New Single & Video: “Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8”

Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8 - cover2

Sometimes when gear acquisition syndrome calls, I take a pause in the action and recommit myself to the gear I already own. I was recently kind of lusting after something bleepy and and perhaps an analogish instrument with self-contained sequencing. Then I thought, hey, I can just live sequence the Nord Lead 4 slots from the Octatrack. “Space-Time Distortion Near Track Number 8” was born.

I published the track as a single on Bandcamp https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/track/space-time-distortion-near-track-number-8.

I also made a live studio recording of the session then edited this into a super trippy video.

I’ve been working with the Octatrack for 4 years and the Nord Lead 4 for 3/12 years and they still inspire and surprise me. I’m really happy with the sonic range of the Nord Lead 4 and this track shows off that you can get both non-linearity nastiness and warmth from the instrument. Octatrack + Nord are really an amazing pairing that can give me a strong synth, sampler, sequencer, drum machine combo without a computer. Rugged as hell as well.

So once again I dodge the gear acquisition bullet – for now! #TheStruggleIsReal

More on the track…

Story:

I discovered a space-time distortion while visiting Chicago. The location of the anomaly is at track 8 at Union Station.

Artist Notes:

This audio and video was captured in one real-time pass to a Zoom Q4N. The primary source video for 90% of the visuals is from the overhead view of the live studio session. The only other footage is a video field recording from Chicago’s Union Station also recorded on the Zoom Q4N. The audio was not edited when I added video effects in post.

The audio field recording was extracted the Zoom Q4N video shot at Union Station. It’s mangled pretty heavily in this piece put if you listen closely, you can hear an automated voice informing you that you are at track 8 and 10. Interestingly, the speakers at the station are not directional and the audio is at different loop lengths – so just wandering about between these gates is a trippy polyrhythmic treat.

Instrumentation and Instrumentalities:

The piece is a combination of live sequencing and live performance. The Octatrack is used to host drum samples and recording. It is also used to MIDI sequence 3 synth slots on the Nord Lead 4 including MIDI automation. I perform live using all 4 slots on the Nord plus manipulate the Octatrack in real-time. Lots of real-time sound design and morphing. All the groovy synth sounds are exclusive to Nord Lead 4 all being created in real-time (meaning no synth audio was pre-recorded).

Video of My Guest Solo Performance with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra Event at CU Atlas Institute

I had the incredible honor of being invited to perform with the Boulder Laptop Orchestra on March 18th (Related Blog Post). This is a live video recording from the “Boulder Laptop Orchestra BLOrK performs with guest Mark Mosher” event (Facebook Invite).

The video features my original solo improvisational piece “Tonalities from Orbit” which I was invited to perform to close out the night with the ensemble. Earlier in the program I performed interactive visuals for 7 pieces for the ensemble.

The video is live and audio from a Zoom Q4N.

Program Notes

Tonalities from Orbit” is an original structured improvisational piece inspired by the ground breaking work of Louis and Bebe Barron – who in the 1956 provided the soundtrack to the seminal Scifi film Forbidden Planet.
The hand-built circuits they used to create the “electronic tonalities” of this film pre-dated the modern synthesizer and were limited to oscillators (producing mainly square, sine, & triangle waves), ring modulators, overdriven tubes, reverb, and delay (done with tape manipulation).
Informed by these limitations, and using only a Nord Lead 4 synthesizer, Mark created 14 original and expressive “circuit states”. In this performance he will play and morph between these states as a framework for the piece as he brings his version of the Krell to life.
The performance will be complimented with Mark’s real-time visuals using only live camera input as a source with audio-responsive automation.

Photos and Program

 

My New Cinematic Electronic Soundscape Marooned Now Available

Marooned Cover 600 - Mark Mosher

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

New Short Film “Headlights” An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score + Vimeo Channels

New Short Film

To start the new year off with a bang I've released a brand new film "Headlights" – An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score.

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Headlights – An Original Psychedelic Short Film with Synthesized Score from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

 

Making Of

If you would like to geek out and see how I used a single slot and single original preset on the Nord Lead 4 to record the score in a single pass check out the "making of" the soundtrack film watch this.

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The Making of Headlights Soundtrack from Mark Mosher on Vimeo.

More Vimeo Channels

If you dig these videos, you might want to swing by my other channels on Vimeo. If you want to keep up with these channels, use the "Follow me" button on pages on Vimeo.

Peace,

Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO