Month: April 2009

Chekele (Mallu Rock) – Avial Cover

This is a song by Avial, a Mallu rock group. Their songs usually introduce a fusion of traditional Mallu music with Rock which I love. Satyajit Sahu wrote an article on them. You can find it here

I have introduced a few new elements as compared to the original which include some bluesy backing vocals and some harmonies. Hope all of you enjoy this cover!

Credits:
Group/Song – Avial/Chekele
Covered by – George Kuruvilla
Backing vocals and harmonies – George Kuruvilla
Mixed by: George Kuruvilla

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Sindbad the Sailor (From the movie Rock On)

 

This is the fourth song I am covering from Rock On (Phir Dekhiye, Tum Ho Toh and Pichle Saat Dino being the previous three). Covering this was a lot of fun. Hope you guys enjoy this!

Credits:

Movie: Rock On
Music Director: SEL
Vocals: Farhan Akhtar
Covered by: George Kuruvilla
Mixed by: George Kuruvilla

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Home Recording – My 2 Cents for Newbies

For a couple of months now, I have been meaning to write an article on mixing based on my experiences since a lot of folks have been asking me to. I must state that I am no expert myself and have learnt through trial and error. I started mixing about a year back when I joined Muziboo and did not know a whole lot and had noone to explain it to me at that time. So I started googling and reading as much as I could. This helped me get started. With each song I mixed, by objective was to learn one thing new. This kinda helped me improve slowly but surely. Later on I also got tips from people like Sunny and Jay that helped immensely. I hope this will help some of you improve the fundamentals and hopefully get you more inquisitive and start asking the right questions.

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Tornado of Souls (Megadeth Cover)

 

Megadeth happens to be one of my favorite metal groups as they are super tight with excellent riffs, leads and ofcourse DAVE MUSTAINE !!! I love so many of their songs and was wondering which one would be ideal to cover. I picked this mainly coz of the aggression in the vocals, the cool riffs and leads. Used to listen to this a lot back in college. This goes out to Sudeip!
I think most of you will find this hard to digest:-) Its quite heavy and LOUD .. Please bear with me 🙂

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Trapped – Indus Creed Cover

 

During my college days, there were two Indian Rock groups that I totally loved. My most favorite was Colourblind. I remember taking a bus and going all the way to Jamshedpur just to get their debut album. My other favorite group was Indus Creed/Rock Machine. Today for whatever reason, I suddenly remembered this song, and just had to sing it. So here it is 🙂

I have done all the harmonies and vocals in this. Some of the harmony arrangements are different from the original.

THIS IS MY TRIBUTE TO INDUS CREED , one of the greatest rock bands to come out of India!

Credits:
Song: Trapped
Original Group: Indus Creed
Vocals and Harmony (Cover): George Kuruvilla
Mixed by: George Kuruvilla

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Ahista Ahista (From the movie Bachna Ae Haseeno)


Smitha Passanha
introduced me to this sing and suggested we cover this. I was hooked to it almost from the start. When I heard the original, one thing was for sure, I needed Sunny‘s expertise as far as mixing goes. He was kind enough to agree to mix it for us and did a terrific job at that. It was a lot of fun working with Smitha on this and I think she did a great job. She did some neat harmonies too. Thanks for suggesting this Smitha and for all your hard work!

Song: Ahista Ahista
Film: Bachna Ae Haseeno
Music: Vishal Shekhar
Orig Singers: Lucky Ali, Shreya Ghoshal
Cover by: George Kuruvilla, Smitha Passanha
Mixed by: Sunny

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Lady (Modjo Cover)

 

On the theme of dance, here is another one. This one is my Modjo.. a simple yet catchy tune. I’ve been FLU stricken and probably dont sound my usual self. Just felt like singing n so I did.

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One More Time (Daft Punk Cover)

 

This was just a fun experiment. My wife loves this song as its groovy and fun to dance to. I wanted to try the vocoder effect and I’m very happy the way its turned out. Its very different from anything else I have tried so far.

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Bheegi Bheegi (From the movie Gangster)

 

This one goes out to my good friend Smitha Passanha who also happened to introduce me to the song. From what I understand from Smitha, Pritam has ripped this off from some Bengali song. Nevertheless, the arrangement is good, especially the guitarwork. I have introduced some subtle variations here n there. Nothing major though.

For those of you interested in the mixing, I have used a chorus effect with 4 voices for the main chorus (najaane koi…..) Rest of it is the standard stuff.

Hope you all enjoy this one!

Credits:
Movie: Gangster
Music: Pritam
Singer: James
Lyrics: Mayur

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The Reason (Hoobastank Cover)

 

I covered this song based on Neha Sharma’s request, whom I know through Muziboo. This song is beautiful lyrically. From a melody perspective, it has a lot of high’s and low’s, which I really enjoy. For those of you who are familiar with the song, I’ve changed the high parts around a bit since I felt it was a bit too plain in the original. For a line as emotional as “And the reason is you”, I felt it could be expressed better than it was in the original and I have tried to do just that.

The video for this song is quite nice too. Hope all of you enjoy this one!

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