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PurpleGreen

During the period of Oct 2011 to Jan 2012, I was pretty much out of work and music to make. My first band had just broken up after a bad gig, and I was taking my time to recover from all the bad vibes and negativity that had taken quite a lot of space in my head.

Even though I didn't really play music for some time, I decided it was time to work on my own music for a while. I decided to start from scratch right from Day 1 and made it a priority to try and become better at what I do, music-wise and focus on progress and positivity. It was time to let go.

Another friend Mayurath, a guitarist that plays (now in the past) for a band 'Purple in Green' has always been around and we keep in constant touch. He was just a kid back then, and I think he still is in school. Even though he's a kid, He's a huge fan of progressive metal and he made more than a few demos during that time.

He was looking for a keyboardist for live performances and somebody who would help him record a few demos and I being out of work for a while, didn't think it was a bad idea at all. There was a period of about a few weeks where we used to jam at his place regularly like once or twice a week.

 
 
 
 

We sat down and worked on a pre-production demo of his track 'Perry'. We fooled around a little bit with sounds and music, there used to be the occasional drummer to give us company. There were plenty of inside jokes accompanied with sniggers and maniacal laughter, and we just sat and listened to stuff lots of times. They were fun times.

I made him hear a few demos I was working on my own at the time. Half an hour sound-experiments. We would just sit staring at windows and glasses of water while the whole thing played. We have always been into trippy music, music with experimental vibes. It's always good to experiment as a musician, I feel.

 

Above : A video of a song 'Rapture' by Urban Soundscape, a band that made quite trippy music and whose music I heard on a number of instances while jamming with Purple in Green and looking for inspiration.

 

It's Almost Halftime

It's been a gruelling few days as I keep working on the movie score for the horror film day and night. I've almost finished half the score, which seems like a pretty huge achievement to me.

The thought took me back to the concept of an 'Interval', a concept that seems central to plots of most Bollywood movies. It's usually at the half-time that most Hindi movies introduce their plot twist or the beginning of a climax. Intervals are pretty important to us Indians. Gotta get the popcorn, go pee, Update our Facebook status, talk to our friends or just sit and wait for the next half to begin.

 
 
 

It is this idea that brought me to the concept of a track idea for the movie score that I called 'Are You Scared Yet?'. There was definitely a giant twist in the climax as far as I could envision through the script, and I figured what else could be a good time to introduce a little scare here, and a little movement there than the half-time.

Now, horror movies are supposed to be scary, period. So I descended upon the piano roll of my Fruity Loops and set out to create a really abstract synth line which moved at twice the tempo and it was at 7/8. What was interesting was the fact that the synth line seemed to work in such a way, that instead of being 7/8, it started sounding like a normal 4-beat measure, something that I used to my advantage.

Other than that, it's mostly scares, thrills, spills and chills in a horror movie. A demonic sounding choir here and a little crafty synth coupled with a really heavy industrial-sounding beat is all you need, sometimes.