Sounds of the City

Sounds of the City

As part of MAP’s digital festival Art is life : SoundFrames a few months ago we launched an exciting sonic public engagement project – Sounds of the City. 

Produced in partnership with Berklee College of Music, Sounds of the City invited musicians, composers and sound designers from four metros in the country – Bengaluru, Mumbai, Kolkata and Delhi to ‘capture’ the sounds that best define their city and create music with it. The four selected music producers were mentored by Berklee College of Music faculty member, Yoel Genin (aka Shwesmo), for two months on production and sound design techniques to help tweak and change recorded samples for use in a musical setting.

The final tracks of all four musicians, created as an ode to their cities as part of the project and workshop, was premiered exclusively during Art is Life: SoundFrames in a special session where they also delved into their creative processes of weaving these sound collages, and shared more about their inspirations and technique. Scroll down to listen to their songs!

Abhishek Sekhri – New Delhi

Abhishek Sekhri is a music producer, mix engineer and founder of the New Delhi based Kintsugi Studios. Having worked as a producer for over seven years with more than a 100 artists, collectives and bands from India, USA, Canada, Europe and Brazil, he is constantly looking to broaden his experience, expertise and new learning. Apart from producing music for others, he also has an independent music project called ‘Goya’, a space that seeks to express, emote and tell a story.

Nikhil Narendra – Bengaluru

Nikhil Narendra is an electronic music producer and sound designer based out of Bengaluru, India. As one half of the duo, Nikhil Narendra & Shreyas Dipali, he has performed at venues and festivals across the country including The Magnetic Fields festival, Echoes Of Earth, Indie March and others.

Rahul Nadkarni – Mumbai

Rahul Nadkarni is a musician and composer from Mumbai, best known for his work as the guitarist for the indie outfit, SkyRabbit and his solo live electronic project, SnowShoe. His previous collaborations include projects with British Council, Arts Council England, IOMMa Reunion Island, Goethe Institut, Found Sound Nation, Ableton Live, Harman International, Native Instruments and Gibson Guitars. His current practice explores acousmatic music using PureData and IanniX.

Sourav Biswas – Kolkata

Sourav Biswas is a guitar player and music composer from Kolkata. Currently studying Sound Recording and Design at Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute, his music journey began with learning guitar and music theory from Guitar Legend Amyt Dutta. When foraying into electronic music with VSTs and MIDI, he slowly discovered the world of sampling in the process. He has scored the background music for a few film projects and a Bengali web series. His influences include Ennio Morricone, Lalo Schifrin, A.R. Rahman and Sneha Khanwalkar among others.

About Yoel Genin

Shwesmo (Yoel Genin) is a Boston based Israeli producer and guitarist, combining metal, fusion and middle eastern influences into a new electronic context. With vast experience as a composer and guitarist, along with unique sound design, Shwesmo is devoted to endless exploration and breaking musical borders. As a young musician, he appeared on the big stages of his home country in various festivals and also performed across Europe. He recorded electric guitar for multiple albums of local Prog/Rock bands including ‘Soul Enema’ and ‘Between Falls’.

Yoel has also performed with, and arranged for world-class artists like Tigran Hamasyan, Antonio Serrano, Idan Raichel and Carmen Lundy. As part of the Berklee Indian Ensemble, he arranged and performed with some of the biggest Indian artists such as Raghu Dixit, Vijay Prakash and Shankar Mahadevan, in the US and India. He also joined the Prog-Metal band ‘Distorted Harmony’, and was endorsed by the unique OD guitars.

Yoel currently works as a professor at Berklee College of Music, co-directing the Contemporary Indian Ensemble class and teaching other various classes in the college.

About Berklee College of Music

Berklee is dynamic, innovative, creative, global, and bold—a place that embraces improvisation and innovation. Founded on jazz, the music of the African diaspora, and a dedication to contemporary music, Berklee is a singular institution for the study of the performing arts; contemporary music, dance, and theater. Through its centers in Boston, New York City, Valencia, Spain, Abu Dhabi, and through Berklee Online, Berklee is dedicated to nurturing the creative and career potential of the world’s most inspired artists.

The Berklee Indian Ensemble is one of the most storied collectives at the College. Celebrating their 10-year anniversary in 2021, the Ensemble is a global viral sensation with over 249 million views, renowned for their signature sound melding classical, folk, Sufi, and contemporary Indian music, with influences ranging from hip-hop and jazz to Middle Eastern and African flavors.

Berklee is delighted to partner with the Museum of Art & Photography to present several educational and musical offerings for MAP’s digital festival Art is life : SoundFrames.

Berklee’s offerings for this festival were curated by Annette Philip, Founder and Artistic Director of the Berklee Indian Ensemble.