New Beginnings: Consolidate

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Bangalore has always been a breeding ground for nascent concepts and ideas. The city, blessed with its fair share of accomplished musicians and exciting new talent is widely recognised as one of India’s most exciting musical hubs. Embracing the out-of-the-ordinary has long been a feature of this city’s music-loving aficionados. A bevy of such concepts find wings to take flight in namma Bengaluru, and one such concept is ‘Consolidate’, a community where fringe electronica thrives.

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NEWS - 16. April 2015   CITY - Bangalore ARTIST - RHL

Exploring The Broader Canvas Of Music

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My role as a musician is to sculpt harmonies out of sounds and vibrations which further the beauty of the cosmos. Music offers a subjective way of experiencing reality. From quarks, galaxies to the entire observable universe, everything is in motion. We have to develop an appreciation of the symphonic reality that we’re a part of. You know how sometimes we’re unable to ‘think straight’. I have come to realise that clarity of the mind forms only when you harmonise with your surroundings,” says Karachi-based Ramsha Shakeel, an experimental musician whose dabbles with macabre timbres and rhythmical depth has led to some incredible experiments within the drone and ambient world. Although the artiste’s musical journey is a synergistic collision of art, science and philosophy; it’s her metaphysical romance with the cosmos that perhaps best describes her tryst with music.

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NEWS - 08. April 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Ramsha Shakeel

Prateek Kuhad: Auditorium Upstart

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Its been nearly two months since I watched singer-songwriter Prateek Kuhad launch his debut LP, In Tokens and Charms to an intimate audience at the Little Theatre at the National Centre for Performing Arts, Mumbai.

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NEWS - 04. April 2015   CITY - Mumbai ARTIST - Prateek Kuhad

The Evolution of Bang Bang

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The energy in the air was infectious. Off the main street, tucked away in a small lane in the beautiful city of Colombo, the club (Colombo One) was gearing up for the night’s party. Massive soundsystems and quirky art décor are elements the Bang Bang crew introduce with exquisite flavour to their events. Known for their successful all night underground parties, they’re a crew made up of artists, promoters and musicians. Bang Bang has been responsible for bringing global underground sounds to Sri Lanka for the last few years actively pushing the boundaries.

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NEWS - 30. March 2015   CITY - Colombo ARTIST - Bang Bang

6LA8 (Part 2): Making A Connection Through Music And Art

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What we are trying to achieve is, well, just to make some good music that helps us vent out feelings that are too primitive or maybe too complex to put in words. There are a lot of real world problems that we occasionally have to face, and music helps us pass through them and look at things with different perspectives,” said Pakistan-based musicians Taimur Mazhar Sheikh and Omer Asim, the brains behind the experimental project 6LA8.

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NEWS - 26. March 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - 6LA8

6LA8 (Part 1): An Attempt To Condense And Convey…

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Society is nothing but a long established change. And, any massive change can become socially relevant. Art (in a broader spectrum) has that potential to inspire, ignite and accelerate any massive changes, just as long as there is a ‘realised’ connection to it. We believe art is a great catalyst in humanity’s search for meaning in general. But a catalyst works only if it is placed in the desired environment with the necessary ingredients,” said Taimur Mazhar Sheikh and Omer Asim from Pakistan who formed their experimental project 6LA8 post branching out from the avant-garde outfit Aus Rine.

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NEWS - 13. March 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - 6LA8

Sound Lab Mumbai Takes Electronic Music To New Audiences

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produced by Sourya Sen and Naman Saraiya

While the Sound Lab in Mumbai technically kicked off on Saturday February 7 and stayed quite low key through most of the weekend, it was the following week that really saw the project truly come into fruition. Until February 13, visitors of the Kala Ghoda Arts Festival, an annual multi-cultural offering in the heart of South Mumbai got to witness an experimental, unrehearsed workshop on electronic music production akin to the inner workings of a studio. 

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NEWS - 06. March 2015   CITY - Mumbai

Sound Lab Mumbai: Sound Sythesis For The Masses

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A little over two weeks ago in Mumbai in India, a group of musicians from India, Sri Lanka and Germany participated in a one week workshop that including a daily analogue x digital jam session.  As part of the Kala Ghoda Festival (a free arts festival that takes place in South Mumbai and attracts visitors from all over the city as well as passers-by) , the Galerie Max-Mueller was transformed into a public rehearsal space and music production studio where the audience could witness the process of track making, live spontaneous sound synthesis and collaboration in real time.

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NEWS - 02. March 2015   CITY - Mumbai

Being Analogue In A Digital World

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In the 21st century, electronic music and the technology that comes with it has advanced in leaps and bounds. The advent of various commercially available digital audio workstations (DAWs), software synths, emulators and other virtual studio technologies (VSTs) have now transformed the way music is made. Bringing the capabilities of music production right down to the producers bedroom has made it affordable and accessible to the normal (curious) Joe. Of course, some purists would argue that digital music production sounds mechanical and computer controlled compared to using analogue machines and hardware. Analogue machines impart a feeling of warmth and originality to the sounds themselves .

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NEWS - 27. February 2015   CITY - Mumbai ARTIST - Aqua Dominatrix

One Cover At A Time: Female Artists Shape The Image Of Karachi’s Electronica Movement

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A lone child clutches a stuffed toy as azure waters lap his feet. A solitary isle in the distance welcomes you to Janaicah as clouds roll over this scene of tropical whim.

The Orient abounds as dragons and mandarin symbols float across a building, an aged gramophone providing the score.

Goddesses share music and the cosmos as fish make waves in a stellar ocean.

These landscapes, these reveries, these flights of fancy. All represent artistic musings either as cover or album art that are putting a ‘face’ to the somewhat camera-shy musicians of the Pakistani electronic music scene, selling albums (hopefully), creating their own mythos and whipping a storm across the Internet.

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NEWS - 20. February 2015   CITY - Karachi ARTIST - Forever South


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