Will goes to Bollywood

Posted by: Will Josef

Will goes to Bollywood - 11/20/18 04:35 PM

I found this style "_Bollybt" while actually looking for something else, but when I listened to it I knew I had to try to work with this. So I fooled around and added a few things.

The song is in a traditional style (Mohanam Raga) of South Indian music, singing using the pentatonic scale.

The star of this track is Andy Leftwich, who I (miss-)used to give the singer some feedback (he can be found on RT2549). I am sure he didn't imagine himself playing on a track like this. :-)

Let me know if I am ready for the big Bollywood screen... probably not grin

https://soundcloud.com/user-656274325/will-goes-to-bollywood

Will
Posted by: dcuny

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/20/18 04:44 PM

Sort of India meets Ireland when the fiddle shows up.

Nicely done! smile
Posted by: bluage

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/20/18 09:05 PM

"Will Josef"...

My, my, my, but there's a whole lot of adventurous music popping up in the User's Forum these days!!!

Your "Will Goes to Bollywood" number satisfied my always-open ear for music composed outside of the Western tradition. And, on top of that, you had enough imagination to add some Celtic charm to the mix through the addition of that dancing violin. I absolutely LOVE to listen to music that blends genres, musical traditions, and just plain-old, "Well, what if we throw this in there???"

Round-and-round, and round, he goes, but where "Will" will stop, nobody knows laugh !!!

Dee-lighted,

LOREN
Posted by: BlueAttitude

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 04:01 AM

This is pretty cool! You show a lot of imagination in your uploads, always something different.

You held my attention throughout the entire piece and I enjoyed the listen, well done!
Posted by: Crossroads

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 04:11 AM

Hi Will,

you should see me: I'm sitting in front of my monitors, grinning, eyes closed, fidgeting and now - can that be true - the air starts to smell like cumin, coriander cinemon and cardamom.

Will, it's so great and I admire and envy you for having the guts to give something like this a try.

I'm ready for a double-feature !!!

Soooooo good...

Take care,

Stefan
Posted by: Deryk - PG Music

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 07:24 AM

Wow - what a unique piece of music smile Definitely a breath of fresh air for the forums here, and I love how there is slight celtic influence with the fiddle too. Definitely unique but that isn't a bad thing in my books.

You should be proud of this one - thanks for sharing!
Posted by: Tano Music

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 07:31 AM

Will, you are thinking outside the box! Great, inventive, imaginative work!
Loved it!
Posted by: Joe -PG Music

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 08:12 AM

Well done Will! This sounds very full and found the rhythm is easy to follow. Thoroughly enjoyed the strings to harmonize everything, and it sounds quite authentic!
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 04:33 PM

David, Loren, Dave, Stefan, Tano, Deryk and Joe,

A big thank you to all of you for listening and writing encouraging comments. I appreciate that a lot!
I find great fun in experimenting with the different styles in Biab and it is really nice when there are people who are willing to spend a few minutes to listen and comment.

Blushing a little bit here...

Thanks again,
Will
Posted by: Scott C

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/21/18 04:43 PM

Boy did I like this. The violin sets so nice in the song. I remember reading an article from George Harrison talking about learning Eastern music that time was so different than the 4/4 timing he was used to. This was a very cool song. Well done
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/22/18 04:34 PM

Thank you, Scott!

Yes, I like the violin in this mix as well - it's actually a compliment to PGMusic for making it possible to include a violin, which for sure was not intended for this kind of music. smile

Thank you for listening!
Will
Posted by: rayc

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/22/18 04:45 PM

Nice mashup of elements.
Well done.
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/22/18 05:45 PM

Thank you, rayc!

Much appreciated!
Will
Posted by: Noel96

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/22/18 06:00 PM

Will,

This is fantastic! I love the way that the various musical elements align and create a very engaging journey of sound that's different, inventive and adventurous. You've done a great job with this. Your composing, arranging and production shine! I'd also like to compliment your singer on doing a superb job.

All the best,
Noel
Posted by: PeterF

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/22/18 09:25 PM

That was really interesting and extremely well done.
Excellent!

Peter
Posted by: Rustyspoon#

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/23/18 09:57 AM

Will, good stuff.
Enjoyed it much!

I always liked fusion music. It is almost always comes as a pleasant surprise.
This tune reminded me of one of my favorite fusion bands Mytha (Indo-Swedish) They have some wild collaborations. Will, you are on right track smile

Thank you for posting!
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/23/18 05:02 PM

Noel, Peter and Rustyspoon,

Thank you very much for your nice comments! I'm really happy that you took time out of your probably busy calendar to listen to this track.

@Noel
Yes, she is an amazing singer in that particular style.

@Rustyspoon
I don't know Mytha, but I will for sure check them out.

Thanks to all of you for listening!
Will
Posted by: animarorecords

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/28/18 12:04 AM

Will,

What a unique piece of music!
Very creative and exotic.
The female vocal is very nice.
Enjoyed my listen a lot.

Best regards.

Shigeki Adachi
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 11/29/18 06:23 PM

Thank you very much, Shigeki! It means a lot to me that you like it!

Looking forward to hear your next piece of music!

Will
Posted by: Janice & Bud

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/01/18 10:30 AM

Originally Posted By: dcuny
Sort of India meets Ireland when the fiddle shows up.

Nicely done! smile


Well stated!!!

Great mashup.

J&B
Posted by: Greg Johnson

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/02/18 02:15 PM

Very cool vibe!! The mix is very sharp. Great job!! Take care. Greg
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/02/18 04:18 PM

Janice, Bud & Greg,

Thank you for listening. Much appreciated!

Will
Posted by: rsdean

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/02/18 05:02 PM

Will,

This is great - very clever and catchy... Awesome mix!

Bob
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/02/18 05:17 PM

Thank you, Bob!

Will
Posted by: Guitarhacker

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/03/18 07:52 AM

That, is without a doubt the WINNER for the most unique and interesting song of the year.

Just one question. How in the world did you get Yoko Ono to sing on that song? wink
Posted by: Torrey Bliss

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/03/18 11:23 AM

Nice work Will! Way to use your imagination! This all blends together very well! Thanks, T
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/03/18 07:15 PM

Thank you very much for listening, Guitarhacker and Torrey Bliss. Very much appreciated!

@Guitarhacker
Yoko was busy on the day of recording, so I got her twin sister to do a sound-a-like performance :-)

Will
Posted by: floyd jane

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/03/18 08:46 PM

Will,

Cool music. Very imaginative.

And very well mixed.

An enjoyable listen.

fj
Posted by: Samuel Davis

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/04/18 11:13 AM

Cool song. The fiddle fits well with the rest of the tracks. Well done.

Who did the vocals and is there a translation of them? Would love to know what they mean.
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/04/18 05:40 PM

Thank you very much, Floyd Jane.

It was a difficult song to mix, so I appreciate very much that you like the outcome.

Will
Posted by: Will Josef

Re: Will goes to Bollywood - 12/04/18 06:25 PM

Hi Samuel - and thank you!

I too very much wanted to know what the lyrics meant, so I did some research about so-called Carnatic (some people call it Tamil) music and this particular song, which - as far as I know from studying the subject - has been used in a movie called "Mr. Fraud". Listen from around 1:10 into the video:




But it is a traditional song that comes in many versions.

The first line that starts with "Sada Paalaya Sara Saakshi..." means:

Protect me always, Dear Lotus-eyed Goddess Parvathi...

And then it goes on:

Always unequaled.. Always unequaled in true beauty

And second verse that starts with "Sudhaa Madhuraa Vaag Vilaasini...":

Your speech is as sweet as nectar

You dispels all sins, ever-smiling Goddess Parvathi
Always unequaled...Always unequaled in true beauty
Protect me always..


Will