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Beyond Good and Evil 2 inspired collaboration

It’s great to see the internet abuzz with happiness regarding a long awaited follow-up (prequel) to Beyond Good and Evil.

Interestingly, the world and its culture is very much drawn from South Asian/East Asian traditions.

Inspired by this, friends of mine and I got together to collaborate and write music inspired by System 3 (The Surya System). All of us have one foot in ‘Western Classical’ musical traditions, with the other foot in South Asian musical disciplines (Carnatic, Hindustani….). The diversity of our musical upbringing helped us to mesh together different styles and produce the first piece.

The ‘Prelude’ features Ainkaran Sivaaji on Carnatic violin.

Here’s how Ainkaran described his process of composition and performance:

“The phrases improvised on the Carnatic violin here were inspired by grand awakening, gentle arousal, the wisdom and brisk pace of elephants and auspicious sunny dawns, which I readily associate with the deity Ganesh or Pillaiyar. I wrote in ragas like Hamsadhwani, Nalinakanthi, Naatai, Gambeera Naatai and Kalyani as well as the Hindustani raga Bageshri for these evoke many soundscapes that are musically linked to Ganesh. They remind me of the ancient temples of Sri Lanka.”

As for my process, I wanted Ainkaran to have the freedom to improvise around his chosen ragas.

I liked the idea of having a suite or canon of pieces. I wanted there to be an opening prelude to the whole suite that gave the listener a feeling of the universe, peace and freedom.

Ainkaran supplied me with almost an hours worth of stems that he had improvised freely. His stems were all recorded via IPhone, and we aim to re-record them. However, he did manage to capture some beautiful birdsong in some of his stems!
I rearranged his stems to craft a gentle melody that evoked a feeling of mysticism, wonder and the expanse of the universe. Once I had rearranged his stems, I added a supporting orchestral arrangement as well as santoor solo. I also included a reharmonised version of the Menu Jingle from Beyond Good and Evil I.

We hope you enjoy our efforts so far! We will be adding more pieces to the suite as we learn more about the game 🙂

You can find Aink and his work on :

Facebook, Youtube, Twitter and Tumblr

“Nine Coo Five” with Anye Chen and the team at AUB

I’ve just completed the score for an adorable animation produced by Arts University Bournemouth.

Here’s a little bit about it –

Nine Coo Five : “In a gloomy city square, a struggling artist tries to make a living through his chalk drawings. Although unable to captivate the bustling businessmen and women around him, he forms an unlikely friendship with a pigeon who becomes inspired by his work…”

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Anye Chen (director – anye.co.uk) and her team at Arts University Bournemouth are in the final period of finishing up the animation.

It will be premiered at AUB in June and later on at the BFI in London in July, before entering the festival circuit.

Ukelayla

Lately, I’ve been collaborating with students at the University of Central Florida (UCF) to write some music for an animated film they are producing.

‘Ukelayla’ is the heartwarming story of a little girl who is affected by Childhood Apraxia of Speech (CAS). The team at UCF have devoted countless hours towards producing an animation that will raise awareness about CAS globally.

Ukelayla poster

The film is almost complete and should be wrapping up by the end of April!

Please support them and their endeavours and check out their page to find out more about the film:

https://ukelayla-film.tumblr.com/

Beyond Good and Evil Piano Arrangement (2017) !!!!

Hey all!

To celebrate the announcement of Beyond Good and Evil 2, I decided to re-upload my old arrangement from back in the day 🙂

The sound quality wasn’t great the first time round…nor was the camera work (!!), so it needed a redo. What better time to upload it?!

Those of you who know me will know how much I love this game, and how I channelled that through an arrangement I made exactly 10 years ago!!! The arrangement led me onto a myriad of adventures, friendships and so much more. Christophe Heral’s OST remains the most influential and important to me on my journey as a musician and composer.

I really hope you like my new live performance ! This is for all of the team and the fans 🙂

Thanks Ubisoft for never giving up on BG&E. The original will always remain a favourite across many generations of gamers 🙂

Trailer for ‘Defend Your Friend’

My studio has finally been unpacked, decorated and is functional! I have recently finished up an animation, and also in a few weeks, I will be back to working on ‘Defend Your Friend’.

Frenemies released the new trailer, and we should all be on target for a late 2017 release! Check it out below – it has an abbreviated version of the main theme (feat. the awesome Reckoner27 on cello).

DEFEND YOUR FRIEND ‘Main Theme’

Hi everybody!

I have uploaded the ‘Main Theme’ for DEFEND YOUR FRIEND and it features Reckoner27 on cello!

Apologies for the lack of updates otherwise ; I’ve been ridiculously busy with work, composing for the DYF OST, caring for a poorly cat AND moving house. Yep – when it rains it pours..

However, the exciting news from me is that I can finally reveal that I have some collaborators on the OST. I have been so unbelievably excited about this and wanted to wait until the first track was uploaded to spill the beans!!

First up is Reckoner27, an incredibly talented cellist from Montreal.

Reck has her own youtube channel:

https://www.youtube.com/user/reckoner27cello

She is one of my star soloists for the OST. You will hear her work on the whole soundtrack, so please do support her channel. She is gifted arranger of anime OSTs and has a selection of her beautiful performances on her channel (my personal fave is her Inuyasha medley).

DYF will have a slightly postponed release due to the extensive work that is going into the game. Frenemies have slated the release for the second half of 2017. Trust me, there will be no rest for the wicked, as we have a lot to achieve!

I have another collaborator who shall remain a mystery for now, but as soon as the track is ready, we will be ready for the reveal 🙂

Please stay tuned and support Frenemies!

They really are working their socks off, whilst also having to complete their degrees!!!

 

Cheedi Maar

‘Cheedi Maar’ is an animation directed and animated by Vivek Das along with a bunch of talented students from DSK Supinfocom, India.

The animation is set in India and tells the tale of a trio of criminals in an outlandish situation.

To stay true to the ethnic backdrop, I delved into Indian/Bollywood genres for the score.