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Check Out Brian Funk Music Production Podcast #165 with Isotonik Studios Founder Darren Cowley

I’m a huge fan of Isotonik Studios Max for Live Devices. I really enjoyed Brian Funk’s interview with Darren Cowley founder. It was interesting to hear how Isotonik Studios came about and also learn about a lot of the free giveaways they are offering each week to help us make more of our time inside.

Below is the YouTube video of the interview. You can also find links to listen in your fav podcatcher and get show notes using the link below.

http://Full Post and Show Notes: https://brianfunk.com/blog/2020/4/12/darren-cowley-of-isotonik-studios-music-production-podcast-165

Darren Cowley runs Isotonik Studios, a site that offers products for Ableton Live, Max for Live, Novation Circuit, and more. Isotonik Studios has grown into a small army of developers releasing exciting products to producers.

Darren and I have been trying to coordinate a podcast for years. It was worth the wait. We spoke about his beginnings as a DJ, how he developed and shared his DJ template, and how an artist’s donation for his DJing template helped him begin Isotonik Studios.

During the COVID-19 lockdowns, Isotonik is offering free “stay at home” products. The offerings change on a regular basis so be sure to check them often.

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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.

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Season 03 of Sonic Encounters Podcast Is Underway with New Soundscape “Please Press 3”

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’m happy to announce that season 03 of the Sonic Encounters soundscapes podcast is under way with a new song called “Please Press 3“. Sonic Encounters began 4 years ago and this new soundscape brings us to 22 songs and over 2 hours and 40 minutes or original music.

Each episode contains original improvisational soundscapes and songs created with synthesis and sampling to capture, disassemble, reassemble, and shape the sounds around us. Episode covers are original art as well.

Season 1 and Season 2 are also available in album form here markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-e…ers-volume-01 and markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-e…ers-volume-02.

S03:EO1 Please Press 3″

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Story:

It appears the menu has changed. Please Press 3.

Composer Notes:

I thought I’d kick off this season with something more experimental with some off-the-grid playing and when I’m on the grid – lots of extreme tempo changes ranging from 80 BPM – 764 BPM.

Credits:

Music, voice, lyrics, and cover art by Mark Mosher
Copyright Mark Mosher 2019

http://SonicEncounters.com
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New Sonic Encounters Ambient Soundscape “Of Snow and Light”

“Of Snow and Light” is episode 8 of the Sonic Encounters podcast season 2. It’s an original soundscape featuring some warm classic synth sounds and pads. “Of Snow and Light” is episode 8 of the Sonic Encounters podcast season 2. It’s an original soundscape featuring some warm classic synth sounds and pads.

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sonic…pes/id1005123672, for with your favorite podcatcher feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundclo…182/sounds.rss or follow on Soundcloud.

Photo is from a very unique skiing experience I had at Copper Mountain Colorado where I got to ski at night in a snow storm with only a headlamp and ambient light.

Music and cover art by Mark Mosher
Copyright Mark Mosher 2019

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Sonic Encounters Season 2

Season 2 has begun. Each episode contains original improvisational soundscapes and songs created with synthesis and sampling to capture, disassemble, reassemble, and shape the sounds around us. Show notes are in the description section within each episode on http://SonicEncounters.com.

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Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
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Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 13 – Replicant’s Lament

Composed and performed in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

Credits

replicants-lament-cover

Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

Inspired by the movies Blade Runner and Soldier. In one session, I improvised and composed a set of musical motifs. I then mixed and arranged these motifs into the finished piece.

Instrumentation

I used the gorgeous sounding U-HE virtual synthesizers for this piece.

  • Hive (3 instances)
  • Zebra 2.5 (1 instance)
  • DIVA (1 instance)
  • Bazille (2 instances)

All the tracks use custom presets from INIT except one.

Instrumentalities

Improvised and composed with keys, grid, and mouse.

  • Novation Remote SL 25 MK2 Keyboard
  • Ableton Live 9.6.1
  • Windows 10
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Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 012 – Tonalities from Orbit #2

This is the Krell again. We are beaming a 2nd tonality to your station. Are you receiving?

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Credits

013 Tonalities from Orbit #2-cover

Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

This is another piece inspired by the ground-breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron on the film Forbidden Planet.  I use oscillators as the primary source for the piece.

Blofeld + Launchpad Pro + Octatrack
Blofeld + Launchpad Pro + Octatrack

The soundtrack is live improvisation using the Waldorf Blofled synthesizer with custom programs from INIT. The Novation Launchpad Pro grid performance instrument was used to perform notes with pressure on the Blofeld. In addition to live manipulation of the Blofeld through it’s hardware interface, I  live sampled and live looped the audio coming out of the Blofeld into an Electron Octatrack. From there I used the Octatrack’s chromatic mode, morphing with crossfader, and did live sequencing with trig automation. The Octatrack also provided additional effects.

I recorded a video of me performing this piece in the studio https://youtu.be/atDFO0YnnrI

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Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 11 – Tonalities from Orbit #1

This is the Krell. We are beaming tonalities to your station. Are you receiving?

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Credits

012 Tonalities from Orbit #1-cover

Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

This is another piece inspired by the ground-breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron on the film Forbidden Planet I use oscillators rather than samples as sound sources for this piece.

The piece is a live improvisation on the Nord Lead 4 using only expressive real-time synthesis around a single original program from INIT. I recorded a video of me performing this piece in real-time www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvPO_N__LB8.

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Sonic Encounters Swarm of the Nanobots

[Update – Fixed a broken link to the audio file so I could feature this as #TBT]

The swarm of the Nanobots is approaching.  This micrtonal mayhem is an exploration of swarming notes and joyous distortion that was inspired by the Dewanatron Swarmatron instrument. I performed and recorded this in one real-time pass with no edits on an Elektron Octatrack.

Credits

011 Swarm of the Nanobots cover

Music and cover art by Mark Mosher

Performance and Production Notes

Inspired by the Swarmatron

This piece was inspired by the Dewanatron Swarmatron (http://www.dewanatron.com/instruments.php?page=swarmatron).

“The Swarmatron was created to produce eight tones tuned approximately to one note, each tone slightly different in pitch to produce a complex and natural choral effect.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast SO1-E09: I’m Completely Operational, and All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly

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Story

The sound of what is going on inside the HAL 9000’s mind as he’s speaking “I’m Completely Operational, and All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly” to the crew.

Performance and Production Notes

Photo of Nord Lead 4 and Octatrack taken at a recent concert performance

This piece was improvised and performed on the Nord Lead 4 and the Elektron Octatrack. It was recorded in one real-time pass with no edits.

All the synthesized source sounds are from my original Lead 4 presets. I live sampled and looped the Nord Lead 4 into the Octatrack and performed most sonic movement in realtime on the Octatrack.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 009 – Take a Trip on the Train from Devil’s Gate Depot

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Story

Ready to take a “trip” on the The Georgetown Loop Railroad? Your journey starts at Devil’s Gate Depot as you stand between the cars and hear the sounds of this historic narrow gauge train as it rounds a tight bend. Things morph from there… enjoy the psychedelic ride.

Production Notes

Field Recording Notes

I recorded these field recordings on The Georgetown Loop Railroad which is about 45 miles West of Denver.
  • Date & Time: December 7th, 2014
  • Location: Georgetown Loop Railroad, Georgetown, CO | Departing from Georgetown Devil’s Gate Depot
  • Recorder: Zoom H2N
  • Format:  44.1kHz/24bit 120 degree stereo

“one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. In 1973, the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park.” More here… http://georgetownlooprr.com/.”

I’ve lived in Colorado since I was 7 and had never been on this train! They have all sorts of themed runs (Octoberfest, Dinner trains, Big Horn Sheep Festival…) and I highly recommend you try it you come out Colorado way. We took the “Santa’s North Pole” adventure 12:40pm run.

While I was not allowed to travel between cars (because it’s a narrow gauge  and runs along mountain drop offs and on high bridges), they allowed me to stand outside the closed door of the car between cars. This being the case I got some AWESOME recordings isolated from other passengers for the most parts. Lots of great wheels squeaking, flexing of the old cars, coupler noise, and sometimes engine noise.

 Instrumentation & Performance Notes

Octatrack

I used only the Elektron Octatrack. I configured the machine to use 4 tracks made up of 3 field recordings from the session mentioned above each with their own insert effects. One track was used twice with a different set of effects. I also had the Octatrack configured to use track 8 for two master effects.
After setting up the patch for the Octatrack, I rehearsed the piece a few times experimenting with different effects, expressive morphs, and notes. I then recorded the piece in one real-time pass without edits.

The piece begins with the raw field recording of the train as it goes around a tight turn. It’s just such an amazing set of sounds I wanted to offer the listener context and a taste of the harmonic content of the original source material before I took things to another place. I then manually play and improvise from there performing the notes in chromatic mode and heavily manipulating the field recordings as the piece progresses.

Near the end of the piece I’m using effects like comb filters to create what sound almost like long tremolo strings. Another fun thing for me was manipulating rail noise through a comb filter and delay and then changing the delay time (which changes pitch) to create what almost sounds like an arpeggio of pizzicato strings notes.

It was a super fun piece to create and perform as the train field recordings offered some amazing harmonic content! I’ll most likely revisit these source samples in a future episode.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 007 – Descent Into Ancient Ice Cave

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Story

This is the soundtrack of an expedition to an ancient ice cave. As you descend deep into the cavern hear surreal sound of the wind blended with your own scanning equipment reverberating through massive cave system. At around the 7:00 minute mark, your systems start picking up some movement in the cave. You’ve got a bad fielding about this – so you initiate emergency ascent at 8:20.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities


This is not a sample. This is all synthesis. The entire piece is made from a single original patch I made on the digital modular synthesizer U-HE Bazille.

The piece was recorded in a single pass with no edits. I performed this on a Novation Remote SL 25 MK2 keyboard by playing notes and manipulating the mod wheel, key pressures and the knobs of the synth in real-time during recording.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 006 – When the Whales Take Back the Ocean


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Story

As humans and their technology have evolved, they have encroached more and more on the domain of the whale and other sea life. Of course the whales have been evolving as well – and – unbeknownst to us, they have been patiently plotting and waiting for the right time put things back in balance.  Listen as a group of humpback whales execute phase 1 of their plan to take back the ocean.

Science

From Seismic Surveys Negatively Affect Humpback Whale Singing Activity off Northern Angola“…

“Discussion…The presence of oil and gas exploration activities in this region and globally, and the potential acoustic impact that anthropogenic noise sources may have on sensitive species are increasing areas of study and concern for industry, governments, biologists and conservationists [23], [25]. The intense pulses produced by seismic surveys clearly have the potential to cause direct or behaviourally mediated physiological harm at close distances [34], but more subtly at longer distances there exists the potential of disturbing animals and altering important behaviours, as well as masking acoustic signals and negatively affecting communication. … It appears that whales are ceasing to sing, or moving to other areas to sing when seismic surveys are being conducted in relatively close proximity. We emphasize that this is documentation of disturbance of a breeding display for a baleen whale on a breeding ground, and thus has implied potential for affecting mating behaviour and success.”

The ONLY source audio for this piece is from public domain recordings of humpback whale song and vocalizations. The samples were loaded into multiple tracks on an Elektron Octatrack Dynamic Performance Sampler.

Performance

The entire piece was improvised and recorded in one real-time pass using only the Octatrack’s unique an expressive capabilities, built-in-effects and ability to morph. The piece was recorded with a Zoom H2N with no edits (after much rehearsal). The fun and challenge of this piece was to see how far I could take a handful of similar recordings to tell a story and to go well beyond the sonic character of the source material. So I start off quite organic, and end quite “horror show”.

Instrumentation & Instrumentalies

  • Octatrack

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 005 – Irreversible Transcription Errors During Consciousness Transfer

“Welcome to transfer station 11203. Your consciousness transfer is about to begin and soon you will enjoy immortality in your new custom body. The process is 100% foolproof thanks to your personal technician who will be actively monitoring the process for transcription errors. In the unlikely event of a transcription error, your technician will be manually executing corrective rewrites well before the 6 minute margin where these anomalies would become part of your permanent consciousness in the target vessel. This “human touch” is just another way Transfer-Con goes the extra mile for our clients.

You should now be feeling a warm sensation as the intravenous sedation takes effect. This sedation will render you blind and paralyzed pending transfer – for your comfort and safety. To help you maintain a calm and meditative state during transfer, you will now hear the reassuring and ever steady rhythms of the audio feed from your transfer monitor. Thanks for choosing Transfer-Con. We Can’t Wait to See You on the Other Side℠.”

A remote technician sitting in a cubical farm 8,000 miles away initiates your transfer while multi-tasking to monitor 49 other transfers in-flight. He took on an extra shift today to make more money to save for his own transfer – although it will take him years to save enough for his own procedure. He squints – straining through fatigue to read the virtual dials on his aging computer screen. As your transfer begins, he nods off – dreaming of his own immortality.

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Artists Notes
This is a modern take on Edgar Allen Poe’s “Premature Burial”. In this fictional – and some say inevitable scenario – there are new fears to be considered. This piece focuses on the fear of being cataleptic and aware that you are on a one way trip to an immortal state with irreversible transcription errors in your consciousness. The soundscape represents the audio feed from the patient’s transfer monitor.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities
Elektron Octatrack

Source Audio

  • Field recording – Morse Code Key
    • Date: June 2009
    • Location: Chatham Railroad Museum, 153 Depot Rd Chatham, MA 02633 ,  Cape Cod, MA
    • Recorder: Zoom H2
    • Format:  44.1kHz/24bit 120 degree stereo
  • Choir Samples
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Sonic Encounters Podcast 004 – A Day in the Life of a Krell Technician

Over 2,000 centuries ago – the Krell technicians went about their day in the 8,000-cubic-miles of the fabric of the great machine on Altair IV. This is the day in the life of one technician.

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Production Notes

Inspired by the ground-breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron on the film Forbidden Planet I use oscillators rather than samples as sound sources for this piece.

The sources are from original sounds I created on the Waldorf Blofeld. What’s a little unusual about my approach was to not play the Blofeld using it’s own “instrumentalities”, but instead drive the blofeld using only the instrumentalities and MIDI capabilities of the Elektron Octatrack. In other words, I used the buttons and knobs of the Octatrack. This also included some on-the-fly sequencing, and even sampled the Blofeld in real-time so I could bend the sonic content of the Blofeld even further.

Then – after many rehearsal sessions – I recorded the piece in one real-time pass with no edits to a Zoom H2 running on battery.

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 003 – Children Of The Gods Find The Weather Machine

What happens when the children of the gods get a hold of the weather machine? Listen to find out.

Production Notes

I recorded the piece in one real-time pass with no edits to a Zoom H2 running on battery. The song is primarily  based on the field recording of a thunderstorm. Most of the low bass sounds is a manipulated thunder clap. I recorded this in a park in Louisville, CO on my Octatrack running on battery.  I performed the piece by playing the OT in chromatic mode and by manipulating parameters in real-time – so no sequencing.

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Field Recording 
  • Date & Time: June 2013 Rain and thunder storms are field recording from Louisville, CO.
  • Location: Louisville, CO
  • Recorder: Zoom H2n
  • Format:  44.1kHz/24bit 120 degree stereo

Additional Source Audio (Octatrack Food)

The somewhat rhythmic resonant sounds are a heavy manipulated guitar sample courtesy of Denver musician Kent Barton. The choir sound is a manipulated choir sample from an Alchemy library.

Instrumentation & Instrumentalies

  • Octatrack

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