The Mixed Signals concert at the Dairy Center for the Arts in Boulder on April 25th was fantastic. Antidata (aka Wes Milhomen), Victoria Lundy (Theremin), and each played a 25 minute set. One of my favorite parts of the evening was our last song which was a collaborative jam (as seen in photo above taken by photo by Bret W. Moreland).
I wanted to turn you on to a few electronic-music events that will be participating in this week in Boulder.
Boulder, CO Date: April 24 School: University of Colorado, Boulder Time: 11am (faculty meet), 2pm (break-out sessions - student only), (Public Event @ 6:30pm) Presenter(s): Mark Mosher (Artist), Ben Samples (Artist), Dave Hillel (Ableton) Venue: University of Colorado at Boulder, College of Music, Room# N1B46, 18th & Euclid, Boulder, CO 80309-0301 RSVP: No RSVP needed More Info: Eventbrite
Ableton is proud to partner with University of Colorado at Boulder for the Ableton University Tour, a day and evening of student workshops and public presentations held at the University of Colorado campus in Boulder, CO. Students are invited to join Ableton representatives and Certified Trainers for an afternoon of break-out sessions exploring composition, sound design, production techniques and performance utilizing Ableton Live and Push. Day time activities will be followed by a free evening presentation open to the public, featuring performances, tips and tricks and unique approaches for music-making from artists and Ableton experts. Special guests for the Boulder event include Mark Mosher (Artist), Ben Samples (Artist) and Dave Hillel (Ableton).
I’ll be performing a concert set at the at the Dairy Center for the Arts next Friday April 25th at 8pm. In this concert I’ll be performing songs from my cinematic alien invasion album series including songs from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us which is now available on Bandcamp, iTunes, Amazon,and CDBaby. Joining me in this concert will be Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) on modular synthesizer systems, and Victoria Lundy on Theremin.
I’m helping to organize this show and we’re going to use a similar show format that was used for award winning Watt? Show (see this post on our Westword Magazine Best of Award). In this format each artist play a set. As with our Watt? show. We’ll also be back in the wonderful Performance Space at the dairy which has elevated show seating and comfy seats. There is a bar and snack bar in the lobby and you can bring your wine or beer into the theater. It’s just a great way to see a show of this sort.
We’ll kick the show off with Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) performing a set that features original pieces on analog modular synthesizers. Next up will be Victoria Lundy will be playing a variety of classical and original ambient pieces on Theremin. There will be a brief intermission followed by my set with will also include “invader cam” which is an synchronized interactive visual performance.
Something new we’ll be adding in this show is that we’ll have visuals for all three performances. We’ll close the show with a collaborative piece we worked up at a recent rehearsal.
To give you a feel for what the show will be like, here is a soundcloud set with music from all the artists.
We rehearsed the flow and progression from modular, to theremin, my all digital set followed by a collaborative piece and worked really well so I hope you’ll join us for the show.
Gary Numan was kind enough to take time out of his schedule to answer a few questions for synth blog Modulate This!
While most of you no doubt know Gary Numan from his 80's mega hit "Cars", what you may not know is that at 54 he's at the top of his game and his latest studio release Splinter (Songs from a Broken Mind) is his best work to date. He is out on the road touring to support the album and was in Denver last week playing at the Gothic Theater and took time out of his schedule to answer some questions. In this interview, he offers some incredibly thoughtful and insightful answers about his new album, career, his connections with Trent Reznor and Nine Inch Nails and offered some thoughts on how to take the "long view" of your artistic career.
If you enjoy the track and want to stream the album swing by Bandcamp. That's a great place to buy the album as well as you can buy high-rez versions of the music there and the album download includes a 10 page digital booklet. The album is also available on most major outlets including , iTunes, Amazon, CDBaby.
A show concept I organized (and participated in as a performer in the first show in Aug 2013), was recognized by Denver's paper The Westword as a ‘'”Best of Denver 2014”!
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.
The first show was a great team effort which included Victoria Lundy, Darren Kramer,Gannon Kashiwa. Thomas Lundy, and the Dairy Center For the Arts. Here is a behind-the-scenes video of my sound check from that show.
Save the date for April 25th 2014 8pm, as Victoria Lundy, and I – along with Wes Milholen (aka Antidata) will bring the latest version of this show to Dairy Center Center. Pre-sale tickets are here. More details on that show in a future post.
Last Friday was such a great day! I not only released my album Fear Cannot Save Us, but Darwin Grosse stopped by to interview me for his podcast Art + Music + Technology. I’m such a huge fan of the podcast so it was an incredible honor to be interviewed.
A quick update on the album. While Bandcamp is a great place to get the album (best value + you get a 10 page digital booklet), I’ve also made it available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby. It’s also on most other services – just search for “Mark Mosher”.
If your enjoying the album and want to recommend it to your friends, I’ve setup an easy to remember URL which points to bandcamp – www.FearCannotSaveUs.com.
Thanks again to all those who bought the album so far!
I’m very happy to announce my new album Fear Cannot Save Us is now available on Bandcamp. It will be available on other outlets soon, but bandcamp edition is the best value and also contains a 10 page digital booklet with liner notes and photos.
This is album #3 in a series of alien invasion concept albums containing original cinematic electronica, dark ambient, and experimental tracks. This third album, released in 2014, tells the story of the transformation of a human to an alien hybrid being. The album takes you through our hero’s journey as they rapidly coevolve and become self-aware and aware of their mission for revolution. Assuming evolution does not imply direction, could the change benefit mankind?
On another level this album is also allegorical. It’s about tolerance for people who seem different and strange to us. It’s also about people accepting change in themselves. On a third level, the album and the series are a nod to my love for classic Sci-fi films
The albums in this series are orchestrated with classic and contemporary synth sounds and loaded with sound design “ear candy” for synth and Sci-fi fans looking for a soundtrack experience for an epic movie yet to be filmed. If you listen to the tracks in album order, the story unfolds, and the titles of the songs give away the basic plot of each scene, but it’s left up to you - the listener - to fill in the story details. Each song was written to stand on its own as well. The dynamic arrangements and production will reward you for listening with high-quality headphones, stereo systems, or home theater systems.
Bringing this album to life is the culmination of over three years of work. This work included going deep and studying the sound design possibilities of a small number of monster digital synthesizers such as Absynth, Zebra, and ElectraX, as well as circuit-modelled analog synthesizers such as ACE and Saurus. To give the album an organic feel and sense of place, I manipulated my field recordings using Ableton Sampler. I also worked to find ways to “see through the eyes” of great guitarists, not to emulate guitar tone per se, but to instead apply concepts like non-linear distortion and wave shaping within feedback circuits to add more dynamics, emotion and expression to my sounds and performances. I hope you enjoy the sonic detail and emotion that will emerge and evolve with multiple listens.
Make sure you check out the other entries in the series here markmosher.bandcamp.com. Album #1 - “Reboot” tells the tale of the original alien invasion from the human point of view. Album #2 – “I Hear Your Signals” – tells the same story but from the alien point of view with inverted emotional curves. Thanks Many thanks to my wife and family, friends, fellow independent artists who have helped and inspired me (including the Electro-Music, Boulder Synthesizer Meetup, and Ableton User Group communities) , the software designers and instrument builders that make the tools I use every day, fellow bloggers and listeners who have supported my art throughout the years. Here’s to the next sonic journey and making the world a better place through art.
I'll be performing in a very interesting experimental music concert later this month. Instead of playing my composed electronica songs, I'll doing some very unique collaborative pieces where I capture, shape, and perform with audio from other artists performing live. This includes a performance with a copper heart played with dry ice (see video below).
I'll also be performing a solo piece using some field recordings I've made. I'll be providing interactive visuals from live camera input from stage for most of the evening. Read on for more info and scroll to the bottom for videos which will give you a taste of what to expect.