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NI Absynth patch "Halloween Theme" by John Carpenter Using Only Envelopes

Here is a fun video (  from Absynth guru Anthony Distefano.

My Absynth version of the "Halloween theme".This was all done using the envelopes.There was no overdubbing.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO

Tune in to Live Streaming Halloween Electronica Show Oct 31st at 6pm Mountain / Midnight GMT


I will be streaming live October 31st at 6PM Mountain/Midnight GMT to bring you a special Halloween Edition of SciFi Electronica Live with all original music. Segments on the show will include music and sound from:

  • Recordings of sound design cues I composed/produced for haunted houses
  • Recordings from the album NO GHOSTS. JUST FEAR.which released on Halloween last year. I’ll be offering behind-the-scenes notes on these horror soundscapes.
  • Live performance of songs on Theremin and synth
  • Creepy recordings from wonderful Denver Thereminists Victoria Lundy and Rick Reid.
    Use this link day of show and while you there follow me so you can keep up with future shows.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO

Download Dark Ambient Halloween Horror Soundscapes

No Ghosts. Just Fear. cover art

Ready to scare the crap out your neighbors this Halloween? Need some more music for your party? Last year I released an album for Halloween called NO GHOSTS. JUST FEAR. It has 5 original dark ambient horror soundscapes. It was mastered by the wonderful Gannon Kashiwa and I encourage you to download it as the 128-bit stream doesn't do the pieces justice. So grab it and blast out into the neighborhood!!! There is sub-woofer food in here so make your house rumble!!! 

High resolution download version is "name your price" (so if your tight on cash, enter 0). As always I appreciate your support through music buys

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO

"9 Box" AudioCubes Interactive Installation will be at Mountain Oasis Festival 2013 at Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience


HUGE news! I’ll be helping out the awesome The Bob Moog Foundation at the Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit. I’ll be flying out to bring my multi-player "9 Box" Percussa AudioCubes casual instrument/interactive installation to be a part of the “expanded Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience”. What an honor! I can’t wait. If you'll be at the fest come say hi.

The Bob Moog Foundation brings sonic inspiration, engagement and education to Mountain Oasis Electronic Music Summit with an expanded Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience. Featuring an array of synthesizers, theremins, effects, oscilloscopes and more, the Interactive Sonic Experience will be open to all ages from 12:00-6:00pm each day of the festival in the lobby of the Diana Wortham Theatre. The community is invited to explore the sonic universe and learn about the fundamentals of synthesis through hands-on interaction with a range of incredible electronic musical instruments. Marc Doty, Education Specialist for the Bob Moog Foundation and highly esteemed synth demonstrator with over 5 million views on YouTube, will be present throughout the festival to guide attendees through the Interactive Sonic Experience.

New to this year’s set-up will be Boulder-based electronic musician and performer Mark Mosher who will be bringing his multi-player “9 Box” to Dr. Bob’s Interactive Sonic Experience. 
Part collaborative instrument, part interactive installation – the 9 Box allows up to four casual players to instantly make music and shape sound using smart wireless sensor cubes called AudioCubes made by California-based Percussa. In addition to being a source of musical inspiration, the 9 Box and AudioCubes are becoming popular as a teaching solution in STEM schools.

Diana Wortham Theatre
2 N Pack Square
Asheville, NC 28801

More on the 9 Box at


How to use Max for Live LFO MIDI Device to Add Drift to Ableton Analog


I’m starting a new category called M4L Essentials where I can offer ideas on how to use the devices included with Live 9 Studio to turn Live itself into more of a modular synth. These M4L devices can help you overcome the lack of built-in mod matrixes in many of the Live instruments. This will also help you get more mileage out  of the instruments you’ve already invested in with Live Studio.

Adding “Drift” to Ableton Analog


To illustrate this idea, lets look at an example on how to add a slight pitch “drift” to Ableton Analog to make it sound – well a little more like a cranky analog synth.While Ableton Analog has an LFO you can use for pitch, it's not as sophisticated as the M4L LFO. So here we go.

  1. Drop LFO MIDI and Analog into a MIDI track
  2. Click “MAP” button  in LFO MIDI then click “Detune” in Analog.
  3. In LFO MIDI Take rate to a low setting as we want drift not vibrato here
  4. Add some depth
  5. Turn up “Jitter” to add some variability so the pitch drift is more organic
  6. Turn up “Smooth” a bit to smooth out the jitter

Experiment with depth settings to suite your project.


Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO

Elektron Releases Octatrack OS 1.25B


Elektron has released OS 1.25B.

Octatrack OS 1.25b introduces small usability tweaks and squashes a few bugs. Read more and download from the Octatrack Downloads page.

According to the readme file in the zip file here is what’s new.

List of changes from Octatrack DPS-1 OS 1.25 to 1.25B

Holding [FUNCTION], snap functionality has been added to the Amp, Effects 1 and Effects 2 settings page parameters.

Bug fixes

Retrig of samples when SLIC was ON and LEN was TIME did not follow the LEN setting. Fixed.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO Videos on Ableton Push Will 1) Help you Decide if Push is Right for you 2) Shorten Your Learning Curve

I waited  to buy an Ableton Push until recently as I wanted the dust to settle a bit knowing there would be incremental updates. The 9.1 beta offered more Push features which piqued my interest. Of course before taking the plunge I went back and watched the Ableton videos on push and some user videos.

I then noticed had two video series on Push (fyi - I’m not affiliated with MacProVideo and don’t benefit from sales).

  1. Push 101 - Create & Perform With Push! 
  2. Push 201 - Jordan Rudess - Pushing The Limits! 

Taking the time to watch these gave me an understanding of Push’s features and workflow which contributed to me jumping in with Push. I’ll offer a mini-review of each series below and how they differ and overlap.

Subscription or Download?

First off I’m new to MacProVideo and thought I’d share some notes on their delivery model. The Subscription allows you to get access to their entire library for a month. The iPad app is quite good and lets you stream if you are subscribed. If you want to watch videos offline (like while flying on a plane without WiFi, you’ll want to go the download route. You’ll want download if you think you’ll refer to the videos after your subscription has expired.

I went with the “Subscribe” model for these videos. I know Live quite well and knew I’d watch them, take notes, and probably not return to them after a month. The other reason I went with Subscribe model was to save a bit of money as I knew I’d be watching more than one video series.

Note: These videos aren't just for Mac users. They run fine on Windows and are applications specific. I had a little trouble with the video player on the latest version of Firefox, but chrome worked fine.

Push 101 - Create & Perform With Push!


This course is a great tour and how-to style series. The presenter does a good job taking you through all the main features of push step-by-step.There are lots of close-ups of the the Push display giving a good view of the user experience.

Just taking the time to go through this course will give a true sense of what Push is about as a creative tool. Little time is spent on using Push as a performance tool and “User” mode is only mentioned in passing.

All this being said, this series will really help you with your buying decision if your not sure what Push does.

Here is sample video on “Hot Swapping Drum Sounds”

More on this course here including links to more sample videos, and a course outline see

Push 201 - Jordan Rudess - Pushing The Limits!


While there is a little overlap with the previous mentioned series this course is much less of a “how-to” series and much more about “what” you can do with Push creatively. More time is spent on expressing ideas musically using the note mode and user scales. For example, Jordan takes more time to talk about things like how scales change their function when you toggle “Fixed In Key” parameter. So in the end this videos will inspire you to dig deeper into keys and modes.

Here is a sample video of “Exploring Chords”.

More on this course here including links to more sample  videos, course outline see


While they overlap a little, these videos are mostly complimentary in nature. Just watching these before hand shortened my learning curve once I got the unit. Now that I have the Push I’m going through them one more time as a review. So for me the $25 for a month pass for both these video was a great value.

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If you go the month pass route, here is another series worth a look once you finish the Push videos – Maschine Virtuosity by Jeremy Ellis - While he uses Maschine in the video, the real focus of the series is his technique and how he maps instruments to pads. In other words, a lot of what is in this series could be translated to any pad controller.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician | Composer | Sound Designer | Performer
Boulder, CO