXUS: (keyboard) usb to HUB
HUB: (usb hub) usb to iPad
IPAD5:

  • AUM – mixer
  • ch1- microfreak audio, effect – kleverb
  • ch2- samplr (live sampling microfreak
  • ch3- beathawk (percussion), effects – visual eq, blackhole, kosmonaut,
  • Ch4- master fader, effect – limiter
  • ch5- rozeta arpeggio
  • usb input from qunexus
  • usb output to beathawk

New Landing Page for Mosher-Deane

I’ve also created a new landing page with more pics and audio recordings of our work here http://MarkMosherMusic.com/MD.

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New Microsoft Surface Announcements Including Surface Laptop, Pro, Neo, and Duo + My Journey with Surface for Music Production and Performance So Far

My Journey So Far with Surface

I’m a big fan of design of Microsoft Surface computers and have a Surface Laptop and Surface Pro 4 that I use for every day computing and for music applications like Ableton Live and virtual synthesizers. I literally have trouble using computers that don’t support touch displays and pen – haha.

Using a Surface Pro 4 and Pen to Manipulate Ableton Wavetable

Here are just a few videos where I took advantage of the pen in synthesis.

I also use my Surface Laptop for my live Ableton Performances like this one.

Of course while the devices are super light and the designs are quite fantastic as a live musician we can always use more oomph and connectivity. So I was excited to hear that Microsoft held an event today announcing the new Microsoft Surface line updates plus a look into products they will be releasing all the way out to the holiday season of 2020.

Official Product Videos

There are some great new updates coming to the line. Here are the official product videos.

Surface Laptop 3

Yah, removable hard drive!

Make a more powerful statement with new Surface Laptop 3. Sleek and light, it travels with ease and delivers improved speed and performance, all-day battery life, and outstanding graphics. Now in two sizes and two elegant keyboard finishes. Fuel your ideas with Surface Laptop 3.

Product Page is here.

Surface Pro 7

At the office, at home or en route, new Surface Pro 7 adapts to the way you work with laptop-to-tablet versatility. And now, it delivers more power than ever, with a laptop-class Intel® Core™ processor, all-day battery, and improved graphics — plus more multitasking connections, including both USB-C™ and USB-A ports. More power from the Pro you know. Surface Pro 7.

Product page is here.

Surface Pro X

I didn’t find a product teaser for this but they cover it in the presentation summary below. Here is the product page https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surfacehttps://www.microsoft.com/en-us/p/surface-pro-x/8vdnrp2m6hhc-pro-x.

Featuring blazing-fast LTE connectivity,3 our thinnest Surface stands out with industry-leading performance and a stunning, virtually edge-to-edge 13” touchscreen. The Pen stores securely and recharges in the luxurious, Alcantara® covered keyboard, complete with backlit keys and large multi-touch glass trackpad.

New – Surface Neo

Ok, now for some very new designs starting with the Surface Neo. I see some incredible potential for electronic and multimedia creation and performance.

Coming Holiday 2020. A groundbreaking new dual-screen device that redefines how you get things done. With two 9” screens, a revolutionary 360° hinge, touch, pen, keyboard, and incredible new Windows experiences, Surface Neo enables you to do more, anywhere.

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Sonic Encounters S03-02: Turning Back the Rainforest Clocks

Update – Sonic Ecounters is not longer a podcast but an album series. Here is a blog post on this. This song is on available to my subscribers right now https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03.

I just released a new Sonic Encounters soundscape podcast episode “Turning Back the Rainforest Clocks“. Listen on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or with your favorite podcatcher.

Story:

Quite some time ago an alien child instantiated our reality using some silly game they found on their parent’s hand-me-down computer. As time went on they noticed the rainforests were being destroyed for a variety of reasons which would soon end the simulation. The child was quite attached to some of the people in the simulation and of course didn’t want to have restart the simulation all over again from beginning. So, without their parent’s permission, the child opted to buy the in-app purchase to heal the rainforests by turning back the rainforest clocks. Play now continues.

Composer Notes:

Improvised using original field recordings as sources from Australia including the city of Melbourne, and The Healesville Sanctuary (www.zoo.org.au/healesville/).

Cover Art Notes:

I manipulated a photo I took while walking to through the rainforest of Great Otway National Park on the way to Henderson Falls. Some of the trees are estimated to be over 200 years old.

Credits:

Story, Music, Cover Art by Mark Mosher
Copyright Mark Mosher 2019
My artist site is here MarkMosherMusic.com

About / Subscribe:

Sonic Encounters is a soundscapes podcast started in 2015. Each episode contains a story-driven original improvisational soundscape created with synthesis and sampling to capture, disassemble, reassemble, and shape the sounds around us. I also make all the episode covers.

Now in season 3, there are 22 past episodes with over 2 hours and 45 minutes of music. Show notes are in the description section within each episode on Soundcloud.