Tonight at 7:30pm – Boulder Laptop Orchestra BLOrK performs with Guest Mark Mosher

I’m excited to announce I’ll be performing with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra this evening.

Saturday, Mar 18
7:30 pm – 9:00 pm
ATLAS Black Box Experimental Studio, Roser ATLAS Center, University of Colorado Boulder
Facebook Event Page

Boldly going where no laptop orchestra has gone before, BLOrk integrates technology with performers in an ensemble setting, providing live interaction between the two. Techie performers equipped with laptops, tablets, smartphones and a variety of control devices, play alongside live vocalists as well as alongside musicians playing acoustic instruments. The ensemble, which is housed at CU Boulder’s Center for Music, Art, and Performance, performs original music as well as seminal works in the history of electronic music.

BLOrk will be joined by special guest Mark Mosher, a sound designer, experimental multimedia artist, and music technologist from Louisville, CO. While performing locally and at events across the country, Mosher has been demystifying synths & inspiring people’s “inner sound designer” for over 10 years though his blog.

Mosher will be providing live interactive visuals for BLOrk using real-time synthesis with live camera input as well as performing a solo musical piece of original Krell-inspired electronic tonalities.

Founded in 2008, BLOrk uses hemispherical speakers which project the sound in a way similar to that of an acoustic instrument, creating a unique sonic experience. The ensemble builds on the research of the Princeton Laptop Orchestra (PLOrk) and the Stanford Laptop Orchestra (SLOrk).

Directed by:
John Gunther, associate professor of jazz studies at CU Boulder
John Drumheller, director of music technology at CU Boulder
More info on Mark Mosher at http://MarkMosherMusic.com.

Performance is free and open to the public.

Aug 11, 2015 Boulder Synthesizer Meetup: Custom Mobile Controllers with Langdon Crawford + Performing on Octatrack and Blofeld

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I'm back from the (no)poem heartland tour which was great fun. I'll post more on the tour soon. 

Custom Mobile Controllers with Langdon Crawford

Meanwhile for you Denver/Boulder locals – I've cooked up another cool event for 317 strong member strong The Boulder Synthesizer Meetup. Come by tomorrow to see Langdon Crawford's talk. RSVP here http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup/events/224425297

"Combining repurposed/recycled technology and low cost materials with digital synthesis, langsound (Langdon Crawford) has developed an expressive performance system for electronic music. Short musical excerpts will be used to demonstrate the controller/system. Slides and discussion will illuminate how and why it might be productive for others to think of using old mobile devices for music making."

Langdon C. Crawford is an artist and educator originally from the green mountains of Vermont. He has been developing performance/composition systems with electronics since 1999. Starting with guitars, effects and sequencers, he moved into computer music, eventually incorporating graphics and sensor controlled interaction. He has a masters of music technology from NYU. He currently teaches at FRCC and works as a freelancer based in Golden, CO.  When not teaching or traveling for work, you can find Langdon in and around the Rocky Mountains of Colorado.  More info and works can be seen at: www.langsound.com

I'll Be Performing at Meetup

I've also super psyched to perform some new arrangements of material from my most recent cinematic electronica alien invasion album "Fear Cannot Save Us" performed on Octatrack and Blofeld.

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I've worked up a really cool extended version of "Gonna Rise Up"! Here is the album version. I'll also be doing some improvs on Octatrack and Blofeld.

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=1410526833/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/track=1329289400/transparent=true/

Note, you can pick up the 12 song album Fear Cannot Save Us for $7 over on Bandcamp. For behind-the-scenes on this album, check out my interview on Art + Music + Technology Podcast #23.

 

My New Cinematic Electronic Soundscape Marooned Now Available

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Marooned is Now Available

A Bandcamp exclusive with high-quality download in MP3, FLAC… includes digital booklet PDF containing 16 pages of liner notes, photos, and graphical score.

I’m super excited to announce my new album Marooned is now available. This soundscape is in the same universe and is a prequel to my alien invasion concept album series Reboot, I Hear Your Signals, and Fear Cannot Save Us. Unlike the first three albums which contained shorter composed and often groove-based songs, this album contains a single long-form recording combining electronic tonalities and abstract expressionist music. See detailed description below. Watch for future posts on the making of Marooned.

You can listen to and buy the album at https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/marooned.

https://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/album=779108028/size=large/bgcol=ffffff/linkcol=0687f5/tracklist=false/artwork=small/transparent=true/

Enjoy and please tell your friends. 

About Marooned

Marooned is an original cinematic electronic soundscape. I think of it as a score for a film yet to be made. An Earth ship crashes on a massive moon and the only hope for the crew’s survival is making it across a harsh landscape to an alien outpost for a first, and uninvited, encounter.

This work is an example of live sonic storytelling and was recorded in one pass (with no prerecorded sequences, overdubs, or edits) after weeks of improvising and rehearsal.

Instrumentation: 90% Nord Lead 4 Synthesizer (performance instrument with all original signature sounds), 5% Octatrack (performance sampler for original field recordings/samples and on-the-fly sequencing), and 5% Tenori-On (performance instrument and on-the-fly sequencing). 

1 DESCENT
0:00 Approach
0:59 System Failure
1:30 Crash, Ejection, Blackout

2 ON THE SURFACE
2:08 Regaining Consciousness
4:14 Being Scanned

3 OUTPOST IN SIGHT
5:06 The Traverse

4 ENTER THE OUTPOST
7:10 Point of No Return
8:04 Solving the Airlock Puzzle
8:53 Moving Through the Darkness
9:30 The Trap

5 CAPTURED
10:47 March to Chamber

6 INSIDE OUR HEADS
15:00 Extracting Secrets of Man and Machines

7 DREAMING OF HOME
18:22 Extracting our Dreams

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Credits

Written, performed, programmed, and produced by Mark Mosher

Cover photo and design, liner notes, and graphical score by Mark Mosher

Music inspired by Louis and Bebe Barron

Artistic process inspired by Joan Miro, Clyfford Still, and Darwin Grosse

(c)(p) 2015 Mark J. Mosher (BMI) – CC-BY-NC 

https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/marooned

Video of "New Heart Beating" Performed Live at Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival

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In May I performed a set at the Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival. Here is a video of the song "New Heart Beating" from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us.

The album version of this song is available on:
iTunes: https://itunes.apple.com/us/album/new-heart-beating/id841045906?i=841045950
Amazon: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00J0OAOFI/ref=dm_ws_sp_ps_dp?ie=UTF8&qid=1403930254&sr=1-1
Bandcamp: http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/fear-cannot-save-us

This song was performed using Tenori-On as a MIDI controller and live sequencer driving racks for synths hosted in Ableton Live. The visuals are generated on-the-fly using live camera input as the only source with real-time visual FX.

Thanks to:

[project ruori] (http://www.ruori.org) for close-up video footage
Paul A Vnuck Jr. for opening still photo
Greg and Hong Waltzer for hosting such a wonderful event
Edward B Siedzik for running sound
Anna E Siedzik-Torres for running lights

For more photos from this event check out this – Show Journal & Photos from Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival.

Mark Mosher
http://www.MarkMosherMusic.com