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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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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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New Soundscapes Album – Sonic Encounters Volume 02

I’m happy to announce the release of the album Sonic Encounters Volume 02 on Bandcamp. The album contains 8 improvisational soundscapes with over 40 minutes of original music from season 2 of my Sonic Encounters podcast. The album is available now for $5.

Click here to listen / buy on Bandcamp

The songs are a combination of electronic tonalities derived from pure synthesis from original sound design work, and musique concrète using original sounds and field recordings.

The bandcamp edition allows you to choose from CD Quality FLAC, high-def MP3-320 as well as other formats allowing you to hear even more sonic detail within these works.

Podcast Review & Concept + Season 03

“Goosebumps and Deep Breaths… these rich soundscape “stories” sincerely do thrill my senses.

The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this. You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the “story” before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you’re immediately transported via your own imagination’s 3D projection of his premise.

Mark’s become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill. ” – BlindFlyTheater.com

In related news, Season 03 of Sonic Encounters Podcast is coming soon. To tune in to past and future episodes visit 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 Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 13 – Replicant’s Lament

Composed and performed in the dark near the Tannhäuser Gate.

Credits

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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