I’ve always been a huge fan of SciFi films and their soundtracks – especially the 50s classics like Forbidden Planet, and The Day the Earth Stood Still. From 2002-2004 I had the good fortune to do custom composition and sound design for a living and did work in commercials, and got a song in the extra features and CD soundtrack of the film One Six Right. I also was the sound designer for the big award winning regional theater company Theatreworks in Colorado Springs for most of a season. These experiences taught me the value of story as way to develop artistic ideas and then create emotional cues and curves that I could apply to my music. When I went to release my first original album Reboot, I decided I’d go in the direction of a story-driven concept album where each song would be the soundtrack to a SciFi movie yet to be filmed.
For my solo concerts, I combine this experience with my experience of playing synth for 100s of shows in bands to bring you an "Expressive Controllerism with Invader Cam" experience. The music is a blend for composed original electronica from my album releases along with improvisational experimental pieces. Stylistically this music is a hybrid of electronica and dark ambient.
I typically perform solo using a rig which combines a laptop with state-of-the art software along with some of the finest hardware synthesizers and samplers on made. This "rig" allows me to use very expressive keyboards, grid controllers, and sometimes alternative controllers such as infrared AudioCubes to simultaneously play, arrange, and in some cases control live-sequenced playback on demand.
While the show stands on it's own as a music concert, I can also further enhance the experience with visuals based on live camera input. I achieve this with real-time control and automation of visual synthesis filters that compliment each music performance. Again, I control this as well as part of my solo act. As a result of this "X-Ray Cam", I'm able to bring to use this system to reveal my alien persona as I perform.
For the audience this all translates to an engaging and often psychedelic experience with every show being unique which supports repeat attendance.
I've been invited to play festivals and theaters around the country such as Electro-Music Festival NY, Electro-Music Festival in Asheville NC, Pacific Northwest Synthfest, Art Institute of Sunnyvale, Georgia Tech, Midwest Electro-Music Experience, The Microsoft Store, the grand opening of the University of Denver’s Performance Black Box and more. He is one of the first electronic music artists to perform at The Dairy Center for the Performing Arts Performance Space in Boulder, CO and recently performed at the Gates Concert Hall at the University of Denver.
As part of this musical collective, I create expressive sample-based "instruments" on-the-fly on a computer-less and deep hardware sampler called the Elektron Octatrack. On most pieces, I build up instruments in real-time by capturing audio from contact mics and output from other musicians at the event. I also perform 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, I also provide interactive visuals with live camera input.
Past performances including two shows at the Walnut Room in Denver and a music convocation at the wonderful Gate's Concert Hall at the University of Denver. Here is some positive press on the DU show.
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. Find our music releases are on Bandcamp. If you would like to recieve occasional email notifications about upcoming shows and releasesjoin our newsletter. You can also follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Soundcloud.
M ichael O’Bannon (Atlanta, GA) and Mark Mosher (Boulder, CO) first met at Electro-Music 2010. Throughout the years they’ve collaborated loosely with Mark on the music side and Michael on visuals. For the first time, Michael and Mark are joining forces as a musical duo to offer the soundtrack of a cautionary tale considering the risks of super-human artificial intelligence. Michael is a psychologist who explores sound design, the interplay of visual and sound stimuli in performance, and multimedia programming with Max6. Mark, who’s been going deep with Octatrack and Absynth, will be exploring sonic expression via dynamic sampling, real-time morphing and complex granular manipulations.
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Part collaborative instrument, part interactive installation – the 9 Box allows up to four casual players to instantly make music and shape sound by manipulating blocks called AudioCubes.
AudioCubes, made by California based Percussa, are smart wireless cubes capable of sensing each other's location and orientation as well as distance to your hands, fingers and other objects. They also emit feedback in the form of light as you interact with them.
Ultimately this hands-on approach allows players to manipulate sets of sounds in 3x3 grids – hence the name 9 Box. The 9 Box supports also supports user creatable “refills” allowing for unique and endless sonic possibilities.
In 2013 the Bob Moog Foundation asked me to bring the 9-Box to the epic Mountain Oasis Festival in Asheville, NC to be part of Dr. Bob's Interactive Sonic Experience. See a blog post with videos here. Visit the dedicated 9-Box site here http://9box.modulatethis.com.
"The first time I heard Mark Mosher play an electronic music festival, he was the standout of the entire weekend. His music was awesome, and I’ve been a fan ever since. This guy has music technology down!" - Geary Yelton - Publisher/producer at Nightgeist Media, Synthesist/composer with Waveformation, former Senior Editor of Electronic Musician Magazine
"Mark, your performances exceeded every expectation. The Videos don't hold a candle to the awesome experience of your live show. MUST be seen in person to be believed..."