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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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(Modulate This) Live Performance Music Video Performance Videos

Brighten Your Tuesday with Some Classic Yellow Magic Orchestra Live Concert Videos

My friend and mastering engineer Steve Turnidge just posted this on his FB page. It’s a video of the “Yellow Magic Orchestra – TECHNOPOLIS [Live] (Jun. 2, 1980) HD”. This is so great on so many levels with a super tight full band performance with some fun vocoding, an old-school modular, and the classic “unlit cig while playing on TV” punk move.

I think I listened to this like 5 times before moving on to a video of “TONG POO – YMO 1979 LIVE at THE GREEK THEATRE” which is the encore from this show!

Well there goes your morning just watching all the “Up Next” videos. You are welcome.

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(Modulate This) Improvisation Sonic Encounters Soundscapes Podcast Sound Design Sound Packs

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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Southern California Synth Society Summit Streaming April 18-19 on YouTube + Shout-Out to Colorado Modular Synth Society Sessions

Passing along some news I received from my friends over at the Colorado Modular Synth Society.

The Southern California Synth Society Summit will be streaming on April 18-19 on their YouTube channel.

Schedule

Shout-Out to The Colorado Participants

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Details of Online Version of @Ableton Loop Summit for Music Makers Announced

Ableton just posted details of Online Version of Loop Summit for Music Makers on the Ableton Loop Facebook Group

We couldn’t hold our Loop Summit for Music Makers in person this April, so we’ve decided to bring a little of the Loop spirit to you, wherever you are.

On every day of the weekend, from April 24–26 the Loop website (https://loop.ableton.com/) will transform into a hub for music-making challenges, creative inspirations, and a few live-streams from some of our favorite artists.

Every morning at 11am CEST/5am EDT the Loop Team will share a dose of inspiration and a music-making challenge for the day, along with any instructions and materials you’ll need to take part.

Then, at 7pm CEST/1pm EDT we’ll broadcast live from an artist at home, for some insight into their creative worlds and technical setups:

Friday, April 24: Sebastian Mullaert
Saturday, April 25: Rachel K Collier
Sunday, April 26: Andrew Huang

If you miss any of the live broadcasts, they’ll remain available to view throughout the weekend on the Loop website.

Each day ends at 9pm CEST/ 3pm EDT with an invitation to join us on the digital dancefloor for a home-brewed club night with United We Stream, in support of some of our favorite Berlin club institutions.

We’ll be hosting a discussion throughout the weekend to share your process and swap results with fellow music-makers.

Use the hashtag #LoopAtHome and join us on the Loop website from 11am CEST on April 24 for a welcome from the Loop Team, and to start making some music together.

Facebook event is here: facebook.com/events/636369310546629/

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(Modulate This) Howard Jones Live Performance Sound Design

Video: Howard Jones Transform Tour Live at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall

Some uplifting synth songs for your Thursday.

Howard Jones has posted live footage from his Transform Tour at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall. The band features Howard Jones, Robbie Bronnimann, Dan Burton and Robin Boult Recorded and mixed by Stephen W Tayler.

Here is Part 1.

The First three songs from Howard Jones’s critically acclaimed Transform Tour. Recorded at Leicester’s De Montfort Hall May 29th 2019.

Songs Performed :

– Hide and Seek
– Transform
– Take Us Higher

Here is Part 2 which was posted today.

The second part of a concert recorded Live at Leicester De Montfort Hall on the 29th May 2019.

Part 2 features :

– Equality
– Pearl In The Shell

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(Modulate This) iOS iPad Synth: Samplr

Samplr 1.4.4 Update with Panning, Return to IAA Host and More…

My fav iPad app Samplr The Multitouch Sampler just got another update to 1.4.4.

https://apps.apple.com/us/app/samplr/id560756420

Updates in 2020

Here are all the updates so far this year.

1.4.4 April 15, 2020

  • Sample panning
  • Button to return to the IAA hos
  • Play/Pause button latch
  • Improved support for audio interfaces
  • Fixed microphone recording to one channel
  • Fixed support for Files app
  • MIDI Sync improvements

1.4.3 Feb 25, 2020

  • Bluetooth audio support
  • Improved MIDI Sync from hardware devices
  • Fixed file import from Loopy HD
  • Audiobus recording at any sample rate

1.4.2 Feb 4, 2020

  • Ableton Link support
  • Fixed audio recording and file import issues
  • Enhanced UI for new iPads
  • Improved MIDI Sync
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(Modulate This) Ableton Ableton Live ableton live 10 Ableton Push Synth: Ableton Wavetable Videos

Video Original Ableton Wavetable Preset “Numbers” on Push 2

A quick post to share a video of a new original preset that’s in progress on the most amazing @Ableton #Wavetable#synth. This one is inspired by Kraftwerk and it called “Numbers” 😀. #SaturdayNightSoundDesign.

This was made entirely with Push 2 without using a mouse. As I’m using Push I incorporate the touch strip, velocity and pressure into this sound.

In a related note I’m slowly working my way towards a whole pack of Wavetable presets so subscribe to be notified of my progress along with other Modulate This! posts.

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Video: Elektron​ Digitone meets Novation​ Launchpad Pro MK3 Hardware Sequencer, Note and Chord Modes

Here is a 1 minute video of a new song I’m working on with the Digitone.

In this piece, I’m used the Launchpad Pro MK3 hardware sequencer to create a sequences with probability and mutation. I then recorded the MIDI output of the Launchpad Pro MK3 into Digitone via hardware MIDI connection from Launchpad.

I then perform live with Digitone and use the Launchpad Pro MK3 to play notes with Note and Chord mode. Aftertouch is routed to filter and resonance.

To check out more videos visit my YouTube channel and for more music visit my Bandcamp page.

Oh and check out my article on LaunchPad X for Launchpad Pro MK3.

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Isotonik Studios Asteroids Max for Live Generative Sequencer Free Till April 8th

UNTIL 8th APRIL ASTEROIDS IS FREE TO DOWNLOAD. It’S yours forever so don’t delay in adding it to your account.

Asteroids is a MaxforLive Generative Sequencer that can be used on it’s own or integrated with Ableton Live supported controllers.

Designed and created by Ableton Certified Trainer Mark Towers the device takes it’s inspiration from the hours spent spinning the Circular Dial and hitting the boost button to avoid the oncoming space rocks, then layering them into oblivion!

https://isotonikstudios.com/

Here is the product page https://isotonikstudios.com/product/asteroids/.

Asteroids works in standalone mode or can be controlled directly by the Ableton PUSH & Push TWO or Novation LaunchPad & LaunchPad PRO!

Here is the intro video.

The Full Lineup

Here are links to the full lineup of Isotonik Studios Arcade Series sequencers.

In Use

In a related note, I host the Rocky Mountain Synthesizers Meetup which held it’s 7th anniversary part at Tilt Arcade in Louisville, CO. This event included arcade inspired performances. I reached out to Isotonik Studios and they were kind enough to give me a copy of Arcade Series Ultimate which I used at the event. Here is a 5 minute video of my set.

I start using Tetriq around the 3m30s mark where I use the Push 2 to play. I have to get a row before notes will fire which is harder than it looks 😅. I also use an Max for Live device to map an XBOX 360 Controller to Live for audience participation. Some explicit samples from Sci Fi movies at the end of this video – simply for educational purposes 😉.

These sequencers are super fun and inspiring so I definitely recommend you give Asteroids a try.

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Get All the Features of Ableton Live 10 Suite Free for 90 Days!

Ableton has just extended the free trial the Live 10 Suite free from 30 to 90 days (including the ability to save and export). So whether you are running Live Intro or Standard and were curious about awesome synths like Wavetable or Operator or Max for Live devices – or you are new to Live – here is a chance to put it all through some paces and make some art while you are isolated.

Visit https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/ to learn more.

Ableton suite includes:

– 13 Instruments to try (including Wavetable, Operator, Sampler, Analog and more)
– 56 Effects for processing audio and MIDI (including Echo, Pedal, Beat Repeat, Amp, Vocoder, Glue and lots more)
– Instant mappings so you can use Live with your keyboards or controller.
– Max for Live so you have access to a range of instruments, effects and customizations created by the Live community.

If you would like to compare editions swing by https://www.ableton.com/en/live/compare-editions/.


And speaking of Live Suite, I’m a huge fan of Wavetable. Here is a video one of my many original presets I’ve cooked up for it.

Here is another video of an original preset called “Dark Star”.

I’m considering releasing some of these presets in a pack so if you want to be notified subscribe to future posts via email.

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54 Minutes of New Music from Mark Mosher & Dino J.A. Deane

Yesterday I did an improv session with my good friend and mentor Dino J.A. Deane. This session was recorded live at the Dino’s studio (The Bohemian Lounge) using ambient room mics. We recorded 4 songs which came out to 54 minutes of music. I uploaded to this Soundcloud playlist for your enjoyment.

Mark Mosher Instruments:
Elektron Octatrack, Elektron Digitone, & Tablet (Samplr)

Dino J.A. Deane Instruments:
MicroFreak & Tablet (AUM-SpaceCraft-ENSO-NOIR-Samplr)

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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.

S03:EO1 Please Press 3″

Play Episode on SoundCloud

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

http://SonicEncounters.com
http://MarkMosherMusic.com

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“The Treatise on Musical Objects” by Pierre Schaeffer – I’m goin’ in!

“The Treatise on Musical Objects” by Pierre Schaeffer. 600+ pages. I’m goin’ in!

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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