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Music Monday: New Album "Immeasurable" by onewayness (Adam Holquist) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner)

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Here is a cool brand new collaborative release called Immeasurable by two great electro-music artists and friends onewayness (Adam Holquist) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner).

You can listen/buy the album from Bandcamp http://mcsdnetlabel.com/album/immeasureable.

Immeasurable is the second full-length collaboration from onewayness (Adam Holquist / Erie, PA) and dRachEmUsiK (Charles Shriner / Indianapolis, IN), following 2012’s critically acclaimed The Sound of Thunder, which Star’s End Ambient Radio named as one of their Significant Releases of 2013.
Immeasurable is a long-form piece in four movements, based on the brahmavihāras (the “four immeasurables”), a series of four Buddhist virtues and the meditation practices made to cultivate them.  Metta – Loving Kindness, the wish that all sentient beings, without any exception, be happy; Karuna – Compassion, the wish for all sentient beings to be free from suffering; Mudita – Empathetic Joy, the attitude of rejoicing in the happiness and virtues of all sentient beings; Upekkha – Equanimity, the attitude of not distinguishing between friend, enemy or stranger, but regarding every sentient being as equal.


The piece combines deep drones and ambience, percussive and dub elements, and analog warmth from acoustic guitars, bowed strings, vintage electric piano, voice, and shruthi box, to build an ambient, pulsing, sparkling and joyful whole.

credits

released 29 March 2014
onewayness is Adam Holquist: electric & acoustic guitars, upright & fretless basses, wurlitzer 200, make noise shared system, marsynth wsb-b, soft synths, voice, effects
dRachemUsiK is Charles Shriner: marsynth morris box, msmb2 & wsb-a, ewi, shruthi box, wurlitzer 200, soft synths, programming, voice, effects
Recorded, Mixed & Mastered February 2014 at MCSD Studio by Charles Shriner with Adam Holquist
www.charlesshriner.com
www.onewayness.com
Copyright 2014 Adam Holquist, Charles Shriner. Naked Face Publishing ASCAP
Creative Commons Licensed CC-BY-NC

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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

<<< Checkout my new album Fear Cannot Save Us


Rob Papen Blue-II Intro Video

 

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Rob Papen has released Blue II.

  • BLUE-II: Euro 149-- | USD 179
  • Upgrade from BLUE to BLUE-II: Euro 44-- | USD 49--
  • PC: 32 & 64 bits VST/AAX for: Vista / Windows 7 / Windows 8

In Blue-II they go beyond FM synthesis to what Rob Papen calls ‘Cross-fusion synthesis’.

Today BLUE-II remains true to that ethos with even more sound dimensions and features to its extended name, starting with six oscillators beating at its musically creative heart. These can be connected in various ways, together with two analogue-style modelled stereo filters with 27 different filter types, an enormous range of processing and modulation options, sequencer, and an incredibly powerful arpeggiator. A new range of specially selected waveforms based on samples have been meticulously fashioned for creating new and fresh-sounding synth sounds, so don’t go expecting acoustic pianos galore here. However, since choirs and strings are an excellent basis for so many synth sounds BLUE-II has them in abundance — with much more besides!

Moreover, BLUE-II takes the useful XY pad features from its popular virtual instrument sibling Blade — a cutting-edge additive synthesis powerhouse with a human touch — and transplants them into its own equally extraordinary workflow… perfect for time-based sound movements and vector pad-type sounds. Complemented by four top-quality FX processors, each offering 35 FX types, BLUE-II is a phenomenally powerful virtual instrument to behold.

I contributed to some of the factory presets in Blade (see this post http://www.modulatethis.com/2012/03/rob-papens-blade-synthesizer-now-available.html) and really loved the XY pad so it’s great to see this make it to Blue-II.

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All these new features with Blue's 6 oscillators really opens up the sonic range and sound design possibilities. Here is a an intro video to help you wrap your head around this release.

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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

<<< Checkout my new album Fear Cannot Save Us
#cinematic #scifi #electronica

 

 


Kraftwerk 2014 Tour

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Kraftwerk is on their 2014 tour. Check out this L.A. Times article on their current run at the Walt Disney Concert Hall. There are already fan videos popping up on YouTube from this leg of the tour.

I got to see the band in 2008 in Denver and it was really great - so if you can manage to get a ticket I recommend the show :^)

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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

<<< Checkout my new album Fear Cannot Save Us
#cinematic #scifi #electronica


Art + Music + Technology: Podcast 023: Mark Mosher

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Last Friday was such a great day! I not only released my album Fear Cannot Save Us, but Darwin Grosse stopped by to interview me for his podcast Art + Music + Technology. I’m such a huge fan of the podcast so it was an incredible honor to be interviewed.

Checkout the episode here http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/podcast-023-mark-mosher where I offer behind-the-scenes details on the creation of the album.

See all the episodes so far here http://artmusictech.libsyn.com/. You can also Subscribe to Darwin’s podcast  in iTunes.

A quick update on the album. While Bandcamp is a great place to get the album (best value + you get a 10 page digital booklet), I’ve also made it available on iTunes, Amazon, and CDBaby. It’s also on most other services – just search for “Mark Mosher”.

If your enjoying the album and want to recommend it to your friends, I’ve setup an easy to remember URL which points to bandcamp – www.FearCannotSaveUs.com.

Thanks again to all those who bought the album so far!

Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


NI Absynth Tutorial "Master The Sample Jump Mode" by @absynth_tuts

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I used the heck out of Absynth in my new album. There are some hidden gems in it’s deep feature set. Here is one of may inspiring videos by www.absynthtutorials.com on a feature you might have missed  - sample jump mode.

http://youtu.be/IKQX3Il3-wc

Did you know about the sample jump function? It is a great way to slice samples in Absynth!


Sample Jump is a type of envelope you choose in Absynth after you have loaded a sample in the oscillator module.

It allows you to select different parts of the sample in each segment of the envelope, this way you can create a sample that jump from one section to the other, really interesting for all kinds of loops.

In this example I loaded a Kanye West vocal loop to slice up all the words and phrases, depending on how much time I want to spend with this I can completely change the order of every word and syllable.

They key here is randomness, because doing random stuff inside synthesizers always gives the best results, especially when you know a little bit about what you are doing.
For this lesson I tried to keep everything fairly simple, but you can completely go crazy and use 3 oscillators with 3 different loops and alter between different parts of the samples.

After that you can use filters with new envelopes to create more rhythm or simple use the filters as a mixing tool.

The sky is the limit here, you can even load a whole song in the sample oscillator!
A good thing to do beforehand is checking the BPM of the loop, this can save you a lot of time later on.

If it's not the same tempo as your project you can either change the tempo of the loopby time stretching it, or you can change your project tempo.

Your in for a treat, have fun with this!

- Jorgalad

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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

<<< Checkout my new album Fear Cannot Save Us
#cinematic #scifi #electronica


Photos from Boulder Synthesizer Meetup's Polyphonic Petting Zoo

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If you live in the Denver/Boulder area, or will be visiting on a 2nd Tuesday, swing by the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup (http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesize). I’ve been hosting the event for almost 2 years and we have a different theme each month. Our recent meetup in March was a Polyphonic Petting Zoo. Check out the Photos http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup/photos/20688152/#342787482.

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Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com

<<< Checkout my new album Fear Cannot Save Us 
#cinematic #scifi #electronica


3 Years in the Making New Album "Fear Cannot Save Us" Has Released #cinematic #scifi #electronica #darkambient

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I’m very happy to announce my new album Fear Cannot Save Us is now available on Bandcamp. It will be available on other outlets soon, but bandcamp edition is the best value and also contains a 10 page digital booklet with liner notes and photos.

Here is the link http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/fear-cannot-save-us .

This is album #3 in a series of alien invasion concept albums containing original cinematic electronica, dark ambient, and experimental tracks. This third album, released in 2014, tells the story of the transformation of a human to an alien hybrid being. The album takes you through our hero’s journey as they rapidly coevolve and become self-aware and aware of their mission for revolution. Assuming evolution does not imply direction, could the change benefit mankind?

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On another level this album is also allegorical. It’s about tolerance for people who seem different and strange to us. It’s also about people accepting change in themselves. On a third level, the album and the series are a nod to my love for classic Sci-fi films

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The albums in this series are orchestrated with classic and contemporary synth sounds and loaded with sound design “ear candy” for synth and Sci-fi fans looking for a soundtrack experience for an epic movie yet to be filmed. If you listen to the tracks in album order, the story unfolds, and the titles of the songs give away the basic plot of each scene, but it’s left up to you - the listener - to fill in the story details. Each song was written to stand on its own as well. The dynamic arrangements and production will reward you for listening with high-quality headphones, stereo systems, or home theater systems.

Bringing this album to life is the culmination of over three years of work. This work included going deep and studying the sound design possibilities of a small number of monster digital synthesizers such as Absynth, Zebra, and ElectraX, as well as circuit-modelled analog synthesizers such as ACE and Saurus. To give the album an organic feel and sense of place, I manipulated my field recordings using Ableton Sampler. I also worked to find ways to “see through the eyes” of great guitarists, not to emulate guitar tone per se, but to instead apply concepts like non-linear distortion and wave shaping within feedback circuits to add more dynamics, emotion and expression to my sounds and performances. I hope you enjoy the sonic detail and emotion that will emerge and evolve with multiple listens.

Make sure you check out the other entries in the series here markmosher.bandcamp.com. Album #1 - “Reboot” tells the tale of the original alien invasion from the human point of view. Album #2 – “I Hear Your Signals” – tells the same story but from the alien point of view with inverted emotional curves.

Thanks

Many thanks to my wife and family, friends, fellow independent artists who have helped and inspired me (including the Electro-Music, Boulder Synthesizer Meetup, and Ableton User Group communities) , the software designers and instrument builders that make the tools I use every day, fellow bloggers and listeners who have supported my art throughout the years. Here’s to the next sonic journey and making the world a better place through art.

Cheers,


Mark Mosher
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com