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Cosmosis shares about the early days of the trance scene and what inspires him to create music. Interviewed by Run Lola ...
Bilbo at Phoenix Festival, USA
(Pimp clothes courtesy of Phoenix Festival Crew )
After 2 years, the music for the eagerly awaited new album from Cosmosis Psychedelica Melodica is finished. Release is scheduled for 6th June 2007
Interview conducted by Ken from Sonic Traveller Magazine in Tokyo.
1.Name of the band?
Cosmosis but I also record as Mumbo Jumbo sometimes
2.Members, name in full?
What is this, an interrogation or an interview? :) My name is William Bryan Halsey. Shoe size is 42
Cosmosis interviewed by Videotrance.com October 2008 during his Brazilian tour
As years go by in your personal career which has been your favorite album out of the ones your wrote?
Bill interviewed by Guilherme Konrad Bantel
Q. Just wondering, do you think its worth investing in an access virus or do you think using albino and z3ta will give me equally good results?
Nord Lead 3. You know you want one, but do you need one?
Q "...I'm wondering if you use any special tricks to put down your groove ideas before you start working on the arrangement. I might have lots of rhythmic ideas spinning in my head, but when I sit down and start entering the snares/claps/hits/crashes and other bits one by one in Cubase, I tend to loose the groove feeling.
Q " .. I want to get my music released by a record label but am unsure how to go about it... any advice you have would be really useful to me..."
A Good question. Here's a couple of things to bear in mind:
Q .... which movie did you get that sample from that was used at the beginning of Down at the Crossroad?...
Mississippi John Hurt (who also happens to not be Robert Johnson)
A Ah, the vocal sample at the beginning of Down At The Crossroads.
Q "... do I really need to have a proper music education to make dance music? I have a friend that know music theory but his music doesn't sound better than others music..."
Thankfully nowadays there's good software for learning music theory
You have an interesting point...
Q "...I read at your website that you didn't recommend the Nord Modular. I was actually going to buy one, or rather said I've had my thoughts on it. I've been thinking about a virus too (B or C, , but I feel a bit more determinded after reading your texts. But please, let me ask you what drives you into not recommending the Nord Modular? I'm very curious to know. Most swedish artists actually recommends it...."
Q ... how do I get sliding bass sound you use in your some of your track?
A Getting slides:
1. Put your synth into monophonic mode (can only play one note at a time)
2. Turn the Portamento (or slide) function on.
3. Enter 2 MIDI notes that slightly overlap into the key editor. See screenshot below:
Q " How do you write a song?"
"I tend to start off with a kick and bassline i like, then layer stuff over it, spread it out into phrases/sections like intro, build, killah bit, break but then kinda run out of steam and i dont know where to take it. i end up with lots of 2-3 minute bits of audio that sound cool but dont really form a song."
Q "Ever since I listened to the Howling at the Moon for the first time many years ago, I've been wondering what instrument is used for the line that comes in at 1:55 and the magnificent squeek at 5:45 (I assume it's the same synth) ? This track has since long been my favourite Cosmosis-track so I'm hoping you have the answer which can finally bring some form of peace to my mind ..."
Q " Is there any method to create stereo side chain in cubase sx?
(I heard that in cubase 4 it is very easy, but unfortunately, I dont have it) I know how to do it with a group track but the result is mono, which is good for basses, but I wanna apply ducking to my pads, too and I want to do it in stereo of course...."
Q I am an electronic music lover. I have had only a very little practical experience in the field of music creation. Lets say that I am an absolute beginner."
"I want to begin learning about music, and in particular how to create music. Electronic music is the field that I am most interested in. I want to learn properly, and am willing to put some serious time and energy into doing so. I had thought about taking, initially, some keyboard lessons. Possibly studying music as a major part of a Bachelor of Arts degree, and in the future perhaps doing a Bachelor of Music composition at a music institute....
I have a long way to go..... but I was wondering if you could give any guidance or advice in this matter? "
Thankfully the days of requiring a PhD in patch cable management
before being able to create electronic music are over
Q "Should I make a backup of live sets....what's the best way to do it...?"
A If you are getting paid to play your music at events it's important to do your best to make sure that you take a working backup of your set with you on the road in case of computer/hard drive failure or some other unforseen circumstance.
Q ... Quite often just before the release into the body of the song, you'll hear what sounds like a percussive hit (or sweep or swell) with a super long decay that just ends up sounding like white noise during the body of the song and this noise will continue till the end of a section where it is usually faded.
The question is, how do you tweak a sample so it will carry this characteristic without sounding as if its being looped?
Any help much appreciated...
Q " ... I love making goa grooves but I could never get the feel of a professionally done goa bassline though... Care to give a friend some tips? I like to think i'm quite crafty with sound, but that is one damn hard bass! "
The Classic Trance and Techno Bass Machine: The Roland TB303