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November Events + Register Now for a Special Ableton Live 11 Event in December!

November Events

  • Tonight Nov 10th 7PM MST #98 Petting Zoo – Register on Zoom
  • Tuesday Nov 24th 7PM MST – #99 Topic and Zoom Link TBA

December Events

Big news!!! Ableton has announced Live 11 – woo hoo!!! And in other big news our Dec 8th meet will be our 100th event!!!

To celebrate I’m collaborating with member Serafin Sanchez (who is also an Ableton Brand Manager) to bring you a special event focusing on Live 11.

Instead of using Zoom, we’ll be streaming this event publicly to YouTube.

Registration for this free event will be via Eventbrite so we can communicate links and details as we get closer.

Please register here

Till then, click here to see what’s new in Live 11.

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#98 Online Petting Zoo Tuesday Nov 10th 7PM MDT

This event will be an online version of our popular Petting Zoo theme. 

Heads up – we’re moving to 2nd and 4th Tuesday‘s for November and December.

Format

Petting Zoo’s are a great way to show off your fav instrument, discover new gear, and connect with others who share a passion for a piece of gear or technology. 

During the meeting I’ll go around the virtual room spotlighting attendees so they can say a few words about their favorite instruments including hardware synths, drum machines, modules, virtual synths, or even historical instruments. If you have the instrument in your studio you can point a camera at it.

Alternatively, you can pop a link in the chat when it’s your turn and I’ll present info in a web browser as you talk.

You don’t have to present to participate. As we go along use the chat to talk with instrument owners on the main chat thread or 1-1.

Also we’re getting close to Black Friday so you could also mention gear you have for sale to help build funds for that next synth buy.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.


Donate

If you are in a position to donate to help support the meetup visit this page to make a secure donation https://rockymountainsynth.com/donate/.

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Mind Map Celebrating Horror & Sci-Fi Soundtracks with Synths + November Events Moving to Tuesday’s + Member Halloween Music

Mind Map

Happy Halloween!

Our Thursday meetup Celebrating Horror & Sci-Fi Soundtracks with Synths was super fun! Thanks to all who came out and a huge thanks to members Victoria Lundy and Chris Frain for jumping in to present.

Prior to the event we created a rather large interactive mind map from which we could present and play media. We only covered a subset of films on the map. Of course even though the map is large it only captures a fraction of the movies that feature synths.

Still, the map is a fun way to explore films and composers so I’ve published it publicly. You don’t need any sort of account to browse the map.

https://www.mindmeister.com/1674446674/mind-map-celebrating-horror-sci-fi-soundtracks-with-synths

A few tips on navigating the map are below.

If after your brows the map you have some suggestions for additions leave a comment on this blog post.

Mind Mapping Solutions

Someone on the meetup asked me which mind mapping solution I’m using. Mind mapping is a great way to plan creative projects such as album releases, studio reorgs and more.

My recommendation for web and mobile is Mindmeister. Tey have a free account that gives you 3 free maps. You can get a free account here https://www.mindmeister.com.

Full disclosure I’m an affiliate but I would recommend Mindmeister even if I was not. If you want to help me out a little you can sign up for a free account with the my affiliate link here https://www.mindmeister.com/?r=507

If you are looking for a desktop Mind Mapping solution I recommend Xmind.net.

I’ve used both solutions for over a decade.

Save the Date for November Meetups

I’m switching to 2nd and 4th Tuesdays for November events. Events are still in the works but save the dates for the Nov 10th and Nov 24th.

Halloween Music by Members

I wanted to mention that both Victoria and I have Halloween themed albums. I’ll provide links below. If you have an album that’s Halloween-ready, leave a comment on this blog post with links.

https://markmosher.bandcamp.com/album/no-ghosts-just-fear
https://victorialundy.bandcamp.com/

Happy Halloween!

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#97 Halloween Party & A Celebration of Synths in Horror & Sc-Fi Films and TV – Thursday October 29th, 7-9 PM MDT

Join us for a Halloween Party on Zoom. Costumes are encouraged but not required. BYOB of course 😉.

  • 7:00-7:15 – Welcome and Announcements
  • 7:15-8:00 – A Celebration of Synths in Horror & Sci-Fi Films and TV.  Victoria Lundy, Chris Frain and I will be taking you on a tour through synth-heavy musical themes from some classic horror & sci-fi films and tv shows. Along the way we’ll offer some “fun facts” about these scores to facilitate a group discussion.
  • 8:00-8:10 – Breakout Intros
  • 8:10-8:30 – Hang out on Zoom
  • 8:30-9:00 – After-meetup for those who still want to hang out

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

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Meetup Tonight + RMSM Spotify Playlist

Register for Tonight’s Event

First I just wanted to remind you of tonight’s (Wed Oct 14) at 7PM MDT. The event is #96 Fast prototyping (plugins) with Max for Live with a presentation by member Langdon C. Crawford.

https://rockymountainsynth.com/2020/10/11/96-fast-prototyping-plugins-with-max-for-live/

Langdon will present “a very quick demonstration making a max for live device from soup to nuts”.

Even if you don’t use Live I think you’ll find the topic of general interest just to see how it’s possible to use a visual programming environment to:

  • Quickly extend your tool set
  • Create a quick solution for something that is missing in your rig

Register for the meeting here.

If you want more details on this event look here “#96 Fast prototyping (plugins) with Max for Live – Wed Oct 14 7PM MDT“.

Spotify Playlist Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet

I’ve started creating Spotify playlists with music from RMSM members. It’s a great way to discover and enjoy some great tracks by members, feature RMSM and member’s work to a broader audience, as well as give a little boost to members who have their music on Spotify.

In the future I’ll look for more ways to feature member’s work on other platforms. For now I’ve updated

Link to Playlist

I built the first list with people who I already knew were on Spotify. For those who aren’t familiar with artist names:

  • The Aefonic – Brian Horsfield
  • Nasty Nachos – Alex Anderson
  • Pattern Language – Chris Frain

01 Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet Member Music

Submit Your Music

If you are on Spotify shoot me a note through the contact page with a link to your artist profile and some songs you’d like to feature.

I’ll be creating more lists as time goes on so my plan now is to feature a single song per artist per list. I’ll also reshuffle the lists from time-to-time.

Like, Follow, Add Tracks to Your Own Playlists

If you want to further help members who have music on Spotify follow their artist page, like their tracks and consider adding their tracks to your own playlsits :^)


I hope to see you tonight.

Mark

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#96 Fast prototyping (plugins) with Max for Live – Wed Oct 14 7PM MDT

Max is a power full tool kit for multimedia, but lacks some of the easy to use structures of a DAW. Live is an awesome DAW, that can host and integrate all sorts of cool things built in Max. Lets explore some of the powerful instruments and effects you can build as max for live devices. These devices can be put straight to work in your music productions in Live. They can expand your sonic pallet and even change some of your DAW workflows to make amazing music.

Join this session by member Langdon C. Crawford to see a very quick demonstration making a max for live device from soup to nuts.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.


Langdon C. Crawford is a collaborative and creative technologist from the green mountains of Vermont. He has been developing performance / composition systems with electronics since 1999.

Starting with guitars, effects and sequencers, he moved into computer music, eventually incorporating graphics and sensor controlled interaction. He has a masters of music technology from NYU.

He is currently working conferencing technology to facilitate remote collaboration and occasionally teaches electronic music remotely in CO and NYC.

You can find some of his work, like a year long thing-a-day project under the langsound handel on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/user/langsound.

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#95 Breakout Session on MPC Series Workstations – Wed Sep 23 7PM MDT

This event will be an online interactive round table discussion focusing primarily on the the Akai MPC workstations that run the current 2.8 Firmware such as MPC Live, MPC Live II, MPC One, MPC X. We will also discuss topics such as MPC past and present.

Eddie will kick off the night with a 10 minute overview of MPC features. Long-time users Justin and Dino will be on hand as well to share insights.

So whether you own an MPC; are interested perhaps getting into MPC; or you are just curious about the MPC hardware, workflow and history I hope you’ll join us for this breakout session.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

PSA: Don’t Upgrade to iOS 14 Yet on Music Making Devices!

iOS 14 came out yesterday. Dino and Metlay who are heavy into iOS music production always caution people to never upgrade major iOS updates on music making devices till you verify down the road that what you use actually works. It’s good advice, especially with 14.

I took an iPad to 14 to test and after 5 minutes of testing had issues with some audio effects in AUM loading “red” and when I try to reload them it crashes AUM.

I recommend you hang back on your music making devices till things shake out!

If you do decide to try it, read articles on how to backup and restore to 13 (which isn’t really that straight forward).

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#94 Space Palette Pro – An instrument for visual music – Wed. Sep 9 7PM MDT

Tim Thompson will offer a look into the creation of his amazing Space Palette Pro which has been used at festivals like Burning Man as well as installation at museums. Here is Tim’s description for this upcoming talk. Make sure you check out the pics and videos below.

When computer-based graphics became fast, cheap, and ubiquitous in the early 2000’s, it was inevitable that my algorithmic music exploration would expand to include interactive real-time graphics. The first efforts were camera-based (LoopyCam), Kinect-based (Space Palette), and LinnStrument-based (UniLooper).

This talk will describe the implementation and workflow details of my latest – the Space Palette Pro – a four-track gestural looper on which you finger-paint music and graphics simultaneously using four Sensel Morphs. A short performance will be included.

Registration Required

To attend you must register first. No Zoom account is required to attend, just the link you’ll receive via email after registration.

Agenda

  • 7:00 Open Meeting
  • 7:05 Announcements
  • 7:15 Presentation
  • 7:45 Breakout Room Intros
  • 8:00 Open discussion

Space Palette Pro Video and Pics

Bio

Tim Thompson is a software engineer, musician, and interactive installation artist. His wide-ranging artistic work includes a programming language for MIDI, interactive installations at Burning Man and other festivals, musical performances with Playstation dance pads and QWERTY keyboards, and realtime video looping and processing with a handheld security camera.  Recently, Tim has focused on the expressive potential of three-dimensional input in visual music instruments, using devices such as the Microsoft Kinect (in the original Space Palette) and the Sensel Morph (in the newer Space Palette Pro). His website is https://timthompson.com


Donate

If you are in a position to donate to help support the meetup visit this page to make a secure donation https://rockymountainsynth.com/donate/.

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September News + It’s Bandcamp Friday So Let Us Know your Bandcamp Page + CMSS Listening Party + Moog Foundation Trifecta Raffle

Sorry, sending this again with some new info as I forgot to mention the Colorado Modular Synth Society Listening Party. See below…

Upcoming Events

Save the date for the following events in September

  • Wed Sep 9, 7PM MDT: Space Palette Pro – an instrument for visual music by Tim Thompson
  • Wed Sep 23, 7PM MDT: MPC Live / MPC One Breakout Session

I’ll send invites out the Sunday before each event.

It’s Bandcamp Friday

Bandcamp has announced that for the rest of the year the first Friday of each month is “Bandcamp Friday”. On these days Bandcamp waives it’s revenue share on all sales to give musicians more money from each purchase. So it’s a great day to buy indy albums on Bandcamp to support Rocky Mountain Synthesizer Meet members who are on Bandcamp as well as your other fav artists.

Hey Kids – Let’s Build a Member Bandcamp Directory

I figured a quick and organic way to get started on a directory is to put up the page and have you leave a comment with your Bandcamp listing. I can formalize it from there.

If you have a Bandcamp page leave a comment to this post https://rockymountainsynth.com/bandcamp-directory#comments

Note: First time commenters are held for moderation

Everyone swing by this link later today before midnight Pacific time if you want to help out with a “Bandcamp Friday” buy :^)

Bandcamp Listening Party for Modular Synth Artists

I love the that we have so much membership crossover between the Rocky Mountain Synth Meet and the our most groovy friends the Colorado Modular Synth Society!!! #ColoradoStrong So heads up, there is a listening party tonight!!! See you out on the YouTubes.

Set a reminder and watch / listen here

Moog Foundation Trifecta Raffle

Heads up!

We are excited to announce our 2020 Trifecta Raffle featuring a Moog Rogue, a Moog Prodigy, and a Moog Source. The synthesizers being offered have been fully restored and are in excellent technical and physical condition. Together their collective worth is nearly $7,000.We are excited to announce our 2020 Trifecta Raffle featuring a Moog Rogue, a Moog Prodigy, and a Moog Source. The synthesizers being offered have been fully restored and are in excellent technical and physical condition. Together their collective worth is nearly $7,000.

The raffle begins at 12:01am (ET) on August 31, 2020 and ends on

September 28, 2020 at 11:59pm (ET) or when all tickets are sold.

Tickets are $25 each, 5 for $100, 12 for $200, and 35 for $500.

The raffle is open internationally.

All proceeds benefit the Foundation’s projects: Dr. Bob’s SoundSchool, the Bob Moog Foundation Archives, and the Moogseum. Only 4,500 tickets will be sold.

In a related note, I have a Moog Source and put together a little video showing it unleashed 😉. Yeah man!

Details here…

https://moogfoundation.org/announcing-2020-moog-trifecta-raffle-source-prodigy-and-rogue/