“Balancing between experimentation and audience connect is always not easy and music composition is all about control.”
Mr. Shakthikanth Karthick
Music for Films is wholly different than for Web Series, for it offers more opportunities to artists. Films inherently and innately have more need for dramatic music, unlike web series that offers more space for silences. Not all moments in web series need to be dramatized in a uniform mode and music can enhance the effect through different spaces and diverse creative choices (psychedelic, fusion and etc.).
Rather than doing out of box ideas and inspired projects, the musical score in Web Series must necessarily be rooted in cultural nuances, specificity (rootedness/atmospherics) and geographical landscape. Researching (for music) would likely amount to well-intentioned but a misguided one at that, for it limits the possibilities and creative boundaries. One must “never lock yourself into fixation” (when it comes to creation of beats and tunes).
The fight is always between unknown creative and known commercial forces, as an artist. Underplaying and underlining the moments as a musician is an acquired style.
The quest for artistic simplicity is reinforced by the famous quote of Hans Simmer, “I’ve spent my life trying to make things simpler. Because I find ultimately that complicated doesn’t reach the heart.”
Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication, more so in music industry and that indeed is music to the ears.
Music must provoke emotions and create an amazingly epic feeling that precisely fits the action on the screen. Cult classics like ‘There Will Be Blood’, ‘Drive’, ‘In Mood For Love’, ‘God Father’, ‘Blade Runner’ and many other famous movies reflect the exceptional positive impact of orchestral movie soundtracks and are a great source of inspiration.
The inputs for this blog are based on insights shared by Mr. Shakthikanth Karthick during Webinar on ‘Production and Music Production’ (G.O.D web series) at Annapurna College of Film and Media, Hyderabad
Mr. Shakthikanth Karthick is music composer for several hit Telugu movies since 2012. Providing foot-tapping music to the Telugu cinema viewers, Shakhtikanth was nominated for Filmfare Award for Best Music Director – Telugu for his work in Fidaa which was released in 2017. His other works would include Satya 2 (2013), Nela Ticket (2018) and Happy Wedding (2018).
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