Percussa Kickstarter for micro Super Signal Processor Eurorack Module (mSSP)

My good friends Bert and Celine over at Percussa have just launched a new Kickstarter for the Percussa micro Super Signal Processor (mSSP) Eurorack Module.

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The Percussa micro Super Signal Processor (mSSP) Eurorack Module is a powerful Eurorack DSP module based on one of the fastest ARM processors available, the quad core Cortex A17 at 1.8GHz, and high end AKM audio converters offering 8 in / 4 out with up to 192kHz sample rate and 32-bit resolution.

It comes with 50 modular synthesis patches offering polyphonic wavetable, granular, sampling and traditional synthesis techniques, multi-channel audio processing and much more, all in only 26HP of rack space and for only $549.

See more details and contribute at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/percussa/percussa-micro-super-signal-processor-eurorack-mod.

Thomas Dolby Accepts Roland Lifetime Achievement Award, Does Some Storytelling, and Performs Two Hits Using Vintage a Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8 + 1983 Concert Footage

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Thomas Dolby received Roland’s 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award at NAMM 2018. Thanks to Kraft Music for great up-close video footage of the event. I watched the footage, took some notes, and inserted video footage links below.

Part 1 Video

  1. Thomas Dolby accepting the award
  2. Thomas doing some great story telling offering an entertaining overview of the beginning of career as well as a behind-the-scenes story on the making of “She Blinded with me with Science”.
  3. Performance of “She Blinded Me with Science” using vintage a Roland Jupiter-4 and Jupiter-8 – which Roland delivered to his hotel the night before so he could program them for his set.

 

Watch the Video Here.

Part 2 Video

In the part 2 video, Thomas Dolby plays “Europa and the Pirate Twins”

Watch the Video Here.

Bonus – Live Wireless Tour Video from 1983.

In the first video, Thomas Dolby shows some clips from “one of his earlier shows”. I did some digging and I believe the clips are from the “Live Wireless Tour”. I found a video of the full concert with a running time of 58 minutes. If you don’t have time to watch this now, bookmark this post for later as it’s a cool show and ahead of it’s time :^)

Video of Thomas Dolby – Live Wireless (1983-Official Video).

Thanks for reading,

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Producer
Boulder, CO
ModulateThis.com


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#Halloween music on @Bandcamp: John Carpenter + Disturbing Mood pieces, Melodic Theremin, and Gothic horror by Victoria Lundy + 5 Original Horror Soundscapes

Passing along some Halloween Music you can pick up over on Bandcamp.

John Carpenter on Bandcamp

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I’ve been enjoying John Carpenter’s recent music releases and was happy to see he was also on Bandcamp at https://johncarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/.

So much great music out here! My fav track lately is “A Windy Death” on Lost Themes II.

His album Anthology: Movie Themes 1974-1998 was released yesterday

https://johncarpentermusic.bandcamp.com/album/anthology-movie-themes-1974-1998.

He’s also on tour http://www.theofficialjohncarpenter.com/tour/ – sadly with no dates in the Denver area yet :^(.

Miss American Vampire by Victoria Lundy

Victoria is a friend, frequent collaborator, and a wonderful Thereminist. Her debut solo album Miss American Vampire released on Halloween 2015 is fantastic! https://victorialundy.bandcamp.com/

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Disturbing mood pieces, melodic theremin, and gothic horror. This recording used Moog Etherwave Pro Theremin, Ableton Live 9, Logic, Native Instruments Absynth, Reaktor and Molekular.

More info at http://www.victorialundymusic.com/.

No Ghosts. Just Fear.

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I released No Ghosts. Just Fear. Back in 2012  https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/no-ghosts-just-fear. Note this, and my entire catalog on Bandcamp are now “name your price”.

The dark ambient sounds and music within these arrangements was created and performed on various virtual instruments. In some cases original audio recordings were used as sources then re-shaped with granular synthesis to turn these recordings into playable expressive instruments with huge sonic range and motion.

Happy Halloween,

Mark Mosher
Composer, Synthesist, Electronic Musician, Multimedia Artist
Boulder, CO
MarkMosherMusic.com
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First Impressions Using Elektron Overbridge on Surface Pro 4 with Analog Four

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I owned an Analog Four 4 years back and ended up selling it. This was way before features like polyphony and Elektron Overbridge were added. I got interested in the A4 again to pair with my coveted Octatrack for a quick setup fly rig. To make a long story short, the Analog Four MKI is back in the lineup and I’m dusting off my chops and exploring the features new to me. In this post I’ll offer short video then some first impressions after my initial session using the touch screen on a Surface Pro 4 running Windows 10 to improvise (one virtual knob per-function) on the Analog 4 using the pen and multitouch. Overbridge is running as a VST in Ableton Live.

In a related note, I’ll be doing my first performance with the Analog Four at Freq Boutique in Denver on Monday August 14th. Nothing like jumping back in the deep end :^)

Video

In this video, I’m triggering notes using the Analog Four’s built-in keyboard and then manipulating they synth engine parameters using the Surface Pro 4. The Analog Four is sitting at an angle on a Cremacaffè SPIKE tabletop synth stand and the Surface Pro 4 is at a matching angle on its kickstand at a matching angle with keyboard detached. Caution – I’m hammering out seriously gnarly Andromeda Strain noise with this little session – haha. 

 

First Impressions

  • Synchronization between A4 and Overbridge – Selecting tracks on the hardware selects corresponding pages on Overbridge. Parameter sync seems snappy and smooth.
  • Overbridge virtual knob response – the throw of knobs and sliders with your fingers and the pen works well for both fine and larger adjustments.
  • Multi-touch support – Yes you can control multiple parameters at the same time with multiple finger.
  • GUI & User Experience – Working with Overbridge is shortening my sound design learning curve as  the GUI exposes the anatomy and signal flow in a clear way. Cheers to Elektron for such a great looking interface. I LOVE graphics in the delay section!
  • Stability for live performance use –  Seems good. The combination of Surface Pro 4 + Overbridge definitely makes the Analog Four an even more compelling solution for expressive live performance doing sound design on-the-fly. I will still commit to gaining muscle memory using only the hardware – but I plan on using Overbridge + Surface Pro 4 live in some of improvisational ensembles  such as (no)poem and The Denver Synth_Drone Collective where sound design as performance is the name of the game.
  • Sound Design Use – Sound design is faster using Overbridge. I can see using it to build up a library of custom sounds, then taking on the road with just the hardware.
  • Ableton Link – When using the Overbridge VST, ABleton is the master clock and therefore the Surface Pro 4 could be used to sync the Analog Four’s clock in a Link jam.