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Music Monday: New Album “Immeasurable” by onewayness (Adam Holquist) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner)

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Here is a cool brand new collaborative release called Immeasurable by two great electro-music artists and friends onewayness (Adam Holquist) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner).

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=76954954/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

You can listen/buy the album from Bandcamp http://mcsdnetlabel.com/album/immeasureable.

Immeasurable is the second full-length collaboration from onewayness (Adam Holquist / Erie, PA) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner / Indianapolis, IN), following 2012’s critically acclaimed The Sound of Thunder, which Star’s End Ambient Radio named as one of their Significant Releases of 2013.
Immeasurable is a long-form piece in four movements, based on the brahmavihāras (the “four immeasurables”), a series of four Buddhist virtues and the meditation practices made to cultivate them.  Metta – Loving Kindness, the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy; Karuna – Compassion, the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering; Mudita – Empathetic Joy, the attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings; Upekkha – Equanimity, the attitude of not distinguishing between friend, enemy or stranger, but regarding every sentient being as equal.

The piece combines deep drones and ambience, percussive and dub elements, and analog warmth from acoustic guitars, bowed strings, vintage electric piano, voice, and shruthi box, to build an ambient, pulsing, sparkling and joyful whole.

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released 29 March 2014
onewayness is Adam Holquist: electric & acoustic guitars, upright & fretless basses, wurlitzer 200, make noise shared system, marsynth wsb-b, soft synths, voice, effects
dRachemUsiK is Charles Shriner: marsynth morris box, msmb2 & wsb-a, ewi, shruthi box, wurlitzer 200, soft synths, programming, voice, effects
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered February 2014 at MCSD Studio by Charles Shriner with Adam Holquist
www.charlesshriner.com
www.onewayness.com
Copyright 2014 Adam Holquist, Charles Shriner. Naked Face Publishing ASCAP
Creative Commons Licensed CC-BY-NC

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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Music Monday: The Sound of Thunder by onewayness + dRachEmUsiK

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Onewayness (aka Adam Holquist ) and dRachEmUsiK (aka Charles Shriner) have collaborated on a wonderful new ambient drone album called The Sound of Thunder. I highly recommend buying it to get the high-rez download version at bandcamp for $6 (or more), or ordering the CD version here.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=3607282643/size=grande3/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

The Sound of Thunder was inspired by the final movement of T.S. Eliot’s ‘The Waste Land’, ‘What the Thunder Said’; and also by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, from which it draws heavily. Each movement is based on one of the four concepts from the Upanishad, as used by Eliot: Datta (Charity), Dayadhvam (Mercy), Damyata (Restraint), and Shantih (Peace). With the exception of Peace, which we have allowed to stand alone, the movements are intended to represent the conflict and resolution between these virtues and the ‘undesirable’ qualities that they are meant to keep in check.

credits

released 01 November 2012
onewayness is Adam Holquist:
SK-1, Marsynth WSB-a, lap steel, soft synths, voice, effects
dRachEmUsiK is Charles Shriner:
Marsynth Morris Box, EWI, soft synths, programming, samples, effects
Recorded October 2012 at MCSD Studio by Charles Shriner with Adam Holquist
Spoken text is from ‘The Waste Land’ by T.S. Eliot, read by Michael Dalling, and appears courtesy of librivox.org.
Professional shout-outs are humbly offered to the following: Joo Won Park, Damon Mar / Marsynth, AudioDamage, Kevin Schlei / Bit Shape Software

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SYNTHESIST MARK MOSHER, Boulder, CO 
Artist Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
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Music Monday: An Interview with Kent Barton (aka SEVEN7HWAVE) on His New Concept Album “CYBERIA”

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Denver artist Kent Barton (aka SEVEN7HWAVE) just released a new concept album called CYBERIA. I met first met Kent at the Ableton Colorado User Group a few years back when he was just starting down the path to create this album so I thought it would be interesting to hear about his creative process.  Oh, and Kent is also a member member of the new Boulder Synthesizer Meetup.

First I’ll offer some links to the album, then the interview followed by Kent’s social links. Kent is offering this new album ”name your price” over on bandcamp and as always I encourage a buy to show your support.

CYBERIA Album

Hong Kong: 2050 A.D. You're about to inject a dose of mind-altering nanobots. This is the soundtrack to your trip.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=1415150382/size=grande3/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

Concept and Production: Kent Barton
Mastering: Tarekith at Inner Portal Studio
Vocals on Brain Zaps: Brittany Patterson
Field Recordings on No Passengers, Kowloon Bay, and Brain Zaps: swuing
Field Recording on 0100000101001001: James Tobin
Muse: Brittany Patterson
Creative Inspiration: Mark Mosher, Marc Wei, Matt Stampfle, and the Denver Ableton User Group

Interview with Kent Barton

Mark: Tell us a little bit about your musical background. What instruments do you play and how did you first get interested in electronic music?

Kent: I had some formal classical training on the violin as a child. Even though I got tired of the instrument by middle school, it did a good job of wiring my brain for music. Fast-forward to the start of college, and I decided to pick up the guitar to emulate my metal heroes. That was my introduction to the world of songwriting, bands, live shows, and the search for the perfect tone.

Back around 2004, I discovered the Trance station on Shoutcast (!). A year or two later I got my first proper introduction to electronic music, clubs, and raves, with artists like Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, and Infected Mushroom. Eventually my waning interest in playing intricate guitar riffs was replaced by a newfound lust for producing music.

Mark: What inspired you to create an album about “mind altering nanobots” in 2050 A.D.?

Kent: I’ve always been a sci-fi freak with part of my brain permanently lodged in the future. Blade Runner was an obvious inspiration here, along with the cyberpunk movement. But it’s also a commentary on where we are today, and where we could be headed. Technology is a double-edged sword; it can liberate us or imprison us. The internet connects us all, but it’s also a giant Big Brother machine. These two opposing forces will be even more important in the future, as computers get smaller, faster, and implanted into our bodies.

Creatively, I was inspired by Reboot and I Hear Your Signals (editor’s note – I did not bribe Kent to say this :^) ). The idea of a badass album telling a story has been around for a long time (Operation: Mindcrime, I’m looking in your direction), but it never dawned on me to use the same technique for electronica until hearing these two albums.
 
Mark: What role did Ableton Live played in your creative and production process?

Kent: Occasionally I’d go lo-fi and hammer out a melody or chord progression on my guitar. But other than that, Ableton was the centerpiece of everything, from sketching out ideas to recording to arrangement to mixing. People keep bitching about when Live 9 is coming out. I honestly don’t care; the current version is powerful enough to do everything I want to do.
 
Mark: What were your go-to synthesizers for this project and what is it you like about them?

Kent: My mainstays were…

Sylenth1: When I think bass, I think old-school West Coast hip-hop smooth-ass warm sub. That’s what I was aiming for, and Sylenth delivered. I also used it for the pad sound on “Vimanas,” which was my obligatory nod to Vangelis.

Peach: This freeware, from Tweakbench, had exactly the chiptune sound I wanted for this album. Pure NES awesomeness…and it sounds even better with some spatial FX slathered on.

Plogue Chipsounds: I re-sampled Chipsounds for a lot of FX, as well as the main bleep lead on 0100000101001001. It’s an 8-bit emulation powerhouse.

Mark: There is a consistent palette throughout the album which helps give listeners a sense of the “universe” the story takes place in.  Did you have a sense of the palette from the beginning, or did this evolve as the production progressed?

Kent: Early on, I stumbled across a collection of incredible field recordings someone made while traveling in Hong Kong. This inspired the setting of the album. As I was writing, these served as the “glue” between each track. I also started with a simple equation that I thought might yield awesome results: Chiptune + Strings + Guitar – fusing the organic and electronic. But as the album evolved, I found myself downplaying the guitar element and bringing in more synth.
 
Mark: I love how you modulated the arpeggiator speeds in “No Passengers” and also changed the glitch speeds in “Brain Zaps”. Did you record real-time automation for this or use automation envelopes?

Kent:  The changing arp speed on “No Passengers” was recorded in one pass. I like to limit myself to one or two takes to capture the moment and avoid endless tweaking. “Brain Zaps” was one of those cases where I forget to connect a controller when I’m arranging a track. Rather than stop the workflow, I’ll just draw in the glitches by hand.
 
Mark: How do you feel composing against a story line helped you keep the project moving to completion?

Kent: Having a storyline was incredibly helpful. It created a common thread throughout the songs, and added visual elements to the creative process. Sometimes I felt like a movie director, rather than a producer. Creating an environment and living in it was also a huge help – especially when I was stuck and didn’t know where to go next.

I can’t recommend this enough. If you’re a producer looking for inspiration that can drive an entire collection of songs, try thinking of a story to tell. You don’t need a deep plot or characters. Just a simple concept is enough to fuel that creative spark.

Mark: What is your next musical project?

Kent: I’m working with an incredible animator/visual artist on a video for “No Passengers.” I’ll be releasing that shortly.

I freak out if I’m not writing, so I’m also cobbling together the building blocks for my next album. I feel like I’ve found my own sound with Cyberia, Now I’m excited to evolve it and take it in new directions.

Links for SEVEN7HWAVE

Electronic Musician, Boulder CO
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#MusicMonday: New Ultravox Album “Brilliant” Featuring 80s Lineup

I can clearly remember the first time I heard an Ultravox song. Back in the early 80's I was watching a cable show called “Radiovision” produced by a local radio station KILO (awesome call sign right?) in Colorado Springs. They were playing videos by bands like the Pretenders when all of the sudden the song “The Thin Wall” came on. I loved the song and the video and I was hooked and Ultravox became an influence.

Through the power of the interwebs, you can watch this very video right now :^)

Fast forward to 2012 and on May 28th Ultravox released their first new album since 1994 featuring the 80s lineup of Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann.

If you’re a fan, I think you’ll enjoy this release as the style an instrumentation of the songs are classic Ultravox with the band being at the top of their game.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon… checkout Ultravox’s official store site for links. They are touring Europe in the fall and you can see their schedule here. I’m really hoping they add a US tour leg as I’ve never had the chance to see them live.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

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Music Monday: New Album by Fluorescent Echo – Glow (With Detailed Notes on My Remix of “Now is Now”)

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In the late 80’s and earl 90’s while I was playing in the Head Full of Zombies in Colorado Springs, Fluorescent Echo was rocking the Boulder scene with synth pop. I never bumped into them back then but I did end up meeting Fluorescent Echo’s songwriter, programmer, producer and backup vocalist Heather Valey out on twitter. Now a sound designer in Austin TX, she and Denver-based members J. Forest Kelly (vox) , and Michael Smith (guitar) have reformed to release a brand new album called Glow.

There a 5 original synth driven songs followed by a cover of “Warm Leatherette” . The rest of the album is made up of 5 remixes of the original tracks. I was honored to have been included and remixed the song “Now is Now”. Listen to the original here, and my remix here.

You can buy the album here as a digital download (MP3, FLAC, AAC…) which includes lineR notes and scans of a lyrics notebook which is super cool. That same site has link if you’d also like a phyiscal CD.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=2403799718/size=grande2/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

Remix notes on “Now is Now”

I worked on the remix over a three week period in January. My notes are below:

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Music Monday: “Digital Graffiti” a Free Compilation Album by Denver/Boulder Producers

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I have something special for your Music Monday. It’s a new compilation album called Digital Graffiti Volume One featuring 7 tracks from 5 Denver/Boulder Artists including yours truly :^).  Kudos to Kent Barton (SEVEN7H WAVE) for all the time he put into this. I’m super honored that Kent included me.

One thing that all these artists together is that we all met through the Ableton Denver User Group (which is now going two-and-half years old). So, that said, don’t be a complete studio vampire and get out of your basement from time-to-time and find others on the same path. There is strength in numbers and sharing ideas.

There are a few other reasons I’m sharing this as my Music Monday. First it contains seriously cool tracks so get out your nice headphones. Second,  to give you a glimpse of the strong indie original electronic music movement in Denver. I feel very lucky to have settled here.  Third, to encourage you to band together with your local and interweb friends work on collaborations like this. It’s a great way to get more exposure for your music and get to know your fellow artists better. It also helps break down genre barriers and allows the promotion of electronic music in general.

About the Album

YOU HAVE ENTERED A GENRE-FREE ZONE. Turn up the volume and listen as six Denver producers break new musical ground. released 10 April 2012

Featuring (click links to read bios that Kent pulled together including links to artist sites)…

Chris Lawhead
Kent Barton – SEVEN7H WAVE
Mark Mosher
Mike Stacey – Circle Six
Marc Wei – DJNSM
Brad House – Dubokle

Album Cover by

Brandon Loyche @ I'm Hidden Deisgn

Arranged & Lightly Mastered by

Kent // SEVEN7H WAVE

Download Now

Immediate download of 7-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Listen Now

 

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=2934802263/size=grande2/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
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Music Monday: “… At The End Of It All” by c.db.sn (Chase Dobson)

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This week, my Music Monday pick is the new album … At The End Of It All by friend and fellow Denver-based artist Chase Dobson (aka c.db.sn).

chasedobsonI got to know Chase through the Ableton Colorado User Group and have enjoyed watching his career take off on the Ableton front. In 2011, he was the Playback System Technician for Mike Posner’s tour and is the Ableton Programmer for Dia Frampton‘s (2nd place finisher on the TV Show “The Voice”) upcoming tour in support for Blake Shelton.

… At The End Of It All is Chase’s second full-length original album and is loaded with beat-driven instrumental electronic songs. Behind the big glitchy up front drums are great sounds, sub-woofer stressing basses, and textures that will transport you to a dystopian setting. The production quality is fantastic.

My personal favorite track “As If December Never Happened”  which starts off with an ambient piano intro. The song really takes off when glitched-out beats kick in. Act 3 of this song transitions to a pulsing ethereal movement. In this section – at 3:13 – there is a looped element with radical loop length changes taking it from glitch to tonal. Awesome!

The attention to detail within the slices, the way Chase works the space around the slices, and the careful balancing of each piece with dark tonal pads are what makes this album stand out for me.  Listen, to the track “Airport [Never_Land]” with headphones on and and you’ll hear what I mean as the sliced elements morph in tonal character throughout the piece.

I’ll leave it to you to discover more sonic surprises and subtle melodic motifs for yourself.  You can listen to a preview and buy the album up on Bandcamp. Pass it on…

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=3938744211/size=grande2/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
Artist Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html

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Music Monday: Mark Mosher’s Set from Radio.Electro-Music.com Halloween 2011 Online Streaming Concert

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For this Music Monday I’m featuring my live set from yesterday’s Halloween 2011 Online Streaming Concert over at Radio.Electro-Music.com. The 29 minute recording (CC-BY-NC)  is a high-fidelity stereo capture from the stream in it’s entirety so get those studio headphones out or play on kick ass system!

You can listen on the embedded player below, on SoundCloud or download the mp3. Pass it on :^)

http://player.soundcloud.com/player.swf?url=http%3A%2F%2Fapi.soundcloud.com%2Ftracks%2F26801719
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Note that the intro was re-recorded later that day as I forgot to turn on the stream recorder till I was 45 seconds in – doh. The rest of the audio is from the actual stream with one edit to remove 30 seconds of dead air when I experienced a minor issue.

Set List:

1) "Welcome to the Inferno" Sound Design Cue from Inferno Haunted House (recording)
2) "Mad Carnival" Sound Design Cue from Inferno Haunted House (recording)
3) "Icy Caves" Sound Design Cue from Inferno Haunted House (recording)
4) "They Walk Among Us" from REBOOT (recording)
5) "I Can See Them" from the album I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS (performed live on Percussa AudioCubes)
6) "Before We Wake" from forthcoming album (performed ive on Theremin pitch-to-midi with AudioCube )
7) "Dark Signals" from I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS (performed live AudioCubes, keys, Theremin, Tenori-On)
8) "Celebration and Voices" from I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS (performed live on Launchpad grid)
9) "Infected" from REBOOT (recording)
10) "Intercept Transmission" structured improvisation (performed live on Launchpad grid)

Thanks

  • Paul Harriman from Electro-Music who encouraged me to get involved with their online community and also pointed me in the right direction for tools in this regard. Paul you don’t know what you started – lol.
  • Jack Hertz for organizing the concert, creating a cool poster, for helping me to test my rig and for taking the time to teach me how to manage connections and hand-offs to electro-music’s ports.
  • Gregg Cannady who was kind enough to loan me a Theremin for the show as I broke mine just before the show (long story)

Notes on Studio Modifications for Live Streaming

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On a technical note, this concert, and my audio/video broadcast  from Boulder to the Pacific Northwest Synth Fest  (talk and performance on Percussa AudioCubes) is the culmination of about 4 elapsed weeks of work to reorganize my studio space to accommodate this sort of performance. Part of that is investing the time to become very comfortable adding another layer of elements to manage while I perform live – so lots of rehearsal.

I’ve learned a lot about using a second system to push high-fidelity video through Skype, USTREAM, and a Shoutcast client. This includes ways to monitor my rig and the conversation in the same set of headphones. I’ll do a post on this in the future which should save you time if you want to get into this sort of thing.

For now, checkout this sound check video I did live to USTREAM. Watch the embedded video below or watch the video on USTREAM. I really get the lights going at 3:16 :^)  I plan on doing a lot more live online performances so if you want to get notified sign up for my newsletter. I’m thinking about doing some behind-the-scenes videos for those who “Join the Crowd”

Happy Halloween!

With all that I’ll just wish you a safe and happy Halloween!

Mark Mosher
Electronic/Experimental Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

Synth Geek Blog: http://modulatethis.com/
Artist Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Music Monday: Armen Ra “Plays The Theremin”

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I was first introduced to Armen Ra’s music through the radio show and podcast Spellbound, a brief program of music for theremin where I heard the song “Dle Yaman”. The song is both beautiful and haunting. I immediately bought his album Plays the Theremin which is simply fantastic.

Most of the songs have sparse accompaniment leaving plenty of breathing room for the Theremin virtuoso’s dynamic emotive playing style to shine through in each piece. The exception to this rule “The Call” which is beat driven. In some cases Armen over dubs with additional Theremin parts. For example in the track “Garouna”, at the 0:53 mark, he plays another line an octave up but dancing around timing of the first line which really adds tension to the piece. The entire album is great so I recommend you give it a listen and support Armen’s indie work with a buy.

You can buy the album on iTunes US, iTunes UK/EU, or Purchase Physical CD.

In other Armen Ra music news, he will also be appearing on an episode of CSI which will air around Halloween, and his tracks will be be on NPR’s Nationally syndicated show Hearts of Space (most stations will run it on October 16 – check local listings http://www.hos.com/#stations).

Videos

Armen has a YouTube channel so I thought I’d include some videos. Here is a video of the song "Crane” which is track 2 on the album.

Here is another video Theremin CHOPIN NOCTURNE ARMEN RA rehearsal. This song is not on the album but I thought I’d include it as it shows off Armen’s Theremin skills which he’s been developing since 2001.

 

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Mark Mosher
Electronic/Experimental Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

Synth Geek Blog: http://modulatethis.com/
Artist Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Music Monday: Tara Busch “The Rocket Wife EP” A Benefit for the Bob Moog Foundation + Remix Contest

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Back in late August Tara Busch (http://analogsuicide.com/)  released The Rocket Wife EP. Sales of the album benefit the Bob Moog Foundation. The album is available on bandcamp and I’ve embedded a preview below. It’s a great EP with some cool ethereal tracks featuring Tara’s awesome synth work and vocal stylings. Give it a listen below and please buy to support Tara’s art and donate to a good cause.

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=3823042275/size=grande2/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

Remix Contest Ends October 15th

There is also a remix contest associated with the album. 17 stem tracks from the title track of the EP, Rocket Wife. The stems are here http://bobmoogfoundation.bandcamp.com/album/rocket-wife-remix-contest.

According to the Bob Moog Foundation Site:

All submissions should be uploaded to the “Rocket Wife” group on SoundCloud via this link:

http://soundcloud.com/groups/rocket-wife-remix-contest-tara-busch-and-the-bob-moog-foundation

The Bob Moog Foundation will announce three winners on November 10, 2011. The winners will have their remix posted on the BMF Bandcamp site where it will be available for sale, with proceeds benefiting the Foundation. The grand prize winner will receive a framed limited-edition archival image of Bob Moog, a selection of BMF merchandise, and the opportunity to collaborate virtually with Busch on a track where she will supply vocals and synth soundscapes.

All Proceeds Go To Bob Moog Foundation

Tara was quoted on the foundation’s web site as saying:

“I’m excited and inspired by their quest to educate children and adults alike about ‘the intersection of science & music’ and hopefully this EP will help introduce more people to the Bob Moog Foundation. One hundred percent of the profits from the EP and the remix stems will be donated to the Bob Moog Foundation.”

Song Notes

1) Rocket Wife: A bombastic, orchestral- electronic theme written from the perspective of a wife of a doomed astronaut about to embark on what will be his final flight. I’m a big fan of juxtaposing dark, melancholic subject matter with big, flourishing melodies, M-Tron Pro Mellotron strings and rich,1930′s Disney- style backing vocals. I used my Minimoog Voyager extensively for sound effects and also prominently featured the Moogerfooger Ring Modulator. I used the Moogerfooger Analog Delay on one f the lead vocal tracks, and backing vocals were filtered through the Moogerfooger MF 101.

2) Calendura: Simultaneously childlike and threatening, this song tells the story of a woman overcome with jealousy, beside herself at the thought of losing her love to a far more desirable woman named “Calendura”. The basis the song relies on my Casio SK! and Omnichord OM 27 spitting out a drum loops into the Moogerfooger Ring Modulator, Lo Pass Filter & Analog Delay. These were edited & “sewn together” with a big kick courtesy of Native Instruments’ Battery 3. Also featured is the M-Tron Pro Mellotron and shades of Moog Voyager bass pushed through the Moogerfooger Freq Box at the very end.

3) Motorcrash– I felt this song was appropriate to add as it features my very first adventure using Moog gear in a recording that I created on my own. Dating back to 2006, I used my newly acquired Fender Rhodes to pin down the main melody & popped it through my Moogerfooger 12 stage phaser. Excitement mounted as I discovered how fantastic my Etehrwave Theremin sounded through the MF 103 and into the MF 104…it was with this song, I became curious and hungry to constantly reinvent and “make new sounds”. My bandmate, Mike Walters popped in later to add beautiful swoops on his Minimoog Model D and his widely beloved invention, the Melloman (the Mellotron make with Sony Walkmans).

Mark Mosher
Electronic/Experimental Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

Synth Geek Blog: http://modulatethis.com/
Artist Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Music Monday: Speakeasy by dRachEmUsiK

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I picked up the Speakeasy CD by dRachEmUsiK at the merch table at Electro-Music 2011 and it’s now in my favorites playlist.

dRachEmUsiK is the most recent project by international, award wining electronic musician, sound designer and producer Charles Shriner. I first met Charles last year at EM2010 and really enjoyed seeing his live performances and got to take part in a jam with him in 2010 as well. Here is a photo of one of one of dRachEmUsiK’s live performances at EM 2011.

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Charles describes Speakeasy as “Studio versions of improvisations done at parties. Mid-tempo grooves with simple melodies and improvisation floating on top of of glitchy, swirling backdrop.”

You can buy digital album on Bandcamp and get the physical CD on CD Baby. Give it a listen in the embedded player below and of course you should buy it it help support Charle’s art.

 

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=1628234289/size=grande2/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

http://modulatethis.com/
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Music Monday: New Studio Album by Gary Numan – “Dead Son Rising”

Gary Numan has a new studio album called Dead Son Rising.

The new album developed out of a set of demos the singer had left from previous projects, but as he explains: ‘The original ideas that sparked off these songs are now barely visible. It’s grown into another animal, something more experimental.”

Produced and co-written by Ade Fenton ( Numan’s collaborator on 2006’s Jagged), the material ranges from the heavily anthemic ‘The Fall’ (written about ‘an old friendship gone bad’) to the Arabic and ghostly ‘We Are The Lost’ and one of the standout moments, the brooding ‘Dead Sun Rising’. The latter both contain elements from a sci-fi fantasy story Numan has been writing over the last few years. Meanwhile, troubled relationships are explored on ‘For The Rest Of My Life’ and Not The Love We Dream Of’, and there’s also room for two instrumentals (‘Resurrection’ and ‘Into Battle’), showcasing some of the ‘soundtrack-type’ material that Numan and Fenton have been working on recently. It all adds up to one of Numan’s most atmospheric albums – one for those who loved his B-side experiments in the past but also containing some very direct, streamlined electronic rock in the likes of ‘Big Noise Transmission’, ‘The Fall’ and ‘When The Sky Bleeds, He Will Come’.

Track Listing

1. Resurrection
2. Big Noise Transmission
3. Dead Sun Rising
4. When The Sky Bleeds He Will Come
5. For The Rest Of My Life
6. Not The Love We Dream Of
7. The Fall
8. We Are The Lost
9. For The Rest Of My Life (Reprise)
10. Into Battle
11. Not The Love We Dream Of (Piano Version)

Available Now

Dead Son Rising is available  through Gary Numan’s Official Shop and now is also on iTunes.

STANDARD DIGI-PACK: £9.99
Dead Son Rising CD

DELUXE EDITION: £21.99
Dead Son Rising CD
DVD with ‘The Fall’ promo video, interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, gallery and slide show (I’m assuming this is PAL format so you might want to inquire about this before buying)
24 Page hardback booklet

SUPER DELUXE EDITION: £84.99 (This edition is delayed till end of September)
Dead Son Rising CD
DVD with ‘The Fall’ promo video, interviews, exclusive behind-the-scenes footage, gallery and slide show.
48 Page ‘Art book’
Each copy is numbered
Signed Gary Numan Print
Gatefold Vinyl of Album
Exclusive 12 inch single containing remixes of The Fall by Motor and South Central

Videos Containing New Album Material

Here is the super creepy and super awesome video promo for “The Fall" to give you taste for what you are in for.

Tour

Gary is going on tour to support the album – see http://www.numan.co.uk/tour/. I saw the Pleasure Principle tour last year and it’s one of the best shows of last year for me so you should definitely check it out. Here are my pics from Gary Numan’s Denver show in 2010.

http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=107931

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

http://modulatethis.com/
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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(Modulate This) Music Monday New Electronic Music

New Music Monday: Thereminist May Roosevelt’s “Haunted” Album

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According to May Roosevelt – “IT IS TIME FOR THE DEAD TO HAVE A WORD WITH THE LIVING” and she delivers through her album Haunted. Her web site describes the album:

"Haunted": The Strange Musical Case of May Roosevelt

May Roosevelt's new album "Haunted" opens doors to phantoms of the past. The work's eight musical compositions are supernatural entities of modern technology that hover in the air, bursting open the chest of rustic tradition only to be transformed into rhythms of Greek dances.

Following "Panda, a story about love and fear", composer and thereminist May Roosevelt uncovers a dark and reclusive universe defined by motion and dance. "Haunted" starts with the zeibekiko dance rhythm in 'The Unicorn Died', which was composed and presented for the first time in London at the Red Bull Music Academy in February 2010. The original idea evolved through an intense speculation about the place held by traditional Greek rhythms in the canon of Greek electronic music. This exploration subsequently led to the creative transformation of eight different Greek dances presented in "Haunted".

The Theremin, a very complex instrument yet absolutely submissive to the hands of May Roosevelt, was used to create a plethora of curious sounds ranging from wind and stringed instruments to an imitation of human voice. The Theremin's unique sound also shifted from a bagpipe (in 'Oomph') to a Pontic Lyre (in 'Mass Extermination'), and from a clarinet (in 'Vow') into a violin (in 'Dark the Night'). Through the use of electronic beats to form each rhythm alongside synthesizers and vocals, May Roosevelt attempts to embed anew Greek musical idioms within contemporary music while retaining all their respectable characteristics.

The title "Haunted" – inspired by the idea of hauntology, introduced by French philosopher Jacques Derrida – defines the concept and underscores the character of the compositions: The phantoms of the past and the spirit of future, mingled, haunt the music of May Roosevelt.

Here is two videos from her Vimeo channel featuring songs from the album to give taste.

If you like instrumental electronic music and you love theremin you are sure to enjoy this excellent album! I’m on my third listen already! Haunted indeed.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com