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Cosmosis Destiny's Child Remix?

By bagginz - Posted on 28 August 2011

Q. So, is Cosmosis working with Beyoncé now?

Yeah, I wish : )

A while ago someone sent me an accapella of a old Destiny's Child track.  As I listened to it, just for fun, I picked up my acoustic guitar and figured out some nice chords to accompany the vocals. 

In order to hear it back without concentrating on playing guitar, I put the vocal track into my sequencer and recorded the guitar chords against it just to see what it would sound like.

While I was listening back, I thought, "hmm, what kind of drum groove would work with that?" So as an experiment  I inserted a drum sampler VST instrument and tweaked up a kind of old school funk groove  While I was at it I arranged the verse and chorus into different sections (you can see where this is going...)  Once I had the drums I couldn't just leave it without a bassline, so out came another VSTi (Zebra2)  to create the bassline, after that, "Hmm, a synth pad would be nice nice on the intro..." then out came my electric guitar for a solo and so on...

So what started out as an experiment and a bit of fun eventually ended up as a fully arranged track.

This is the end result:  Destiny's Child - Bugaboo Cosmosis Old Skool Funk mix.mp3 

I had never heard the original Destiny's Child track, so this version was built up entirely from scratch, I played and recorded all the parts using just the vocal track as a guide.

What's intersting to me is how it differs from the original which I would characterise as modern r'n'b with a tribal drum vibe. It was only after I had completely finished my arrangement that I looked up the original version and listened to it for the first time.

The Vibrazone


btw, If you find the fact that I'd remix a Destiny's Child track just for fun difficult to get your head around, it might help if you understand that I used to play in various soul and funk band back in the day  ( see the hippy in the red shirt here )

Or you could just file under "things musicians do to keep their musical sanity when spending weeks in the studio making twisted electronic noises..."

Billy Cosmosis