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Q Help! I seem to be in the midst of a huge mental block thang and can't seem to get beyond playing with loops at the moment. Have I lost the will to arrange...? ARGH!
A Hello there. No, you have not lost the will to arrange, and you do not have writer's block either.
You are suffering from Loopitis
Q Judging by the some of your older website content, you seemed to be using most hardware for your music productions, and you seemed to have moved the VST side.
A Yes, correct. I have moved over to (mainly) virtual....it's so much more convenient and sounds fantastic too. No noise, no cables etc.
What hardware and equipment do you actually use? Do you prefer to use hardware of software?
UAD-1 Pultec eq - classic hardware now painstakingly modelled in software
What is your method for making tunes? How do you come up with some of your melodies for example?
I tend to use different approaches depending on what the initial inspiration was or what is required. Occasionally I will start with a tune, but as with Cosmosis I am making dance music, more often than not I will start by creating a nice groove.
The Cosmosis/Interview with Bill 1997
Basstations at the ready - Onstage at the Marquee Club , London 1995
1. Please tell us your full name&a date of birth (it's an astrology thing)
Well for those of you that are interested (it's a sceptical thing) my full name is William Bryan Halsey and I was born on the 18th. day of July in 1962.
Interview with Cosmosis: Reproduced From The UK Underground Trance Mag "Dream Creation:"
Music Webshop: http://cosmosis.bandcamp.com/
How long have you been using your own studio (the "Vibrazone") ?
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 )
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 saw some of your posts on a music makin' part of a forum I would be so shameless to ask you one thing...if it won't be problem for you...
A No problem, ask away...
A Waveform - interestingly enough, not the waveform from the loop being discussed.
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...