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Thomas Dolby Releases New EP 'Oceana'

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Thomas Dolby is releasing his new album in EP segments to members of his fan club the Flat Earth Society. Membership is free and you can join up here.

He’s said on his blog that each segment will have different styles. The first EP was Amerkana which released in June and had a bluegrass vibe. In a recent newsletter Thomas discussed the styles of the first two segments:

I was flattered that so many people embraced it (Amerikana) without being too judgmental about the style I adopted. No 'oh god now Thomas has turned into a country singer--next he'll be doing Grand Ol' Opry wearing sheepskin chaps!' You knew it was just another musical idiom I adopted to help tell my stories, and I thank you for staying so open-minded. 'Oceanea' is a wild journey to a different time and place altogether.

I got an email from the fan club list today that Oceana is now available to members - Click here to visit the online store.

I just downloaded, and haven’t had time to listen yet. I can say the three tracks on the EP are:

  1. Oceana
  2. Simone
  3. To the Lifeboats

You also get liner notes in PDF format which are quite nice.

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


I'm Declaring Absynth 5 the Winner of the Modulate This Holiday Sound Pack Poll

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I’m making great headway on the sound pack work. I’m almost done with the Live pack version and need to get going on the second format. Since Absynth 5 has been in the lead from the start and hasn’t lost this position throughout I’m declaring it the winner! Thanks to all those who participated.

I think the results are a testament to the quality, and depth of Absynth and the fact that after all these years it’s stayed fresh and relevant. Kudos to Brian Clevinger and NI.

The other good news about Abysnth winning is I believe Kore 2 users will be able to load the sounds. I don’t own Kore 2, perhaps I can get someone to help me test – use my contact form if you want to volunteer.

So thanks for voting and if you voted for Alchemy or Blofeld and don’t own Ableton Live, you might want to pick up Absynth for $99 bucks – sale ends today. (Note: I’m not affiliated with NI and don’t benefit from you buying Absynth – just a heads up). I am quite familiar with programming for the runner up synths so perhaps in 2011 I’ll do some sound design work for those formats.

I’ve setup a new landing page for the Free Holiday Gift Pack. Head over there and subscribe to the comment feed for notifications.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com


Absynth 5 Soundscape Using Field Recordings, Wavemorphing, and Audio Mod for Envelope Following

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I few days back I posted a soundscape to soundcloud called “Which One is Mine”.

Which One Is Mine by MarkMosher

Absynth 5 has a feature called Audio Mod which lets you take audio input from a DAW and use it as control voltage of sorts.  Sort of like the digital equivalent of what was shown in yesterday’s post from Marc (DJ Not So Much) “Using Ableton to Provide Control Voltage for a Moog Slim Phatty”.

I used Absynth and Ableton Live to create this sound scape which made up of synthesis, and real-time processing of audio from field recordings. The first recording is a Morse code key I recorded at a train museum in Cape Cod. The second is a recording I made of crowd noise at a University of Colorado basketball game.

I wanted to mention that Absynth 1 was the first virtual synth I bought back in the day. I’ve kept up with it all these years and upgraded to 5 right away when it came out (see this vid showing off some Absynth 5 features). It’s still one of my most used synths so I’m happy to see that it’s winning in the readers poll.

Note: You can get Absynth on sale for $99 for one more day till Nov 29th as part of Native Instruments holiday sale.

PRODUCTION NOTES
I created a custom patch in Absynth 5. I'm sending MIDI notes from an Ableton Live clip to Absynth. This causes Oscillator A to play a fractalized waveform that is morphed by a stepping envelope.

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Oscillator B is set to "Audio In" and I'm routing field recording samples playing in Live audio clips to this Oscillator.

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Oscillator C is a single hybrid waveform. This oscillator's Amp, Pitch and Morph params are modulated live audio signals routing through Oscillator B using "Audio Mod". The first audio clip is the field recording of the Morse code key. The second clip is the crowd sound. The pulsing nature of the sound during the crowd section is a result of AMP envelope on Oscillator B.

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Using Ableton to Provide Control Voltage for a Moog Slim Phatty

No sooner do I post on the unboxing, Marc (DJ Not So Much) follows up with an awesome video. Didn’t take him long to make use of what was in the box.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Analog Synth Unboxing: Moog Slim Phatty + Dave Smith Tetra


Marc (DJ Not So Much) from Ableton Denver and Creative Electronica posted a new photo set on flickr of his  “Thanksgiving Analog Synth Unboxing! Dave Smith Tetra + Moog Slim Phatty”. I know what he’s been doing all weekend!

Update: See follow up post of where Marc puts the gear to use – “Using Ableton to Provide Control Voltage for a Moog Slim Phatty

I’m hoping to get together with Marc next week and give these two synths a spin. I’ll let you know how it goes.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


VLOG - 2010 Holiday Soundpack Session #1

Some behind the scenes HD video of sound design work I'm doing for the 2010 Modulate This Holiday Gift Soundpack.

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Mark Mosher VLOG–2010 Holiday Soundpack Session #1

In this video I’m working on an instrument rack that will end up in Ableton Live 8 Livepack format so anyone with any edition of Live 8 will be able to access the patch. The sound in the video start with found sound which I resysnthesize with an additive synth, then resample back into Ableton Sampler. Then lots of programming.

I will then use the same samples to create a version of the patch in either Absynth 5, Alchemy, or Blofeld depending on the results of the reader poll.

Why did I pick Absynth5/Alchemy/Blofeld for potentials in addition to Livepack? They all support using your own samples as OSC source and every patch I'm working is rooted in found sound, or re-synthesis/resampling so harmonic content is original.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder CO
www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


The Elves at Modulate This Are Working On a Holiday Gift Sound Pack for You - Vote for Your Synth Format

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The elves at Modulate This are working on a holiday gift for you - a free sound pack! As you know it's a busy time of year for elves, so we need some feedback on where to focus our sound design magic. Ableton Live 8 Livepack format is a given. Also, you can download last year's holiday gift here.

Note, I'll be sharing notes on the work as I go in the comments of this thread. You can subscribe to just the comments of this post by clicking here.

If you can’t see the poll below, use this link http://www.vizu.com/poll-vote.html?n=225666