Photos from The Fantastic Moldover Workshop in Denver. Watch for a Workshop In Your City.

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Moldover is on tour and made a stop in Denver to perform a show and give a workshop at The Church nightclub in Denver last night. A big thanks to Marc Wei of Ableton Colorado for behind-the-scenes work to pull this workshop together in Denver.

Moldover’s workshop offered a nice blend of topics including controllerism, controller building,  real-time effect processing on vocals, Ableton, workflow, creativity, personal productivity, song writing, and touring.  I highly recommend you attend one if you get the chance. Checkout his tour page for a calendar.

Throughout the workshop he performed some songs using a custom Guitar (Robocaster) with buttons, joystick, and accelerometers; the MOJO customer controller; and a new prototype of a vocal controller called the MOJITO that is clamped to the mic stand.

Here is a close-up shot of the MOJO which has buttons, knobs, switches, sliders and touch strips.

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It  is built around the notion of 4 tracks of real-time controllerism and playback control (inspired by 4 track tape deck work). Each type of controller is assigned a specific type of role. For example touch strips control tonal modulations.

There were lots of behind-the-scene looks at his Ableton sets. DSCN5072

During and after the workshop Moldover took the time to answer questions.

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It was so great to meet Moldover in person after all these year. He was a huge inspiration for my controllerism work, rig, and the 9 Box Casual instrument.

More Photos
Checkout this flickr set for more photos.
http://www.flickr.com/apps/slideshow/show.swf?v=121572

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html
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Music Monday: “Digital Graffiti” a Free Compilation Album by Denver/Boulder Producers

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I have something special for your Music Monday. It’s a new compilation album called Digital Graffiti Volume One featuring 7 tracks from 5 Denver/Boulder Artists including yours truly :^).  Kudos to Kent Barton (SEVEN7H WAVE) for all the time he put into this. I’m super honored that Kent included me.

One thing that all these artists together is that we all met through the Ableton Denver User Group (which is now going two-and-half years old). So, that said, don’t be a complete studio vampire and get out of your basement from time-to-time and find others on the same path. There is strength in numbers and sharing ideas.

There are a few other reasons I’m sharing this as my Music Monday. First it contains seriously cool tracks so get out your nice headphones. Second,  to give you a glimpse of the strong indie original electronic music movement in Denver. I feel very lucky to have settled here.  Third, to encourage you to band together with your local and interweb friends work on collaborations like this. It’s a great way to get more exposure for your music and get to know your fellow artists better. It also helps break down genre barriers and allows the promotion of electronic music in general.

About the Album

YOU HAVE ENTERED A GENRE-FREE ZONE. Turn up the volume and listen as six Denver producers break new musical ground. released 10 April 2012

Featuring (click links to read bios that Kent pulled together including links to artist sites)…

Chris Lawhead
Kent Barton – SEVEN7H WAVE
Mark Mosher
Mike Stacey – Circle Six
Marc Wei – DJNSM
Brad House – Dubokle

Album Cover by

Brandon Loyche @ I'm Hidden Deisgn

Arranged & Lightly Mastered by

Kent // SEVEN7H WAVE

Download Now

Immediate download of 7-track album in your choice of MP3 320, FLAC, or just about any other format you could possibly desire.

Listen Now

 

http://bandcamp.com/EmbeddedPlayer/v=2/album=2934802263/size=grande2/bgcol=FFFFFF/linkcol=4285BB/

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html

Unfields12 “cruzin” – Field Recordings by Denver’s James Tobin

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Unfelds is a series of downloadable field recordings that are free donationware made available under Creative Commons licence. Denver-based sound designer and fellow Ableton Colorado member James Tobin’s work is featured in u. nfields12 “cruzin'. James also contributed a Sounds from a Distant Outpost composition “Subdude's First Excursion To The Outpost” last year. James describes this set of fields recordings:

image“these sounds were recorded on a cruise trip from seattle to alaska. when i first learned that my wife and i would be taking this trip i was immediately excited by the opportunity to record such a foreign and strange environment. you see, here in denver we don't have many ships. a few boats, yes, but certainly no ships. the ms oosterdam did not disappoint. she had all kinds of great sounds around. i did run into one little unforeseen difficulty — traveling with 3,000 people can make it a little hard to capture good, clean recordings, especially when they all want to talk about "that fuzzy thing" with me. nonetheless, i was able to find some time away from the crowds and enjoy the sounds of a ship on my own. i certainly had a fantastic time recording these sounds, and i hope they inspire you to create some fantastic new instruments. happy noise-making!

i used a zoom q3hd stereo recorder to record these sounds at 24 bit/48khz. the sounds that appear here are recorded and unprocessed, aside from dithering down to 16bit/44.1khz and adding metadata.

james tobin”

Visit the unfeld page to download a 99MB zip file with sounds and some great photos by James. There are some cool recordings in the library with my favorite being “unfields12_14_-_whipping_wind”. To support Jame’s work you can also make a donation while there.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html

Ableton Colorado User Group Launches Free Collective Patch Library on GitHub

 

Ableton Colorado User Group in conjunction with DJNSM/Datamafia launches a Free Collective Patch Library on GitHub. The premise behind this site library is to create “an area where we can share, store, and expand our library using the basic building blocks of Ableton.“

The rules are simple: Original stuff please Nothing that requires wave files…[don't use FX that are exclusive to Suite]. Any patch config from the Ableton platfrom (Operator, Analog, Tension, M4L, etc) is welcome! Macro your patch and label the main 8 (or less) macro knobs. If you can't do it in 8 macros, turn it into multiple patches. When naming your knobs use logical names. One knob called "Tweak" is okay, but everything else should make sense (e.g. Filter Freq, wet/dry, distortion, etc) Yes! Max4Live patches are welcome!

Currently Marc the moderator adds patches to the library which users can download as one .zip file. This works well so far as there are no .wav files and these are patches within racks.

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Things are just getting rolling but there are some fun patches out there already for Analog, FX, and Operator by DJNSM, James Tobin, and Chase Dobson (who’s been on the road doing backline Ableton Tech for Mike Posner), and yours truly.

James Tobin wins the award for patch names that make me LOL with…

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More info on how to download and contribute here:
https://github.com/datamafia/ableton-colorado-user-data

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Synthesist | Composer | Keyboardist | Performer

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Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html