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

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. https://youtu.be/gBn3xEI1E4Y Thanks for listening, Mark Mosher Synthesist, Electronic Musician,... Continue Reading →

Octatrack MKI & MKII New OS 1.30B is Here! Check out What’s New.

The wait is over! Elektron has released a new OS for the Octratrack MKI & MKII. Download the new Octatrack MKI OS 1.30b here https://www.elektron.se/support/?connection=octatrack#resources What's New Here are some highlights I grabbed from the release notes included in the download. Sequencer Trig Conditions & Fills A trig condition parameter has been added to the... Continue Reading →

Elektron Octatrack MII vs Octatrack MKI – A Deeper Look Beyond the Bullet Points

[update 2017-11-01 The New OS is Here!!! Here is a new post on what's new with a link do the download.] This rather lengthy post offers a comparison of the original Octatrack vs the Octatrack MKII from my perspective as a long-time Octatrack user. [Update 2017-10-07] The MKII has release and the manual is online... Continue Reading →

Video: Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (CO2E) Live at Denver Noise Fest 2016

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (CO2E) had the honor of opening night 2 of the Denver Noise Fest 2016 on December 22nd, 2016 at Globe Hall. Here is a video of our performance. https://youtu.be/ZB2VFfyXeso As I mentioned in a recent post, the focus of our ensemble is on live improvisational performance of musique concrète. Thomas Lundy uses blocks... Continue Reading →

Notes on Octatrack’s Role in Carbon Dioxide Ensemble’s Upcoming Set for Denver Noise Fest 2016

I'll be performing with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble (Co2E) at Denver Noise Fest. The fest starts today on Dec 21st and our set is on the second night on the 22nd. See my recent article Spread the Word – Denver Noise Fest VII 2016 is On!!! December 21-22 Globe Hall. The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration... Continue Reading →

#MarkOctatrackDiaries – Celebrating Three Years of Octatrack

My Octatrack turns three this week. In taking a moment to look back over these years I'm blown away at how transformative this instrument has been for me. It has become THE most used instrument and workflow in my rig second to Ableton Live. The Octatrack was also the catalyst for my journey into the... Continue Reading →

Using Ableton Resampling to Distill Custom Zebra and Rayblaster Programs Into Octatrack (or any Sampler)

I've been invited to perform as part of a drone collective this Sunday a the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver (Facebook invite). The show has these rules. 1) one synthesizer per player 2) all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs) 3) play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects... Continue Reading →

Elektron Releases Octatrack OS 1.25G – What’s New

Elektron has released a minor update for the Octatrack - OS 1.25G. What's new: A regression caused static samples to be assigned a tempo of 300 BPM when loaded. Fixed. Trigless locks in the currently active bank were incorrectly converted into trigless trigs when restarting the machine. Fixed. You can download the update here: http://eu.elektron.se/support/?connection=octatrack... Continue Reading →

Catching Up With Sonic Encounters Podcast – Episodes 005-007

It's been a while since I mentioned my soundscape podcast Sonic Encounters so I thought I'd catch you up on a few episodes. FYI - you can subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes, or use this RSS Feed for your favorite podcatcher. Detailed show notes for each episode including notes on synths I used and production techniques at https://markmoshermusic.com/category/podcast/.... Continue Reading →

Flight-Friendly Hardware Synth Rig Part 2 – Backing Into Your Synth Rig from the Pelican 1510 Case

This is a follow-up to post "Flight-Friendly Hardware Synth Rig Part 1 - Switching to Hardware Rig for my Solo Set".  Over the last 5 years or so I've had the opportunity to fly to festivals. It's always a challenge of course to get your gear from here to there. One strategy I'd recommend is... Continue Reading →

Flight-Friendly Hardware Synth Rig Part 1 – Switching to Hardware Rig for my Solo Set

In my last post "Part 1 - Mark Mosher Cinematic Electronic Live - Boulder Synthesizer Meetup August 11, 2015" I shared a video of a solo set I played at the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup earlier this month. For years now when I've played my solo sets I've used an Ableton controllerism rig on the audio... Continue Reading →

Introducing (no)poem – A New Collaboration with Darwin Grosse + Heartland 2015 Tour

Things have been a little quite over here at Modulate This! HQ because I've been super busy working with my my good friend Darwin Grosse to form a new duo called (no)poem. Stay tuned for some upcoming behind-the-scenes posts where I'll share some insights into how we put the duo together as well as some notes on... Continue Reading →

Sonic Encounters Episode 004 Features Brand New Piece – “A Day In The Life Of A Krell Technician”

This next soundscape in Episode 004 is a 20 minute long soundscape. One thing I love about the podcast format is I can present these longer form works that you can listen to as you go about your day. If you need to pause the show, you can pick up where you left off. So... Continue Reading →

My New Cinematic Electronic Soundscape Marooned Now Available

Marooned is Now Available A Bandcamp exclusive with high-quality download in MP3, FLAC... includes digital booklet PDF containing 16 pages of liner notes, photos, and graphical score. I'm super excited to announce my new album Marooned is now available. This soundscape is in the same universe and is a prequel to my alien invasion concept... Continue Reading →

Are You Ready to Hear a Copper Heart Played with Dry Ice Fed Through to an Octatrack with Theremin Accompaniment?

Are you ready to hear a copper heart played with dry ice fed through to an Octatrack with Theremin accompaniment? Well here you go. Video of live concert footage: Concréte Mixer IV Denver - Co2 Copper Heart vs Octatrack vs Theremin with Thomas Lundy and Victoria Lundy. Recorded live at the Concréte Mixer IV concert... Continue Reading →

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