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Psychedelic Octatrack Soundscape – “I’m Going to Mary’s Party Tomorrow Aren’t You?”

Take a trip through a wormhole where captured signals from a 50’s PSA come streaming through your space helmet. You try to tune to some techno, but it doesn’t work.

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Sample mangling with Elektron Octatrack MKII making heavy use of scenes and Designer LFO’s. Some manually tuning of the Comb Filter with slider as well.

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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

Video

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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Sonic Encounters S03-02: Turning Back the Rainforest Clocks

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 just released a new Sonic Encounters soundscape podcast episode “Turning Back the Rainforest Clocks“. Listen on Soundcloud, Apple Podcasts, or with your favorite podcatcher.

Story:

Quite some time ago an alien child instantiated our reality using some silly game they found on their parent’s hand-me-down computer. As time went on they noticed the rainforests were being destroyed for a variety of reasons which would soon end the simulation. The child was quite attached to some of the people in the simulation and of course didn’t want to have restart the simulation all over again from beginning. So, without their parent’s permission, the child opted to buy the in-app purchase to heal the rainforests by turning back the rainforest clocks. Play now continues.

Composer Notes:

Improvised using original field recordings as sources from Australia including the city of Melbourne, and The Healesville Sanctuary (www.zoo.org.au/healesville/).

Cover Art Notes:

I manipulated a photo I took while walking to through the rainforest of Great Otway National Park on the way to Henderson Falls. Some of the trees are estimated to be over 200 years old.

Credits:

Story, Music, Cover Art by Mark Mosher
Copyright Mark Mosher 2019
My artist site is here MarkMosherMusic.com

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Sonic Encounters is a soundscapes podcast started in 2015. Each episode contains a story-driven original improvisational soundscape created with synthesis and sampling to capture, disassemble, reassemble, and shape the sounds around us. I also make all the episode covers.

Now in season 3, there are 22 past episodes with over 2 hours and 45 minutes of music. Show notes are in the description section within each episode on Soundcloud.

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New Sonic Encounters Ambient Soundscape “Of Snow and Light”

“Of Snow and Light” is episode 8 of the Sonic Encounters podcast season 2. It’s an original soundscape featuring some warm classic synth sounds and pads. “Of Snow and Light” is episode 8 of the Sonic Encounters podcast season 2. It’s an original soundscape featuring some warm classic synth sounds and pads.

Subscribe to the podcast in iTunes itunes.apple.com/us/podcast/sonic…pes/id1005123672, for with your favorite podcatcher feeds.soundcloud.com/users/soundclo…182/sounds.rss or follow on Soundcloud.

Photo is from a very unique skiing experience I had at Copper Mountain Colorado where I got to ski at night in a snow storm with only a headlamp and ambient light.

Music and cover art by Mark Mosher
Copyright Mark Mosher 2019

http://SonicEncounters.com
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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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Sonic Encounters Podcast 009 – Take a Trip on the Train from Devil’s Gate Depot

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Story

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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Sonic Encounters Podcast 007 – Descent Into Ancient Ice Cave

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Story

This is the soundtrack of an expedition to an ancient ice cave. As you descend deep into the cavern hear surreal sound of the wind blended with your own scanning equipment reverberating through massive cave system. At around the 7:00 minute mark, your systems start picking up some movement in the cave. You’ve got a bad fielding about this – so you initiate emergency ascent at 8:20.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities


This is not a sample. This is all synthesis. The entire piece is made from a single original patch I made on the digital modular synthesizer U-HE Bazille.

The piece was recorded in a single pass with no edits. I performed this on a Novation Remote SL 25 MK2 keyboard by playing notes and manipulating the mod wheel, key pressures and the knobs of the synth in real-time during recording.

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Absynth Creator Brian Clevinger Posts One-Note Soundscape to Accompany the Mayan Apocalypse

 

Brian Clivinger just posted this fantastic one-note soundscape patch “made with Native Instruments Absynth 5 to accompany the mayan apocalypse”. It really shows what can be done with those amazing 68-stage modulatable envelopes!

Enjoy, and talk to you tomorrow :^)

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Performer
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

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Your Modulate This Holiday Gift is Ready – “Sounds From a Distant Outpost” Ableton Live Pack Plus Samples

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 Update: I'm updating this soundset so it is currenlty offline.

I'm very excited to announce that your FREE holiday gift is now ready for download! It is an Ableton Live Pack called Sounds from a Distant Outpost.

Sounds From a Distant Outpost is more than a sample sound library. Over 30 hours in the making, it is a set of 12 deep and expressive instrument racks that will transport you to a dark and distant outpost. From here you will be able to explore the sounds, machines, and creatures of this world.  These instruments will help spark your imagination and I hope inspire you to create your own soundtrack for this world. Of course, the instruments will also help add an interesting "edge" to any sound or music project.

 

The  source audio is made up of some of my field recordings as well  as original synthesized and re-synthesis harmonic content.  The concept for the instruments was based on a back-story I created as the project progressed. Fueled by the story and setting, I translated these source samples into Ableton Live racks and meticulously programmed them to create playable dynamic instruments which are placed under your command via macro parameters, velocity, after touch, and modulation wheel mappings. I've also provided the original source samples for the project so those who don't have Ableton Live will be able to use these samples as oscillator sources in synths like Absynth, Alchemy, ElectraX and Blofeld.

This project is also a social experiment. Rather than just provide a Live Pack, I've created a dedicated social microsite so you can share your notes and work with the library. I’ve also offered a SoundCloud drop box so you can share your original sound or music compositions.

I've had a great time creating – to coin a phrase – this  "story-based sound design with social remix" experiment.

I hope you enjoy your gift. I'm looking forward to your notes and creations.

As always, thanks your support. Have a happy, safe holiday filled with electronic music!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist

www.MarkMosherMusic.com
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