6 Songs | 23 Artists | 8 genres | 2 engineers | 3 languages | Variable emotions | Many sounds |
A new kid in town has set sail with his groovy tunes and offbeat melodies heading down the highway to heaven. It carries its own fleet of handpicked musicians who have spent the majority of their lives mixing sounds and balancing sounds to maintain the quality of music outside of the studio as well.
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“Anamorph” is unique in many ways. First, 2 out of 6 songs are recorded and produced at A=432Hz. This tuning was used by medieval musicians and instrument designers without knowing it. Without knowing it, because the standardization of settings only saw the light of day a few decades ago. The international standard is set at A=440Hz. This means that every pitch-based instrument, every plug-in, every software and every singer will produce frequencies with reference to A=440Hz. However, both songs i.e. Petrichor & In Heaven were scaled down to achieve the desired results just before the sounds hit the microphone. To understand and spot the sound differences between the different reference pitches, you can listen to the single ‘In Heaven (Unprotected Edit)’ which is recorded at A=440Hz & In Heaven from Anamorph which is recorded at A=432Hz. The “unprotected edit” was a scratch recording and is performed, recorded, edited, mixed and mastered entirely by Pratyush himself. This includes acoustic and electric guitars, vocals, bass guitar, drums and keyboards. Second, it was recorded without reference to a metronome. Believe it or not, only “truly experienced musicians” can get away with the precision Pratyush demonstrates in all versions of the song “In Heaven.”
Moreover, Pratyush also states – ‘The stem of the acoustic guitar is a one-take recording. This means that there are no cuts or modifications in the guitar rods. Not only that, I recorded it myself, sitting in the recording booth and manipulating the DAW, which was in the listening room from my iPad. The acoustic guitar then acted as a conductor for other instruments to come in. It’s quite easy when you can see the grids on your software and you can just “put” the sounds in there or quantize them but it’s a whole different game when you use a different setting and no grid mapping whatsoever. It’s just more musical and less computerized. The ‘Hush River’ track, on the other hand, was made entirely using my MacBook’s trackpad. It was a techno composition and demanded the required melodic industrial sounds and beats. I always proceed with what the song asks for and execute it with what it deserves.
This album grows in you and invites you to replay the songs of your choice from time to time. He also involves overseas artists, who bring a different flavor to his sound recipes, such as in the song “Tham Jata”, which features New York’s “Evan Jacobson” with his funky yet bluesy saxophone. It also features The Voice India fame – ‘Rohan Pathak’ on lead vocals. Shreya Ghoshal, the keyboardist of Monali Thakur and Raghav Sachar – ‘Vatan Dhuria.’ And Sarthak Raikwar on bass.
This album certainly deserves the recognition it demands. The first song, “Petrichor”, brings you the sounds of the planet. It’s almost like perfume for your ears. A scent that emerges from cool, damp soil. So pure and a treat for us listeners. His music speaks to us in a way that we simply could not perceive in a single listen. Additionally, the final track, “Tandav X”, is a dark psychedelic trance track and features the philosophies of Pratyush’s late grandfather – Shri Brijnandan Upadhyay and the Shiv Tandav Strotram recital of his father, Dr. Balram Upadhyay. It amazingly makes the boom boom boom boom boom boom from your feet.
This collection was recorded, produced, arranged, mixed and mastered at Pratyush’s own facilities, called 432Hz Music Studio. This studio was designed and hand built by him. He obtained sound engineering qualifications from Seamedu School of Pro-expressionism, Pune, which provided him with the knowledge to design, control, modify and preserve sounds for multiple purposes such as mixing live sound, studio recordings, studio management, background music composition. , Sfx, sound effects, ambience, dubbing, field recordings, etc. He is also the founder and leader of a progressive rock band called “Progroach”.
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