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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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(Mark Mosher Music News) Announcements Boulder & Denver Artists Carbon Dioxide Ensemble Events Festivals Sampling

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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(Mark Mosher Music News) Concert Event Events

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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(Mark Mosher Music News) Announcements Music Single

New Single and Video: “Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8”

Story:

I discovered a space-time distortion while visiting Chicago. The location of the anomaly is at track 8 at Union Station.

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I published this new song as a single on Bandcamp.

I also made a live studio recording of the session then edited this into a super trippy video which you can watch on YouTube.

Artist Notes:

This audio and video was captured in one real-time pass to a Zoom Q4N Digital Recorder. The primary source video for 90% of the visuals is from the overhead view of the live studio session. The only other footage is a video field recording from Chicago’s Union Station also recorded on the Zoom Q4N. The audio was not edited when I added video effects in post.

The audio field recording was extracted the Zoom Q4N video shot at Union Station. It’s mangled pretty heavily in this piece put if you listen closely, you can hear an automated voice informing you that you are at track 8 and 10. Interestingly, the speakers at the station are not directional and the audio is at different loop lengths – so just wandering about between these gates is a trippy polyrhythmic treat.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities:

The piece is a combination of live sequencing and live performance. The Octatrack is used to host drum samples and recording. It is also used to MIDI sequence 3 synth slots on the Nord Lead 4 including MIDI automation. I perform live using all 4 slots on the Nord plus manipulate the Octatrack in real-time. Lots of real-time sound design and morphing. All the groovy synth sounds are exclusive to Nord Lead 4 all being created in real-time (meaning no synth audio was pre-recorded).

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(Mark Mosher Music News) Concert Events

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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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.

Production Notes

Field Recording Notes

I recorded these field recordings on The Georgetown Loop Railroad which is about 45 miles West of Denver.
  • Date & Time: December 7th, 2014
  • Location: Georgetown Loop Railroad, Georgetown, CO | Departing from Georgetown Devil’s Gate Depot
  • Recorder: Zoom H2N
  • Format:  44.1kHz/24bit 120 degree stereo

“one of Colorado’s first visitor attractions. Completed in 1884, this spectacular stretch of three-foot narrow gauge railroad was considered an engineering marvel for its time. In 1973, the Colorado Historical Society began restoring the railroad as part of its 978-acre Georgetown Loop Historic Mining & Railroad Park.” More here… http://georgetownlooprr.com/.”

I’ve lived in Colorado since I was 7 and had never been on this train! They have all sorts of themed runs (Octoberfest, Dinner trains, Big Horn Sheep Festival…) and I highly recommend you try it you come out Colorado way. We took the “Santa’s North Pole” adventure 12:40pm run.

While I was not allowed to travel between cars (because it’s a narrow gauge  and runs along mountain drop offs and on high bridges), they allowed me to stand outside the closed door of the car between cars. This being the case I got some AWESOME recordings isolated from other passengers for the most parts. Lots of great wheels squeaking, flexing of the old cars, coupler noise, and sometimes engine noise.

 Instrumentation & Performance Notes

Octatrack

I used only the Elektron Octatrack. I configured the machine to use 4 tracks made up of 3 field recordings from the session mentioned above each with their own insert effects. One track was used twice with a different set of effects. I also had the Octatrack configured to use track 8 for two master effects.
After setting up the patch for the Octatrack, I rehearsed the piece a few times experimenting with different effects, expressive morphs, and notes. I then recorded the piece in one real-time pass without edits.

The piece begins with the raw field recording of the train as it goes around a tight turn. It’s just such an amazing set of sounds I wanted to offer the listener context and a taste of the harmonic content of the original source material before I took things to another place. I then manually play and improvise from there performing the notes in chromatic mode and heavily manipulating the field recordings as the piece progresses.

Near the end of the piece I’m using effects like comb filters to create what sound almost like long tremolo strings. Another fun thing for me was manipulating rail noise through a comb filter and delay and then changing the delay time (which changes pitch) to create what almost sounds like an arpeggio of pizzicato strings notes.

It was a super fun piece to create and perform as the train field recordings offered some amazing harmonic content! I’ll most likely revisit these source samples in a future episode.

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