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Music Monday: Take to the Trees Arbor Day Music Collaboration

Artist Jack Hertz has pulled together a fantastic collaboration album Take to the Trees for charity. Donate and download here

In celebration of Arbor Day on April 27th 2012. Sound for Good is giving you a lot of great music for your donation of just $1 USD (or more) to help plant more trees. Download a large collection of wonderful music from various artists with 100% of your donation going to the National Arbor Day foundation to plant trees. Read more about the foundation at

Sound for Good is a project that was created by Jack Hertz to discover how we can publish and promote great music as means to support good causes. This is an independent project that is not for profit or monetary gain in any way. The artists time and 100% of your donation will are given to support good a cause. Help make this a success so we can all learn how to use art and commerce for good.

credits released 27 April 2012
The amazing cover photo was taken by John Koch-Northrup. View the full hi-res image at the following

There is a huge amount of music from great artists on this album including Ian Boddy, Burning Artist, Chromasonic, Crystal Dreams, Todd Fletcher, Groupthink, Jack Hertz, HG Fortune and Inner Dreamer,inside/ outside, Oskar Menzel, Joe McMahon, Mesawzee Eagle, Mirada, Shane Morris, Mystified, redgreenblue, John Sherwood, and Symatic Star.

I’m honored to have contributed the track “And What Do The Trees Hear When the Wind Blows?”.

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My song is an ambient sonic journey starting with natural sounds which morph into the hidden inner world of trees and back again. The piece starts off with a120 degree stereo field recording of wind blowing through aspen trees and surrounding trees in Louisville, Colorado just outside of Boulder. All harmonic content from my song is derived from the field recording. I’ll do a behind-the-scenes post on this in the future if you’d find it of interest.

Donate and download here

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

An Update on Tim Thompson's Space Palette Kinect-Based Instrument Including Video from STEIM


I first met Tim Thompson last Spring when I performed in Sunnyvale. He invited me over for an An “Exclusive First Look at Tim Thompson's Kinect-Based Instrument: MultiMultiTouchTouch”. Since then we’ve kept in touch and he’s made incredible progress on this three-dimensional instrument so I thought I'd do an update post.


Now called Space Palette, it offers more windows of control and expressiveness and also has interactive visuals that react to gestures. Space Palette’s design makes it a fantastic casual instrument allowing for walk-up players. Tim has been spreading electronic musical joy by bringing it to events such as:

I got to play an updated version of Space Palette when Tim and I were in Atlanta in February. It’s expressive enough to scale beyond casual play and Tim has become quite a virtuoso with it as can be seen in his latest performance at STEIM in Amsterdam below.

Watch embedded video.

I encourage you to visit and to follow Tim’s progress.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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New Juno 106 Ableton Pack by AfroDJMac


I just bought the "Juno 106 Ableton Pack” from AfroDJMac  and wanted to turn you on to it.

It contains 22 unique Ableton Instrument racks, each one created with a unique preset from the Juno 106.  I’ve added controls for 8 macros to each instrument, which allows them to be manipulated and twisted into new and ever changing sounds.

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Rekkerd Releases a Free Sample Pack - Sound Recordings Vol. 2


Ronnie over at the wonderful has released a new free sample pack –”Sound Recordings Vol. 2”.

Ever since recording some sounds a few years ago, I’ve been meaning to take the trusty Zoom H2 for another round. I finally took the time to capture another batch of ordinary, and perhaps some less ordinary sounds.

By the way, I have and use the hell out of my trusty Zoom H2.

For Rekkerd Sound Recordings Vol. 2 I found a number of interesting objects to hit, drop, slide, slam, press, etc. After a good amount of editing the pack ended up containing 90 samples. Various noises produced by light switches, fans, drawers, and lots more included.

The samples are in 24-bit/44kHz WAV format. Plenty of background noise is included, and those with a good ear might spot one of my kids in some of the recordings. 100% high quality lo-fi!

So why did I record these sounds? Well, I personally love create rhythms/percussions with unusual sounds so I figure I’m not the only one. Also included in the pack is a number of such loops that I did exclusively using the recorded sound and and a bunch of processing. You can listen to those loops below.

Swing by here to download a zip file with all the sounds While the download is free, I gave a donation to Ronnie via this page

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Crowdsourced Mindmap: Synthesizers with Comb Filters


I love comb filters! Buying a Waldorf Blofeld a few years back caused me to start using them even more because it’s interactive display allowed me to visualize the shape of the filter and correlate that with an audio result. Waldorf Largo and Tone2’s ElectraX also offer this feature.

What is a Comb Filter?

I like the definition on p. 49 of the Waldorf Blofeld Manual:

A Comb filter is basically a very short delay that can be controlled in length and feedback. The delay time is so short that you can’t hear its individual taps but a colorization of the original signal created by peaks or holes in the frequency spectrum. The frequency of the colorization is set by the delay length, which is controlled in the Blofeld through Cutoff, while the amount of colorization is set by the Comb filter feedback, which is controlled in the Blofeld by Resonance.

To further illustrate this, I’ve included a screenshot below which has the same filter type in Waldorf Largo, but with VERY different shapes simply  y changing cutoff and resonance.


What Do Comb Filter's Sound Like?

Stay tuned for a future article on this with some video.

Crowdsourced Mindmap of Synths with Comb Filters

 A week or so back I was curious how many synths in my rig had comb filters and started to document them in a mindmap. I decided to take things a step further and crowdsource this on Twitter and Facebook and make an even more comprehensive map. The map is constrained to just synthesizers with comb filters that are in production. It also doesn’t contain FX plug-ins or processors that have combs.

Click here to view an interactive version of this mindmap full screen.

The Crowd

Be Combtastic

Now get out there and crank on those comb filters!

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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Lefsetz Weighs In on Electronic Music


First let me say if you are pursuing music as a recording or performing artist and you don’t already read or subscribe to The Lefsetz Letter it’s time to start :^).  While his posts are about the music industry in general, a recent post specifically discusses electronic music and I wanted to pass it on to you -


Mark Mosher
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Music Monday: "Digital Graffiti" a Free Compilation Album by Denver/Boulder Producers


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


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

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Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
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