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.
Expressive Controllerism with Invader Cam Show
For my 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 versions of this show at 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 in Boulder, CO.
Ambient Prism Collaborative Show
I also perform in concert as a collaborator with these instruments and technologies, and in this context to achieve on-the-fly improvised sound, music, and visual performance with morphing synthesis using waveforms, field recordings, and live camera input. When applied in the collaborative context, I capture audio input from other musicians performing live on-the-fly, then morph their output into instruments and perform along side of them.
These performances are rooted in the musical form musique concrète. Here is a fun video excerpt taken from the BBC 1979 documentary "The New Sound of Music to help you wrap you mind around Musique concrète. Of course, since 1979 the tools have gotten better. But of course tools are nothing without technique :^) I've spent countless hours working on techniques and with instruments that allow me to do in real-time what could only have been done in the studio in the past.
I recently performed a show of this type in Denver as part of the Concréte Mixer: An evening of solo and collaborative musique concréte on Jan 25th at the Walnut Room.
"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..."