Emerse yourself into the story of a
Mauritian music author/writer/composer & producer
and discover one of his musical adventures
It all began in January 2019, I was asked to assist an amazing composer, a good friend of mine "Randy Ramos" with music production for the scoring of the JIOI"Indian Ocean Island Games 2019 which was to be held in July 2019. We were given until March to come up with the first drafts and get done by April/May for the final score to be produced. That was one of the biggest challenges ever met. This was not any normal music scoring as it was meant for a 50min Grand Ouverture for the JIOI and it had four acts. Four music composers were chosen and given an act to work with namely, "ANSAM", "MELANZ", "NATIR" & "KILTIR". The whole project was planned by artistic director "Emilien Jubeau" and the music coordinator was "Gavin Poonoosamy". The first act was given to music composer "Philip Perovich", second act was tasked to "Kersley Sham" while I received the third act leaving "Randy Ramos" with the fourth act. The game was set and the dices were rolled. After being briefed in an artistic residency of 3 days to help us connect with other artists and the crew, I head to a music studio in "Phoenix" to start my first draft and came up with this.
After presenting the first draft to the team, I was told that the introduction of the music was a bit too scary and they wanted a mood that created a calm atmosphere rather than a dark intro. I understood that I could not modify or use the first draft and time was an important factor that I could not play with too much. I had to be in the proper zone to compose and produce this piece of art. I also had to consider the fact that this track was to be used by choreographers who would spend hours of rehearsal on this track so I had to make a track that will not get them fed up but instead boost them and inspire them as well. On the other hand, this track was to be listened by people from around the world, mostly the islanders around the Indian Ocean so I had to make sure to get their culture and their music elements right blending it with a cinematic way of music scoring. After all this consideration, I moved from the city studio to my hometown studio which was near the mountains. Best way to compose music related to nature theme was to be well connected with nature itself. So, there I was alone in a house surrounded by trees and mountains and my home studio was powered up and ready to lay the first notes of this second draft.
This is how is sounds like.
inner forest scoring
Once I had a fresh new start, the music was approved and I was to carry on from there. I was now about to get into the deeper parts of the forest. I had a very short brief of the script as guide yet I was tripping in my own little world and telling my story while composing the music to this amazing adventure. Every time I had a blank, I went on my rooftop looking at the mountains to get inspired. I remember I went there at sunset and got back inside composing and next thing I know I was back up the rooftop watching the sunrise. I spent 12 hours composing music and with the neighbours around I was composing at a very low level but it was so quiet everywhere that I manage to hear everything smoothly.
After the song of the forest, everything calms down in the beautiful night, ready for a fairy tale. Everyone gathers around for a story time and all ears swimming into a magic moment.