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

Immeasurable

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

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Music Monday: Rick Reid "Moon Cheese and Other Delights" Featuring Theremin

The 2013 release, "Moon Cheese and Other Delights"

Rick Reid is an composer and performer of original and experimental electronic music and sound effects from Denver Colorado and a member of the Boulder Synthesizer Meetup. Rick is also a thereminist. He’s just released a new album called Cheese and Other Delights which is now available for streaming and mp3 download from most major on-line music retailers.

The album features several tracks Rick recorded between 2009 and 2012, including music commissioned for the web video series Lucha Libre: El Tecolote vs. the Body Thief from Dimension X, and for the world premiere production of the stage play Comfort in the Arms of the Damned.

Available at: Amazon.com - Amazon.es - Amazon.co.uk - Amazon.de - Amazon.fr - Amazon.co.jpeMusic.com - Google Play - iTunes - MySpace.com - Rhapsody.com - Zonga.ro.

Check out Rick’s web site here - http://www.rickreid.com/

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Mark Mosher
Synthesist, Composer, Performer
Boulder, CO
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Music Monday: The Sound of Thunder by onewayness + dRachEmUsiK

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Onewayness (aka Adam Holquist ) and dRachEmUsiK (aka Charles Shriner) have collaborated on a wonderful new ambient drone album called The Sound of Thunder. I highly recommend buying it to get the high-rez download version at bandcamp for $6 (or more), or ordering the CD version here.

The Sound of Thunder was inspired by the final movement of T.S. Eliot's 'The Waste Land', 'What the Thunder Said'; and also by the Brihadaranyaka Upanishad, from which it draws heavily. Each movement is based on one of the four concepts from the Upanishad, as used by Eliot: Datta (Charity), Dayadhvam (Mercy), Damyata (Restraint), and Shantih (Peace). With the exception of Peace, which we have allowed to stand alone, the movements are intended to represent the conflict and resolution between these virtues and the 'undesirable' qualities that they are meant to keep in check.

credits

released 01 November 2012
onewayness is Adam Holquist:
SK-1, Marsynth WSB-a, lap steel, soft synths, voice, effects
dRachEmUsiK is Charles Shriner:
Marsynth Morris Box, EWI, soft synths, programming, samples, effects
Recorded October 2012 at MCSD Studio by Charles Shriner with Adam Holquist
Spoken text is from 'The Waste Land' by T.S. Eliot, read by Michael Dalling, and appears courtesy of librivox.org.
Professional shout-outs are humbly offered to the following: Joo Won Park, Damon Mar / Marsynth, AudioDamage, Kevin Schlei / Bit Shape Software

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SYNTHESIST MARK MOSHER, Boulder, CO 
Artist Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Show your Support with an Album buy: http://markmosher.bandcamp.com/
Synth Geek Blog: www.ModulateThis.com
Local Meetup: http://www.meetup.com/The-Boulder-Synthesizer-Meetup/


Music Monday: An Interview with Kent Barton (aka SEVEN7HWAVE) on His New Concept Album “CYBERIA”

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Denver artist Kent Barton (aka SEVEN7HWAVE) just released a new concept album called CYBERIA. I met first met Kent at the Ableton Colorado User Group a few years back when he was just starting down the path to create this album so I thought it would be interesting to hear about his creative process.  Oh, and Kent is also a member member of the new Boulder Synthesizer Meetup.

First I’ll offer some links to the album, then the interview followed by Kent’s social links. Kent is offering this new album ”name your price” over on bandcamp and as always I encourage a buy to show your support.

CYBERIA Album

Hong Kong: 2050 A.D. You're about to inject a dose of mind-altering nanobots. This is the soundtrack to your trip.

Concept and Production: Kent Barton
Mastering: Tarekith at Inner Portal Studio
Vocals on Brain Zaps: Brittany Patterson
Field Recordings on No Passengers, Kowloon Bay, and Brain Zaps: swuing
Field Recording on 0100000101001001: James Tobin
Muse: Brittany Patterson
Creative Inspiration: Mark Mosher, Marc Wei, Matt Stampfle, and the Denver Ableton User Group

Interview with Kent Barton

Mark: Tell us a little bit about your musical background. What instruments do you play and how did you first get interested in electronic music?

Kent: I had some formal classical training on the violin as a child. Even though I got tired of the instrument by middle school, it did a good job of wiring my brain for music. Fast-forward to the start of college, and I decided to pick up the guitar to emulate my metal heroes. That was my introduction to the world of songwriting, bands, live shows, and the search for the perfect tone.

Back around 2004, I discovered the Trance station on Shoutcast (!). A year or two later I got my first proper introduction to electronic music, clubs, and raves, with artists like Ferry Corsten, Junkie XL, and Infected Mushroom. Eventually my waning interest in playing intricate guitar riffs was replaced by a newfound lust for producing music.

Mark: What inspired you to create an album about “mind altering nanobots” in 2050 A.D.?

Kent: I’ve always been a sci-fi freak with part of my brain permanently lodged in the future. Blade Runner was an obvious inspiration here, along with the cyberpunk movement. But it’s also a commentary on where we are today, and where we could be headed. Technology is a double-edged sword; it can liberate us or imprison us. The internet connects us all, but it’s also a giant Big Brother machine. These two opposing forces will be even more important in the future, as computers get smaller, faster, and implanted into our bodies.

Creatively, I was inspired by Reboot and I Hear Your Signals (editor’s note – I did not bribe Kent to say this :^) ). The idea of a badass album telling a story has been around for a long time (Operation: Mindcrime, I’m looking in your direction), but it never dawned on me to use the same technique for electronica until hearing these two albums.
 
Mark: What role did Ableton Live played in your creative and production process?

Kent: Occasionally I’d go lo-fi and hammer out a melody or chord progression on my guitar. But other than that, Ableton was the centerpiece of everything, from sketching out ideas to recording to arrangement to mixing. People keep bitching about when Live 9 is coming out. I honestly don’t care; the current version is powerful enough to do everything I want to do.
 
Mark: What were your go-to synthesizers for this project and what is it you like about them?

Kent: My mainstays were…

Sylenth1: When I think bass, I think old-school West Coast hip-hop smooth-ass warm sub. That’s what I was aiming for, and Sylenth delivered. I also used it for the pad sound on “Vimanas,” which was my obligatory nod to Vangelis.

Peach: This freeware, from Tweakbench, had exactly the chiptune sound I wanted for this album. Pure NES awesomeness…and it sounds even better with some spatial FX slathered on.

Plogue Chipsounds: I re-sampled Chipsounds for a lot of FX, as well as the main bleep lead on 0100000101001001. It’s an 8-bit emulation powerhouse.

Mark: There is a consistent palette throughout the album which helps give listeners a sense of the “universe” the story takes place in.  Did you have a sense of the palette from the beginning, or did this evolve as the production progressed?

Kent: Early on, I stumbled across a collection of incredible field recordings someone made while traveling in Hong Kong. This inspired the setting of the album. As I was writing, these served as the “glue” between each track. I also started with a simple equation that I thought might yield awesome results: Chiptune + Strings + Guitar – fusing the organic and electronic. But as the album evolved, I found myself downplaying the guitar element and bringing in more synth.
 
Mark: I love how you modulated the arpeggiator speeds in “No Passengers” and also changed the glitch speeds in “Brain Zaps”. Did you record real-time automation for this or use automation envelopes?

Kent:  The changing arp speed on “No Passengers” was recorded in one pass. I like to limit myself to one or two takes to capture the moment and avoid endless tweaking. “Brain Zaps” was one of those cases where I forget to connect a controller when I’m arranging a track. Rather than stop the workflow, I’ll just draw in the glitches by hand.
 
Mark: How do you feel composing against a story line helped you keep the project moving to completion?

Kent: Having a storyline was incredibly helpful. It created a common thread throughout the songs, and added visual elements to the creative process. Sometimes I felt like a movie director, rather than a producer. Creating an environment and living in it was also a huge help – especially when I was stuck and didn’t know where to go next.

I can’t recommend this enough. If you’re a producer looking for inspiration that can drive an entire collection of songs, try thinking of a story to tell. You don’t need a deep plot or characters. Just a simple concept is enough to fuel that creative spark.

Mark: What is your next musical project?

Kent: I’m working with an incredible animator/visual artist on a video for “No Passengers.” I’ll be releasing that shortly.

I freak out if I’m not writing, so I’m also cobbling together the building blocks for my next album. I feel like I’ve found my own sound with Cyberia, Now I’m excited to evolve it and take it in new directions.

Links for SEVEN7HWAVE

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


#MusicMonday: New Ultravox Album "Brilliant" Featuring 80s Lineup

I can clearly remember the first time I heard an Ultravox song. Back in the early 80's I was watching a cable show called “Radiovision” produced by a local radio station KILO (awesome call sign right?) in Colorado Springs. They were playing videos by bands like the Pretenders when all of the sudden the song “The Thin Wall” came on. I loved the song and the video and I was hooked and Ultravox became an influence.

Through the power of the interwebs, you can watch this very video right now :^)

Fast forward to 2012 and on May 28th Ultravox released their first new album since 1994 featuring the 80s lineup of Midge Ure, Billy Currie, Chris Cross and Warren Cann.

If you’re a fan, I think you’ll enjoy this release as the style an instrumentation of the songs are classic Ultravox with the band being at the top of their game.

The album is available on iTunes, Amazon… checkout Ultravox’s official store site for links. They are touring Europe in the fall and you can see their schedule here. I’m really hoping they add a US tour leg as I’ve never had the chance to see them live.

Mark Mosher
Electronic Musician, Boulder CO

www.ModulateThis.com
www.MarkMosherMusic.com


Music Monday: New Album by Fluorescent Echo - Glow (With Detailed Notes on My Remix of "Now is Now")

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In the late 80’s and earl 90’s while I was playing in the Head Full of Zombies in Colorado Springs, Fluorescent Echo was rocking the Boulder scene with synth pop. I never bumped into them back then but I did end up meeting Fluorescent Echo’s songwriter, programmer, producer and backup vocalist Heather Valey out on twitter. Now a sound designer in Austin TX, she and Denver-based members J. Forest Kelly (vox) , and Michael Smith (guitar) have reformed to release a brand new album called Glow.

There a 5 original synth driven songs followed by a cover of “Warm Leatherette” . The rest of the album is made up of 5 remixes of the original tracks. I was honored to have been included and remixed the song “Now is Now”. Listen to the original here, and my remix here.

You can buy the album here as a digital download (MP3, FLAC, AAC…) which includes lineR notes and scans of a lyrics notebook which is super cool. That same site has link if you’d also like a phyiscal CD.

Remix notes on “Now is Now”

I worked on the remix over a three week period in January. My notes are below:

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

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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

Kent // SEVEN7H WAVE

Download Now

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

Listen Now

 

Enjoy,

Mark Mosher
Electronic Music Artist, Boulder, CO
Official Web Site: www.MarkMosherMusic.com
Listen/Download Albums: www.MarkMosherMusic.com/music.html