The Cosmic Core Project
Cosmic Core is a collective of Producers born from Tom Cosm's cosm.co.nz music forum for Ableton Live music software Users.
In January 2012, one user's simple idea of collaboration through the mutual love of music, regardless of age, gender or their location on this big blue planet, snowballed into the first album of 22 tracks, by 25 artists from around the world. Artists who share a passion and mindset for harnessing the powers and flexibility of emerging music technology that software such as Ableton Live provides.
The self titled Cosmic Core (Vol 1.) album is a fresh sounding, double CD worth of original electronic music GIVEN TO YOU for FREE download via bandcamp and here or via soundcloud to listen in its entirety.
The album moves effortlessly from Psy though to Acidhouse, Dubstep and melodic, organic electronica and showcases the power of the latest music technology through these otherworldly soundscapes, straight from the furthest regions of the musical cosmos and direct to your synapses.
The album was a global online success, with a live 2 hour radio show launch party dedicated to the album, aired on New Zealand's RDU 98.5FM. They played all 22 tracks, featuring interviews with Maiden & Machine and Tom Cosm, breaking their record for internet stream of their radio show. This was followed by more airplay and an interview of Harmonic Climber on France's FM43 station, and CC artist Project Nexxus (now know as philt3r) co-hosting a show on Radio Port Douglas 107.1FM, live from Australia, playing some tracks from the album. We also received good reviews in the UK and Canadian media among others.
Within a couple of hours our Bandcamp download limit had been exceeded, we had to pay to enable more free downloads.
Our Soundcloud stats show no corner of the earth has escape our sounds. From UK to Peru, Japan, Columbia, Russia, Philippines, India, Algeria, Kenya, Indonesia, Egypt, UAE, Saudi Arabia, China. Everywhere. This is a global project with a growing global audience.
One of the biggest accolades thoughmust be the extent by which the Russian and Chinese pirates have proliferated the album on Torrent sites.....even though it is freely available for download! =) 謝謝 ! Спасибо !
Cosmic Core is truly an international affair. We draw from the diversity of culture, from the musicianship & skills of each individual, no matter who or where you are in this world and we combine our energies to become a powerful production unit, demonstrating impressive results.
A Global Collective
Our represented countries include: United Kingdom, United States, Costa Rica, Ireland, Belgium, France, Portugal, Germany, India, Canada, Australia, Norway, Sweden, South Africa and New Zealand, the home of Tom Cosm, the artist whose forum is in use each day to make new connections, to gather knowledge from his detailed tutorials and to learn from each other's experience of music software, hardware and performance. True to form, Tom has included tracks of his on all CC Albums to date, alongside the other Cosmic Core artists.
After the success of the first Album of Multi Genre Electronic tracks, we decided to follow it up with the first of a series of Genre specific Albums, entitled 'Drum & Bass From The Core'. Featuring 17 tracks from 11 countries we took the chosen Genre (this time around it was Drum & Bass) and we cooked up some varied and tasty tracks based on this main ingredient. Some artists, although experts in their own style, had never made Drum & Bass and this as lead to some rather edgy takes on the genre.
Another Multi-genre Cosmic Core Volume II is due for release in Easter 2013, followed by another 'From The Core' album, again in just one genre, which could be anything such as House, Trance, Techno, Dubstep etc. We also hope to slip in some pure remix albums in between all that.
We hope you will enjoy the Cosmic Core experience. Donations are always welcome please download our latest album from Bandcamp to donate or use the donate button on our main page.
Join us and spread the word on facebook at www.facebook.com/CosmicCore
'Cosmic Core' name, logo, website and artwork - Senthrax.
Admin – Damon Breakz
Cosmic Core Vol1
Mix Tape & Ableton Live Remix Files Organisation by Project Nexxus.
Album track ordering led by KG.
Audio conversion & tagging by Happenstance, Damon Breakz & KG
Tracks 1, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 14, 16, 17, 19, 21, 22 mastered by Paniono.
Tracks 3 and 10 mastered by Lukkas, (Freimatic Twins, Portugal)
Audio conversion & tagging - Happenstance, Damon Breakz & KG
Track Fades – Damon Breakz
Cosmic Core: Drum & Bass From The Core
Project Directors: Damon Breakz and Happenstance
Album artwork – Rivonia Scheimann
Album track ordering – K37
All tracks mastered by Paniono, except 5, 8, 17.
Fades, edits and track tagging - Damon Breakz
About the Artists
Below you can find info about most of the artists that have contributed to the cosmic-core project.
9000 Knobs is the name of the musical project between Bram Nevejans and Jan Verstichel. Both are born in 1989 @ Ghent, Belgium. Beeing classmates for several years they had the privilege to share their ideas and to study the art of making music. They began making music around 2000, in their bedrooms , with very little gear and knowledge. 10 Years of passion has lead to a wonderfull collaboration wich is now to be heard on several dancefloors. The main style features a mix of electro/minimal tracks with huge buildups and drops, banging basslines and pumping beats.
We use Ableton live 8 , some hardware synths , and al lot of midi devices. On stage , we try to keep things dynamic by modulating and resequencing the tracks live. The APC 40 and the Launchpad are the 2 most essential midi units in our setup. The APC controls the send levels , fx racks and triggers scenes and clips . While the launchpad is being used for launching predefined fx envelopes and buildup sounds. We like to tweak things as much as possible. Thats why we need a lot of knobs.
9000 Knobs has experience with more instrumental soundtrack composition, producing jingles and advertising sounds, recording sessions and video montages.
Angus Green is a young up - and - coming musician based in Fitzroy, Melbourne. Having only recently begun producing in early 2010, Angus has steadily swum upstream, refining and building his music as he goes.
His music is diverse, ranging through many different sounds, both those which are original, and those which have been taken from many influences such as Spoonbill, Mr. Bill, Opiuo, Kalya Scintilla, Mustard Tiger, AMB and many others. The sound produced is often funky, fun and upbeat, with a definite disco and funk vibe that is modernised by the beautiful mid - tempo genre.
Now having played alongside greats such as Spoonbill, Mr Bill, Nice and Ego, Ehsan Gelsi and others Angus is ready to take his place in this exciting and technologically influenced wave of music with tunes soon to be released on Adapted Records.
Chris Stewart is a 27 year old producer from the gold coast Australia. He has been playing classical guitar since the age of 5, writing and recording songs at age 12.
He has played in many different bands whilst growing up, experimenting with soft rock, punk and heavy metal. Writing and performing his own style on solo acoustic guitar with singing. Chris now dovotes most of his time producing a different from the norm, no style no limits electronic music.
Not following any particular taste or trends his passion in life is to make music with no restrictions, each song is individual and different, distinguished in its own unique way.
Damon Breakz is 35 year old multi-instrumentalist and music producer, Dave Holmes based in Stevenage, UK.
Using computers, his voice and instruments he writes and produces his tracks at home and performs as an electronic live act.
Warming up with downbeat groove driven soundscapes, he moves into ground-shaking, crowd-moving tracks with vocals, guitars, beats, blips and basslines, drawing from an eclectic mix of styles.
'Damon' is currently honing his Damon Breakz live act and preparing tracks for a side project, an album of original guitar / vocal songs with accompanying musicians, due to be recorded at MdB Studios in Portugal in 2013.
He offers private tuition in Music Technology as Delta Sun Media and is also a percussionist in a 50 piece Samba group, Toque Tambor, playing local gigs and major festivals.
Effulgence is 18 year old producer Prayash Thapa. Originally from Kathmandu, Nepal, he moved to the USA about 6 years ago.
Music has always been at his heart, learning to play guitar from his uncle when he was 12 years old. He grew up listening to a very diverse selection of music, ranging from classic rock to technical death metal to hip hop and even folk music.
Assimilation of the American culture had given him the chance to experience electronic music and this is when he developed a very unique taste for music. After listening to the magical works of artists like Emancipator, Aphex Twin, Helios, Erothyme, DJ Okawari and many others, he decided to start producing his own music. Self taught in most aspects of music theory and production, with the help of tutorial videos, research over the internet and pure experimentation, Effulgence has taken a great leap to advance his knowledge of music.
Starting out with dubstep tracks and simple beat loops around August 2011, Effulgence's works have evolved into a very different flavour. With Ambience always at the heart of his music, Effulgence currently produces Trip-Hop, IDM and is also exploring other genres as a part of the learning process. This is the first album that he has featured on and although his music already shows signs of a great future ahead of him as a recording artist, he still sees himself as an amateur producer, always in the process of learning..
With soothing melodies, meditative ambience and relaxing atmospheres, he aims to invoke different states of consciousness and feelings within the listener.
As of now, Effulgence plans to release an EP towards the end of 2012 and is even pursuing the art of live perfomance.
Fractal Reality is a project created by Modesto Vaquerano back in the chilled and groovy shores of Costa Rica.
Being musically influenced by his mother during his childhood by listening mainly to classical and world music, he always was mesmerized by its magic.
In 2008, at the age of 18, after spending many months learning, experimenting and improving step by step, and inspired by the psychedelia, the tropical landscapes and nature, he started experimenting with different sounds and soundscapes, and by this, creating Fractal Reality.
His music blends atmospheric sounds and relaxed melodies, each track having it's own style and groove. Influenced by big artists as Ott, Shpongle, Hallucinogen, Globular, Professor Kliq, 0p0, The Poifox and many others, his music combines elements of each genre, creating a new reality, full of colors, feelings and sounds.
He now lives in Germany, and is currently working on his debut album, planned to be released during fall-winter 2012, -Tales from the Mushroom Mountain- .
Happenstance (born 1990) is an electronic music producer and DJ from a small town named Newton Abbot in the South West of England. He produces music at a variety of tempos, and has a wide range of influences spanning from Drum & Bass, House, and Breaks all the way through to Classical Music.
He has been producing since 2005 and has recently switched to Ableton Live as his canvas. When not making music he's listening to it, when not listening to it he's making it.
Having loved music for as long as he can remember, it seemed inevitable that he would start creating it. Starting from recording overdubs of guitar on a 4 track analogue tape recorder, he now creates entire ensembles of bleeps and blips in a somewhat organised fashion before releasing them into the wild.
His first release, Spirit, on the Cosmic Core album is a journey of emotion, starting calm and unassuming, then firing up to a crescendo before sweeping back down to earth.
Soundcloud - soundcloud.com/officialhappenstance
Facebook - facebook.com/official.happenstance
Bandcamp - officialhappenstance.bandcamp.com/
Email - Happenstance can be reached at email@example.com
35 years old but quite new in music production, Denis, AKA Harmonic climber, is a huge fan of (almost) all kinds of music. He's been producing for just a bit more than a year now, since late 2010.
He spent the first 13 or 14 months mostly learning how to use his software and some music principles. Two months ago he finally decided that one of his productions deserved to be heard. It's only his second complete production that you can hear on this album.
Influenced by a large range of musical style, expect some surprise when listening to his work, and if you like what you hear, keep an eye on his soundcloud - soundcloud.com/harmonic-climber - as there is more to come.
Wan't to know a bit more of his musical journey, influence and more?
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Hi, my name is Sam Martin (Immensus) and I've been producing melodic dubstep (as well as a little drum & bass) for about 6 months now.
My journey of music production started back in 2007 when I first picked up a guitar at age 12. After one month of lessons I began to teach myself scales, chords, and musical theory. Although I loved learning new songs and riffs by my favorite bands and guitarists, what really sparked my interest was creating my own melodies and sounds.
It was a little over a year ago that my passion for writing music really grew exponentially. I kept countless songs I had written stored in my memory as I never wrote anything down on paper or recorded anything, however I was always too shy to show people my music.
I realized that if I was to ever grow as an artists I would have to keep records of my musical creations and show them to other musicians. In August 2011 I purchased musical production programs for my computer. It was also around this time that I started to teach myself piano and my interest for dubstep and other electronic music grew.
With my new fondness of piano and dubstep I decided I would try to recreate melodies I wrote on guitar and try to create my own style as a DJ. It took seven months of experimenting and learning, but I think I have finally found my niche in electronic music.
I attempt to combine passionate, meaningful melodies (something I feel that the genre is lacking) with somewhat deep and heavy drops. Even though there are no lyrics, other than speech samples in certain songs, I try to convey a specific emotion and feel in every one of my songs.
I plan on sticking to this formula for the most part, but in the future I could see myself doing collaborations, attempting other styles, or even live improvisation. But for now, I am just a 17 year old kid who loves to make music, share music, and listen to music. Music is who I am, and I couldn't see myself ever doing anything in life without it.
iProv, has been involved in the music business for many years, and has been influenced by electronic music since the 80's.
He believes that making music and performing it should be a visual as well as a musical experience. So, he is now dedicated to combining both organic and electronic sounds, and hopes to blend all genres, creating dance, ambient and cinematic based music that also involves the visual aspects of performance.
iProv, is now firmly involved in the fast emerging underground electronic music scene in Cork City, Ireland, playing local showcase gig such as Ctrl-Alt-Delete.
He was recently featured as the "Demo of the Month" in Future Music Magazine (Oct 2011) for his mainstream dance track, T.G.I.F.
Name: Karl O'Neill
Artist Name: KG
Location: Birmingham, UK.
Web Page: http://soundcloud.com/karl_37
Influences: Chicane, Tiesto, Oakenfold, Lange, Radiohead, Massive Attack, Above & Beyond, Tom Cosm, Lost Tribe, VAST, VNV Nation.
I go under the name of KG. I've been producing since summer 2011 and I'm learning more and more with each month, thanks largely to Tom Cosm's fantastic web site and community.
I produce Trance music but I like to add a lot of emotion throughout my music, I'm inspired by deep strings and orchestras and I try to add this into my work along with soft choirs. I like to take your mind somewhere else with flowing Arps and bass-lines.
lucky one is a Belgium based indie electronic producer. Playing guitar for 20 years and electronic music for 8 years, Luc started his solo project 'lucky one' in 2005. His music mix elements from a large range of indie, pop, rock and electronic styles, using real instruments mixed up with loops, samples, software synthesizers and effects.
Michael Knead is a german producer living in Stuttgart and Berlin. A few years ago, he decided that the music he would most like to listen to had not yet been invented and this inspired him to set about the task himself. His aim is to create something different, intriguing and interesting whilst exploring every facet of the creative process along the way. His music is mostly club oriented and influenced by jazz, techno and house as well as ambient music. However, his newer productions tend to have a more loose rhythmical structure and nobody knows what kind of music he will be making in a year or two.
lucky one and Michael Knead met on the Tom Cosm forum and decided to start a collaboration project. "Higher" is their first track and it has been created collaborating entirely over the internet! Using Skype, dropbox and Ableton Live, the two producers worked on the piece one-by-one, exchanged their creative ideas and found ways to facilitate the long-distance collaboration until the song got its final shape.
Maiden & Machine is the music based, cloning experiment of Janelle Palmer, a self-taught multi-instrumentalist, vocalist, and 'bedroom' producer based in Northland, New Zealand.
"I've always thought it'd be kinda cool to clone myself…and in a musical sense Maiden & Machine is just that. I jam and create with a band of Me's. And the results are songs that are intimately me. They tell my stories, my life experiences, my loves, hurts and annoyances. It's music that makes me feel…and I hope it takes others on a journey too."
Combining sampling & synthesis techniques of electronica with the melody and lyrical styles of indie/pop, the songs of Maiden & Machine are catchy, emotional, gritty. Grunged out guitars comfortably snug up against synth driven melodies and binding it tightly together is the raw honesty of the lyrics and vocal delivery. Throw in solid beats and a strong DIY ethos and you are coming close to appreciating the spirit and sound of Maiden & Machine.
Milkyway Outcast, (Jens Narayan Boerner) originally East German*, today based in Portugal
Milkyway Outcast has been a composer and trombone and tuba player in countless projects from contemporary classical music, rock, experimental, to free jazz.
Thanks to Tom Cosm he has, after years of using Ableton Live, quenched his thirst for creating the strangest possible sounds. During sleepless nights he discovered the astonishing fact that it was possible to learn everything necessary, direct from the internet. There he could learn to produce limitless styles of music, within the universe of electronic sounds, without carrying around tons of brass, blowing out his lungs, and without arguing with other musicians.
Ever since this discovery, he has been fully addicted to the bliss of producing in his bedroom studio far, far, far away from planet earth.
(*the term "East German" is fiction and is inspired by a legendary country where the people who could have called themselves "East German" have lived. The country has vanished from the surface of this world like Atlantis and continues as fiction and memory, like a ghost in some crazy people's minds).
Paniono is a project that started in 2011 by producer Magnus Frank. Having a jazz musician dad, music was a part of life from the beginning, and he soon learned to play the guitar and bass. As he became more involved with recording music in the studio, the interest in electronic music started to grow. Now he is located in the forest just outside Oslo in Norway, aiming to make progressive music inspirated by nature, mystisicm and pure manic craziness.
Senthrax was born in 1982 and started producing electronic music at the age of 17 along with a couple of friends. They went under the name of Hardsignal and performed live techno on a couple of local parties with Reason and Ableton. After that there was a very long period of radiosilence and the focus went to design and programming and a bit of DJ-ing.
Senthrax has always been keen on managing and creating things himself and this drives him to learn many subjects in many areas. After some years the musical vibe seriously caught up again and he started producing some new tracks with techno, hard techno, psytrance, acid and house influences and getting more into depth into the theory of it all. Still lookin to learn new stuff every day he produces music in his spare time amongst doing many other non-music related projects.
Picture a frozen wasteland, stretching flat in all directions as far as the eye can see. Picture a tiny city struggling against the Elements to carve Life into this barren expanse. Picture a solitary man, alone in the wilderness . Now look up, and envision the vast night sky rippling, dancing with blue-green fire.
These are the forces that come to bear in the music of Soma, the organic electronic project of Canadian artist Jesse Davis Selkirk. Raw and human, lush and gorgeous, these sounds are coaxed from guitars, grown out of samples, conjured through synthesis, and sung with the clear voice of an angel.
Having come of age at the height of the mainstream rave movement in North America the seeds of Soma were planted in Jesse early. However, only after discovering the organic sounds of acts like Apparat and Younger Brother, as well as the vibrant community of electronic music in Western Canada, did Soma begin to take living shape. After several years of experimentation and growth with his live electronic band The Depth (including a full length album funded by the Saskatchewan Arts Board, and performances at major festivals sharing the stage with Simon Posford, the National Parcs, and Infected Mushroom), the time was ripe for Soma to be born. Shaking off the remnants of the cocoon, wings drying in the warm morning sunlight, this music is a powerful new being standing on the edge of a world of possibilities.
Meeting through mutual friends in late 2011, Richard Somerville and Craig Wilson started talking music and life. They quickly realised that they had a strong mutual love for a wide variety in musical tastes across the dance spectrum including a massive passion for Nu Disco and House.
Never pigeonholing themselves to one style when making or playing music, the more they talked the more it became apparent that they had met their musical match. So of course the next natural step was to get in the studio together and see what came out of the newly found "pandora's box" that is "Somerville & Wilson".
Within the first session in the studio the boys soon found that not only did they have similar tastes when producing, but an uncanny knack of producing together via something akin to osmosis.
Blending a love of old skool vibes with new skool acid flavours, "House Paint" was born from one of these sessions in the studio. With props for "House Paint" from around the world on their Soundcloud page, ranging from "yeah, proper acid house", "cool, very old skool, takes me back to the 90's", "brilliant!!!!!!" to the comment from Italian global stars Ajello "Great stuff guys!!! Congratulations", the Somerville & Wilson love has gone global.
With 4 more tracks finished, including "Get Me Up" also featured on their Soundcloud page, and interest from labels, 2012 is shaping up to be a big year for Somerville & Wilson.
Keep a close eye on these guys from Australia, because after only 6 months in the studio together weaving their magic, it won't be too long before other Djs and Producers want a piece of that "osmosis magic" that is Somerville & Wilson.
For all the latest tracks and remixes by the duo, check out their Soundcloud page soundcloud.com/somerville-1i
For booking's and all other enquiries email Richard or Craig at firstname.lastname@example.org/syikom
swaL is 23 years of age and a student from Wellington, New Zealand.
He started out in 2006 making seamless CDs. He would put all his favourite songs together using DJ software and try to match the beats so that they would transition seamlessly.
In 2010, he thought he would step it up a notch and try to produce his own tracks. He has been using Ableton Live software, and has tried many different genres, and techniques. swaL thinks of producing as a hobby, so plans to continue practicing and enjoying it into the future.
Ujjwal Agarwal (born 6th June 1987) , known as The Meme Keeper, is an Indian musician, composer and producer. With influences ranging from indian classical to alternative rock, from psy ambient to dub step, he dabbles with experimental music with no distinct genre.
His music has got an experiential feel to it, its aimed at evoking emotions and reactions more than moving legs on the dance floor.
His sounds are majorly a mixture of organic and acoustic textures, layered with flutes and guitars and bass. With influences ranging from Amon Tobin, ott, Sphongle, Shulman to Radiohead, Pearl jam, Dave Matthews Band, he labels himself as a humble archivist of musical ideas worth spreading.