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Video: May Roosevelt - Theremin - White Swan Solo, Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky


Thereminist May Roosevelt posted just posted this lovely video saying it was from “my sunday practice”.

May has released some fantastic musc such as the album "Haunted". Visit her site to learn more and to listen to and buy albums -

NI Absynth Tip: How to Set Channel Volume, Overall Preset Volume and Enable Automatic Channel Level Adjustment

There are many ways to control the volume of your presets in Absynth and many options are not on the same page. This being the case, I offer you a few tips with screen shots to help you wrap your head around overall volume adjustment technique in Absynth.

Controlling Channel Volume

First off, you can control the volume of each of the channels in the preset using the volume sliders ate the bottom of each channel while designing your sound.


Set Overall Preset Volume

When you have finished your sound, go to the “Perform” page. Then adjust “dB” value to set the overall volume of the preset relative to other presets in your library.


This setting is also handy a handy way to change the volume of presets in factory or third party library that are too loud or too soft for your taste.

 Automatic Channel Level Adjustment

You can also have Absynth automatically ajust the levels so that the sum of the tree audio signals of channels never exceeds 0 db.


To set this go to “File”>”Options”>”Genera” then select “Auto balance patch channels.


I only use this last method when I’m designing sounds that might have crazy volume or pitch transients to protect my ears and speakers. Once I’m satisfied with the overall patch, I turn this off and manually tune the volume per the “Controlling Channel Volume” section above to achieve more dynamic sounds.

Mark Mosher


Video of "New Heart Beating" Performed Live at Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival


In May I performed a set at the Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival. Here is a video of the song "New Heart Beating" from my new album Fear Cannot Save Us.

The album version of this song is available on:

This song was performed using Tenori-On as a MIDI controller and live sequencer driving racks for synths hosted in Ableton Live. The visuals are generated on-the-fly using live camera input as the only source with real-time visual FX.

Thanks to:

[project ruori] ( for close-up video footage
Paul A Vnuck Jr. for opening still photo
Greg and Hong Waltzer for hosting such a wonderful event
Edward B Siedzik for running sound
Anna E Siedzik-Torres for running lights

For more photos from this event check out this - Show Journal & Photos from Electro-Music Asheville 2014 Festival.

Mark Mosher

Waldorf Releases 1.22 Firmware for Blofeld Syntheiszer & Keyboard Firmware Update. Now Is the Time for Your Feedback + What's New + How to Install


Waldorf has just released Blofeld Firmare V 1.22 – and for owners of the keyboard edition – Blofeld Keyboard Controller Firmware 1.4. The update is free from

Please Test Now!


First off, three cheers for Waldorf for putting energy into a synth released way back in 2007! There is no change log in the firmware zip files and instead, Waldorf’s Kay Dee is communicating and taking input for this update via Waldorf Blofeld group on Facebook

It’s been a while since Waldorf worked on Blofeld and it may be a while before they circle back, so now is your chance to test and give feedback!

What’s New

One major reason to update is they are using software to correct for the issue of encoder twitchiness some users have reported. Kay Dee from Waldorf mentioned out on Facebook that if this update didn’t address your issues, you most likely have a hardware issue and should have your unit serviced. There is no change log in the firmware zip file, but I’ve gleaned the following from Kay’s Facebook posts:

  • Between the last official version and this version, there were sum interim betas. 1.2 introduced some bugs with gui (sine waveform went missing), phasing problem and jumping value when you turn volume knob. They are fixed.Other value optimization for knobs.
  • Sync lfo/arp fix. This was a major complaint with the last official version. I’ve not tested it, but early reports on Facebook indicate sync is much improved.
  • Fx fix
  • Encoder fix and some system fixes.
  • 1.18-> 1.2 fix now you can use two wavetables/samples at osc1+2 at the same time.
  • Firmware update/downgrade now possible
  • General system Optimization

Blofeld Keyboard Edition Update

  • Now you can play a single "Part" with the keys. Changing the Global MIDI channel will change the Part. Omni will play all parts at the same time, so you can use this for layer sounds.
  • Mod and pitch wheel will not send random value
  • Data transfer from keys to DSP optimized.

How to Install

Grab the firmware from Unzip the file and save the .mid files.  If you haven’t done so, download the Spectre app (Win/Mac) from

Run the Spectre app and plug in your Blofeld via USB.

  1. Make sure you set the Audio/MIDI options to select Blofeld
  2. Click the “Upgrade…” button and select each of the firmware .mid files to send the files to the Blofeld. Follow instructions on Blofeld.


So Far, So Good

I upgraded a few days ago. So far, so good.


Thanks Waldorf

Thanks to the Waldorf team for circling back and giving the Blofeld some love!


"Ode to Joy" on 167 Theremins Inside Matryoshka Dolls in Japan

Via Klimchack via OpenCulture via Mental_Foss – a wonderful video  of “Ode to Joy” played on 167 Theremins Inside Matryoshka Dolls in Japan.

Uploaded on Apr 29, 2011
Recorded at auditorium of Jiyugakuen Myonichikan in Tokyo on 22 Jan. 2011.
"Symphony No.9, Boogie" by Matryomin ensemble "Da" (167 players).
「100人のマトリョミン合奏」における167名からなるマトリョミンアンサンブル演­奏。2011年1月22日 自由学園明日館・講堂において収録。

Teaser Video for New Song "It Doesn't Have to Hate Us to Use Our Molecules" #CinematicElectronica


I’ve just uploaded a new video teaser for a new song called "It Doesn't Have To Hate Us To Use Our Molecules".


This song is inspired by the book "Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era".Our Final Invention: Artificial Intelligence and the End of the Human Era". In this must read non-fiction book, James Barrat ( | explains in clear terms the rise of artificial intelligence and it’s potential impact on mankind…

In as little as a decade, AI could match and then surpass human intelligence. Corporations and government agencies are pouring billions into achieving AI’s Holy Grail—human-level intelligence. Once AI has attained it, scientists argue, it will have survival drives much like our own. We may be forced to compete with a rival more cunning, more powerful, and more alien than we can imagine.

Through profiles of tech visionaries, industry watchdogs, and groundbreaking AI systems, Our Final Invention explores the perils of the heedless pursuit of advanced AI. Until now, human intelligence has had no rival. Can we coexist with beings whose intelligence dwarfs our own? And will they allow us to?

I’ll be releasing this and other songs inspired by the book in the future. Sign-up to email newsletter to get notified.

James Barrat Added Video to His Site

Shortly after releasing this video, James Barrat posted a link to it on his web site :^)

Music Production Notes
All synth elements are from the Nord Lead 4 being both played live and sequenced live via Octatrack. I make heavy use of trig-level automation to manipulate parameters on the Nord Lead via MIDI CC messages. I also sequenced real-time automation plus manipulate the Nord on-the-fly.

The Octatrack also acted as a mixer allowing me to record audio down to a Zoom H2n digital recorder in real-time in one-pass with no edits. Drums are samples sequenced within Octatrack.

Video Production Notes
I used a combination of practical projection with video feedback, real-time video effects via two webcams run through visual Software Resolume, and primary footage captured with a GoPro. I then composited all the shots in video editing software with only a teeny bit of  post-production to create this dark – almost old-school analog video processing vibe.

The computers in the video are there to process and capture video from the two web cams - plus are part of the shot as a story element and for side-lighting. One is being used to project a camera in real-time over my right shoulder. This same camera is also seeing the projection which causes video feedback.

This rig is quite snappy, so all the latency between the different versions of my image are intentional introduced with the video editing software to create tension.

Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Sound Designer, Producer
Boulder, CO