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Mix the City offers a range of music styles, instrumental and vocal, for you to play with.more lifestyle Updated: Apr 22, 2017 07:32 IST
Do you think the djembe can blend in with shehnai rhythms? Or the morchang (Jew’s harp) can perfectly fit in sync with the sitar? You no longer need to be a music composer to string together compositions by talented musicians across the world. The British Council’s app Mix The City lets you do it – and give your music a local twist in the process.
Mix The City was launched for Mumbai and Delhi this month. The app offers a range of music styles, including instrumental and vocals, from India and cities as far apart as Mannheim, Hamburg, Moscow and Istanbul.
“The artists were recorded at places typically associated with ‘Mumbai’ like Nariman Point, Elphinstone Road and Bandra’s Chapel Road, and geotagged the places so that people watching it could visit these spots,” says Vivek Mansukhani, director of arts at British Council India.
The compositions have been curated by British quartet Django Django for Mumbai and music producer ‘Boxed In for Delhi. Mansukhani says the music has an international vibe and also manages to “capture the flavour of their local cities, which appeals to everyone universally”.
To create your own mix, open the app and zero in on the city. You’ll be presented with twelve options, each holding two five-second samples of music recorded on loop. Pick one, add another composition to the piece, add a synth effect if you’re not satisfied with the acoustic version. If you are pleased with the composition, hit record and save your track and share it on YouTube.
In the Mumbai mix you can choose from a musical note played on the morchang by multi-instrumentalist Rais Khan, a vocal loop by singer Meghana Bhogle, a composition by percussionist Sivamani or the melodious tunes of the sitar by Imran Khan, among many others, which aim to bring out the essence of the city.
“I was asked to create a percussion loop of 120 bpm through which I can express what Mumbai means to me,” says percussionist Sivamani. “So all I did was close my eyes and play from the bottom of my heart. As it turns out, the composers were impressed.”