The Mumbai Composers Lab is a series of workshops & seminars and offers a unique opportunity to emerging Indian composers to interact with successful professionals in their fields and obtain a better understanding of what lies at the heart of a music score in the arena of moving image. The Lab takes place during and as part of the Mumbai Film Festival. It is presented with Abbey Road Studios and in association with PRS for Music, UK and supported by BMI.
Andrew T. Mackay who is the Lab’s director
Mumbai Composers Lab – India’s first ever composer’s lab founded in 2013 the 100th year of Indian Cinema
Presented by Bohemia Junction with Abbey Road Studios, London in association with PRS for Music with support from BMI as part of the Mumbai Film Festival
India’s first Music Composers Lab was launched at the 15th Mumbai film Festival and was held at the prestigious Yash Raj Film Studios, Andheri (W), Mumbai, in their state-of-the-art Audio Wing.
The first-of-its-kind Composers Lab offers a unique opportunity to emerging Indian composers to interact with successful professional in the field of music, to get a better understanding of what lies at the heart of a music score in the arena of moving image.
In 2013 six composers attended the Lab and interacted with professional composers and a team of music & film Industry specialists, from the UK and India, who shared their knowledge and expertise with the participants. The composers were also advised about many aspects of music and the music industry. The lab is an initiative to provide a hub for like- minded emerging film composers to network with each other, as well as with industry professionals, to learn new skills in the realms of film scoring.
Special guest Ilan Eshkeri, best-known for his film scores of 47 Ronin, Coriolanus, Stardust, The Young Victoria and Kick-Ass, as well as his collaborations with Coldplay, Annie Lennox and Take That, led the creative team which included Indian music directors Ranjit Barot, Amit Trivedi and Naren Chandavakar, Jonathan Allen and Christian Wright (Abbey Road Studios, London) as well as legendary indian sound engineers Daman Sood and KJ Singh.
Ilan Eshkeri (l) and Amit Trivedi (r) 2013 Mumbai Composers Lab
Eshkeri learnt the art of film composition by working closely with music maestros Michael Kamen, Edward Shearmur and Steve McLaughlin. Over his decade-long career, he has been awarded ‘Best Original Score’ for his work on the film Stardust at the International Film Music Critics Association award and nominated three times for The World Soundtrack Awards. Eshkeri’s soundtrack to The Young Victoria topped the classical music charts for several weeks and received a nomination at the Ivor Novello awards.
The lab also included an interview and Q&A with Ilan Eshkeri and a panel of key industry personnel.
(l-r) Achille Forler (MD Universal Music Publishing India) Dee Wood (Whistling Woods) Jatanil Banerjee (PRS for Music, UK), Christian Wright, Jonathan Allen (Abbey Road Studios) Ilan Eshkeri (Composer), Andrew T. Mackay (Lab Director & Founder)
In 2014 the Mumbai Composers Lab presented a series of creative seminars moderated by Lab Director Andrew T. Mackay under the banner of Music In Film: The Creative and The Business. As well as a masterclass and Q&A with FAMES Project, Macedonia’s director Laurent Koppitz.
The seminars were aimed at music composers, engineers, producers and directors as well as delegates and filmmakers from the film festival.
The seminars were as follows: Recording with an Orchestra: a one to one with Laurent Koppitz head of FAME’S Project. The new ‘go to’ home for film score orchestral recording in Skopje, Macedonia. Films by Indian directors such as Dhoom 3, Gunday, Broken Horses, Lingaa and I. were recorded there.
This was a great opportunity for music directors and film company heads to see what opportunities there are to add another dimension to their film songs and film scores
The Sound Engineer: A conversation with KJ Singh one of India’s leading Sound Engineers working in the film industry in Mumbai and Manasi Tare India’s first female sound engineer who works at YRF.
The Composer: Who is he or she and what do they really do? A chat with some of Indian cinemas established and up coming composers.
A panel of five special guests including Marathi composer Kaushal S. Inamder and Mumbai based composers John Stewart, Julius Packiam, Ashwin Srinivasan and Naren Chandavarkah.
Where are they now?
A round table chat with 2013’s lab participants. Did they learn really anything and where are they now in their careers?
Copyright, Publishing & Collection!
How it works and what it means to composers & songwriters. Liam Donnelly, Head of International for PRS for Music, UK and leading music industry veteran Atul Churamani and MD of Universal Music Publishing India Achille Forler discussed the ins and outs of the often confusing subject.
"Music composition, especially for films, is crucial. It sets the rhythm, the pace, the mood for an entire cinematic piece. A good, indulgent background score is an orchestration of the right notes, which in turn orchestrates your perception of a film. Music lies at the heart of a moving image."
"... a unique opportunity to emerging Indian composers to interact with successful professionals in the field of music, to get a better understanding of what lies at the heart of a music score in the arena of moving image."
The Lab is an independent educational and mentoring initiative run by Bohemia Junction during the Mumbai Film Festival and was formed in 2013 by composer and producer Andrew T. Mackay as a yearly event providing education and professional advice through seminars and Workshops
Abbey Road Studios, UK, is considered the most famous recording studio in the world. It was opened in 1931 and is most famously associated with the Beatles, who recorded almost all their albums and singles there. The iconic studio is also home to some of the most famous film scores, including those of Aliens, Star Wars, Prometheus, Harry Potter, Spiderman and Lord of the Rings. The studio has been mastering songs and music from Indian films and the music industry for the last 18 months including Dhoom3, Haider & Gunday as well as the latest Indian Ocean album.
PRS for Music, based in the UK, was formed in 1914 and celebrated it’s 100th year in 2014. The company represents the rights of 100,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers. They also represent over 2 million music creators, through 150 global agreements.
Broadcast Music, Inc. BMI, is an American performing rights organization that represents more than 600,000 songwriters, composers and music publishers in all genres of music and more than 8.5 million musical works. BMI has represented the most popular and beloved music from around the world for more than 70 years. The Company provides licenses for businesses that perform music and distributes the fees it generates as royalties to the musical creators and copyright owners it represents.
Bohemia Junction Limited was started by British composer and co-founder of Bombay Dub Orchestra Andrew T. Mackay in London, UK in 2012 as a meeting place for creatives in music, film & the arts. Bohemia provides services for international music companies looking to expand into India. It currently represents Abbey Road Studios in India and in particular their online mastering services as well as Macedonia’s film music recording services offered by FAMES Project. Bohemia also co-curates the Mumbai SongHubs with Sounds Australia on behalf of APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association).
Formed in Skopje 2008 FAMES is a complete orchestral recording package in total buyout for film scores, television, videos games, classical music & pop music recordings. For very affordable prices you can book Studio M1, the Macedonian Radio Symphonic Orchestra, Choir and Soloists. Films from Indian directors including Dhoom3, Gunday, I, Lingaa and Broken Horses have been recorded with FAMES.
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