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Artist Ed Ball Interview on Art + Music + Technology Podcast

I love this interview with artist Ed Ball on Darwin Grosse’s Art + Music + Technology podcast so I wanted to spread the word. I found the story of Ed’s artist journey inspiring and informative. He’s got a great vibe (often hilarious) and interesting perspective on art which I found refreshing.

Listen to the Podcast on Lybsin or on iTunes.

Ed is a contemporary abstract artist who “uses a combination of sonic experiments, music and paint to produce artworks on canvas.”

I directly paint music and sound compositions creating works of art that represent the sound on canvas. This has progressed with me starting to experiment with electronic sound creation myself using unusual electronic equipment with the future vision of painting these sound experiments… https://www.edwardball.co.uk/

Darwin’s show notes…

I first heard from Ed Ball when he reached out with a collaboration concept. I was intrigued, looked further into it – and was pretty blown away. Then I talked to Ed, and was even more drawn in. Ed is killin’ it by “Painting Music”, but in a way that takes direct influence from actual tracks, and has a performative quality that jumps off a canvas.

If you take a look at his paintings (check out https://www.edwardball.co.uk/) and you’ll see what I mean. The work stands on its own, but when you hear Ed’s story, it’s even more interesting. Having Ed describe his passion for sharing fine art is exciting; having him talk about getting an Analogue Solutions Vostok is makes you want to jump to the future. Combining modular synth music with performative painting seems so obvious that I can’t wait to see where it goes.

In addition to everything else, Ed is also a dynamic personality – he immediately draws you into whatever he’s talking about. It made for a great conversation, and I hope you enjoy it as much as I did. Cheers!

Ed also has a YouTube channel which you can check out here https://www.youtube.com/user/Edwardball.

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist & Multimedia Artist

Artist Site: NewEcho.com
Electronic Music Tech & Production Blog:  ModulateThis.com

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The Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast is Back!

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After a 2 year hiatus – my Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast is back! The 13 past episodes (with over 1 hour and 50 minutes of music) are back online as Season 01.

Season 02 is incoming so here is how to listen and subscribe.

Episode Notes Now Embedded in Podcast + Buy Button

I also streamlined the podcast and instead of using a companion blog for episode notes – I took the time to place all the show notes within the podcast episodes pages on Soundcloud instead (which also should feed your podcatcher).

In the cases where I have released an episode on Bandcamp – there is corresponding buy button.soundcloud-krell

The Album with Tracks from Season 01

In a related note – Season 01 of the the Sonic Encounters Podcast was released on Bandcamp as Sonic Encounters Volume 01 album. So if you’d like to support my art plus enjoy higher resolution audio of these records plus get 2 bonus tracks visit https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-01.

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Thanks for listening,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Aritst
Boulder, CO
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Sound Design Project: Honored to be a Contributor to The Round Wavetable Pack

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I’m psyched and honored to be a part of this sound design project for the amazing new Ableton Wavetable Synth – The Round Wavetable Pack. AfroDJMac who curated this project had this to say about it…

Ableton Live 10 comes with a beast of a new synthesizer, Wavetable. Wavetable, as expected, uses wavetable synthesis to produce a near endless potential of sounds. To celebrate this new instrument, I’ve enlisted the help of 6 talented producers and sound designers. I ask them to send along a few presets using Wavetable, in any genre or style they wished. The result is 32 Wavetable and Instrument Rack presets that showcase the depth and power of Wavetable, as well as some of the other new devices in Ableton Live 10.

Contributors to this pack are:

  1. AfroDJMac – http://www.afrodjmac.com
  2. Isaac Cotec –  https://subaqueousmusic.com
  3. Thomas Glendinning – https://elphnt.co.za/
  4. Mark Mosher – https://ModulateThis.com
  5. pAtches – https://patches.zone
  6. Josh Spoon – http://www.theproducerskitchen.com/
  7. Mark Towers – https://marktowers.net/

Here is a video overview of the pack by AfroDJMac.

Here is a video of early work on one of my presets “Dark Star” that made into this Live Pack.

A big thanks to AfroDJMac for curating all this!

You can learn more and download this free Live Pack using the link below:

Thanks for Reading,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Aritst
Boulder, CO
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Spending Some Quality Time with Ableton Wavetable Using Live 10 Pen Tablet Mode on Surface Pro 4

I can’t make it up skiing on this snowy Colorado Saturday so I’m spending some quality time with Ableton Wavetable. I’m making some custom presets running Live on my Microsoft Surface Pro 4 with Live 10’s new Pen Tablet Mode. It’s a pretty fast and wonderful to use the pen to work with Wavetable!

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Boulder, CO
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#TBT Interview with Composer Reinhold Heil on His Work on The Helix TV Series on SyFy

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I’m enjoying watching season 1 of the SyFy series Helix on Netflix for a second time. Back in 2014 I interviewed the show’s composer Reinhold Heil on his amazing score for the show. I thought it would be fun to post a link to the interview here as a “throw back Thursday”. Since I interviewed Reinhold he’s gone on to compose for:

Read the original interview here

https://modulatethis.com/2014/05/02/modulate-this-interview-composer-reinhold-heil-helix-tv-series-syfy-music/

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
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“The Beauty Comes Out of the Spider’s Nature” Improv on Elektron Octatrack by Mark Mosher

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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.

Thanks for listening,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
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Video: Hans Zimmer & Radiohead on use of random music composition technique “tidal orchestra” for Blue Planet II

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Video – How Hans Zimmer and Radiohead transformed “Bloom” for Blue Planet II.

Radiohead’s “Bloom,” remixed for the ocean. If you listen closely enough to Radiohead and Hans Zimmer’s rework of “Bloom” for Blue Planet II, you can hear a really fascinating orchestral trick at work. They call it the “tidal orchestra” — it’s a musical effect created by instructing each player to play their notes only if the person next to them isn’t playing. The result is a randomly swelling and fading musical bed for the entire series that captures the feeling of ocean waves. It’s a captivating way to score a soundtrack for the ocean — but it also fits in with a long history of capturing randomness in music composition.

Here is the video of Thom Yorke – BLOOM, Pathway to Paris Live @ Le Trianon (HD) on Piano, Elektron Analog Rytm, and Looper.

Thanks for reading,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
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(Mark Mosher Music News) (Modulate This) Elektron Analog Four Sound Design

Synth Journal: The Return of the Elektron Analog Four

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Back in August I picked up an Anlog Four MKI as Sweetwater was closing the MKI out. I really kicked myself when I didn’t get a new Monomachine when they closed them out. I actually had an Analog Four way back in 2013 when they were first introduced but sold it to focus on my love affair with the Octatrack. Anyway – I decided to go on the Analog Four “ride” again as with all the OS updates and Overbridge it’s like a whole new animal.

Back in August I only had time to mess about a bit and wrote the post First Impressions Using Elektron Overbridge on Surface Pro 4 with Analog Four and published this video.

After a little stall out – I’m back at it with the Analog Four and have been working on:

  1. An original long-form Krell improv piece using only the Analog Four using custom presets for a performance in 2018.
  2. Doing tests to use Analog Four as an audio interface for Ableton Live.
  3. Studio sessions to practice sound design as performance from init. No overbridge here so I could really gain some muscle memory for the box so I could use it effectively in free-form improv situations.
  4. Spending time wrapping my head around the best way us Analog Four as a composition platform – or companion for the Octatrack. These sessions are both with and without Overbridge.
  5. Spending time wrapping my head around data management and backup.
  6. Using the Analog Four as a live performance synth with USB MIDI Controllers using Kenton MIDI USB Host MKII.

Long story short – I’ve learned a lot and taken a lot of notes. Watch for future posts with on all this on the category https://modulatethis.com/category/elektron-analog-four.

Oh, and in case you missed it, Elektron has decided to…

…offer Overbridge free of charge for all our Overbridge enabled instruments. This means that Overbridge Basic and Premium are now simply Overbridge https://www.elektronauts.com/news/387.

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Finish Out Your Thanksgiving Weekend with the Denver Synth_Drone Collective

If you are in Denver this Thanksgiving weekend stop by on Sunday November 26th Textures Ambient Showcase at Mutiny Cafe in Denver. The Denver Synth_Drone collective will be the only act and we’ll be performing from 7pm-10pm. Here is the event link. I’ll be both playing music with the collective and providing visuals for the entire evening.

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About the Denver Synth_Drone Collective

The Denver Synth_Drone collective is made up of artists bios+a+ic, Kuxaan Sum, Mark Mosher, Chris Sessions, Sean Patrick Faling, and Chris Frain.

The collective does improv limited by the following rules. Each member plays:

  1. One synth at a time
  2. Only a single note at a time

Of course once a note is triggered members can change the timber and pitch any way they like. It makes for super interesting drones, chords, textures, and movement.

To get a sense for this, check out a recording of our last performance on bandcamp https://symbolicinsight.bandcamp.com/album/13th-planet.


Notes on My Rig

For this show I’m doing visuals which means I’ll be using a Windows 10 laptop with a touchscreen. To keep the rig lean, I’ll use the laptop for my audio rig as well.  For visuals I’ll be using live camera input and video field recordings from my travels.

Swing by my artist site for my detailed Gig Notes on this rig.

 

 

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(Modulate This) Darwin Grosse Podcasts Sound Design

Art + Music + Technology Podcast Celebrates 200th Episode with an Interview with Morton Subotnick

Congrats to my good friend Darwin Grosse on the 200th episode for his fantastic Art + Music + Technology Podcast! This episode marks 4 years of sustained work to createe this amazing historical record.

The 200th episode features a simply wonderful interview with Morton Subotnick.

Listen to this Episode from Official Web Site  | Listen on iTunes (and don’t forget to subscribe)

Personal heroes. This is a very personal subject for most people, because our choice of heroes says a lot about us. My reverence for Morton’s work has a lot to do with how it changed my ears – and therefore my life.

Being introduced to Silver Apples allowed me to think of music as a less discrete, more fluid, material. Don’t need to limit yourself to standard instruments focused on verses and choruses; you can choose to use electrons to develop phrases, premonitions, echoes and silence instead. I was never able to think of (or hear) music the same way again.

In this chat, Morton and I talk about his current work, the events that got him to think about electronic music, and how he came to revisit the use of the Buchla modular system. We also talk a little bit about his upcoming book project, and the documentary that is being made about him. But it was a relaxed and enjoyable chat – appropriate for this highlight of my podcast: Number 200.

Thanks again to everyone that has been listening over the years. Keep on listening, and I’ll keep on doing it – now enjoy!

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Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
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(Modulate This) Max Max 8 Sound Design

Max 8 is Coming in 2018

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Cycling ’74 (now part of Ableton) has announced Max 8 is releasing in 2018. You can sign up for email updates on Max 8 here https://cycling74.com/products/new-max-version-8.

We are planning to release a Max 8 upgrade in the second quarter of 2018 with many performance and workflow improvements that we will begin to detail in the coming months.

The Ableton Live 10 beta is using a preliminary version of Max 8. Here are a few things to know about what’s going on.

  1. In order to make it easier for the Max for Live user, Ableton is now including a version of Max inside the Live application. (Previously it was a separate download.) The version of Max 8 bundled inside Live 10 will not affect your use of either Max 7 or Max for Live in older versions of Live.
  2. During the Live 10 beta period, we chose to provide Ableton with a preliminary version of Max 8 whose user-facing features are identical to Max 7 but which contains many changes under the hood. By doing this, we hope to get a lot of testing on these changes as part of our Max 8 development project.

As of November 2, 2017 anyone who purchases a full version or an upgrade to Max 7 will receive an upgrade to Max 8 for free. Anyone who is an active Max subscriber when Max 8 is released will have access to the new version.


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Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
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Ableton Live 10 Announced!

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Ableton Live 10 has Been Announced!

If you haven’t heard, Ableton Live 10 was announced today. Woot!

Create bolder sounds with Live’s new devices. Stay in the flow with a multitude of workflow improvements. Do even more away from the computer with Push. Build your sound with a curated library. And get the unlimited potential of Max for Live, seamlessly built in.

Live 10 will be available in early 2018.

Here is an intro video from Ableton (which was posted this morning and has already creased 52k views).

On Spending Time with the Beta

I’ve been a part of the beta program for a few weeks and find the update to be quite transformative – so much so I find it quite difficult to revert back to 9. I’ve already got a lot of hours into tracks with Wavetable, Echo, Pedal, Drum Bus and all the other new features.

Two quick features I want to point out are Capture and Device Visualizations on Push 2. I use Capture constantly (video).

I’ve come to think of Push 2 as my instrument, and the new device visualizations make it even more so (video).

Wrap Your Head Around Live 10

There is already some great coverage of “what’s new” and some “how-to” videos are already emerging from some of my Ableton Certified Instructor friends. So rather than repeating what’s already been said I’ll offer a few links to help you wrap your head around Live 10.

What’s New

  • Ableton’s Live 10 Page – Ableton has done a great job creating text and video walk-throughs. If you want to know ALL the new features that have been added (so far) go all the way to the bottom of the page. There is an accordion there where you expand each type of update.
  • Create Digital Music: “Ableton Live 10 in depth: hands-on impressions, what’s new” – Nice article with additional notes and analysis on the update.

How-To

More…

The timing of the beta for me couldn’t be better for me as 1) I’m back in the the studio working on new tracks and 2) I’m working on a big refresh of my live performance multimedia set which has always been Ableton eccentric. I’ll be using Live 10 from here on out for these projects and I’m excited to share some insights I discover along the way.

Watch for original posts on my journey with Live 10 as well as posts passing along other resources I discover along the way via my category “Live 10″.

https://modulatethis.com/category/live-10/


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Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
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(Modulate This) Octatrack Sound Design

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

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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 TRIG COUNT/MICRO TIMING menu. Open this menu when you are in the grid edit mode, by pressing and holding a trig key, and then press [LEFT] or [RIGHT]. The condition is changed using the LEVEL encoder. It can be set to (and defaults to) OFF, and 64 additional settings. Each setting is a condition, which will decide whether or not the sequencer note should be triggered.

  1. X % is a random probability condition. There is an X percent chance of it being true.
  2. A:B will be true on the A’th pattern iteration, then true again after B iterations, repeating indefinitely. You can use this setting to program periodically recurring notes, where the period can be longer than the actual pattern. If you for instance set it to N:4, the note will be triggered every fourth loop of the pattern.
  3. FILL is true when the sequencer is in fill mode. Fill mode is activated for one pattern iteration by pressing [DOWN] + [PAGE]. It will activate when the pattern loops and remain active until it loops again. It is also possible to momentarily activate fill mode by pressing [UP] + [PAGE]. The fill mode will then be active for as long as [PAGE] is being held down. To latch the fill mode, press [UP] + [DOWN] + [PAGE]. The fill mode will remain active until you press and release [UP] + [PAGE].
  4. FILL is true when FILL is not. You can use FILL to program pattern variations. The notes which should played only in the variation should be set to FILL, and notes which should be excluded from the variation to FILL. The variation is then easily accessible from the [PAGE] key.
  5. PRE is true if the most recently evaluated trig condition on the same track was true.
  6. PRE is true when PRE is not. If you program a pattern variation using PRE and/or PRE, but set the first note of the variation to use a probability condition, then the whole variation will depend on whether or not the first note triggered.
  7. NEI is true if the most recently evaluated trig condition on the neighbour track was true.
  8. NEI is true when NEI is not. If you program a pattern variation using NEI and/or NEI on track 3, and have a probability trig before the variation on track 2, then the whole variation will depend on whether or not the note on track 2 triggered.
  9. 1ST is true the first pattern iteration (ie. until the pattern has looped). You could use this setting for instance to program a one-shot percussive hit in your pattern. Or just any note that you do not wish to have repeated.
  10. 1ST is true when 1ST is not

Other Changes

  1. Unsaved RAM recorder slices are not discarded at startup.

Bug fixes

  1. VU meter would sometimes get stuck at max.
  2. Scene locking XDIR to MIN had no effect.
  3. Rec button LED would not flash in real time recording mode.
  4. MIDI output buffer overflow would make the unit freeze.
  5. Encoder/fader input overflow would cause irregular UI behavior.
  6. Reconfiguring the flex memory would make it impossible to trigger flex samples, unless a manual reload of the samples was invoked.
  7. The Part Edit command would edit the last selected part, rather than the active part.

OS Changes to Support MKII Hardware

The released notes contained in the OS download also document the changes to support changes to MKII hardware.

Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
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#Halloween music on @Bandcamp: John Carpenter + Disturbing Mood pieces, Melodic Theremin, and Gothic horror by Victoria Lundy + 5 Original Horror Soundscapes

Passing along some Halloween Music you can pick up over on Bandcamp.

John Carpenter on Bandcamp

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I’ve been enjoying John Carpenter’s recent music releases and was happy to see he was also on Bandcamp at https://johncarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/.

So much great music out here! My fav track lately is “A Windy Death” on Lost Themes II.

His album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 was released yesterday

https://johncarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/album/anthology-movie-themes-1974-1998.

He’s also on tour http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com/tour/ – sadly with no dates in the Denver area yet :^(.

Miss American Vampire by Victoria Lundy

Victoria is a friend, frequent collaborator, and a wonderful Thereminist. Her debut solo album Miss American Vampire released on Halloween 2015 is fantastic! https://victorialundy.bandcamp.com/

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Disturbing mood pieces, melodic theremin, and gothic horror. This recording used Moog Etherwave Pro Theremin, Ableton Live 9, Logic, Native Instruments Absynth, Reaktor and Molekular.

More info at http://www.victorialundymusic.com/.

No Ghosts. Just Fear.

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I released No Ghosts. Just Fear. Back in 2012  https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/no-ghosts-just-fear. Note this, and my entire catalog on Bandcamp are now “name your price”.

The dark ambient sounds and music within these arrangements was created and performed on various virtual instruments. In some cases original audio recordings were used as sources then re-shaped with granular synthesis to turn these recordings into playable expressive instruments with huge sonic range and motion.

Happy Halloween,

Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
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(Modulate This) Ableton Ableton Live Ableton Push Sound Design

Ableton Push Tip: How to Toggle Fixed Full Velocity for Pads

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I switched to Ableton Push as my primary controller four years ago then upgraded to Push 2 in 2015. It’s become my primary “instrument”. I love the pad sensitivity. However sometimes after a long day of typing at work, I want to play music without piling on repetitive strain. And sometimes I want to record full velocity then go back in an edit velocities after-the-fact.

Luckily, Ableton has provided a simple way to to toggle fixed using the “Accent” key.

The pads are velocity sensitive, but if you want to temporarily override the velocity sensitivity, press the Accent button. When Accent is enabled, all played or step-sequenced notes will be at full velocity (127), regardless of how hard you actually tap the pads.

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Enable Accent to Play or Record at Full Velocity.

Via https://www.ableton.com/en/manual/using-push-2/

Note, when you toggle accent, the accent button will blink.


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Photos from Textures Ambient Showcase October 29, 2017, Denver, CO

I attended the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver tonight. This is a a long-running event occurring on the last Sunday of each month at the Mutiny Information Cafe. I’ll be performing there next month on November 26th as part of the Denver Synth_Drone Collective.

Textures Ambient Showcase features 3-4 live acts each LAST Sunday of the month, 7 p.m.,Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver. Shows are ALL-AGES and beverages are available. We requests a $5 -10 donation for the artists.
Symbolicinsight.com/textures.

Textures was awarded Best Ambient Music Showcase for 2017!

Tonight’s lineup was:

  1. Johnathan Cash
  2. Chris Sessions
  3. Haunted Sound Laboratory
  4. unbridled sonic Anarchy

Here are some photos from the show.


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