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Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya – Musical Bliss!!

 

Have been wanting to write about this one for quite sometime but then it kept missing it. Anyways, better late than never, so here goes:

A stunner of an album composed in Tamil by Academy Award winner A.R.Rahman for the movie Vinnai Thaandi Varuvaaya. The album is centered on a two people who are in love and fall apart later.

There are a total of seven songs from different genres of music, the album is pure magic and totally enchants the listener. The standout in the set of songs would be a Malayalam rock number sung by singer/composer Alphonse. The special feature of this song is the employment of Alphonse (A Malayalam singer/composer) as singer. All that I had ever heard him singing was melody and now suddenly he comes out all screamy and passionate with this slow rock number! Just one word: REVELATION!

The songs in this album outscored all competition received critical acclaim equal to one of A.R.Rahman’s previously pampered works Alaipayuthe. And that’s not even getting started on the background score, but that would require a separate review!

One little concern for listeners is that this album, like all of A.R.Rahman’s works, sort of grows on you and might not be liked immediately.

Give it a chance and believe me, you will not regret it!

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Music Reviews, Reviews

 

Apple IPOD Nano – Sleek, Smooth & Sexy

Is Apple Nano any good?

No.

It is much more than good!

There may be one or two players around that might boast of better audio quality but nothing approaches Apple’s ease of use, quality, style and now, for the first time, value for money. That’s right; not only is the Nano a superb player but it is also competitively priced.

Nano-specifications

The new nano is better engineered than the original nano and is MUCH more capable in terms of longevity. It feels extremely sturdy too. Push the colour screen firmly and there is no evidence of discolouration or pressure points at all. The size and weight of this model remain the same as its predecessor – 90 x 40 x 6.5mm & 42g respectively. While the screen size is also retained (1.5inch/38mm diagonally), the screen brightness has been increased by 40 percent which makes reading easier outdoors.

Upgrades:

Apple has managed an impressive increase in battery life from 14 hrs to 24 hrs. A larger and easier-to-operate Lock slider and a dished Enter button in the centre of the click wheel add to the user-friendliness of this model.
An all new search function that makes browsing through your music by name. Those of us with large libraries will find this feature extremely handy.

Something to grumble about. Maybe?

Even though it bears the tried-and-tested click-wheel navigation system which is of course the best among everything I’ve used so far, it does have its disadvantages – you have to use the hold switch more often than you do with players that don’t have touch sensitive controls in order to avoid turning the volume up and down inadvertently – but its ease of use easily outweighs this relatively small inconvenience.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Product Reviews, Reviews

 

Senheisser HD 280 PRO – Comfort does matter!

One job that this pair of headphones excels at is blocking the ambience. Put them on and you can hardly hear a thing from around you! At the same time, they do not compromise on the user’s comfort. I have practically used them for hours together with no strain on my ears at all thanks to their amazingly soft and cushioned ear pads.

However one aspect that I found thoroughly unforgivable is the base response. The HD 280 Pro, while sounding fantastic and close to natural in the mid & upper-mid range, plays weak base. Of course, I use an equalizer to balance things while working, but it would have been nicer with good base response.

 
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Posted by on June 2, 2011 in Product Reviews, Reviews

 

Jeet Ka Junoon (Unplugged) – Live on TIMES NOW (Pan India telecast!)

Our efforts bear more fruit!!!

Our song for the Indian Team spoken about all over the country now on TIMES NOW.We were invited to perform the same unplugged and were interviewed.

Here is the link to the video.

 

WORLD CUP 2011 ANTHEM FOR INDIA – JEET KA JUNOON – Hardwork starts paying off

World Cup scores with music fans.

 

One month of hard work has started paying off! We have been spoken about on the front page of The Times of India 03/03/2011.

There are of course a whole host of people to be thanked.

Vinod Venugopal & Baba Vijay who helped & guided us through this whole project unselfishly being our pillar of support at all times.

Vignesh Vijayakumar, Murali Venkatraman, Sudhathee Sriram, Sushanth Shankar, Aisoorya Vijayakumar, Mathangi Iyer, Shiva Priya, Venkat, Siva Prasad, Sumitra, Srividya Kasturi, Unnikrishnan KB, George Kuruvilla, Lakshmi Priya, Yashaswini, Saravan Gupta Lakkur, Randeep, Vernicia, Arun, Dolly, Ramya Harish, Bhuvana Kumaran, Balaji Seetharaman, Kirthana, Akshay Iyer, and many more.. Thanks a lot for standing by our team and encouraging us to no end!

 

 
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Posted by on March 4, 2011 in Uncategorized

 

WORLD CUP 2011 ANTHEM – JEET KA JUNOON

An idea.. Conceived… Endeavored… And now

delivered…

The Crew

The song started of from the brain-cells of AK Deepesh (Kochi) who came up with the thought of making a song to cheer the Indian Cricket Team for this World Cup. The very thought was vibrant and struck a chord with every one on our team.

We embarked on this project a month back when Sajeev Sarathie (New Delhi) penned some fantastic lines off his mind. Sajeev speaking for this song was a masterstroke for us since Sajeev, a being cricket enthusiast himself was obviously thrilled at the thought and did not just stop with passionate writing but also went out of his way to help us throughout the song.

Once the lyrics and the melody were in place, we started off with the groove design with Manoj (California) at the helm. Needless to say, the amazing drummer that he is, he nailed it! With the basic framework now in place, we started off on arrangements & programming and from there on it was a process of evolution set in motion.

This was also the first time we got the chance to work with Kuhoo Gupta (Pune) (thanks to Sajeev Bhaiya). Have always been a great fan of her singing and working with her was better than we had ever imagined. Versatility, speed and a thorough professional attitude describes her the best (not to mention ‘amazingly cheery’ all the time). She finished off her portions in no time and proved to be such a value add to our team!

Tara Balakrishnan (Houston) who has almost always been an integral part of my projects raised the song by several notches with her highly expressive singing. Gifted with a magical voice and oodles of attitude,  she most certainly turned the song around in the last minute with her portions.

With Anup Menon (Paris) – The Guitarist on the team, there could obviously be no dearth of energy. He played an active part in the song offering suggestions and improvisations most of which when incorporated improve the song.

I didn’t have to go far in searching for the male lead, Deepesh being an amazing singer himself. Apart from singing the lead, Deepesh stayed up while making the song right from Day 1 and this song is as much his baby as mine.

Two people who stood by us no matter what deserve a special mention. Baba Vijay and Vinod Venugopal are not only the ones behind the video for the song and the teaser but also the right catalyst charging us up when the chips were down!

Balamurali Balu is another friend we would like to thank for his guidance throughout.

Last but not the least, we thank all our friends (active and passive) who have motivated us, kept us on our toes, criticized for improvements and helped us through out the promotions from the day the teaser was out!

Jeet Ka Junoon required quite some junoon of our own too since we did have a lot of hurdles jump across (what with lack of  proper funding to execute a project so ambitious, etc) but it finally proved to be worth all our efforts.

We sure had a blast working together and hope you will too, when you listen!

 
 

Go Men In Blue!!! : Jeet Ka Junoon – Original Composition (Teaser)

Go Men In Blue!!! : Jeet Ka Junoon – Original Composition (Teaser) by Eshwar

 

A flavor of what’s cooking in our little studio for our favorite team…

 

ठोंक दे किल्ली, टीम इंडिया ओ ओ ओ,

गाढ़ दे बल्ला, टीम इंडिया ओ ओ ओ ओ

 

And we haven’t had our last word yet… 😀

Watch out for our song to pump up the TIGERS!!!

 

Jeet Ka Junoon

Coming soon…



 

 
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Posted by on February 10, 2011 in Uncategorized