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2nd Mumbai Composers Lab 2014 Presents a day of free seminars - Music In Film: The Creative & The Business and a further Panel discussion on Film Scoring at Cinemax Versova

The Mumbai Composers Lab was started by UK based composer and producer Andrew T. Mackay as part of the Mumbai Film Festival  in 2013 – the 100th year of Indian Cinema.

Last years Lab focused on six young up and coming Indian composers and were mentored by a creative team from both the UK and India led by leading UK based composer Ilan Eshkeri.

MCL2014LOGOThis year the Lab is doing things slightly differently with a series of seminars covering all the different sides of film music entitled: Film Music: The Creative and the Business. The Lab is presented by Bohemia Junction Limited and Abbey Road Studios as part of the 16th Mumbai Film festival in association with PRS for Music, UK with support from BMI,  FAMES Project and Whistling Woods’ The Andheri Base. The seminars are aimed at music composers, engineers, producers and directors as well as delegates and filmmakers from the film festival.

A host of international and Indian experts in their field will lead panels moderated by Lab Director Andrew T. Mackay on Friday 17th October at The Andheri Base in the Hard Rock Café building, Fun Republic Lane, Andheri (w)

Also on the 18th October between 1-2pm in Screen 1 at Cinemax, Infinti Mall, Versova, Andheri (w) a further presentation and discussion will take place with Frenchman Laurent Koppitz from FAMES Project Macedonia. This will lead on from Friday’s panel and will look at how Hollywood and Bollywood are heading to Skopje to record. How is this happening? What are the repercussions in the US and India and what are the benefits? This will be an enthralling event followed by a Q & A Session. Several composers who have used the orchestra will also join us on stage.

10.30-11.30 am 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. Bollywood scores such as Dhoom 3 have been recorded there as well as many award-winning Hollywood & European film scores. This is 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.

12.00-1.00pm –The Sound Engineer: A conversation with a panel of leading Sound Engineers working in the film industry in Mumbai. The panel will feature Yash Raj engineer Vijay Dayal who is one of the top engineers in the country responsible for some of the biggest hit songs and scores coming out of the film industry in India. A must for sound engineers and anyone with an interest in the recording studio!

1.30- 2.30pm – 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 special guests including Marathi composer Kaushal S Inamdar and Mumbai based composer John E. Stewart, musician and composer Ashwin Srinivasan,  music director Julius Packiam and composer Naren Chandavarkar who was one of our creative advisors at 2013′s Lab.

3.00 – 4.00pm Where are they now? A round table chat with 2013′s lab participants Anjo John, Alokonanda Dasgupta, Achint Thakkar, Anchal Talesara, Ujjwal Agrawal. (Shane Mendonsa is unfortunately on holiday!) Did they really learn anything and where are they now in their careers? Five out of six return to tell us their tales of success, woes, trials, tribulations, hopes and fears!

4.30 – 5.30pm Copyright, Publishing & Collection! How it works and what it means to composers & songwriters.  Liam Donnelly, Head of International for PRS for Music and leading music industry veteran Atul Churamani and Head of Universal Music Publishing India Achille Forler discuss the ins and outs of the often confusing subject.

The seminars are on Friday 17th October at The Andheri Base in the Hard Rock Café Building from 10am until 6pm Andheri (w). More information can be found at www.ComposersLab.in

The Seminars will be open to all Festival Delegates and those that register their details at registrations@ComposersLab.in

Mumbai Composers Lab: The Lab is part of 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

About Abbey Road Studios: 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.

About PRS for Music: PRS for Music, based in the UK, was formed in 1914 and is celebrating 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.

About BMI: 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: 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 has co-curated the Australian Song Hub in 2013 and 3014 for APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association).

About FAMES . 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.

About The Andheri Base: The Andheri base, is the cousin of it’s first culture club in Mumbai, The Bandra Base – An initiative of Whistling Woods International. The Andheri Base is a home base to create and incubate a community of artists to lead the next wave of fresh ideas and innovation in music, dance, theatre, film, and new mixed media arts. The Base offers premium workshops in music performance, music production, filmmaking, acting, photography, dance, yoga, martial arts, culinary arts, urban gardening and more. Whistling Woods International (WWI), Institute for Film, Fashion & Communication was founded by Filmmaker Subhash Ghai in 2006.

 

 

 

Festival

 mami2014What is the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Mumbai. For most, it is cinema. With nearly 300 films produced every year, Mumbai not only helps makes India – with 1000 films every year – the biggest filmmaking nation of the world, it also makes Mumbai the film capital of the world. 
At MAMI – the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image, we thought of what it would take to give this city a film festival worthy of the tremendous artistic talent it houses. The answer was to get the best films of the world for the world’s most cinema-crazy audience. If there is anything that we have achieved in the last 16 years of our existence it is this – year after year we have got the best films from across the globe, making the Mumbai Film Festival not only the ‘must-visit cinematic event’ of the country every year, but also making it one of the 10 best film festivals in the world.
The beginning of the festival was humble. In 1997, a group of film industry professionals, led by the master filmmaker, the late Hrishikesh Mukherjee, founded the Mumbai Academy of Moving Image as a not-for-profit trust. The main objective was to organize an annual International Film Festival of which the film industry and the country could be proud of. The aim was to foster a climate of appreciating good cinema, cinema stripped off its limiting labels of art or commercial. The best way to do that was through the exposure to the best films the world had to offer.In the last 16 years, the festival weathered many storms. It had to give the very second years of its existence a miss due to paucity of funds. Over the next ten years as well, the festival survived because of the funds and good wishes of film industry professionals and generous viewers who overlooked our flaws and appreciated the content we brought in.In 2009, Mrs. Tina Ambani stepped in. For the next five years, Reliance Entertainment funded the festival. This was the time when it grew from strength to strength. From a small festival, expanded to become one of the biggest film festivals in the world with new and interesting segments introduced every year and the prize money for competition, being at par with the best festivals of the world.

Once Reliance pulled out in 2013 after its five-year funding deal was over, the Mumbai Film Festival faced the biggest challenge of its existence. Though the selection committee of the festival continued its work, the funding proved to be such an uphill task that till two months before its commencement, there was a serious fear of the festival giving 2014 a miss.

As news leaked out, the city of large-hearted people swung into action and within four days, after a crowd-sourcing model was mooted, half a million dollar was collected. Both the unknown common masses of the city and well known film industry professionals including many stars and directors, got together, put in money and also helped spread the word as more people continued contributed every day.

The Mumbai Film Festival, rose like a Phoenix to live and fight another day. poster_2014

Mumbai Film Festival 2014 is a tribute to the never-say-die-spirit of Mumbai and India. It is the perfect tribute to the love of this nation for the religion called cinema.

The Mumbai Film Festival 2014 is an ode to joy and hope.   www.mumbaifilmfest.org

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Andheri Base confirmed as Composers Lab Venue

AndheriBase-LogoThe cool new Andheri venue The Andheri Base is to be the location for the day of events as part of the Mumbai Composers Lab on the 17th October as part of the 16th Mumbai Film Festival. The initiative of Whistling Woods opened earlier this year following the success of the Bandra Base. The Andheri Base is housed in the Hard Rock Café building Opposite Yash Raj Studios in Fun Republic Lane, Andheri (W).

This year we have a great selection of guests and a variety of subjects that we are covering. We are doing things slightly differently to last year. There will be no composing but instead a host of seminars and panels. The seminars are aimed at music composers, engineers, producers and directors as well as delegates and filmmakers from the film festival.

The seminars are all free! Just send us your name and which panel you’d like to attend. You can attend them all if you wish! Email your info to registrations@ComposersLab.in

 

 

 

10.30-11.30 am 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. Bollywood scores such as Dhoom 3 have been recorded there as well as many award-winning Hollywood & European film scores. This is 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.
 
12.00-1.00pm –The Sound Engineer: A conversation with a panel of leading Sound Engineers working in the film industry in Mumbai. The panel will feature Yash Raj engineer Vijay Dayal who is one of the top engineers in the country responsible for some of the biggest hit songs and scores coming out of the film industry in India. A must for sound engineers and anyone with an interest in the recording studio!
 
1.30- 2.30pm – 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 composers Kaushal S Inamdar and Mumbai based composer John Stewart. (More guests to be announced)

 
3.00 – 4.00pm Where are they now? A round table chat with 2013′s lab participants Anjo John, Alokonanda Dasgupta, Achint Thakkar, Anchal Talesara, Ujjwal Agrawal. (Shane Mendonsa is unfortunately on holiday!) Did they really learn anything and where are they now in their careers? Five out of six return to tell us their tales.
 
4.30 – 5.30pm 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 discuss the ins and outs of the often confusing subject.
 
 

The Mumbai Composers Lab is presented by Bohemia Junction Limited and Abbey Road Studios in association with PRS for Music, UK and is supported by BMI and FAMES Project with further support from Whistling Woods.

2nd Mumbai Composers Lab 2014 – Press Release

 

Mumbai Composers Lab 2014 – Press Release

 MCL2014LOGO

 

For 2014 Mumbai Composers Lab presents a series of seminars moderated by Lab Director Andrew T. Mackay under the banner of Music In Film: The Creative & The Business. The Lab is presented by Bohemia Junction Limited and Abbey Road Studios in association with PRS for Music, UK with support from BMI and FAMES Project to be held at Whistling Wood’s Andheri Base in the Hard Rock Building Andheri (w).

This year we have a great selection of guests and a variety of subjects that we are covering. We are doing things slightly differently to last year. There will be no composing but instead a host of seminars and panels. The seminars are aimed at music composers, engineers, producers and directors as well as delegates and filmmakers from the film festival.

10.30-11.30am 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. Bollywood scores such as Dhoom 3 have been recorded there as well as many award-winning Hollywood & European film scores. This is 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.

12.00-1.00pmThe Sound Engineer: A conversation with a panel of leading Sound Engineers working in the film industry in Mumbai. The panel will feature Yash Raj engineer Vijay Dayal who is one of the top engineers in the country responsible for some of the biggest hit songs and scores coming out of the film industry in India. A must for sound engineers and anyone with an interest in the recording studio!

1.30- 2.30pmThe 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 Inamdar and Mumbai based composer John Stewart.

3.00 – 4.00pm 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?
4.30 – 5.30pm Copyright, Publishing & Collection! How it works and what it means to composers & songwriters. Liam Donnelly, Head of International for PRS for Music and leading music industry veteran Atul Churamani discuss the ins and outs of the often confusing subject.

A full list of guests, final times and venues will be announced shortly. The seminars are on 17th October in Andheri (w).

The Seminars will be open to all Festival Delegates and those that register their details at registrations@ComposersLab.in

Mumbai Composers Lab: The Lab is part of 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

About Abbey Road Studios: 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.

About PRS for Music: PRS for Music, based in the UK, was formed in 1914 and is celebrating 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.

About BMI: 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.

About Bohemia Junction Limited: 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 has co-curated the Australian Song Hub in 2013 and 3014 for APRA (Australian Performing Rights Association).

About FAMES . 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.

 

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Andrew T Mackay on Mumbai Composers Lab, MFF


The inaugural Mumbai Composers Lab, a category under the Mumbai Film Festival, has announced the final list of participants who will be receiving a short term training course under an advisory board that is a mix of Indian and international music producers. They are Shane Mendoza, Alonkanada Dasgupta, Anchal Telesara, Ujjwal Agrawal, Achint Takkar and Anjo John. Andrew T Mackay, Composer, Arranger, Producer, and Lab director speaks elaborately to Radioandmusic.com’s Disha Deshpande about Composers Lab, the selection process, the Masterclass and more.

Why these six composers? Can you tell me something about the selection process?

We had over 40 entries from composers around India – most were from Bombay itself which was surprising as there is so much talent all across India. Eventually, we had to choose six despite the quality of the entries. The criteria for application was that the applicant must have scored a feature film, short film or theatre of something visual that would give us an idea of their abilities and desires to be composers working in the visual arts and moving image. We also wanted them to explain why they wanted to do the Lab and what they thought they would get out of it. The six applicants not only fulfilled the above criteria, but showed exceptional talent in their different and varied styles. Not all had scored a film but their music showed great potential. In the lab, we want to take ‘Potential’ and help build that into a career.

What exactly can be expected to happen during the first two days?

Each composer will score a short section of film to a brief and we will mentor them through the process over the two days giving advice, options and encouraging the composers to really push their skills! We will have other guests from the industry popping in during the two days talking about different aspects of the film scoring process. On the last afternoon we will also give the composers the opportunity to record some live musicians on their score.

Kindly elaborate on what a Masterclass would ideally be.

The Masterclass at Metro Cinema will be a two hour event open to delegates and guests of the festival. It will start with an interview of chief guest composer and Creative Adviser of the Lab, Ilan Eshkeri. This will be followed by a Q and A. Guests, including those from Abbey Road Studios in London, PRS for Music, UK, Universal Music India will be talking about the film music scoring. We will also screen the best scored scene from the Composers Lab. The music will be mastered at Abbey Road Studios in London via their online Mastering Service overnight by engineers who have mastered films such as Gravity & Les Miserables.

What is the role of Ranjit Barot and Amit Trivedi?

Amit and Ranjit are India’s top composers, who whilst retaining strong elements of Indian music, have a very Western outlook in their music. They will come into the studio and listen to what is being written and also talk about their own experiences, giving advice along the way.

How do you think Indian music composers will benefit from the international composers on the advisory board?

There is incredible talent in India which needs to be honed into something that is not only keeping the talent alive but utilising it in a career making way. As more films look to the west we want to assist those in extending their horizons. Our team has great experience and we hope to share that and inspire those in the Lab. We will also keep in contact with our participants over the next year helping them where we can and watching their careers develop.

Source - http://www.radioandmusic.com/content/editorial/news/andrew-t-mackay-mumbai-composers-lab-mff#story

Music Composers Lab at Yash Raj Film Studios

Andrew T. Mackay of Bohemia Junction Limited

Behind India’s first Music Composers Lab at the Mumbai Film Festival (MFF) 2013, are Abbey Road Studios, the U.K. recording studio associated with the Beatles and the  “Lord of the Rings” film scores; the Studios’ India representative Bohemia Junction Limited started by the co-founder of Bombay Dub Orchestra, composer Andrew T. Mackay; and the U.K.’s PRS for Music, representative of over two million music creators.

The Lab will be held at Mumbai’s Yash Raj Film Studios, in the Audio Wing from October 21 to 23. The new venture aims to enable six emerging Indian composers to imbibe from the insights and skills of professional composers, and a team of music and film industry experts from India and the U.K.

After two days of film scoring sessions, the participants will attend a Q&A with British film composer Ilan Eshkeri (“Stardust,” “The Young Victoria,” “Kick-Ass”), and a masterclass with the Lab’s creative advisors.

Eshkeri, who has worked closely with Michael Kamen, Edward Shearmur, and Steve McLaughlin, won the International Film Critics Association award for Best Original Score for “Stardust,” and has also collaborated with Coldplay and Annie Lennox.

Applications are open for young composers until October 7. Visit the Composers Lab website or the MFF website, or email for details.

Source: http://in.blouinartinfo.com/

Lab Participants

The Lab Participants
Ujjwal

Ujjwal Agrawal

Aka ‘Kala’ pronounced as Kʌ Lʌ does not want to reveal anything about himself. We’ll reveal all at the end of the Lab!!

Anoj John

Anjo John

Anjo john is a music composer and programmer from Mumbai, and has been a professional musician since 2009. (more…)

Alokanada

Alokananda Dasgupta

Alokananda Dasgupta is a composer based in Mumbai, India. She is the daughter of the poet and filmmaker, Buddhadeb Dasgupta. (more…)

Shane

Shane Mendonsa

Shane Mendonsa Started his journey with Win 94.6Fm As an Assistant Sound Programmer in Early 2000, (more…)

Achint

Achint Thakkar

Achint Thakkar is a musician/composer/producer based in Bombay. His music could be described as a hybrid of sorts, (more…)

Anchal talesara

Anchal Talesara

Anchal Talesara is a music director/ music producer/ performer (Tabla and keyboards) based in Mumbai, India. She has her music studio in Andheri(W), Mumbai. (more…)

Contact Us

For further information :

Email on registrations@composerslab.in with your name to register.

Telephone the Lab Director on +91 9004282341

Address of Composers Lab Venue for the Free Seminars and Panels: 17th October 10.00am until 6.00pm

The Andheri Base

The Hard Rock Café Building
Sharyans Audeu
Fun Republic  Lane
Near Balaji Telefilms
Off Veera Desai Road
Andheri (w)
Mumbai -400053

Presentation and discussion on Film Music in Hollywood, Europe and India: 1-2pm 18th October

Cinimax Cinema:
Infiniti Mall, 3rd Floor, New Link Road, Andheri (w)

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