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Are You Ready to Hear a Copper Heart Played with Dry Ice Fed Through to an Octatrack with Theremin Accompaniment?

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Are you ready to hear a copper heart played with dry ice fed through to an Octatrack with Theremin accompaniment? Well here you go.

Video of live concert footage: Concréte Mixer IV Denver - Co2 Copper Heart vs Octatrack vs Theremin with Thomas Lundy and Victoria Lundy. Recorded live at the Concréte Mixer IV concert at the Walnut Room in Denver on January 30th, 2015. I am live sampling the Copper Heart with an Elektron Octatrack and providing drum elements, Victoria Lunday is playing Theremin. The only audio source for Octatrack other than drum samples. Shot with GoPro with audio from Zoom H2n recording ambient room sound.

Live Concert Footage: Concréte Mixer IV Denver - Co2 Copper Heart vs Octatrack vs Theremin from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.


Concert: Concréte Mixer IV at Walnut Room Denver, Friday Jan 30th, 9pm

I am excited to be returning for my fourth Concréte Mixer show. At this event, I will use an Octatrack dynamic sampler to incorporate real-time audio output from other musicians at the event to create expressive "instruments" on-the-fly. I will also perform a solo piece manipulating field recordings with infrared AudioCube controllers. To accompany the music and sound for the show, I will also be providing interactive visuals with live camera input.

Friday January 305h, 9pm
The Walnut Room, Denver
3131 Walnut St, Denver, CO
$8 advance / $10 at the door
21+

Tickets: http://www.thewalnutroom.com/event/756647-concete-mixer-iv-solo-denver/

RSVP on FB Group: https://www.facebook.com/events/867071910010193/

“I can feel, as if it were quivering in my memory, the whole drama of these last three years of experimentation […] The miracle of concrete music is […] things begin to speak by themselves, as if they were bringing a message from a world unknown to us and outside us.”
– Pierre Schaeffer, “In Search of a Concrete Music”


The Walnut Room in Denver has been a loyal supporter of experimental and ambient artists, and is a beautiful venue with superior sound and the best audio engineers in town. On January 30, five artists from different realms of performance and composition will convene at the Walnut Room to present an evening of acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. Mark Mosher will create expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly, building up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from the other artists. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals. He will be joined by electronic musicians Rod Tanaka and Mike Metlay, theremin artist Victoria Lundy, Concréte Mixer curator Thomas Lundy, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid all performing solo and interactive work.

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New Short Film + Vimeo Channels

New Short Film

To start the new year off with a bang I've released a brand new film "Headlights" - An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score.

Headlights - An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

 

Making Of

If you would like to geek out and see a "making of" the soundtrack film watch this.

The Making of Headlights Soundtrack from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

Announcing My New Vimeo Channels

To bring you the best viewing experience for my videos, I've created a new set of channels on Vimeo. As of this newsletter there are 25+ videos online with more to come.
All the videos are HD so if you want to hear all those lovely sonic colors I work so hard to create consider watching my videos from your home theater system using Roku, Xbox,your smart TV, chrome play and more. Vimeo also has the groovy couch mode.
If you want to keep up with these channels, use the "Follow me" button on pages on Vimeo.

Supporting The Art & Work

If you would like to show appreciation for my art and/or find my articles save you time and inspire you consider supporting my efforts through:

Cheers from your synth friend,
Mark Mosher

Boulder, CO


Made it to Top 25 on US Electronica Charts + Photos from Show at Gates Concert Hall

Mark Mosher Music News: Made it to Top 25 on US Electronica Charts + Photos from Show at Gates Concert Hall

Hi Mark,
Here is all the latest news from the synth bunker. Details below.

  • Album Fear Cannot Save Us now on ReverbNation
  • How to gift my music
  • Cracked the Top 25 for US and Top 100 for Global Electronica Charts!
  • Photos from Show at Denver's Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music
  • New synth geek articles on Modulate This! blog
  • Press

Wishing you a safe and happy holiday season,
Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
Cinematic Electronica | Musique concrète | Multimedia Concerts
www.MarkMosherMusic.com | Twitter | Facebook | Tumblr
www.ModulateThis.com
www.BoulderSynth.com


Fear Cannot Save Us Now on ReverbNation

All the songs from my  2014 cinematic electronica release Fear Cannot Save Us are now available on ReverbNation. Click here to listen for FREE - pass it on - http://www.reverbnation.com/markmosher/album/84763-fear-cannot-save-us.
Cover of Fear Cannot Save Us Ablum by Mark Mosher
If you dig what you hear and want these tunes on your personal device you can buy via  Bandcamp (buy from here to get digital booklet), iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby, and even Spotify.



How to Gift My Music
Bandcamp has a nifty gift feature. Under the "Buy Now" link there is a "Send as Gift" Link. You'll be prompted for the recipient’s name, email, and can send along a personal message as you checkout.



Song "Act Natural" Helps Me Crack the Top 25 for US and Top 100 for Global Electronica Charts!
Speaking of ReverbNation, my song "Act Natural" trended over multiple days just after I uploaded it boosting me up in the Electronica charts - woot!  Thanks to all the listens I broke into the top 25 in the US and the top 100 globally for the Electronica charts the week of November 10th!
Fear Cannot Save Us is inspired by great concept albums such as Dark Side of the Moon and Tangerine Dreams Sorcerer film soundtrack. While I was not trying to copy these albums I do give them a nod here and there. In "Act Natural" you can hear a nod to Dave Gilmour at 2:26 in the track. You'll never guess which synth I used :^) I'll reveal the answer in my next newsletter.



Photos from Concréte Mixer Concert at University of Denver's Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music

Back in October I announced that I'd be performing in the Concréte Mixer Concert at the University of Denver's glorious Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music. It was a music career highlight for me and just a fantastic show and audience.

I finally got around to creating a flickr photo album. I also scanned the program if you'd like to learn more about the this Music Concréte series including details about the pieces and the technology.

Click here to view it or click on the image below.


Recent Articles on My Synth Geek Blog - Modulate This!


For over 9 years I've been posting articles on my synth geek blog Modulate This! Here are some recent articles.

Press


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"Some of Denver's Most Challenging Music Finds a New Audience at DU...Perhaps out of this performance, a new crop of adventurous musicians will take root in Denver or at least a greater awareness of the existence of an experimental scene in Denver spread to people who might be completely ignorant of it."  — Tom Murphy, Westword Magazine

"3 Years in the making , Mark Mosher Release New Cinematic Electronica Album "Fear Cannot Save Us""  — Mark Mosher Music News

"Mark Mosher is one of the most active synth-fanatics in the Denver area. He creates music, leads a scene of performers, helps organize the Boulder Area Synth Meetup, does example and tutorial videos for hardware and software - and probably doesn't sleep much. This last week he put out a new album Fear Cannot Save Us, which is a continuation of the science fiction themes from his earlier albums Reboot and I Hear Your Signals, but is also one of the finest classic electronic music albums I've heard in a while."  — Darwin Grosse, Art + Music + Technology Podcast

"Best Experimental Mix Denver 2014 - Watt? Amplified and Supercharged Music Expression. Mark Mosher organized the Boulder Synthesizer Meet-Up to connect with others interested in using technology in music. He found kindred spirits in internationally touring trombone player Darren Kramer and Victoria Lundy of the Inactivists and the now-defunct Carbon Dioxide Orchestra. The trio played through Mosher's audio rig, with Kramer processing his trombone through analog and digital devices and Lundy joining him on her theremin. Playing separate sets with a collaborative performance at the end, Kramer, Lundy and Mosher presented a tour de force on the current state of electronic music and its future."  — Westword Newspaper


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Photos from Concréte Mixer Concert at University of Denver's Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music

Back in October I announced that I'd be performing in the Concréte Mixer Concert at University of Denver's gloriious Gates Concert Hall at Lamont School of Music. It was a music career highlight for me and just a fantastic show and audiance.

I finally got around to creating a flickr photo album on flickr. I also scanned the program if you'd like to learn more about the this Music Concréte series including details about the pieces and the technology.

Click here to view it or click on image below.

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Musique Concréte Concert Oct 17, 2:30pm - Concréte Mixer: Convocation for the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver

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I’ll be performing at the Concréte Mixer -- Convocation for the Lamont School of Music, University of Denver. This who will be with  Rick Reid, Lizzy Mosher,  Thomas Lundy and Victoria Lundy.


Where: Lamont School of Music, University of Denver , Newman Performing Arts Center - Gates Concert Hall. Parking and directions.
When: Friday Oct 17th, 2:30pm-3:30pm
Tickets: While this is a convocation for the music school, the event is also open to the public and is FREE
Facebook Event Page: https://www.facebook.com/events/939960689352864


I’m super excited to be performing at this event. First off, it will be great to bring our Musique concrète show to the Lamont School of music. Second, my daughter will be sitting in on one of my songs providing vocal drones. Third, , the venue is simply stunning.

Show Concept

I can feel, as if it were quivering in my memory, the whole drama of these last three years of experimentation […] The miracle of concrete music is […] things begin to speak by themselves, as if they were bringing a message from a world unknown to us and outside us.

– Pierre Schaeffer, “In Search of a Concrete Music”

The Lamont School of Music is hosting five artists presenting acoustic, analog electronic and digital noises, sound effects and tonal music inspired by the musique concréte form and philosophy. The artists will play in multiple configurations as solos, duos, and other combinations. Mark Mosher will create expressive sample-based “instruments” on-the-fly, building up his instruments in real-time by sampling his own synthesizers as well as capturing audio from contact mics, and output from the other artists. To compliment the music and sound, Mark will also project interactive visuals, and the visuals created by the other artists. Theremin artist Victoria Lundy, and sound designer and musician Rick Reid—all performing solo and interactive work, will join him. Lizzy Mosher will provide vocal drones, and Thomas Lundy will perform dry ice on metal “Copper Heart,” the Carbon Dioxide Orchestra’s signature instrument.

Program

  • Welcome
  • Copper Heart Trio Improv, - Victoria Lundy, theremin; Thomas Lundy, copper heart with dry ice;  Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis + visuals
  • Sounds from a Distant Outpost - Mark Mosher from album Fear Cannot Save Us - Mark Mosher, Ableton Llve/sampler performed on Ableton Push + visuals; Lizzy Mosher, vocal
  • After Hours (Part 2) Rick Reid - Rick Reid, field recordings, iPad.  This composition is offered as a sequel to John Pfeiffer’s “After Hours,” a track on his 1968 RCA album, Electronomusic: 9 Images. Pfeiffer used field recordings of office machines of that era (typewriters, rotary dial telephones, etc.) to create a percussion orchestra. “After Hours (Part 2)” updates that concept with sounds from the 21st century workplace.
  • Concrete Birds Victoria Lundy -Victoria Lundy, theremin, Ableton Live with samples
  • Wind and Ghosts Victoria Lundy - Victoria Lundy, theremin, Ableton Live with samples
  • "Tools of the Trade" Improv - Rick Reid, tools; Thomas Lundy, tools; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis
  • Birth Mark Mosher & Michael O'Bannon, from A.I. Winter EP Instantiate - Mark Mosher, Octatrack with original harmonic content; Lizzy Mosher, voice over recording at age 5
  • End Jam  -  Victoria Lundy, theremin; Thomas Lundy, copper heart with dry ice; Rick Reid, live spoken word; Mark Mosher, Octatrack live sampling synthesis + visuals

Biographies

 

Thomas Lundy has served as curator of the Concréte Mixerseries since its beginning.He will provide metal shrieks and tool noise sources for Mark Mosher and Rick Reid.

 

Victoria Lundy has been playing theremin in the Denver experimental/underground/punk scene since the 90s. She was a member of the avant garde Carbon Dioxide Orchestra, who opened for the legendary Silver Apples in 1997; is a founding member of Denver’s acclaimed nerd rock band The Inactivists and has appeared all of their 6 CDs and EP, and as a guest player live and in recordings with other local artists. She also was a member of Jackson Induced Mutant Laboratory and performed with them at the 2011 Denver Noise Festival and at the 2013 Denver Post Underground Music Showcase with ambient project Pythian Whispers. Victoria has appeared at many venues in -Denver as well as Boulder’s Dairy Center for the Performing Arts, and demonstrated the theremin at the World Science Fiction Convention. Recently she’s been concentrating on solo ambient work exploring the expressive qualities of the theremin. http://fandalism.com/victorialundy.

 

Lizzy Mosher is a vocal artist and actor from Boulder.  She is currently a senior at Fairview High School.  She has performed in local theatre since she was twelve and as a vocalist in numerous performances with several Boulder-based choirs. Lizzy is excited to be performing in this Concréte Mixer and will be providing live looping vocals as a sampling source.

Mark Mosher is an electronic musician, sound designer, composer and performer from Boulder. He has performed at festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music Festivals in NY and Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts and more. Mark is the founder of the 190+ member strong Boulder Synthezier Meetup (www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup) and has been blogging on music technology for over 9 years at www.ModulateThis.com.

Mark is excited to be returning for his 3rd Concréte Mixer show and his second performance on DU Campus - the first being in the grand opening of The Hypercube space in 2011. At this event, Mark will be creating expressive sample-based "instruments" on-the-fly on a computer-less and deep hardware sampler called the Elektron Octatrack. On most pieces, he will build up his instruments in real-time by capturing audio from contact mics and output from other musicians at the event. Mark will also be performing using original harmonic content distilled down into expressive performance patches on the Octatrack and on Ableton Sampler and Ableton Push.  To accompany the music and sound for the show, Mark will also be providing interactive visuals with live camera input. For more information and links to albums, please visit www.MarkMosherMusic.com and www.AIWinter.net.

Rick Reid has been fascinated with recorded sound ever since early childhood, when he heard his own voice played back on his older brother’s reel-to-reel tape deck. His first electronic instrument was a photo theremin, built with a Radio Shack electronics kit. Rick now owns and plays a wide range of electronic and acoustic instruments ranging from the conventional to the truly peculiar. Rick studied radio and TV broadcasting in both high school and college and worked part-time as a radio personality while still in school. He has since created thousands of TV on-air promos, marketing videos and commercials as a writer/producer for Starz, Encore, MoviePlex, TNN and broadcast TV stations in Salt Lake City and Las Vegas. As a freelance voice actor, he has also been heard on dozens of national and regional radio and TV commercials, web videos and corporate/industrial media productions. Rick has been a sound designer for more than sixty theater production in the Denver-Boulder area, and has occasionally performed as a stage actor. He has released two experimental electronic music albums and created underscore and theme music for the sci-fi web video series “Lucha Libre: El Tecolote vs. the Body Thief from Dimension X.” He is slated to play theremin on the score of an upcoming indie horror feature film. Rick makes his home in Denver with his pet tarantula, Curly. For more details about Rick’s creative work and links to his music, visit www.RickReid.com.

More on Musique Concrète

Wiki Entry - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Musique_concr%C3%A8te

Here is a fun old documentary taken from the BBC 1979 documentary "The New Sound of Music" http://youtu.be/c4ea0sBrw6M.

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New EP by My Duo A.I. Winter Recorded Live at Electro-Music NY 2014

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The Electro-Music NY festival was really great this year. In addition to playing my solo set, Atlanta-based artist Michael O'Bannon and I had our debut performances as A.I. Winter. Michael and I worked for months via phone, Dropbox, and Evernote to compose a 20 minute piece with 4 movements for two Elektron Octatrack hardware sampler instruments.  

Our performance was really well received and I am super happy and proud with the set. I've mastered the live recording from this event and released it as an EP with 4 tracks (one for each of the movements) on bandcamp https://aiwinter.bandcamp.com/album/instantiate

The piece and EP is called "Instantiate" and is 21 minutes long if you listen to all 4 movements. It's a slow evolving dark ambient piece with some serious stereo imaging so use headphones :^)

Photos from A.I. Winter Set

I'm still organizing all the photos and video that were taken at the event. I plan to release a video of our performance in the weeks to come. For now, enjoy a few photos from the set.

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New Web Site and Social Media Links for A.I. Winter

Michael and I had such a great time and response to our set, we've decided to turn this project into an ongoing duo. Check out our web site www.AIWinter.net, like us on Facebook, and follows on Twitter :^)

 


Flying Out To NY To Attend and Play 2 Sets at Electro-Music 2014 Festival and Conference Sept. 5-7

 

This year’s Electro-Music NY Festival and conference is on September 5-7, 2014 at the Greenkill Retreat Center in Huguenot, New York.

ABOUT THIS EVENT

The electro-music(TM) festival is the world's premiere event for experimental electronic music. Now in its tenth year, this three day conference/music festival includes concerts, seminars, demonstrations, jam sessions, a swap meet, and a laptop battle. The scope is very broad, covering all aspects of electro-music: experimental electronic music, circuit bending, computer music, electro-jazz, modular synthesis, musique concrete, improvisation, algorithmic composition, multi-media, visual art and much more. The focus will be on participant involvement, sharing, community development, audience education, and great music.

INFO ON MY SETS

This will be my 7th Electro-Music event and my 4th time at the the NY version. Getting involved with Electro-Music festivals is one of the best things I’ve done as a solo artist. It’s just an amazing event where you’ll see and hear some amazing performances and forge life-long friendships with other artists.

Cinematic Electronica with Invader Cam Set

I’ll be flying out to this show from Boulder to play my Cinematic Electronica set with Invader cam. Here is a video of the song "New Heart Beating" from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us.

I will be playing this rig for this set which includes Nord Lead 4, Ableton Push, AudioCubes, Tenori-on and Ableton Live with interactive visuals with live camera input.

Here are some sample videos from past concerts. First off, a video from Pacific Northwest Synthfest in Seattle http://youtu.be/m0gJnXPoGI0.

Video from Electro-Music Asheville 2014 http://youtu.be/uoBJ2jJ7S-w.

A.I. Winter Set
I’ll be playing a set as in a brand new duo called A.I. Winter with Atlanta-based artist Michael O’Bannon.

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A.I. Winter is a self-appointed harbinger of the progress of Artificial Intelligence toward world domination.  It imposes its musical interpretations of cosmic machine consciousness on the world at large.

For this set both Michael and I will be performing with 100% custom sounds each on our own Ocatatracks.

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To learn more about A.I. Winter visit the microsite http://www.AIWinter.net.

MORE INFO

If you’d like to learn more about what this particular event read Show Report: Electro-Music 2010 Festival in Huguenot NY. I’ve also setup a category on Modulate This! for posts related to all Electro-Music events http://www.modulatethis.com/electro-music/.

Here are some really cool photos from past events.

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New Single "It Doesn't Have to Hate Us to Use Our Molecules" Now Available

Now on iTunes, Amazon,  and Bandcamp "It Doesn't Have to Hate Us to Use Our Molecules"

This dark cinematic electronica song was inspired by James Barrat's book "Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era" - www.jamesbarrat.com). I worked on this single and the video for it for over a month so please give it a full listen and if you enjoy the song consider a buy. It's $0.99 on iTunes and Amazon and is $1 Bandcamp where you get to choose from many formats including high-res MP3, and FLAC.

Teaser Video for Song + Mentions by James Barrat

I shot a teaser video during one of the recording sessions for this song and shared this with the author who left a nice comment on youtube...

 

plus featured the video on his press page http://www.jamesbarrat.com/press/ - woot!

Behind-The-Scenes

This is really a live version of the song recorded in two sessions - the first on June 4th, 2014, the second on July 19th, 2014. I first sequenced the underpinnings of the song then rehearsed controlling the arrangement on-the-fly and playing the lead lines as well as some sound manipulation in real-time. Once I felt good about my performance, I recorded the song directly to a digital recorder (Zoom H2n). I then picked my favorite takes from each session and combined them using Ableton Live and only used light mastering FX to sweeten the mix. I made the video above while recording the first session. You'll notice what's on the final version is in fact what you see in the above video recorded as a continuous take :^)


If you listen back a few times you’ll hear that it’s quite an unusual arrangement in that I really mix up how the motifs are repeated and combined. I vary the lead lines in each section as well.


All synth elements are from the Nord Lead 4 synthesizer which I played live and sequenced live via Octatrack. I make heavy use of step-level automation to manipulate parameters on the Nord Lead via MIDI CC messages. I also sequenced real-time automation plus manipulate the Nord on-the-fly. The Octatrack also acted as a mixer allowing me to record audio down to the digital recorder as a stereo pair.

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CLICK HERE to listen to full track and buy MP3 version on Bandcamp

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Sound Designer, Producer
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com