Interview No. 104
Interview By: @The-Great-One
Today's guest has been with us once before. Truthfully he was here when The Interviewer was just starting out. Since his last time here he has composed songs such as Winter at the Castle, The American Child, and has participated in the Represent A Country 7 [Contest] with his entry I'm Saving Her Life. He has also composed music for the Newgrounds collaboration entitled Redhand. Within this time he has been working on his project "Quest of Eve". He is once again @Bosa.
Q: We spoke about your musical creations. One thing we did not talk about though is how you discovered music and what inspired you to make it?
A: When I was three years old, I had a toy piano which I played with constantly every day. I so much enjoyed it that when I turned seven, I started playing on a larger keyboard and playing music that sounded good to me. I also seen a film about a blind boy who learned how to play piano and later became one of the leading pianists in the nation. That movie is what inspired me to really begin playing deeper into music.
Q: One song that I did not bring up would be entitled The Cottage. You said it was based off a book you wrote. What can you tell us about the book and how the song correlates with it?
A: Going back in time, aren't we? Well, it wasn't much of a book. It was more of a short story depicting a young woodcutter who lived out near the forest. He soon encounters a witch and must soon defeat her with the help of an imprisoned fairy. I focused the story towards a children audience. I actually vaguely remember expanding on the song a long time ago, but it's been so long that I've forgotten most of my innovative composition ideas from years ago.
Q: What was the Wise Words Competition?
A: It was an attempt to express the intellect and creative minds of Newgrounds by seeing who could come up with their own most profound and original quote. It was quite extraordinary to see what people came up with off the top of their heads, but the contest itself didn't expand quite as much as I would have liked. Still, I wouldn't mind hosting such a contest again in the future.
Q: When I speak with different musicians, one question I have for them is "what is in your opinion the definition of music". You had an interesting way of describing music. When asking for musicians for Quest of Eve you stated...
"When it comes time to create music, we intend to look beyond what we are expecting; to break through to the other side or to simply outdo what we first had in mind. What I've come to realize over this new age of music is that when we create a story, the music we choose will captivate the listeners and instill the inner beauty of our creations."
Do you still agree with this statement? Whatever your answer could you expand on it?
A: Yes. Basically, to put what I said in layman's terms: our goal as musicians should be to go beyond our own talent, or what we believe are our limitations. We must not restrict ourselves to what resources we possess or compositional ideas we have, instead we must take what we got and go beyond what we expect to accomplish. If you have a plan in mind for a song, and when you go to create that song, you should go way beyond your original plan and create something that instills your inimitable creations into the hearts of your listeners.
A: I live in Tennessee. I grew up with bluegrass gospel, and I still love it. 'Nuff said.
Q: You also have a taste for the Celtic music as well. With Cronnin's Hornpipe, Miss Dumphy's Hornpipe, and one of my favorites by you, Rolling Waves. When were you introduced to the Celtic music and what about it appeals to you?
A: Where I live, we have a celtic festival once a year. I've only been to it once in my whole life, but the music and instruments that I was subjected to astounded me. The armor and weapons were cool, but the instruments (this is where I first witnessed someone playing a dulcimer in front of me) amazed me. The reason I was able to easily replicate the celtic instruments in my songs was because of that festival.
Q: The Beanstalk is truly an epic and serene piece. Where did the inspiration for this come from and what was the process in writing it?
A: I honestly don't remember much. I kinda wish I kept some documents or wrote down my creative thoughts back then; it's hard for me to remember things from so long ago. However, based on what little I do remember, I think I was inspired by King's Quest. In the game, you get to a point to where you must climb a beanstalk and slay a giant with a sling and stone (like David and Goliath). On the other hand, I may have been inspired by a story I used to read as a child called 'Jack and the Beanstalk.' I believe the latter is what I was inspired by the most, but my memory fails me these days unfortunately.
Q: We now come to a song that is a bit touchy and if you do not wish to answer I can understand. Pure of Heart. Who is Rachel, what can you tell us about her, and what came to be of this song?
A: I can't say much about Rachel, but this song was written for her. I can say that she loved it however. I've been told that 'Pure of Heart' and 'Your Prelude' are two of my most adored songs. It seems that when my songs are based upon real love, I get a better response. Quite intriguing.
Q: Winter at the Castle would be a new style for you. What new things did you experiment here that you haven't done in the past?
A: Angelic choir and disney-like music. I sorta introduced a medieval style in 'Princess Marion,' and in 'Winter at the Castle,' I expanded on that style. I really experimented on harp effects and boys choir, not to mention what more I could do with bells and metals. In 'A Young Mind,' you might say that I was experimenting heavily on bells, so I suppose I used that experimentation in this song as well.
Q: An uplifting fanfare of birth and life. We come to The American Child. I have reviewed it once already giving my thoughts and stating that it had hints to another song of yours The Last Game. What can you tell me about both of these songs? Am I seeing a subconscious correlation or am I imagining things. If so can you fill in the blanks?
A: Again, we go back in time. I actually didn't notice the similarities at first. I suppose that there is a subconscious memory of my past creations that may reappear from time to time in my more recent productions. I based 'American Child' on the feelings of a new life joining us in America. There is nothing more beautiful to me than knowing that life still continues to be born in a world that hates life. I do know for a fact what I based 'The Last Game' on however. I based that song on the NFL Superbowl I was watching (the same with Casted Life). Sorry if I disappointed you with such elementary inspiration.
A: It's a contest where you must represent a country of your choice and win by popular vote. You must create a song that will define the brilliance and intellectual superiority of your country. I chose the USA for obvious reasons, but also because I wanted to present the best country with the best music, haha. I based the song I made on some contemporary movies and video games that youth enjoy. Games like Mass Effect and Call of Duty, movies like Star Trek and Black Hawk Down both played a heavy role in its creation.
Q: You are one who got to participate with a lot of creative people of Newgrounds in the movie Redhand. How did you come across this project and what was it like working on it?
A: With Quest of Eve, I was able to meet a lot of talented flash artists. One of them began working on their own project and of course my music for Quest of Eve was well known by the team. It was a matter of time before I began helping others on their own projects. I don't remember much, but I can say that 'Redhand' was a remarkable flash production and I truly enjoyed working on it.
Q: When we last spoke, Boutista Entertainment was just born and Quest of Eve was just getting on its feet. Where are both of these now?
A: I know you understand that I'm not saying anything about Quest of Eve at this moment, but I am entitled to say that Boutista Entertainment will be known as Kingdom Crown Entertainment in the future.
Q: Not all of your music can be found here on Newgrounds. Some of it is on Reverbnation. What can you tell us about Reverbnation?
A: I don't spend a lot of time on the site, so I'm not too familiar with the more recent features. But back in the day, I remember joining up simply because I may have been able to gain a profit from it. Also, me and MaestroRage were pretty tight back then and we both shared our own ideas -- Reverbnation was suggested to me by him.
Q: What can we expect from Bosa in the future?
A: You're definitely going to see more cinematic music. A lot of my future titles may be moving away from my style from long ago, but I hope that I'll make some good decisions when it comes to music. I may change it up from time to time, but Neo-Orchestral is going to be my more prominent genre.
Bosa was one of the musicians who introduced me to Newgrounds. With the varieties of his works he is certainly a fascinating fellow with a story to tell. He chooses to tell his stories through music and bears that you listen a while to the notes that he has brought to you. It was a pleasure to interview him again and to see him still hard at work on his creations truly does inspire me, and I hope it inspires the other creators here as well.