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New Sonic Encounters Soundscape “Replicant’s Dream” + Video of Improv Session w/ Analog Four and Interactive Visuals w/ Resolume

I just released a Bandcamp subscriber preview of a new soundscape called “Replican’ts Dream” obviously inspired by Bladerunner. Music and visuals improvised and recorded in one real-time pass. Music is performed on Elektron Analog Four MKI using 4 tracks with no sequencing. Visual synthesis in Resolume Arena.

Video of Live Recording Sessions

Here is a video of the recording session.

Teaser for New Live Visuals

This video will also give you a sense of new visuals I’m working on for my live set for online streaming (and eventually for in-person performances). I make use of visual synthesis on various sources including live camera input and control the set in real-time with a LaunchPad PRO MK3 custom mode.

Audio Version of Song

A high-rez audio version of this soundscape is also now available to my bandcamp subscribes as part of the preview of the forthcoming album Sonic Encounters Volume 03 https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03. Learn more about my subscription here https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/subscribe.

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New Sonic Encounters Soundscape “Ghosts of Time and Space” Featuring Samples from Empty Vessel’s Ghosts Audio Edition + Video of Improv Session

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Here is the video from a session where I improvised a new soundscape called “. This was improvised on Ableton Live 10 with Push 2.

Sources Samples

While I mostly do my own sound design I’ve been enjoying using libraries from others to introduce pleasant surprises (“chance operations”) into some of my improvisational pieces. All the source samples for this song are from the Ghosts sound pack which I bought from my friend and independent New Zealand based sound designer Greg Cole (aka Empty Vessel https://store.emptyvessel.co.nz ).

This was originally released as a samples and presets for the TAL sampler, but I brought these into Ableton (notes on this below).

Greg takes such great care in producing and mastering his source samples I’m happy to report he also just provided these samples as a stand-alone WAV edition here https://store.emptyvessel.co.nz/p/cl3h5w.

Audio Version of Song

Soundcloud

The song is available on Soundcloud here https://soundcloud.com/markmosher/ghosts-time-space.

Bandcamp

A high-rez audio version of this soundscape is also now available to my bandcamp subscribes as part of the preview of the forthcoming album Sonic Encounters Volume 03 https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03. Learn more about my subscription here https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/subscribe.

Producer’s Notes:

Track 1 – Drum rack filled with almost 64 samples + Echo
Track 2 – The sample “Piano String 2” loaded into Audio Damage Quanta granular synth + Echo
Track 3 – The sample “Sinister Piano Strike EB3” loaded into Ableton Wavetable which analyzes it and converts into a wavetable + Echo
Track 4 – The sample “Wonky Movement C2” loaded into a Simpler + Echo + Reverb
Track 5 – The sample “Sandmand D4” loaded into Simpler + Echo

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Season 03 of Sonic Encounters Podcast Is Underway with New Soundscape “Please Press 3”

Update – Sonic Ecounters is not longer a podcast but an album series. Here is a blog post on this. This song is on available to my subscribers right now https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03.

I’m happy to announce that season 03 of the Sonic Encounters soundscapes podcast is under way with a new song called “Please Press 3“. Sonic Encounters began 4 years ago and this new soundscape brings us to 22 songs and over 2 hours and 40 minutes or original music.

Each episode contains original improvisational soundscapes and songs created with synthesis and sampling to capture, disassemble, reassemble, and shape the sounds around us. Episode covers are original art as well.

Season 1 and Season 2 are also available in album form here markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-e…ers-volume-01 and markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-e…ers-volume-02.

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Story:

It appears the menu has changed. Please Press 3.

Composer Notes:

I thought I’d kick off this season with something more experimental with some off-the-grid playing and when I’m on the grid – lots of extreme tempo changes ranging from 80 BPM – 764 BPM.

Credits:

Music, voice, lyrics, and cover art by Mark Mosher
Copyright Mark Mosher 2019

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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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The Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast is Back!

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After a 2 year hiatus – my Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast is back! The 13 past episodes (with over 1 hour and 50 minutes of music) are back online as Season 01.

Season 02 is incoming so here is how to listen and subscribe.

Episode Notes Now Embedded in Podcast + Buy Button

I also streamlined the podcast and instead of using a companion blog for episode notes – I took the time to place all the show notes within the podcast episodes pages on Soundcloud instead (which also should feed your podcatcher).

In the cases where I have released an episode on Bandcamp – there is corresponding buy button.soundcloud-krell

The Album with Tracks from Season 01

In a related note – Season 01 of the the Sonic Encounters Podcast was released on Bandcamp as Sonic Encounters Volume 01 album. So if you’d like to support my art plus enjoy higher resolution audio of these records plus get 2 bonus tracks visit https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-01.

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Thanks for listening,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Aritst
Boulder, CO
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Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 012 – Tonalities from Orbit #2

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

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Credits

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Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

This is another piece inspired by the ground-breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron on the film Forbidden Planet.  I use oscillators as the primary source for the piece.

Blofeld + Launchpad Pro + Octatrack
Blofeld + Launchpad Pro + Octatrack

The soundtrack is live improvisation using the Waldorf Blofled synthesizer with custom programs from INIT. The Novation Launchpad Pro grid performance instrument was used to perform notes with pressure on the Blofeld. In addition to live manipulation of the Blofeld through it’s hardware interface, I  live sampled and live looped the audio coming out of the Blofeld into an Electron Octatrack. From there I used the Octatrack’s chromatic mode, morphing with crossfader, and did live sequencing with trig automation. The Octatrack also provided additional effects.

I recorded a video of me performing this piece in the studio https://youtu.be/atDFO0YnnrI

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Sonic Encounters Volume 01 Liner Notes: Track 11 – Tonalities from Orbit #1

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

Listen to this episode on Soundcloud. You can subscribe to the Podcast in iTunes, or use this RSS Feed for your favorite podcatcher so you never miss an episode.

If you dig this piece, leave a comment. Checkout my releases here. You can also make a donation to support my art here.

Credits

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Music and Cover Art by Mark Mosher.

Performance and Production Notes

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. I recorded a video of me performing this piece in real-time www.youtube.com/watch?v=WvPO_N__LB8.

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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

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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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Sonic Encounters Podcast SO1-E09: I’m Completely Operational, and All My Circuits Are Functioning Perfectly

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Story

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.

Performance and Production Notes

Photo of Nord Lead 4 and Octatrack taken at a recent concert performance

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.

All the synthesized source sounds are from my original Lead 4 presets. I live sampled and looped the Nord Lead 4 into the Octatrack and performed most sonic movement in realtime on the Octatrack.

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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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