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New Single and Video: “Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8”

Story:

I discovered a space-time distortion while visiting Chicago. The location of the anomaly is at track 8 at Union Station.

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I published this new song as a single on Bandcamp.

I also made a live studio recording of the session then edited this into a super trippy video which you can watch on YouTube.

Artist Notes:

This audio and video was captured in one real-time pass to a Zoom Q4N Digital Recorder. The primary source video for 90% of the visuals is from the overhead view of the live studio session. The only other footage is a video field recording from Chicago’s Union Station also recorded on the Zoom Q4N. The audio was not edited when I added video effects in post.

The audio field recording was extracted the Zoom Q4N video shot at Union Station. It’s mangled pretty heavily in this piece put if you listen closely, you can hear an automated voice informing you that you are at track 8 and 10. Interestingly, the speakers at the station are not directional and the audio is at different loop lengths – so just wandering about between these gates is a trippy polyrhythmic treat.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities:

The piece is a combination of live sequencing and live performance. The Octatrack is used to host drum samples and recording. It is also used to MIDI sequence 3 synth slots on the Nord Lead 4 including MIDI automation. I perform live using all 4 slots on the Nord plus manipulate the Octatrack in real-time. Lots of real-time sound design and morphing. All the groovy synth sounds are exclusive to Nord Lead 4 all being created in real-time (meaning no synth audio was pre-recorded).

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New Single “It Doesn’t Have to Hate Us to Use Our Molecules” Now Available

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Now on iTunes, Amazon,  and Bandcamp “It Doesn’t Have to Hate Us to Use Our Molecules”

This dark cinematic electronica song was inspired by James Barrat’s book “Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era” – www.jamesbarrat.com). I worked on this single and the video for it for over a month so please give it a full listen and if you enjoy the song consider a buy. It’s $0.99 on iTunes and Amazon and is $1 Bandcamp where you get to choose from many formats including high-res MP3, and FLAC.

Teaser Video for Song + Mentions by James Barrat

I shot a teaser video during one of the recording sessions for this song and shared this with the author who left a nice comment on youtube…

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plus featured the video on his press page http://www.jamesbarrat.com/press/ – woot!

Behind-The-Scenes

This is really a live version of the song recorded in two sessions – the first on June 4th, 2014, the second on July 19th, 2014. I first sequenced the underpinnings of the song then rehearsed controlling the arrangement on-the-fly and playing the lead lines as well as some sound manipulation in real-time. Once I felt good about my performance, I recorded the song directly to a digital recorder (Zoom H2n). I then picked my favorite takes from each session and combined them using Ableton Live and only used light mastering FX to sweeten the mix. I made the video above while recording the first session. You’ll notice what’s on the final version is in fact what you see in the above video recorded as a continuous take :^)

If you listen back a few times you’ll hear that it’s quite an unusual arrangement in that I really mix up how the motifs are repeated and combined. I vary the lead lines in each section as well.

All synth elements are from the Nord Lead 4 synthesizer which I played live and sequenced live via Octatrack. I make heavy use of step-level automation to manipulate parameters on the Nord Lead via MIDI CC messages. I also sequenced real-time automation plus manipulate the Nord on-the-fly. The Octatrack also acted as a mixer allowing me to record audio down to the digital recorder as a stereo pair.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Sound Designer, Producer
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com