Mark Mosher performing live. All photos courtesy of the artist
Usually, our controllerist features revolve around asking each artist we plan on talking about a few questions and then writing an article about them based on their answers, with occasional quotes, pictures and videos. When I approached Mark Mosher, however, the answers he sent back contained not only more than I could possibly dig up, but also a ton of links, pictures and content that I couldn’t possibly rework into something better. The fact that Mark’s basically done my job for me here demonstrates the level of commitment he has for everything he does. Check him out:
Start the week off with this awesome mashup by Salinas, CA based metalhead sssShawnnnn, playing around on a MIDI Fighter 3D a friend of his left at his house. Also, if you check the comments on the video, you’ll see the legions of dedicated fans he’s amassing with it. Damn, why aren’t the comments on my videos as eloquent?
We’ve already seen a good number of videos by Ableton wizards centering on launching samples or clips on button grids like the Novation Launchpad or the Ableton Push, but how do they fare in terms of capturing the sound and feel of an instrument? Can you play piano on a button grid like the Launchpad or the Push like a true virtuoso? With no velocity sensitivity on the launchpad and no acoustic sound-producing mechanism, purists can make the case that controllers can’t be instruments, and a virtuoso pianist will always trump the button-pusher.
That’s what the following videos are here for. Behold, The Flight of the Bumblebee played on the Ableton Push: