30 episodes

Electronic & Experimental Music by Synthesist Mark Mosher

Sonic Encounters: An Original Music Podcast by Synthesist Mark Mosher Mark Mosher (NewEcho)

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Electronic & Experimental Music by Synthesist Mark Mosher

    S04-E01: A Brave Attempt to Plod Along Unnoticed

    S04-E01: A Brave Attempt to Plod Along Unnoticed

    An experimental piece re-purposing improvised phrases and motifs with more classical instrumentation as "musical objects" which I further manipulate in a 2nd improvisational pass.

    • 4 min
    Announcements: Sonic Encounters Volume 03 Album Now Available and Season 04 is On the Way

    Announcements: Sonic Encounters Volume 03 Album Now Available and Season 04 is On the Way

    Sonic Encounters Season 03 has come to an end which means the album containing the songs from this season is now available on Bandcamp here https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/sonic-encounters-volume-03.

    Bandcamp is waiving artist fees on Friday September 4th so it's a great time to buy songs and albums on Bandcamp to support your favorite artists.

    Note background song in this announcement is track 6 on the new album "Shimmering Light from the Time Mirror ".

    Thanks again for listening and tell your friends.

    • 1 min
    S03-E07: The Mysterious Shortwaves That Haunt Our Airwaves

    S03-E07: The Mysterious Shortwaves That Haunt Our Airwaves

    Composer's Notes:
    Music Concrete improvisation performed on Push 2 using mysterious shortwave radio signals from the cold war era.

    Producer's Notes:
    Samples are manipulated and performed as musical objects using Ableton Simpler, and Granulator II.

    Credits:
    Music Copyright 2020 Mark

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    • 4 min
    SO3-E06: Shimmering Light from the Time Mirror

    SO3-E06: Shimmering Light from the Time Mirror

    Story:
    A dreamy cinematic ambient song to accompany your time mirror viewing sessions.

    Composer's Notes:
    This song was inspired by sci-fi movies, tv series, and books that explore peering into the multiverse and time-travel. The title was inspired by the Outer Limits episode "Demon with the Glass Hand".

    Producer's Notes:
    This song was produced in three sessions:

    Session 1: I composed 4 layers off-grid varying  between even and odd bar lengths ranging from 4-9 bars performing on Ableton Push 2. The interplay of these even and odd lengths results in melodies and motifs that round-robin in interesting ways and often result in call and response. I improvised a lead melody line with all these layers in motion performing on keys. You hear this melody in the final piece starting around 1m9s. The notes in the bell sound throughout are triggered using varying levels of probabilities to add variety throughout the piece.

    Session 2: I did a real-time mix down and arrangement session using Ableton Push 2 to perform with these "musical objects" to turn them into this song.

    Session 3: I did a mastering session doing some lite editing of all the automation for synth parameters and volumes. I added and additional automation envelope to the bells layer at the end of the piece to introduce increasing pitch randomization to the granular synth engine to cause the bells to drift to become more dissonant.

    Credits:
    Music Copyright 2020 Mark

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    • 3 min
    S03-E05: Ghosts of Time and Space

    S03-E05: Ghosts of Time and Space

    Composer's Notes:
    Things have changed and now we're all ghosts of the time and space that we once knew. Here is a song about it it as a new Sonic Encounters episode featuring the track "Ghosts of Time and Space"

    Producer's Notes:
    This was improvised on Ableton Live 10 with Push 2. While I mostly do my own sound design I've been enjoying using libraries from others to introduce pleasant surprises ("chance operations") into some of my improvisational pieces. All the source samples are from the Ghosts sound pack which I bought from my friend and independent New Zealand based sound designer Greg Cole (aka Empty Vessel https://store.emptyvessel.co.nz/ ). This was originally released as a samples and presets for the TAL sampler, but I brought these into Ableton (notes on this below). Greg takes such great care in producing and mastering his source samples I'm happy to report he also just provided these samples as a stand-alone WAV editon here https://store.emptyvessel.co.nz/p/cl3h5w/.

    The cover art for this episode is based on a photo I took at the Cafe Campana at Musee d'Orsay Museum in Paris in 2018.

    Video:
    A video of this recording session is available on on YouTube https://youtu.be/gu8xJfs4J64.

    Credits:
    Music, Photo, and Cover Copyright 2020 Mark

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    • 5 min
    S03-E04: Communing With Ancients Through My Gossamer Threads

    S03-E04: Communing With Ancients Through My Gossamer Threads

    Composer's Notes:
    Inspired by a photo of a gossamer web taken with a macro lens in my front yard, I wrote a song about a spider. Be the spider.

    Producer's Notes;
    I used FM, analog modeled, and granular synthesis. I incorporated a field recording from of a drunk crowd singing in an underground tunnel on the way to the next train out in the London Tube at 1 AM on New Years 2018.

    Credits:
    Music and Cover Copyright 2020 Mark

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    • 3 min

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Goosebumps and Deep Breaths

I'm trying to restrain myself in writing this review as it'd be easy to come off sounding a bit hyperbolic... But these rich soundscape "stories" sincerely do thrill my senses...
The concept for Sonic Encounters (so far, and in my interpretation) is this... You read a short text (sometimes the title is enough) on the premise of the "story" before listening. Then you listen to a purely sonic piece of field recording morphed with music, electronic manipulation, and performance, and you're immediately transported via your own imagination's 3D projection of his premise. Mark's become a consummate sound artist. He creates powerful imagery and elicits surprisingly keen emotional response from the listener without being heavy-handed. His economy and value in precision is proof of his skill.
My favorite story so far is "Metamorphosis Under the Chatham Light". I get chills just thinking about it. My very close second is "And What Do Trees Hear When the Wind Blows". Read each premise before you listen. Or not. No matter, the pieces will creep into your consciousness and take up residence.

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