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Happy Electronic Music Halloween 2010

A few electronic music links for your Halloween.

Electro-Music Live Streaming Spook-A-Thonimage

Live right now – Electro-Music’s Live Streaming Spook-A-Thon - http://radio.electro-music.com/index.php/.

Inferno Sound Design Cues

Mark Mosher Sound Design Teaser from Inferno Haunted House 2003

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In 2003, I was the sound designer for the theatrical haunted house Inferno in Colorado Springs. This was a collaboration with the award winning Theatreworks company (http://theatreworkscs.org/) and Ghoul's Gulch productions (http://www.ghoulsgulch.com/). I created 18 cues and did the opening voice over work.

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Spellbound is an awesome show/podcast featuring Theremin music. Their show airs live Sundays 10 PM - 12 AM Eastern US time. You can listen live here during air-time, or subscribe to the podcast version here. Tonight is their annual Halloween special.

Lux Seeker’s “Psychomantum”
Electronic music artist Lux Seeker posted a fun Halloween track via twitter yesterday.

My Halloween musical offering - play it for the kids in a dark room and let them use their imagination. That's the point.

Psychomantium by Lux_Seeker

“They Walk Among Us”
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My track from last year’s REBOOT album, “They Walk Among Us”.

They Walk Among Us by MarkMosher

Happy Halloween,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Show Report: Howard Jones & Duncan Sheik at the Boulton Centre for the Performing Arts, NY 10/22/2010

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Last Friday I attended Howard Jones concert at the Boulton Center or the Performing Arts in New York. Here are a notes from the show.

Duncan Sheik
imageDuncan Sheik was the opening act. He sang and played his own accompaniment on acoustic guitar with some stories in between. Note - Duncan collaborated on Howard’s song, Someone You Need, and performed joined Howard's 25th Anniversary concert at the indigO2. Of course I enjoyed the hit “Barley Breathing”, my favorite song was “The Tale of Solomon Snell” off of his latest album Whisper House. It was  was quite fitting for the Halloween season. Sheik’s acoustic set offered an excellent contrast and complimented Howard’s show well.

Howard Jones1st song

Howard performed in an Electric 3 piece band configuration with Robbie Bronnimann playing keys, doing live arrangements and sequence playback, and live mixing with Ableton Live; and Jonathan Atkinson on electronic drums.

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The set list was an excellent mix of classic Howard Jones songs with newer songs from recent albums Revolution of the Heart and Ordinary Heroes mixed in.

One thing I really liked about this show was that although a lot of the songs were from Howard’s classic catalog, the show was not a “nostalgia act”. The arrangements were fresh and the performances were tight and had a vitality to them you could really feel.

Having Robbie doing the heavy lifting with Ableton Live and live mixing imagefreed up Howard up to focus on singing, playing and interacting with the crowd. It’s clear Howard is a seasoned artist who continues to take performance seriously and really connects with the audience. Jonathan Atkinson’s drumming also brought a human groove and interesting visual element to the performance.

My favorite song of the night was “Equality”. It started off with Robbie doing a real-time jam with all sorts of beat slicing using Novation Launchpad.

Later in the show, Duncan Sheik came back on stage and he and Howard did a version of Tears for Fears “Shout”.image

Taking a Bow

Live Rig Notes
imageAfter the show I got to meet and talk with Robbie Bronnimann about the show. He’s using Ableton Live running on a Mac with a Novation Remote SL MK II which he uses to play keyboard parts. He also uses the Remote SL as a controller for Live devices. He is using two Novation Launchpads to control mix, launch clips and scenes, and to control devices.

The entire rig is mounted on a custom tube system which is strapped to a V-Stand and can be packed into a flight case. Speaking of this, he mentioned that this is the only rig the entire band transport. Howard’s Fantom G8 and Jonathan’s drum kit – I believe it was a a Roland TD-20s V-Pro™ Series – are provided locally. So they show up and load their sounds prior to the show. Now that’ s a small carbon footprint.

Howard played all his parts from the Fantom G8. Patches either sounded either spot on from album versions, or where updated and freshened up but still worked very well.

Meet and Greet
Both Howard Jones and Duncan Sheik took time out after the show to do a meet and great for all attendees at the lounge at the back of the theatre which was really cool for the fans. After talking with Robbie, I did manage to get up there and was last in line and briefly met both Howard and Duncan who graciously signed my 25th Anniversary concert at the indigO2 DVD :^).

Great Show!
What a great night. The music and performances were fantastic and the crowd was really into it and often sang along. While this was the last show of this short American tour, I recommend you visit http://howardjones.com/touring.html to stay informed about upcoming shows.

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03_MarkMosher-Soundcheck-electromusic2010Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


DEVO Tour Postponed, Get Well Bob 1, Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale Will Still Attend Moogfest

Just saw on DEVO’s blog that DEVO has had to postpone the tour due to the fact that Bob Mothersbuagh is injured. From their site:

imageDEVO deeply regret that they have had to postpone all of their upcoming live dates for 2010 due to a serious hand injury sustained by guitarist Bob Mothersbaugh. A glass shard sliced Mothersbaugh's right thumb to the bone, severing a tendon. He underwent immediate emergency surgery and is expected to make a full recovery after proper care and therapy. Most of DEVO's upcoming November tour dates, including Solana Beach's Belly Up, , Los Angeles' Club Nokia, and San Francisco's Warfield Theater, will be rescheduled for next spring and the public will be informed once new dates have been confirmed. Mark Mothersbaugh and Gerald Casale will still attend Moogfest on October 29th, in Asheville, NC. As previously announced, DEVO have been awarded the first-ever Moog Innovation Award by Moog Music.

You can mail get well cards for Bob1 to:
AMY HUDSON
SPECTACLE ENTERTAINMENT GROUP
Attn: Get Well Bob1!
1100 Glendon Ave., Ste. 1100
Los Angeles, CA 90024

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


I Made Featured Artist of the Week on ReverbNation

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Each week 10 Featured Artists are picked and 4 rotate every few minutes on the Home Page of ReverbNation all week long. I’m happy to announce that I’ve been selected as a Featured Artists for this week (which means I’m also Featured on a huge number of Facebook Applications that are out there on the internet). Thanks ReverbNation!

Others in the top 10 this week Suzanne Vega and Slayer - nice eclectic mix :^)

If you’d like to show support, swing by the home page and click through to my profile and checkout some tracks. Pass it on.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Free Ableton Live Pack: Partner Instrument Compilation

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Ableton just posted a new FREE Live Pack. According to their newsletter:

The Partner Instrument Compilation is a free 3.9 GB Live Pack that provides a selection of sounds taken from the Partner Instruments. This Pack has just been updated with the following changes:

* a sneak peek of sounds from an upcoming Partner Instrument: Soniccouture Novachord

* sounds from AAS Journeys

* sounds from Sonica Japanese Taiko Percussion

CLICK HERE to download the Live Pack.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Free Music Friday: "Control Zone" Electronica Track and Video by Mark Mosher Performed on Theremin and AudioCube

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One Man, One Theremin, One AudioCube :^) In this video I perform the original instrumental electronic music song "Control Zone" off of my album I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS which you can download name your price (enter $0 for FREE) on
http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/i-hear-your-signals. You can of course also buy my songs/albums on iTunes, Amazon MP3, LastFM, ReverbNation, Zune, and as Physical CDs.

Listener/Viewer Notes
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This video is in HD and I captured the audio full fidelity right from my sound card so listen with some good headphones or on a good system and select HD for full-screen viewing. The video and audio were captured in one continuous take with no content edits.

Composer Notes
To fit the back-story of my album, I set out to compose a song that sounded a bit alien in origin. To liberate myself from my typical compositional instrument of the keyboard, I decided to compose and perform the textures and melodies using only spatial controllers. I this case I used a Moog Etherwave Theremin, and a Percussa AudioCube. Once I got going with this notion I really got using 6 dimension of spatial control to go “Hendrix” with the Theremin. The title of the song has many meanings, one of which should be obvious to Theremin fans.

Producer Notes 
I'm routing the Theremin analog signal into Ableton Live and then I convert the the signal from pitch-to-MIDI in real-time. This signal is routed to various virtual instruments hosted in Live. I then use a Percussa AudioCube in Sensor mode to add 4 additional dimensions of modulate in real-time. So 6 dimensions of spatial control. I'm changing the signal routing of the Theremin to route MIDI to different virtual instruments on the fly using the Novation Launchpad.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com