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(Modulate This) Interview Podcasts Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup Spotlight

Art + Music + Technology Podcast on Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup

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Meetup Turns 4

4 years and 50 events ago I founded the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup which has since morphed into the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup with over 490 members!  Over food and drink we – share our  passion for synths, build our network, get inspired, get hands-on with gear, tell people about projects and find collaborators. It is synth technology agnostic and features broad variety of rotating presentation topics and experiences each meetup – most presentations given by members themselves. The after-meetup features a performance by a meetup member.

Art + Music + Technology Podcast Interview

I just had the honor and pleasure of being interviewed by Darwin Grosse for his Art + Music + Technology Podcast. It was a great trip down memory lane, and cool to able to some tips on starting and running meetups.

One of the most interesting meetups I've ever attended was the Rocky Mountain Synth Meetup, led by Mark Mosher. Mark started this as an outgrowth of his own desire to meet people, but it has expanded into one of the most active synthesizer-based meetups in the world – and is now a must-visit for anyone that likes (as Mark states) "drinking with a synthesizer problem".

From its humble beginnings in the basement of a Louisville CO restaurant to the huge launch party for the Ableton Push 2 release, the meetup has gone through a number of changes – some of which would hamstring a lesser meetup. Venue changes, personality riffs, people moving in and out of the area; the RMSM has continued to expand, and is healthier than ever.

Thanks to all the of you in our amazing community as well as to people, venues and vendors who have supported us throughout the last 4 years!

Meetup Links

If you are ever in Denver stop by and see us. We are currently meeting the 2nd Wednesday's on Even Numbered Months.

 

 

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(Modulate This) BEAP Cycling '74 Spotlight

My First Cycling ’74 BEAP Patch

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I’ve decided to study and learn Cycling ’74s BEAP Modular (comes with Max/Max for Live) and VIZZE the video modular system.

I’m starting off with BEAP.

“BEAP provides a robust library of high-level modules that you’ll know and love from the analog synth world. Patch them up and interface them with your own analog synth modules for a world of new possibilities and sounds.”

It’s super fun and sounds great so I encourage fellow synth geeks to give it a go if you have Max or Max for Live. There are some fantastic tutorials here by Darwin Grosse to get you started

I watched the first three and than made my first patch – Krell of course!!!

Here is a video the patch in action.

More on Max and Max for Live here https://cycling74.com/products/max.

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(Modulate This) Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast Spotlight

Catching Up With Sonic Encounters Podcast – Episodes 009-013

Since I last posted about Sonic Encounters in September I released episodes 008-013 so I thought I'd catch you up on past episodes. I skipped episode 008 in this summary because it was a special Halloween edition that doesn't really fit the vibe of Spring.

You can listen/subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes, or use this RSS Feed for your favorite podcatcher. You can listen using the embedded players below or on SoundCloud.

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

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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.

Performed on Octatrack using field recordings from The Georgetown Loop Railroad.

More detailed show notes at https://markmoshermusic.com/2016/01/01/009-take-a-trip-on-the-train-from-devils-gate-depot.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 010 – I’m Completely Operational, and All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly

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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.

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. 

More detailed show notes here https://markmoshermusic.com/2016/01/24/010-im-completely-operational-and-all-my-circuits-are-functioning-perfectly.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 011 – Swarm of the Nanobots

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The swarm of the Nanobots is approaching.  This micrtonal mahem 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.

More show notes here https://markmoshermusic.com/2016/02/27/011-swarm-of-the-nanobots.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 012 – Tonalities from Orbit #1

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

Show notes are here https://markmoshermusic.com/2016/04/05/sonic-encounters-podcast-012-tonalities-from-orbit-1.

Sonic Encounters Podcast 013 – Tonalities from Orbit #2

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

More show notes here https://markmoshermusic.com/2016/05/09/sonic-encounters-podcast-013-tonalities-from-orbit-2.

 

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Ableton Live Mind Map Spotlight

What’s New in Ableton Live 9.5 Mindmap

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I created "What's New in Ableton Live 9.5" using MindMeister. Check out my public Mindmeister channel for other maps related past version of live and synth tech in general. Note the What's New in Live 9 mindmap has 14K+ views – woot! Note – I'll add a separate map for Push 2 soon.  

https://www.mindmeister.com/maps/public_map_shell/605822580/what-s-new-in-ableton-live-9-5-by-mark-mosher-http-www-markmoshermusic-com?width=720&height=500&z=auto&presentation=1

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Event Events Live Performance Spotlight

Photos From Concréte Mixer IV

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I just uploaded a bunch of photos from my last show. Check out the  Flickr photo album here.

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

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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 at the Walnut Room in Denver on January 30th, 2015. I am live sampling the Copper Heart with an Elektron Octatrack and providing drum elements, Victoria Lunday is playing Theremin. The only audio source for Octatrack other than drum samples. Shot with GoPro with audio from Zoom H2n recording ambient room sound.

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Live Concert Footage: Concréte Mixer IV Denver – Co2 Copper Heart vs Octatrack vs Theremin from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.