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Videos on The Making of Robbie Bronnimann's Upcoming Album "Rotations"

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Robbie Bronnimann dropped me an email recently letting me know about a very cool series of videos he’s posting over at Sonic State.

First off, if you're not familiar with Robbie’s work, he’s a London-based composer and producer. He also has released music under the name dba with vocalist Shaz Sparks and acted as a writer/producer The Sugababes. He has also collaborated and produced the last few Howard Jones albums and has also toured with Howard (see this Modulate This Post on their Australian Tour).

Now Robbie is working on his own solo album project called Rotations and is shooting video along the way. The videos are great and show a behind-the-scenes view of how a seasoned producer works. I recommend you watch them all as Robbie does a great job explaining his studio and technology - and more importantly goes beyond technology and talks a lot about the creative process.

I’ve embedded the first 5 videos below to get you started. This is a work in progress so you’ll want to bookmark http://www.sonicstate.com/news/studiolog (Note they are posted in reverse date order). My favorite is Video 5 where he brings in Shaz Sparks and his 5 year old daughter  to record vocals. He then build’s up tracks using elements of their voices.

I'm really looking forward to Rotations!

Video 1: Robbie Bronnimanns Journey


Video 2: The Journey Begins

Video 3: Samples, Hits, and out of RAM

Video 3: Sound processing, recording the box

 

Video 4: Granular hits and transitions, DSI Evolver action  

Video 5: Recording Vocals

Links:

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com


Mark Mosher Appearing at the Electro-Music Festival 2010 in New York September 10

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One month from today I'll be appearing at this year's Electro-Music 2010 Festival. I'll be performing the new album I Hear Your Signals live, plus giving a one hour talk on "Spatial, Visual, and Matrix Controlerism with Ableton Live".

Schedule for  September 10th.

  • 5:00-6:00 pm - Spatial, Visual, and Matrix Controllerism with Ableton Live
  • 10-10:30 pm Concert where I’ll be performing songs form “I Hear Your Signals”
Here is the full Friday schedule for all events.

If you’ve not heard about this event, check it out here – looks an awesome weekend - http://event.electro-music.com/. Drop me an email if your going to be there so we can meet up.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


:I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS" Announcement, Download Links, Fun Facts, Listening tips

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After eight months of work, I'm  very excited to announce that my latest album I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS is now available as a digital download.

LISTEN/DOWNLOAD/BUY

  1. BandCamp - available “name your price”. To download for FREE click the “Buy Now” Button and enter $0. I recommend downloading the album from here as you'll get a 4-panel digital booklet containing original photos and art and liner notes.
  2. I iTunes

  3. Amazon MP3
  4. ReverbNation

FUN FACTS

  1. The album contains 8 original songs composed and produced completely in the digital realm using state-of-the-art virtual synthesizers. Even the Theremin analog signal was converted back to digital so it could be used to drive virtual instruments.
  2. The album was composed and produced entirely on a laptop using Ableton Live 8 running Windows 7.
  3. The album was composed an arranged for live performance and was created using keyboards, matrix controllers, the exotic Theremin, and unique visual and tangible controllers such as the Tenori-On and Percussa AudioCubes. So, while I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS is a “studio album”, I rehearsed and could perform all the songs live prior to recording. For many songs, I recorded lead synth elements live in one pass (after rehearsing for many weeks). This gives the album a more live/ “jam-like” feel than my previous album. It also makes these songs great for live performance.
  4. A few songs like “Control Zone” are quite experimental and the notes and modulation of synth parameters was achieved with hand and finger movement in space and I never touched a physical key or button during recording.
  5. Some songs on the album are a retelling of some of the songs on REBOOT, but from a very different point of view. For example, “When Connected” is the same “story” as  REBOOT’s “Infected” but as viewed from the opposite point of view.
  6. While the songs are copyrighted, I’m making them available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 3.0 License so you podcasters, bloggers, and hobbyists can safely use the music in your productions as long as you offer an attribution. Drop me an email if you use a track so I can check out your work.
  7. The images in the digital booklet/liner notes are all original and based on photographs taken by me and my children. I did the graphic design work.

LISTENING TIPS

  1. Both the REBOOT and I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS are albums in the sense that the songs played in sequence tell a story. If you can spare the time, spin them the albums at least once in one sitting.
  2. If you don’t have time to listen to the whole album try and eke out 5 minutes and listen to each track without skipping. These are instrumental compositions and not dance floor tracks so they have a beginning, middle and end:^).
  3. A lot of work went into the mix and there are dynamics, sounds, positioning of sounds you’ll miss on computer speakers. So listen with with some nice headphones or on a nice system with a sub-woofer.

I hope you’ve found this information more entertaining and fun than a stuffy old press release.  Drop me an email or leave comments on this post and let me know which songs you like best!

Thanks again for your support and please tell your friends about I HEAR YOUR SIGNALS.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


DEVO VIDEO - Industry Insight and Awesome Behind-The-Scenes Tour

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Shockhound.com just posted two awesome video interviews with DEVO. I’m sharing yet another DEVO related post because I think even if your not a DEVO fan you’ll find their perspective on music and the music industry of interest. In the first video, Jerry also relates a first person account of the Kent State massacre. The second video offers a tour of their studio including a discussion of some of the circuit bent toys used on their new album.

If you are a DEVO fan, you’ll really dig these two videos as you’ll get to see Mark and Jerry portrayed in a more conversational light than many of the DEVO “propaganda” vids (don't get me wrong, I love DEVO propaganda).

Video 1

Video 2

Mark Mosher
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com


DEVO's New Album "Something For Everybody" Has Relased Along with a new Reality Video Series

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Hi Spuds,

DEVO’s first album in 20 years “Something for Everybody” dropped today. I just bought the deluxe edition :^). Checkout the live listening party for 20 cats http://www.ustream.tv/devo?loc=interstitialskip

One of my favorite things about DEVO is how they blend social commentary into their art – and of course their heave use of synths! I’ve really been enjoying their current angle which is commentary on consumerism, big corporations, and mega marketing. I think it’s awesome that they went back to Warner Bros. for this release and got them in on the satire.

Here is a brand new video and Episode 1 of of a 5 episode tongue-in-cheek we reality series they just kicked off today - DEVO Makes Something For Everybody - Episode 1. They’ll post new episodes on upcoming Tuesdays.

They’ll also be appearing on the Colbert Report on June 16th.

Lastly, DEVO is starting a big tour to spread the word about devolution.

Duty Now Spuds!

More on DEVO at http://www.clubdevo.com.

Mark Mosher
www.MarkMosherMusic.com
www.ModulateThis.com


Reznor's New Project How To Destroy Angels: New Video + Free Digtal EP

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Trent Reznor’s new project is a band called How to Destory Angels. Also in the band are Trent’s wife Mariqueen Maandig, Atticus Ross with Rob Sheridan as the group's art director. A new EP will be released June 1st. You can pre-order it for free now by using embedded the box below or by visiting this page.
 
 
You can also checkout the creepy HD video of the new single “The Space Between”. Watch embedded video.
 

More at - http://howtodestroyangels.com/.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

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Mark Mothersbaugh Interviewed at the 2010 BMI Film/TV Music Awards

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Mark Mothersbaugh on recent Film, TV, and DEVO projects with a BMI plug at the end.

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

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