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Video Replay of My May 22nd Live Stream Multimedia Concert with BTS Notes on Using Elektron Machines , Novation Controllers, and Resolume

If you missed my live stream a few weeks back here is an unedited YouTube live replay of my solo multimedia concert. The performance is a combination of live arrangement and live playing that features original electronic music with real-time visuals.

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Set List

The video is 23 minutes long but if you just want to jump to a particular song you can use the links below. Let me know in the comments which was your fav 😃.

  • 0:00 Stand By (Recording of soundscape “Slipping Into Stasis Entering Jump Gate 42” from album Sonic Encounters Volume 02
  • 0:35Gonna Rise Up live performance of song from the album Fear Cannot Save Us
  • 4:27 “Replicant’s Dream” live performance of a song from a forthcoming album
  • 7:42 “Techno Planet 01” live performance of a song from a forthcoming album
  • 11:49Disconnecteda Bandcamp single performed live
  • 16:50 “Light Runner” live performance of song from a forthcoming album
  • 22:34 End Program with audio excerpt from the song “They Walk Among Us” from album Reboot

As you can see some of these tracks will be released in the future. Follow or subscribe on my Bandcamp site to get notified of an album or single release.

Performance Notes

All the music and sound is from Elektron Analog Four MKI, Octatrack MKII, and Digitone. The machines are not synced. I mostly play directly from the machines, but also play notes on the Analog Four via the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 keyboard and on the Digitone via the Launchpad Pro MK3 grid. I also use the Launchkey Mini MK3 along with a Logidy UM3 pedal to control Resolume Arena 7 in real-time. Visual sources are from live camera input and other various sources.


Mentions

The performance got some nice mentions by synth publications.

Synthtopia

The video was featured as a Synth Sunday Jam. Thanks Synthtopia – woot!

Synth and Software Magazine

I got an amazingly kind mention on the Synth and Software Facebook page.

Synth & Software is an online publication and social media community for electronic music enthusiasts—anyone who enjoys listening or who plays, programs, or aspires to make music with synthesizers, samplers, DAWs, audio processors, and other instruments and software…

https://synthandsoftware.com

Performance “Instrument” Notes

I view this entire rig as a multimedia “instrument”. One goal in designing this “instrument” was to accommodate the following use cases while being air locked in a performance cockpit where my performance flow would not change whether I’m performing:

  1. Music sets in-person
  2. Music + visuals sets in person
  3. Music + visual sets via live stream
  4. Music + visuals sets in person simulcast via live stream

Performance Cockpit

When I’m performing in person I don’t normally use headphones and don’t look at the monitor on my laptop. Instead listen I to the P.A. or monitors. I look at the screen or wall/screen/scrim where the visuals are being projected. This incorporates the performance space as part of the vibe of the performance.

My streaming equivalent of this is to us a big screen right in front of me and perform with reference monitors at near concert volumes. Performing this way is much closer to performing on stage in front of an audience which puts more positive energy into the performance.

Conceptual Overview of 2020 Rig

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  1. Performance Cockpit – The region outlined with aqua highlighter is my performance cockpit where I play, perform, control live arrangements, and visuals.
  2. Music Machines – All sound and music is produced via the following Elektron machines:
    1. Analog Four – Analog synth with 4 synths and effects
    2. Octatrack – Performance sampler, mixer, looper, effects processor, live arrangement of playback when needed
    3. Digitone – Digital FM synth with 4 synth and effects
  3. Live Camera for Visual Synthesis – I compose the camera shots in real-time by moving a Logitech HD Webcam which is a source for my visual software Resolume
  4. MIDI Controllers
    1. Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 – Keys are used to play the Analog Four through hardware MIDI. RGB pads use custom MIDI modes to control Resolume through USB MIDI.
    2. Novation Launchpad Pro MK3 – Velocity and pressure sensitive pads are used to play the Digitone through hardware MIDI. I have custom control modes that I can also use to control Resolume via USB MIDI.
  5. Audio & Visual Monitoring – Screen + reference monitors.
  6. Audio to the house / Audio interface with Loopback for Streaming – Yamaha AG06
  7. Laptop for Visuals and Streaming – Microsoft Surface Laptop 3, Windows 10
  8. Visual Software – Resolume Arena 7 software
  9. Streaming Software – OBS Studio software for streaming
  10. Streaming Endpoint – YouTube…

Using Midi Controllers to Decouple Visual Arrangements from Song Arrangement

In past incarnations of my multimedia show I controlled the arrangement and automation of visual effects for Resolume with Ableton Live “dummy clips” and automation envelopes. This meant the arrangement for visuals were implicitly locked with musical arrangement. For this new rig I wanted to decouple the visuals from the audio arrangement. This would allow me to perform the arrangement of the visuals manually making the experience more variable and unique with repeat performances.

I now control arrangement with the RBG pads on the Novation Launchkey MINI MK3.

Alternatively I can use the Logidy foot pedal for hands-free arrangement.

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While I’m pretty busy playing and doing live arrangement, I can also use the Launchpad Pro MK3 with it’s custom MIDI modes and velocity sensitive fader grid feature to control parameters on Resolume.

FYI I’ve written past posts on these controllers in these categories:

Juggling Machines with No MIDI Sync

My set list is made up of songs spread across each machine and I often perform an entire song using only one machine. In a few cases I will work across machines. For example, I perform the majority of my song “Disconnected” on the Octatrack and the leads from the Analog Four.

The machines are not synced and are not connected via MIDI. This allows for complete freedom to do live arrangement, change my set list on-the-fly. I might have corresponding patterns with matching tempos across machines but I select them and trigger them on-the-fly so I can play around with the pocket, tap tempo to shift or even change tempos or free-form play to add more tension.

Having no cross-machine dependency also means if a machine where to go down during a performance or have to be rebooted (which has never happened), the song and show can go on.

Fits in One Case and a Backpack

Another design goal for the rig was it had to fit into a Pelican 1510 case and backpack. This allows me to fly with the rig as well as load in to local shows with only one trip from the car.

I flew with an earlier version of this rig to Asheville, NC to perform at Mountain Skies in 2019 and manage to jam all this into a Pelican 1510.

With the addition of the new controllers I’m sure I could fit it all in the pelican with some overflow into my backpack.


In Closing

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Live Multimedia Performance – B.E.A.T. Creative Technology Performances and Demos Event Friday May 22nd, 5PM MDT

I’ve schedule a YouTube Live event. Swing by now and click “Set Reminder”.

Watch Live / Watch the Replay

I’ve embedded the video in this post so if you happen to be here during the event you can watch live. If you are here after the event you can watch the replay.

For my portion of the event I’ll be streaming from my YouTube channel here.

Program

I was asked to perform 20-25 minutes. Below is my planned set list. Of course, things tend to be fluid when doing online streaming so this may shift.

  1. Stand By Loop – Music is a recording of “Slipping Into Stasis Entering Jump Gate 42” from the album Sonic Encounters Volume 02
  2. Gonna Rise Up – Live version of a song from the album Fear Cannot Save Us
  3. Replicant’s Dreams – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  4. Techno Planet 02 – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  5. Disconnected – Live version of single “Disconnected
  6. Light Runner – Live version of a song from a forthcoming release
  7. End Program – Audio excerpt from “They Walk Among Us” from the album Reboot

Artist Notes

Music

All music and sound will performed live and with live arrangement using the Elektron Analog Four MKI, Octatrack MKII, and Digitone. I will be performing on the machines directly and with the Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and Launchpad Pro MK3.

Visuals

All visuals are generated in real-time with Resolume Arena 7, with live camera input from a Logitech C922X and other various sources. I control Resolume in real-time with Novation Launchkey Mini MK3 and Launchpad Pro MK3.

Streaming

I’m streaming with OBS Studio with audio routed into a Yamaha AG06 audio interface with loopback. My talkback mic is a RØDE PodMic.

Show Credits

  • Mark Mosher: Music & Real-Time Visuals, Show Design, Show Producer
  • Chris Barr – Associate Producer, Testing, Chat Wrangler
  • Lizzy Mosher – Social Media
  • Victoria Lundy – Photoshop assist to trim the groovy speaker array image

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I Mind Mapped My Fav Top Features of the Launchkey Mini MK3

I recently picked up a Launchkey Mini MK3. Wow – what an improvement over past generations.

The short of it is: the keys are super playable with a light synth touch, the pads feel like smaller versions of the Launchpad Pro MK3 and Launchpad X, and the knobs are small but probably the best feeling pots on a mini controller I’ve experienced.

Currently, I’m using it to as a keyboard controller for my trusty Elektron Analog Four via hardware MIDI and to simultaneously use a custom pad mode to control Resolume via USB MIDI.

There is a lot of other useful features which I documented in this interactive Mind Map.

View large interactive version of mind map here

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I’m a guest on “Open The Podcast Doors, Hal” Movies by The Minute Podcast Episode 126: Plausibly Stellar

I’m excited to announce that I was a guest on the by the minute podcast Open the Podcast Door, Hal.

Chris and Rudi discuss Stanley Kubrick’s science fiction masterpiece, “2001: A Space Odyssey,” one minute at a time. They are occasionally joined by guests from other movie-by-minutes podcasts, as well as film enthusiasts, musicians, and other deep thinkers.

I’m on Episode 126: Plausibility Stellar where we discuss the transitional moments in the Star Gate sequence from the 2h4m7s to 2h5m7s mark of the film.

When Chris told me which minute we were going to discuss I was super excited as it’s one of my favorite parts of the film. Use the links below to tune in and listen to hear us geek out hard on science fiction, film, sound design, and visual effects! I also talk about how to use modern visual software to approximate some of the star gate effects. Show notes below that.

Thanks again to Chris and Rudi for inviting me, taking the time to put this podcast together on such a compelling film. Also a big thanks for them including one of my 2001: A Space Odyssey inspired soundscape this episode at the 45m12s mark of the podcast – Sonic Encounters Podcast SO1-E09: I’m Completely Operational, and All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly.

Tune In to Episode 26: Plausibly Stellar


Show Notes

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Video of My Guest Solo Performance with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra Event at CU Atlas Institute

I mentioned a few weeks back that I had the incredible honor of being invited to perform with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra on March 18th (Related Blog Post). For those that couldn’t make it her is a live video recording from the “Boulder Laptop Orchestra BLOrK performs with guest Mark Mosher” event (Facebook Invite).

The video features my original solo improvisational piece “Tonalities from Orbit” which I was invited to perform to close out the night with the ensemble. Earlier in the program I performed interactive visuals for 7 pieces for the ensemble.

The video is live and audio from a Zoom Q4N.

Program Notes

Tonalities from Orbit” is an original structured improvisational piece inspired by the ground breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron – who in the 1956 provided the soundtrack to the seminal Scifi film Forbidden Planet.
The hand-built circuits they used to create the “electronic tonalities” of this film pre-dated the modern synthesizer and were limited to oscillators (producing mainly square, sine, & triangle waves), ring modulators, overdriven tubes, reverb, and delay (done with tape manipulation).
Informed by these limitations, and using only a Nord Lead 4 synthesizer, Mark created 14 original and expressive “circuit states”. In this performance he will play and morph between these states as a framework for the piece as he brings his version of the Krell to life.
The performance will be complimented with Mark’s real-time visuals using only live camera input as a source with audio-responsive automation.

Photos and Program

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“Tonalities from Orbit #3” – Channeling the Krell with an Improvisation on Nord Lead 4

“Tonalities from Orbit #3” is a video recording of a live interactive soundscape and visual improvisation performed at the Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meetup October 12th, 2016 at Globe Hall in Denver. It’s performed using only a Nord Lead 4 with custom patches from INIT and Resolume using live camera input with no pre-recorded sequences.

The theme of this meetup was “The Sound of 50’s SciFi: Theremins and Circuits” where Victoria Lundy did a lecture on Thereminist Sam Hoffman  who’s work is synonymous with the iconic SciFi sound. I did a talk on the work of Louis and Bebe Barron to create electronic tonalities for the groundbreaking film “Forbidden Planet”.

After the lectures, Victoria and I each did a performance illustrating some ideas from the talk. In this video I’m using the Nord Lead 4 to to channel the Krell.

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Composer, Sound Designer
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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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My First Solo Flight with Space Palette Kinect-Controller

My First Solo Flight with Space Palette from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

Tim Thompson flew out from San Jose to present on his Space Palette kinect-based casual instrument this week Boulder Synthesizer Meetup (meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup) on Nov 13th, 2012.

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The big news for me is he gave me a Space Palette frame! He actually came in a before the meetup and stayed to configure my system with his custom code and all the dependent parts and taught me how to launch, calibrate and customize.

After he flew home, I tore the system down and put it all back together and got it all running on my own :^). I then swapped out the audio instruments behind the scenes with Absynth patches to make my first solo performance. I shot this video while holding the camera behind the frame as I played. All audio and visuals are interactive and in response to the Kinect tracking my multi-touch movement (X,Y, Depth) through the various windows in the frame.

More here SpacePalette.com

SYNTHESIST MARK MOSHER, Boulder, CO 
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Update on Tim Thompson’s Kinect Space Palette + Burning Man 2012 Video

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Back in April of 2011 I posted “An Exclusive First Look at Tim Thompson's Kinect-Based Instrument”.  I got to hang out with Tim at the Guthman Instrument Competition at Georgia Tech in February and did a follow up post on his progress in April of this year, It’s been cool to see Space Palette evolve.

I spoke with Tim earlier this week via Skype to get an update. First off, here is some background in case this is the first time your hearing about the project.

What is the Space Palette?

The Space Palette is a musical and graphical instrument that lets you play music and paint visuals simultaneously by waving your hands in the holes of a wood frame. No pre-recorded media, sequences, or loops are used – everything is generated in realtime by your hands.

The wood frame is a reference for the player, while the Microsoft Kinect is used to detect the position of whatever hands (or objects) appear in the holes of the frame. The depth of your hands matters as much as their left/right/up/down position – it's like having multiple three-dimensional mouse pads in mid-air. Any number of hands can be used.

Musically, the large holes are like keyboards (left-to-right) on which you play individual notes, and hand depth controls things like vibrato and filters. Visually, the large holes allow you to paint with graphical shapes (heavily processed by visual effects), and hand depth controls their size.

The 12 small holes in the corners of the Space Palette are used to select different sets of sounds and graphics. Each of the 4 large holes plays a different sound and paints a different graphic, simultaneously.

Update

It ends up Tim brought the Space Palette to Burning Man again this year. Checkout this great video of Burning Man attendees playing the latest incarnation of the instrument. Here is what Tim had to say about the latest version of Space Palette:

This video shows the latest version of the Space Palette at Burning Man 2012. It was running every night from 9pm to 5am, with almost constant use because of its placement in Illumination Village (Esplanade and 2:15). I re-used pieces of Monolith 2.0 (my installation from 2009) to construct a wood projector screen designed to withstand high winds, and I built boxes to protect the projector and laptop from the dust.

The sounds and graphics were much improved from previous versions, and the user interface was simplified. All 12 of the small holes now do the same thing – each one selects a preset of both sounds and graphics, and the name of the preset is briefly displayed on the projected image to provide feedback.

The preset names made it easier for people to find the sounds they wanted to use. Headphones were provided, allowing people to hear the sounds more clearly. All in all, it performed extremely well, and people enjoyed it immensely.

House Performance

Here is another video I found of Tim playing Space Palette. There is more ambient light in the room so it’s easier to see how the instrument works.

More Info
A longer version of the video above can be found here http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mxn2K3_07nU . For more information about the Space Palette, visit http://spacepalette.com.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html
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