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In 2016 I'm looking forward to streamlining and simplifying my time spent on blogging and social media so I can spend even more time on composing and improvising new music. This being the case a majority of my blogging activities will be over on my artist site.  I also look forward to picking up the pace on my soundscape podcast Sonic Encounters.

Therefore I'm inviting you to subscribe to my artist blog here.

If you subscribe you'll get occasional email notifications on:

  • Events I'm involved in within the exploding experimental scene in Denver and Boulder and reports from the road if I do any touring
  • Notifications on Sonic Encounter podcast episode releases including detailed notes on production
  • Some blog posts that focus more on the artistic process in experimental music as opposed to the more technical side

Happy New Year,

Mark Mosher


Recording of 2 Hour 8 Minute Live Drone Session by Denver Synth_Drone Collective

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Biostatic, the host of Denver’s Textures Ambient showcase, invited me and some amazing Denver synth artists kuxaan-sum, Sean Patrick Faling,Wes Milholen to join him as the Synth_Drone Collective for Sunday’s show. We performed over 2 hours of continuous synth drones. Below is a recording of the live performance and a photo album.

Audio Recording

https://soundcloud.com/kuxaan-sum/synth-drone

Improv Session Rules:

  1. one synthesizer per player
  2. all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs)
  3. play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects processing
  4. music from 7-9:30 or so.. continuous with all players as inspired
  5. players can break or not as desired

Players and Instruments

  • Biostatic – Moog Sub 37
  • Mark Mosher – Elektron Octatrack
  • Wes Milholen – Korg MS-50
  • Sean Patrick Faling – Dave Smith Instruments Mopho
  • kuxaan-sum – Access Virus TI2

Photos

These are also on Flickr.

 

Synth_Drone Collective performing Dec 27th, 2015 Textures Ambient Showcase


Using Ableton Resampling to Distill Custom Zebra and Rayblaster Programs Into Octatrack (or any Sampler)

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I've been invited to perform as part of a drone collective this Sunday a the Textures Ambient Showcase in Denver (Facebook invite). The show has these rules.

1) one synthesizer per player

2) all inputs into main mixer/pa (no indie rigs)

3) play single note holds only – focus is on sound manipulations & effects processing

4) music from 7-9:30 or so.. continuous with all players as inspired

5) players can break or not as desired

I went back and forth trying to decide what synth to bring. I know some of the other performers will be bringing Moog Sub 37, a Korg MS20, and Euroracks. The obvious choice for me was my Nord Lead 4. It's perfect for this sort of thing. But then again, there is already going to be a lot of oscillator based fire-power there. 

Going with Octatrack

Instead, I decided to play the show using only my Octatrack so I could compliment all those synths with some unique textural drones. I have developed techniques around using the Octatrack more like an organic synth making heavy use of morphing and LFO automation to make source material unrecognizable. I  can also get some great movement within drones as well by manipulating the loop length and such. 

Rather than live sample at this show (although that might happen), I want to bring in some prepared sources. I already have a lot of original Absynth content in my Octatrack audio pool but I wanted to add some new original Zebra 2 and Rayblaster content as well. 

Ableton Live Resampling to the Rescue

A fast way to go about distilling some raw waveform content from custom programs is to use Ableton Live's resample features. In a nutshell:

1) Insert a plugin into Live

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2) Create a MIDI clip that plays a single note. In my case the note lasts 8 bars so I can capture some motion in these original presets. 

3) Remove any effects you put on your virtual instruments so you can add effects later on Octatrack (or your sampler of choice)

4) Create a new Audio Track in Ableton.

5) Rename the track to the name of the synth your sampling. Example - "Rayblaster". What this does is name all the subsequent clips you sample in that track to that name with a number in front of them making them easy to find later - and easy to identify once you import them into your sampler. Below is a little video I did a while ago on using shortcuts to rename elements in Live.

 

6) Set the Audio From to "Resampling".

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7) Arm both the plugin and audio track.

8) Stop all clips to make sure you'll only being playing the clip mentioned in stop#4.  Play the clip from step #4. Stop. Over on the audio track you are resampling into, click on an empty circle on empty clip slot. This will start playback and record the audio from the plugin into an audio clip.

9) Hit space bar when you want to stop.

10) Go back and trim the sample to the number of bars you want, then right-click and "crop".

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11) Repeat 7-10 till till you capture all the content you need.

12) Save your project, then do a "Collect All and Save".

13) To quickly get to the samples you created, go to clip, right-click, then select "Show in Explorer"

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14) Now you'll see the pool of audio samples from this session and can them import them into your sampler. 

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Use with Clips, Ableton Simpler or Sampler

You've probably figured this out already, but this same technique gives you food for clip launching, Ableton Sampler and Ableton Simpler.

Why Go Through All this?

 Because the Octatrack is instant on, has incredible real-time synthesis and effects with super expressive automation and a very nice and accurate slider. Different user interfaces and wokflows yield different results. I get a different result staring at a screen than I do with using a piece of hardware. I also used this technique in my duo A.I. Winter to bring a ton of custom Absynth patches to the Octatrack for a performance that turned into the EP Instantiate.

 


What's New in Ableton Live 9.5 Mindmap

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I created "What's New in Ableton Live 9.5" using MindMeister. Check out my public Mindmeister channel for other maps related past version of live and synth tech in general. Note the What's New in Live 9 mindmap has 14K+ views - woot! Note - I'll add a separate map for Push 2 soon.  


New Album - Miss American Vampire - Songs on Theremin by Victoria Lundy

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My good friend, frequent collaborator, and excellent Thereminist  Victoria Lundy has released her debut solo album - Miss American Vampire - Songs on Theremin by Victoria Lundy. Just in time for Halloween, the album is available on Bandcamp https://victorialundy.bandcamp.com. Also, when you buy on Bandcamp, you get a PDF with four panels of album art.

 

Disturbing experimental mood pieces, melodic theremin, and gothic horror.

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released October 31, 2015

1 Demon on your chest - Night terrors and sleep paralysis
2 Kojo no Tsuki - Moonlight over Ruined Castle
3 Maria Callas has been brought back to an unnatural life - theremin, theremin samples
4 Solar wind reveals ghosts - includes theremin and sampled sounds from NASA's Cassini mission and the Van Allen belts.
5 A bad day at Carlsbad Caverns - Theremin, overtracked theremin, NI Reaktor Molekular
6 Miss American Vampire - he's won the pageant, now it's time to ride on a Halloween carousel

All songs written, arranged, performed and recorded by Victoria Lundy except Kojo No Tsuki written by Rentaro Taki
© 2015 Victoria Lundy | victorialundymusic.com

This recording used Moog Etherwave Pro Theremin, Ableton Live 9, Logic, Native Instruments Absynth, Reaktor and Molekular.
Thanks to Thomas Lundy and Mark Mosher for endless help and encouragement.


“I sung of Chaos and Eternal Night,
Taught by the heav’nly Muse to venture down
The dark descent, and up to reascend...”
—John Milton, Paradise Lost

Checkout Victoria's web site for more info on her work http://www.victorialundymusic.com.

Note - I got to hear this album performed live last night in Denver and it was real treat. Here is a teaser video for that show. I animated Victoria's original art in Resolume. This also gives you a sense for the live visuals during the concert. 


Sonic Encounters Podcast 008 - Halloween Special - Rebroadcast of Live Halloween 2011 Radio.Electro-Music.com Concert

In celebration of Halloween - please enjoy this themed set I performed for a live streaming concert back in 2011.

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 Get those headphones out - it's time for some creepy original experimental music to celebrate Halloween! This is a live hi-def stereo recording from my set for the Halloween 2011 Online Streaming Concert for Radio.Electro-Music.com broadcast at 19:00 GMT on October 30th.

SET LIST:

  1. "Welcome to the Inferno" Sound Design Cue from Inferno Haunted House (recording)
  2. "Mad Carnival" Sound Design Cue from Inferno Haunted House (recording)
  3. "Icy Caves" Sound Design Cue from Inferno Haunted House (recording)
  4. "They Walk Among Us" from REBOOT (recording). Buy Reboot.
  5. "I Can See Them" from the album I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS  (performed live on Percussa AudioCubes). Buy Album.
  6.  "Before We Wake" from Fear Cannot Save Us album  (performed ive on Theremin pitch-to-midi with AudioCube ). Buy album.
  7. "Dark Signals" from I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS (performed live AudioCubes, keys, Theremin, Tenori-On). Buy Album.
  8. "Celebration and Voices" from I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS (performed live on Launchpad grid). Buy Album
  9. "Infected" from REBOOT (recording). Buy Reboot.)
  10. "Intercept Transmission" structured improvisation (performed live on Launchpad grid)

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Video: In The Studio with Jean-Michel Jarre - Ableton Live, Max for Live, Tape Looping

FutureMusic magazine posted a fantastic video "In The Studio with Jean-Michel Jarre". It's really worth watching this 23 minute behind-the-scenes look at his process for a track for his upcoming Electronica 1: The Time Machine  which will release on Oct 16th, 2015.

Electronic music icon Jarre invites us into his Paris studio to talk us through his new collaboration with Air. Get the full story of Jarre's first album in eight years, and see more of his studio, in the latest issue of Future Music: http://bit.ly/FMU297

I think this video will be especially inspiring to Ableton Live users out there as it ends up Jarre is a heavy user of Ableton Live, is a fan of many of Live's built-in FX and is even using the great Max for Live Convolution reverb.

In addition to using Live, plugins and hardware synths, Jarre shows us how he uses classic tape loop techniques that he learned back in the day while working under Pierre Schaeffer ("father" of musique concrète).

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Composer, Synthesist, Performer
Boulder, CO

www.MarkMosherMusic.com <<< Original Techno, Dark Ambient, Experimental Music
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