Category Archives: Music

Music: “Tashi” – Original Score

I’m very excited to bring you the original score I composed and produced for Vivek Singh Sangwan’s short film “Tashi.”

If you can listen to only one track, make it “A Letter to Buddha (End Titles).”

“Tashi” tells the story of a Tibetan boy who seeks out Buddha to ask him a difficult question.

Of all the film/video game scores I’ve done over the last few months (which I will share in due course), this is the project I’m most proud of because Vivek and I worked together very honestly, and with openness to each others’ different approaches. We ran through many different versions of the music until we found the kind of tone he was looking for. The music had to have a presence without stepping over the naturalism of the film. We also decided early on that we would give Tashi a primary theme, which you will find recurring throughout the score, evolving. You can even hear a very rudimentary version of it in “First Demo.”

I’ll share the film here as soon as it’s publicly available.

Please share the score if you think it’s worth it!

UPDATE: People, a trailer!

ANNOUNCEMENTS: New Behance Page + New Music and Animation

Hey followers and whoever-else-is-reading…

So I’m trying something new:  posting announcement-things! Let’s see if this goes anywhere.

First off, you might notice that this website isn’t called krishnabalashenoi.wordpress.com anymore; I bought my own domain name, so yaay! And as you can see, things have changed a lot since you were last here. Are the changes for the better? Do let me know.

The main reason I’m posting this, however, is to let you peeps know that I now have a Behance page! It doesn’t have nearly as much content as this place does, and with reason; the Behance page is meant to be a tighter, more condensed (and more drab and businesslike) portfolio of my work. But please go ahead and share it if you like what you find there, and I’d appreciate it if you appreciated some stuff too. And maybe commented, though that might be asking for a bit much.

Also, just so this post isn’t devoid of new content, I’m posting two tiny new things that I’ve done in the recent past.

The first is just a sonic experiment, sampling one of my favorite composers of all time, John Williams. I had a lot of fun making this:

The second is a little animation. I spent hours on these ten seconds, using a newly acquired software TVPaint Animation Pro. I suspect it will open new doors in my work.

And finally, I’m soon to start work on my first proper music video for a new up and coming band in Bangalore, “Machli.” You can check out their awesome work here. Of all the projects I’m working on at present, this is the one that excites me most. Hopefully, you’ll see the final thing soon.

Live long and prosper,
Krishna

Maximum Metropolis – An Experimental Film

A much too formal description of the film:

“Maximum Metropolis” is an experimental film that aims to encapsulate a variety of responses one could have to urban Bangalore.

The audio design of the film is a coalescence of sound recordings and original musical compositions. Some of the sounds were created utilizing and manipulating the sounds of objects that one finds in the quintessential Indian urban space—plastic bottles, staplers, pill bottles, to name a few. Also in the mix are ambient sounds of such spaces; schools, supermarkets, urban and suburban neighborhoods.

The composition is comprised of three movements:

The first, “Cat in Concrete” is a microcosm of that sensation one sometimes experiences when overwhelmed by the cacophony in an urban space. The movement conjures up a domestic cat, lost in the terrifying concrete jungle that is the city of Bangalore.

“Sweaty Uniforms” transposes the listener to the quieter public urban spaces, to the schools, to the parks, and eventually settles into the sunset of the day.

Preceded by a brief conversation with an elderly man, “Family Bonfires” celebrates the more pleasant, more private moments of an urban lifestyle; the moments born out of human interactions. Chats, arguments, laughter, contact and song. Human voices are the key instrument here, but they have been reversed, for what is being said is less important here than how it is being said.

Music: “Onwards”

Onwards

Again, I don’t think this is complete, but it won’t ever be.

A reworking of a track I created last year. Just another experiment. As I made it, I thought of things like messages from extra-terrestrial life in deep space, religion, waking up and remembering how horribly yesterday went and yet being optimistic about it, discovering a person, acceptance, and so on. As pretentious as that all sounds.

The cover art is from a photograph my father clicked while on his travels. I thought of him while I created this as well, actually.

Music: “A Visiting Cat” – an animated short film by Azra Sadr

 

This short film was thought up and animated by my immensely talented friend from college, Azra Sadr, whose work you can see more of here. The film tells the story of a lonely boy who befriends a cat that crosses his path. While the its company ends his loneliness for a while, the cat eventually leaves him. While initially disheartened, the boy comes to realize that life has more happiness to offer him.

My role in this project was simply associated with the original music, which I composed and arranged on FL Studio, using the VST Edirol. I tried, within the short running time, to create leitmotifs associated with characters and events, and avoided using sound effects by having the music do the job for me, much like the classical Disney shorts.

Film: “Pieces” (2012)

 

An experimental film, presented in reversed slow-mo, “Pieces” is the first of my films to feature an entirely original soundtrack (I composed the music piece, titled “Mia’s Lullaby”, on FL Studio). Fun fact: The car featured in the film now rests in about ten pieces.

“So very good! A subtle, powerful narrative.”

-Roger Ebert on “Pieces”