Toto’s first post on film music. [ Click the above drawing to see the actual size ].
2. Could you guess the early work of ARR as a keyboard player with IR ? – Answers at the end.
– Mayile Mayile – First time, IR experimented mixing a carnatic raga and a folk tune. This song is based on a carnatic raga hamsadwani with a folk tune.Sung by SPB and Jency [ Watch for the best guitar interludes ].
– Prelude [ introductory part of the music just before the pallavi ]. The longest prelude in tamil film songs of IR is “Poongathave” from Nizhalgall. It starts with a violin, violin – group, a percussion bang and slow veenai.
– Normally, there are 2 BGMs in a song. BGM1 is before the Saranam1 and BGM2 is before Saranam2. One IR song has both the BGM1 and 2 as the same. The song is ‘Naan yaaru’ from Chinna Jameen [ Sung by IR ].
– We know about humming.. ever heard of high/low pitch humming ?!! High pitch humming is used in “Ninaivo oru paravai” from Sigappu rojakkall and a low pitch humming is used in “poo maalaiye” from Pagal Nilavu. [ thanana nanaaa 🙂 ]. My favourite humming is from ‘Aagaya gangai’ – Dharma yuddham
– Dissolve technique.. [ to break up / melt ]. Rakkamma keiyei thattu song dissolves from a peppy number into a devaram song very easily. The contrast dissolve is from “Ennulle ennulle” from Valli.. Its starts from Chendai and ends [ begins ! ] with a guitar.
– Obsession has been portrayed with the help of flute sound in “Sundari kannaal” from Thalabathy – along with the voice in the pallavi and “aasaiayai kaathula” from Johnny.
– IR did a craving prayer song in Achaani.. Madha un kovilil. SJanaki had done her best to get the right emotions. Watch the voice in this line.. Mezhugu pol uruginom.. Kanneerai maatra vaa .
– Counterpoint technique – Two or more tunes [ voices also ] getting executed simultaneously. En kanmani from Chittukuruvi is based on this technique. Even Vaali tried counterpoint in lyrics too !
– Circular music.. Rarely a song starts and ends in the same music.. “Poove sempoove” from Solla thudikudhu manasu starts and ends with the same guitar n flute notes.
– The known only-aroganam [ ascending scale ] song is ‘Kalaivaaniye’ from Sindhu Bhairavi. It’s done much before in ‘Tham thana Nam thana’ song in ‘Pudhiya vaarppugall’ . The songs steps up and don’t silde down.
2. Film : Moodupani [ 1980 ].