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Sonic Encounters Swarm of the Nanobots

[Update – Fixed a broken link to the audio file so I could feature this as #TBT]

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

Credits

011 Swarm of the Nanobots cover

Music and cover art by Mark Mosher

Performance and Production Notes

Inspired by the Swarmatron

This piece was inspired by the Dewanatron Swarmatron (http://www.dewanatron.com/instruments.php?page=swarmatron).

“The Swarmatron was created to produce eight tones tuned approximately to one note, each tone slightly different in pitch to produce a complex and natural choral effect.

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No Ghosts. Just Fear- Five Original Instrumental Horror Soundscapes

No Ghosts. Just Fear. coveLooking for some horror soundscapes to fuel your Halloween? Check out my album No Ghosts. Just Fear. The album is available for only $4 exclusively on Bandcamp.

About the Album

This album contains five original instrumental horror soundscapes. Listen in the dark on a great sound system with a sub-woofer or with good headphones (not ear buds) and let your imagination run wild! Then remember, it’s all in your head :^)

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.

Credits

Released October 27, 2012

Composed, Arranged, Programmed, Performed, and Produced by Mark Mosher

Mastered by Gannon Kashiwa

Cover Design by Dave Weed

Cover Photo by Mark Mosher

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 006 – When the Whales Take Back the Ocean


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Story

As humans and their technology have evolved, they have encroached more and more on the domain of the whale and other sea life. Of course the whales have been evolving as well – and – unbeknownst to us, they have been patiently plotting and waiting for the right time put things back in balance.  Listen as a group of humpback whales execute phase 1 of their plan to take back the ocean.

Science

From Seismic Surveys Negatively Affect Humpback Whale Singing Activity off Northern Angola“…

“Discussion…The presence of oil and gas exploration activities in this region and globally, and the potential acoustic impact that anthropogenic noise sources may have on sensitive species are increasing areas of study and concern for industry, governments, biologists and conservationists [23], [25]. The intense pulses produced by seismic surveys clearly have the potential to cause direct or behaviourally mediated physiological harm at close distances [34], but more subtly at longer distances there exists the potential of disturbing animals and altering important behaviours, as well as masking acoustic signals and negatively affecting communication. … It appears that whales are ceasing to sing, or moving to other areas to sing when seismic surveys are being conducted in relatively close proximity. We emphasize that this is documentation of disturbance of a breeding display for a baleen whale on a breeding ground, and thus has implied potential for affecting mating behaviour and success.”

The ONLY source audio for this piece is from public domain recordings of humpback whale song and vocalizations. The samples were loaded into multiple tracks on an Elektron Octatrack Dynamic Performance Sampler.

Performance

The entire piece was improvised and recorded in one real-time pass using only the Octatrack’s unique an expressive capabilities, built-in-effects and ability to morph. The piece was recorded with a Zoom H2N with no edits (after much rehearsal). The fun and challenge of this piece was to see how far I could take a handful of similar recordings to tell a story and to go well beyond the sonic character of the source material. So I start off quite organic, and end quite “horror show”.

Instrumentation & Instrumentalies

  • Octatrack

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Sonic Encounters Podcast 005 – Irreversible Transcription Errors During Consciousness Transfer

“Welcome to transfer station 11203. Your consciousness transfer is about to begin and soon you will enjoy immortality in your new custom body. The process is 100% foolproof thanks to your personal technician who will be actively monitoring the process for transcription errors. In the unlikely event of a transcription error, your technician will be manually executing corrective rewrites well before the 6 minute margin where these anomalies would become part of your permanent consciousness in the target vessel. This “human touch” is just another way Transfer-Con goes the extra mile for our clients.

You should now be feeling a warm sensation as the intravenous sedation takes effect. This sedation will render you blind and paralyzed pending transfer – for your comfort and safety. To help you maintain a calm and meditative state during transfer, you will now hear the reassuring and ever steady rhythms of the audio feed from your transfer monitor. Thanks for choosing Transfer-Con. We Can’t Wait to See You on the Other Side℠.”

A remote technician sitting in a cubical farm 8,000 miles away initiates your transfer while multi-tasking to monitor 49 other transfers in-flight. He took on an extra shift today to make more money to save for his own transfer – although it will take him years to save enough for his own procedure. He squints – straining through fatigue to read the virtual dials on his aging computer screen. As your transfer begins, he nods off – dreaming of his own immortality.

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Artists Notes
This is a modern take on Edgar Allen Poe’s “Premature Burial”. In this fictional – and some say inevitable scenario – there are new fears to be considered. This piece focuses on the fear of being cataleptic and aware that you are on a one way trip to an immortal state with irreversible transcription errors in your consciousness. The soundscape represents the audio feed from the patient’s transfer monitor.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities
Elektron Octatrack

Source Audio

  • Field recording – Morse Code Key
    • Date: June 2009
    • Location: Chatham Railroad Museum, 153 Depot Rd Chatham, MA 02633 ,  Cape Cod, MA
    • Recorder: Zoom H2
    • Format:  44.1kHz/24bit 120 degree stereo
  • Choir Samples