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One-Liners That Sing

Bhayanak Maut guitarist R Venkatraman’s latest project is bespoke music for friends and followers.

Written by Kevin Lobo | Updated: April 28, 2015 12:00:06 am
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R Venkatraman, member of one of India’s longest surviving metal acts, Bhayanak Maut, is known for his brutal riffs on stage. As it turns out, he is quite the softy off it. Instead of presenting his friends with “objects they would never use”, he decided to gift them music. While procrastination proved to be a roadblock, the bassist has used the premise of his gifting idea to create a new music project, titled The Muse Experiment.

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Over a month ago, he tweeted from his handle, @zuckerzerg, asking people to send one-liners that would best describe them. Based on these responses, he promised his responders that he will create a bespoke music arrangement.

He created a Tumblr account for the project to keep his followers updated, and a Soundcloud page where he uploads the finished arrangements. The Muse Experiment, in less than a month, has three tracks up. The first is for bassist @thevaas, aka Srinivas Sunderrajan, from hardcore metal band Scribe, who wrote in with the line: I am trying very hard to be an asshole but failing desperately.

The track, Beethoven in the key of EDM, is a far cry from the mosh pit-creating music Venkataraman is known for. The 90-second song is a piano piece, created electronically. “It is a serene and peaceful track, but there is one key I play that is in dissonance to signify the confusion that Vaas is going through,” says the 31-year-old musician.

The second track is for Bobbin James, who works at MTV Indies, whose line was: “Facing a creative block so I will just copy this: Music writer. Music photographer. Music everything”. The introduction ended with his website, khachak.com. “‘Khachak’ is a sound, and that stayed with me.” The drum ‘n’ bass-influenced Khachak has sound of clicking cameras, with a bass-heavy arrangement that reflects Bobbin’s state of mind.

The third, Self destruct is an anthemic tune inspired by the line ‘Don’t you feel the need to destroy yourself so that no one else can?’ by @couchgoddess, and comes closest to his idea of a soundtrack. At two-and-a-half minutes, it’s the longest of the three tracks and sounds like something straight out of Tron.While the future of the project is still unknown, he wants to release an album with this.

kevin.lobo@expressindia.com

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