amidst piles of equipment in his garret and studio, just across
the Yamuna River from the main central hubbub of New Delhi, Gautam
Ghosh has been continuously churning out a variegated portfolio
of commercial music over the last decade and more, at a rate
paralleled only in very rarefied layers of the contemporary Indian
creative music scene.
This extraordinary musical odyssey began for Gautam as a vocalist
with rock-bands on the Delhi live-music circuit in the fall of
1980, which in turn led on to doubling-up on keyboards and drums/percussion,
after completing an Honours Degree course in English literature
from Hindu College (Delhi University).
Since 1990, Gautam has been playing all instruments on his compositions
and tracks from synthesizers, with the summer of '92 landmarked
by conversion of his bedroom into a mini-studio with a formidable
bank of MIDI-triggered devices, to allow him to continue making
music in a "living-in" sense.
Seemingly anachronistic at first glance, Gautam's reliance upon
a DOS-based computer platform for his music-making is actually
a great example of how sharply one can/should focus oneself upon
a specialization in this unique era of rapidly burgeoning computer-based
generalists. In fact, here's a man so sharp in his approach to
new technology that when he brought in his music for this gazette,
it was aboard a DAT Walkman ~ certainly the most efficient appoach
we've seen with regard to this Big-Black-Box studio-standard.
Not surprisingly, Gautam's serviced an enviable range of clients
over the years, including: Microsoft, Hewlett-Packard, ABB, GE
Plastics, Nestle, Goodyear, Seimens, SAIL, Modi Continental,
Liberty, HUDCO, the Indian Navy, Campa Cola, Telco, and Ranbaxy.
Television networks he has made music for include Doordarshan,
Star, Zee, Sony, BBC, Discovery, AsiaNet, ETC, HomeTV, TVI, and
Eenadu. By his own calculation, this all now adds up to music
composed and produced for over 60 television serials, more than
a dozen documentaries/features, 6 albums, 1 CD-ROM (Panchatantra
Tales), 3 music videos, about 500 commercials/jingles, and several
Beyond that, "Sound Syndicate" is the name given to
the sound bank of his latest independent offerings before the
listening public, under three diferrent categories:
TERMINALLY INSANE - produces songs in English
BANJARA DIL - produces songs in Hindi
PREM FAKIR - produces songs in Bengali
M. I. S. T (Mindscapes in Sound Textures) - produces
Of these, Gautam has this to say: "Having drawn inspiration
from a rich variety of diverse musical idioms from all cultures,
I believe that listening to music is a human experience, both
universal and unique. Each piece acquires a specific mood, attired
in thought and embraced in emotions that are felt and experienced
in real life ~ unpretentious,.. sincere,.. on a one-to-one basis.
"This is the music I like to make and share with others.
Personal, yet open-ended. About people, places, politics, love,
relationships, dejection, outrage, peace, and hope. About life.
In black and white,.. and a lot of grey!"
© Gautam Ghosh
Producer ~ Composer
Mayur Vihar - I
New Delhi - 110 091
Tel: (91-11) 225 1760