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Jan 26th Performing Psychedelic Interactive Visuals for Shibui Denver #9

Happy New Year! I’ll be doing visuals for Shibui #9 at Mutiny Information Cafe in Denver on January 26th. Here is the official Facebook event.

This is the 9th edition of Shibui Denver, the last Sunday of the month showcase of underground music curated and hosted by local music historian/commentator Tom Murphy. This show will be one of the few with three acts including Pop Grunge band The Vanilla Milkshakes, experimental indie rock group Lazarus Horse and ambient psychedelic project Pythian Whispers. Synth composer and digital artist Mark Mosher of the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet-up will provide the visuals. Donations appreciated for the bands. 7 p.m. start.

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Colorado Modular Synth Fest is Today + Giving Talk with Victoria and Tom Lundy on “Theremin, Musique concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!”

The Colorado Modular Synth Festival (CMSF) will have live music and interactive hands-on activities for kids and adults interested in synthesizers and electronic music.

The event will take place at Belmar Plaza (464 S Teller St, Lakewood, CO 80226) from 2-8pm and then 8-10PM at Crazy Mountain Brewery at Belmar.

We have over 18 performers and speakers scheduled. Artists are playing outdoors with a modular only or hybrid synth setups.

Korg, WMDevices, BlipBlox and Colorado Modular Synth Society will have family-friendly synthesizers to learn with and play!

Checkout the Facebook event page for more info https://www.facebook.com/events/2289165391178448/.

Talks Begin at 2:30 at Colorado Media School

Talks discussing synthesis 101, sound design and composition will take place at the adjacent Colorado Media School.

At 2:30 I’ll be giving a talk with my fellow Carbon Dioxide Ensemble members Victoria and Tom Lundy called “Theremin, Musique Concrète, and Live Sampling, Oh My!

More on the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble

The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is a collaboration with Thomas Lundy, Victoria Lundy, and Mark Mosher. We focus  on live improvisational performance of Musique concrète. In this unique act Mark uses the Elektron Octatrack dynamic performance sampler to live sample Thomas Lundy as he manipulates a Copper Heart and other objects with dry ice. Victoria Lundy accompanies on Theremin. The only audio source for Octatrack other than drum samples is the input from the contact mic on the Copper Heart. We then support the show with interactive visuals with live camera input.

Check out this recent performance behind-the-scenes performance video in collaboration with filmmaker Taylor Dunne.

Learn more at CarbonDioxideEnsemble.com

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Photos and Video from Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup 7th Anniversary at Tilt Arcade

We had a crazy fun time at Tilt arcade on Tuesday night at our 7th anniversary celebration! Event description here. Of course the meetup is http://RockyMountainSynth.com.

A Huge Thanks To…

Photos of Event

Here is a small gallery of some of the photos of the event. There are many more (60+) photos here https://www.meetup.com/Rocky-Mountain-Synth/photos/30099553/482997226.

Performance Videos for Event

Mike Metlay, Dino J.A. Deane, and J.L. Kane I performed arcade inspired sets. I created a Vimeo showcase gallery for the videos here. Individual videos below.

“Mark asked us to embrace “arcade sounds” in our mini-sets.
I captured a 4 minute “video game sounds trivia recording” that
covered 20 classic game sounds into “Audio Stretch” on my iPad.
I scrubbed around that file for 12 minutes recording into “Audio Share”.
I cut that recording into 6 two minute files and opened them in “Samplr”.
My set was about improvising with those files.” http://www.jadeane.com
Mike Metlay’s set featured some great video classic game sounds.
J.L. Kane played a fun set set featuring some classic game songs and beats. He also donned my DEVO Energy dome for part of his set. Note we used the dome as a bowl for ticket drawings.

Thanks Again & Stay Tuned for Event #72

Thanks again to all. I’m planning the next meetup for September or October. Join the meetup at http://RockyMountainSynth.com for updates.

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Gig Notes: Denver Synth_Drone Collective November 26th, 2017, Textures Ambient Showcase

I’ll be performing as part of the Denver Synth_Drone Collective for the Sunday November 26th Textures Ambient Showcase at Mutiny Cafe in Denver – a perfect way to wrap up your Thanksgiving weekend :^). We’ll be the only act and will perform from 7-10pm. Below are my rig notes for this event for which I’ll be playing music plus performing visuals for the entire night. Here is the event link.

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Modelling the 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.

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Here is my sketch of the overall rig.

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Here is the rig in reality.

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Core Rig

  1. Windows 10 Laptop with a Touch Screen
  2. Logitech Trackman

Audio Portion of Rig

  1. Ableton Push 2
  2. Xbox One Bluetooth Joystick Controller (for Granulator II)
  3. Ableton Live 10 (beta) for real-time sound design using
    1. Ableton Wavetable (beta)
    2. Tone2 Nemesis
    3. Ableton FX
      1. Echo (beta)
      2. Pedal (beta)
    4. Max for Live
      1. Granluator II
      2. Iota
      3. Multimapper XBox 360
      4. Sustain If On
      5. eb. Touch_Strip_Crossfader
    5. Focusrite Scarlet 2i4

Here are some pics of the main synths. First up the wonderful new Ableton Wavetable which is now in beta.

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Next up Tone2 Nemesis FM synth.

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Visual Synthesis Portion of Rig

  1. Resolume 6
  2. MIDI Fighter Twister
  3. Logitech C920 HD Webcam
  4. Original video field recordings

More on 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.

Mark Mosher
MarkMosherMusic.com

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Playing a Musique Concrète/Synthwave/Glitch Set Tonight (8/14/2017) in Denver

Freq Boutique is a monthly event…like an open mic night for synth heads. Performances will start at 8 pm. Performers should arrive anytime before then so we can set up and make any last minute changes we need to.

I’ll be performing a  Musique Concrète/Synthwave/Glitch Set Tonight (8/14/2017) in Denver/Synthwave/Glitch Set on Elektron Octatrack + Analog Four + Tenori-On.

Details here:

https://www.facebook.com/events/142180683033909/

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Video & Photos: Behind-the-Scenes with Carbon Dioxide Ensemble with Filmmaker Taylor Dunne at Time + Space Fundraiser

Check out this fun behind-the-scenes video including interviews with Carbon Dioxide Ensemble Members, filmmaker Taylor Dunne (http://TaylorDunne.com) and an excerpt from our performance. It was an incredible night. The person who booked us gave us this feedback.

The carbon dioxide ensemble’s set was exceptionally killer. My teenage sister got to see your performance and was shocked/amazed/mind-warped.

I’ll take that!

When you get to the performance video where Taylor is improvising with 16mm film loops, check out how her performance is lighting up the ensemble like we’re using a strobe light!

A behind-the-scenes video with the Carbon Dioxide Ensemble with Taylor Dunne at Time + Space Fundraiser for A Process Rehearsal Fundraiser in Denver, CO. Taylor Dunne improvising with us using 16mm film. The video also gives you a sense for this event.
The Carbon Dioxide Ensemble is: Thomas Lundy on Copper Heart with Dry Ice, Victoria Lundy on Theremin and Reaktor, Mark Mosher on Elekton Octatrack and Novation Circuit.
Process Reversal’s mission is to promote the continued use of photochemical processes by filmmakers, artists, hobbyists, and the public at large by providing the training, the exposure, and the opportunity required.

Photos

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I Have Two Performances on November 27th in Denver – Concréte Mixer #6 Featuring Mark Spybey of Dead Voices on Air + Texture Ambient Showcase with Denver Synth_Drone

I have two shows coming up on November 27th.

  1. First from 2-5pm – Concréte Mixer #6 Featuring Mark Spybey of Dead Voices on Air: Facebook Page | Advanced Tickets
  2. From 7-10pm – Texture Ambient Showcase – I’ll be performing with the Denver Synth_Drone Ensemble: Facebook Page

More detailed info for each show below…

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Modulate This! Turns 11

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Modulate This! turns 11 today – WOOT!

In celebration of a decade of blogging and to position the site for the future, I’ve changed the look and moved to new platform and host. If you want to follow along in email opt-in using the form below and/or use this RSS feed.

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Divergence

Modulate This! has always had a synth tech and technique slant with industry trends sprinkled in. The earlier articles reflected the emergence of laptops for live performance, the divergence of buying a shit ton of VSTs and gear, and the rise of “controllerism”.

Note – When trying to decide what photo create for this post I started thinking back about all the gear I’ve used over the past decade. Then it struck me that the only two instruments that survive in my rig that I had when I started of the blog in 2005 are Ableton Live (which I started using in 2003) and Absynth (which I started using in 2002 and it is still my go to virtual synth). Something old, something new… Push 2.

Along the way I made quite a few “how-to” video tutorials on my companion YouTube channel (which has just over a million views) and also documented a lot of my research on my public Mindmeister mindmap channel (featuring the “Elektron Octatrack Video Tutorial Index” with over 30K views; and the “What’s New in Ableton Live 9” and “U-HE DIVA Synthesizer: OSC & Filter Anatomy” maps each with over 15K Views).

Convergence

In the last few years, the blog has reflected my convergence down to a smaller set of instruments with a focus on mastery. This often resulted in longer deeper reads.

What’s Next for Modulate This!

A renewed focus on Synth Tech & Technique and Demystifying Synths and Inspiring Your Inner Sound Designer

This means a continued focus on articles and videos on synth tech & technique. So more articles to help you on your sound design journey whether you are and up and coming sound designer, a seasoned expert, or an artist who wants to boost your sound design chops to help you create more unique sound and music.

Covering the Denver / Boulder Scene

I’m also fortunate to be on the ground in the Denver & Boulder area where the electronic and experimental music scene has experienced incredible growth – so watch for posts on this. In a related note, the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup which I founded 4 years ago just crossed 530+ members! If you are ever in the Denver area 2nd Wednesdays on even numbered months – come on by.

Drawing Inspiration from Lateral Art & Artists

Speaking of Denver & Boulder, there are some amazing museums here. Consuming these lateral forms of art and learning about artist process has informed and transformed me – so I’d like to share some ideas on this as well in the future.

Nature, Travel, & Being in the Field

In the last few years I’ve stepped up my field audio/video recording work both in natural settings and when I’ve had the good fortune to travel. I’ll pass on some thoughts on gear and process.

Sharing Inspiring Work from Sci Fi and Horror

So many Sci Fi and Horror films depend on electronic and experimental music for sound effects and score. I’m a geek about this and want to talk about this more.

Sharing Inspiring Work from My Synth Friends

One of the best parts about publishing Modulate This! is it has allowed me to meet amazing artists all around the world – many of whom I’ve gotten to meet face-to-face – many of whom have become good friends. I draw so much inspiration from my synth friends and will continue to spread the word about releases and shows.

Thanks for Reading!!!

I’ll close by saying thanks to all of you for reading and supporting Modulate This!

Your synth geek friend,

Mark Mosher
ModulateThis.com

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Synth_Drone Collective: Photos and Audio Recording from Dec 27th, 2015 Textures Ambient Showcase

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Biostatic, the host of Denver’s Textures Ambient showcase, invited me and other amazing Denver synth artists kuxaan-sum, Sean Patrick Faling,Wes Milholen to join him as the Synth_Drone Collective for Sunday’s show. We performed over 2 hours of continuous synth drones. Below is a recording of the live performance and a photo album.

Audio Recording

https://soundcloud.com/kuxaan-sum/synth-drone

improv session rules:

  1. one synthesizer per player
  2. all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs)
  3. play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects processing
  4. music from 7-9:30 or so.. continuous with all players as inspired
  5. players can break or not as desired

Players and Instruments

  • Biostatic – Moog Sub 37
  • Mark Mosher – Elektron Octatrack
  • Wes Milholen – Korg MS-50
  • Sean Patrick Faling – Dave Smith Instruments Mopho
  • kuxaan-sum – Access Virus TI2

Photos

These are also on Flickr.

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I’m Performing Sunday Dec 27th, 7pm at Mutiny Information Café in Denver

I’ve been invited to perform as part of a synth drone collective this Sunday with some fantastic artists. Consider coming down for a post-holiday chill out. If you think you might come mark yourself as “going” on Facebook – Facebook invite. More info on the show below.

Textures Ambient Showcase 2015-12-27

show rules

The show will be a free improv session with the following rules:

  1. one synthesizer per player
  2. all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs)
  3. play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects processing
  4. music from 7-9:30 or so.. continuous with all players as inspired
  5. players can break or not as desired

Details

symbolic insight & bios+a+ic present,
textures ambient showcase with
Synth_Drone collectivetextures ambient showcase features 3 live acts each LAST Sunday of the month, 7 p.m. at the Mutiny Information Cafe, 2 S Broadway, Denver. Shows are ALL-AGES, beverages are available, and we requests a $5 donation for the artists.Synth_Drone collective
The debut performance will be over 2.5 hours of continuous synth drones from a select group of Denver’s synth wizards each with one synthesizer.kuxaan-sum, Mark Mosher, Sean Patrick Faling
Wesley Honegger, Wes Milholen, biostatic
and possible others….

My Rig

I’ll be performing on Electron Octatrack.

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This instrument is not normally known for drone and ambient work, but I find it’s well suited for this type of free improv. Just to give you an example of what can be done with an Octatrack, check out the is a short ambient video below using mostly Octatrack with Nave iPad synth and Tenori-on as sources. Here are podcast episodes where I used the Octatrack.

https://vimeo.com/80239103

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Photos from Oct 30th Miss American Vampire Concert

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I just uploaded a bunch of photos from the Oct 30th Miss American Vampire set as a Flickr album. Thanks to James Terry who took a lot of the higher-end shots. You may not recognize in some of the shots as I was dressed as Robert Smith from the cure for Halloween. I’m the guy in the black wig :^)

In addition to doing my own visuals, I also did visuals for the artists. Included in this album is some footage without audio that I rendered as I was doing visuals for these artists. The video is what the audience saw projected on the screens.

CLICK HERE to view the alum on Flickr.

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Teaser Video for Oct 30th Miss America Vampire Halloween Concert at Walnut Room Denver

I produced this teaser video for the upcoming Miss American Vampire — songs on theremin by victoria lundy / The Night Before Halloween concert.

 

The music in the video is from Victoria’s new release. The visuals were performed in real-time and an example of what you’ll see during her set. We’re also doing projection mapping for this show.

Doors are at 8, and show is at 9. I’m kicking off the night and will perform a set made up of dark techno and dark ambient. I’ll be playing a few composed pieces from albums but mostly news music. I’ve also upped my game with my own visuals. Happy Halloween!

 

Mark Mosher, Keldari Station, Victoria Lundy and church fire
Friday, October 30, 2015
21+/ $7 / doors open at 8
The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 295-1868
Costumes encouraged
www.thewalnutroom.com
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/951729

 

 

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Save the Date – I’ll be Performing a Dark Techno Set Oct 30th – Miss American Vampire The Night Before Halloween

I’m super excited to announced I’ll be performing a set on October 30th with amazing lineup of artists! The show is called Miss American Vampire — songs on theremin by victoria lundy / The Night Before Halloween. I’m also doing visuals for this show and will do another post on what we are cooking up!

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A release party featuring  Mark Mosher, Keldari Station, Victoria Lundy, and Church Fire 

Friday, October 30, 2015
21+/  $7 / doors open at 8
The Walnut Room, 3131 Walnut Street, Denver, Colorado 80205
(303) 295-1868
Costumes encouraged
www.thewalnutroom.com
http://www.ticketfly.com/event/951729

The ninety and nine are with dreams, content but the hope of the world made new, is the hundredth man who is grimly bent on making those dreams come true.
—Edgar Allan Poe

The Walnut Room in Denver has been a loyal supporter of experimental and ambient artists, is a beautiful venue with superior sound, and boasts the best audio engineers in town. There, on October 30, Halloween eve, the unveiling of new music by thereminist Victoria Lundy will be the occasion for the gathering of a diverse group of electronic music artists, all of them intent on creating magic. Mark Mosher will contribute his synth wizardry, and to complement the music and sound, Mark will also project enchanting visuals. Church Fire will cast their scorching synth pop into the bubbling cauldron. Keldari Station will bind them all with the music of the spheres. A  cosmic event not to be missed.*

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Live Performance Video – Part 1 Boulder Synthesizer Meetup August 11, 2015

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This video is part 1 of a live cinematic electronica set I performed at the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup on August 11th 2015 at the Walnut room in Denver. In this video I’m performing both the music and the visuals.

https://vimeo.com/136179823

In part 1 I perform an extended version of “Gonna Rise Up” from the album Fear Cannot Save Us” markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/fear-cannot-save-us. For this piece, I was doing live arrangement on the Octatrack plus playing lead synth on the Waldorf Blofeld. The lead patch is an original patch from INIT using OSC2 & 3 for sync with mod wheel. The original lead patch on the album version was done with Zebra 2. To retain some of its character, I used Extreme Sample Convert to multi-sample the Zebra patch then import into the Blofeld for the source for Oscillator 1.

Rig Notes:
This set was performed only on Octatrack dynamic performance sampler with original field recordings and sonic elements from albums plus a Waldorf Blofled keyboard with original presets.

Recording Notes:
Live audio was recorded on a Zoom H2n fed by my sub-mix to house via Mackie 402VLZ3. Main footage is from a GoPro with secondary foot from my friend Chris Frain.

Visuals Notes:
The ONLY video source is from live camera input being run through layers of custom Resolume presets controlled by an Arturia Beatstep live.

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Listen to “Falling” Sound Design Experiment with Live 9 + Max for Live Convolution Reverb Pro Using IR Made with Pitch-to-MIDI Absynth Patch

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I was experimenting with Live 9’s new pitch-to-MIDI and Max for Live Convolution Reverb Pro a few days back and come up with this idea.

 

 

Here is the process I followed.

  1. I started with a vocal sample by the wonderful artist Snowflake (CC-BY-NC faccmixter.org/files/snowflake/37827). BTW I remixed one of her tracks last year – click here to give it a listen.
  2. Use “Convert Melody to New MIDI Track” to convert her Melody to MIDI. This creates a new MIDI track with an Ableton instrument.
  3. Swap the Ableton instrument on the MIDI track with Absynth 5.  You could of course stick with Ableton instruments here. I used a dissonant bell preset with major reverb decay.
  4. Create an audio clip from the Absynth patch. You could resample it or  freeze the track,  insert a new audio track and drag the frozen clip to the new audio track to create an audioclip.
  5. Insert the Max for Live Convolution Reverb Pro on the original vocal track.
  6. Apply the Absynth sample as the Impulse Response file for the Convolution Reverb by dragging the audio clip from step #4 and dropping it I on the waveform display of the Max for Live device.
  7. Play the original sample through the Convolution Reverb

What’s great about this process is since the Impulse Response was derived from pitch-to-MIDI of the original sample, the resultant reverb follows the phrasing of the original vocal track – but of course is also slewed and torqued in an organic way by using the Absynth patch with more sustain and bigger reverb and space. I also love how this creates new harmonics.

I also want to point out that while each of these discrete processes are available in separate tools already, having this all integrated in Live 9 with Max for Live makes for a rapid and creative sound design workflow. It’s taken me way longer to explain it her than id did to think this up and execute the idea (which only took about 5 minutes).

It’s also worth mentioning you don’t need to be a programmer to use Max for Live as an artist. Just drag in the devices that come with Max for Live essentials and use them like any native live device.

Links:

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Performer
Boulder, CO
Artist Site & Album Downloads: www.markmoshermusic.com

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Jeremy Ellis on Ableton Push at NAMM 2013

Just found this video of Jeremy Ellis on Ableton Push at NAMM 2013. Watching Jeremy discover how to play notes on Push gives you a great sense of the isomorphic modes and expressiveness of Push.

FYI – I’m installing the betas for Live 9 and Max for Live :^)

Mark Mosher
http://www.MarkMosherMusic.com