Researching in a semiconductor laboratory, building, collecting and playing unusual musical instruments, having varied musical tastes, but loving metal, and creating any sound he wants using computer software. This week we meet Matteo Bosi (bosone) from AudioJungle.
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Tell us a bit about yourself. Where are you from, what do you do for a living?
I am from Italy and I’m actually a researcher in a semiconductor laboratory, after a completing a degree in physics in 2000. Music is my passion and since 1998 I record my ideas and songs using the computer. I have evolved by using just a guitar and some samples on a Pentium 1 to a complete workstation using the best audio software and sample libraries (Sonar 8.5, Native Instruments Komplete, etc).
I am able to play several instruments (although I’m not a master of any of them!), from guitars to keyboards to flutes. I also own a large collection of ethnic instruments I bought around the world, including an Indian sitar, Chinese violin (erhu) and harp (guzheng), Turkish saz and many more. (I think I have more than 20 ethnic instruments in my room!)
I love sound design and recently I tried to build my own custom instruments, including a modified “cello-guitar”
a Hank Drum (do you wonder what it is?)
and a lapsteel guitar.
Which marketplaces do you belong to? What types of files do you sell?
AudioJungle. I am into a lot of different genres of music, from rock to soundtrack, from ambient to children’s lullabies . The feelings expressed by my music vary a lot from romance and love to epic fantasy, from thriller and horror to hope and joy.
How did you get started? Have you had any formal training?
I started studying music in elementary school, and in my teenage years I began playing the guitar and discovered metal, my passion. However, I like a lot of different music, from soundtrack to classical to contemporary and experimental.
I studied guitar and have basic composition training. Anyway I consider myself a “self-taught” musician.
Describe your home workspace.
I have a small studio in my home. I designed it and I tried to achieve the best sounding room that I could, without spending too much money.
I have six guitars, one bass, a MIDI keyboard, ethnic instruments, preamps, mics, and even home-made gear such as a MIDI controller a synth based on the old Commodore 64 SID sounds, a hardware sequencer (all built according to schematics found on internet - www.ucapps.de, and an old echo delay. I have a powerful PC on which I record and edit my music.
Describe your creative process. What steps do you normally follow to create your files?
Usually I start from a feeling I have or from a musical idea. Sometimes the creative process just flows by itself and I am able to compose a piece very quickly. Other times I have to “think” about it and I rely on some composition skills I have learned through the years.
I often improvise using the guitars or the keyboard, and if something catches my attention, I write down the idea and later I develop it.
I can use the computer and audio software very well, so I can effectively record and modify what I play even if my playing skills are not so high. Computer music is really awesome since I can achieve any sound I want, from orchestra to complex synth textures or acoustic instruments.
What is your advice to other authors regarding how to create a successful portfolio?
Actually I’m a new author here (I began uploading my portfolio at the beginning of August!), so I’m still looking for advice!
I learned that I should have a lot of different items with as many genres as possible… and that only the best music will be bought!
What do you do to market your files?
Since I’m brand new here, I just began to follow other authors and to participate on the forum. I plan also to upload some YouTube videos.
What are your three favorite files, and why do you like them?
I wrote this song when I felt in love with my girlfriend. Fortunately, she really liked it and we are still together now!
I wrote the main theme of this song while I was on holidays in China with my girlfriend. I just love its simplicity and its mood.
I think this is one of my best orchestral compositions. I like the way in which I developed the theme. I played a Chinese flute in the first part, and I really like its sound and feel.
Apart from yourself, who is your favorite marketplace author, and why do you like them?
I still know very few authors, but I came up knowing Tim McMorris as one of the top Envato authors. I feel his success is due to the awesome tracks he’s able to compose. He’s a really a talented musician with a great feeling.
What do you do in your spare time?
Actually, my spare time is almost entirely occupied by music (since music is not my primary activity). I play the guitar, listen to music, try to improve my keyboard skills, study harmony and composition, think about new instruments I can make and, of course, record new music!