The music of a Royal Conservatoire of Scotland student composer is to be showcased to movie goers all over the world upon the release of a new Indian digital crime thriller.
Amit Anand penned the soundtrack to Indian Kannada language film, Gultoo, and recorded sections of the score with fellow students from Scotland’s national conservatoire, ranked in the world’s top three institutions for performing arts education.
The exciting new film follows two young entrepreneurs who unwittingly become embroiled in a web of scandal and controversy following a digital crime on an unprecedented scale.
Cinema goers will hear a wide variety of influences from Amit’s musical life to date, from enchanting Indian scales and ornamentation to Western classical influences. Reflecting on the two year compositional and recording process, 28-year-old Amit said: “The Royal Conservatoire musicians have been wonderful. Collaborating with them was a joy and they kept an open mind, with many of them venturing into a different sound world from that which they were used to.”
“Scoring the film has been a seriously long journey. One of my friends from back home got in touch, asking me to take on the project – that was in 2015. Since then, I have been working hard to balance the film with my studies. With me being in Scotland, there have been a lot of Skype calls but eventually, everything has come together and I’m so happy.”
Completion of the soundtrack to Gultoo is a major milestone for Amit, who trained as an engineer in Bangalore before following his lifelong passion for music. The third year student was enjoying a busy career as a producer and ghost composer in India when he opted to leave his homeland for Glasgow and the Royal Conservatoire.
“I always wanted to study music but was told I had to gain a degree in engineering first. Eventually, I managed to convince my mum and I was able to begin this wonderful journey.”
Amit, who is studying composition with Royal Conservatoire lecturers Colin Broom and Dr Alistair MacDonald, wrote 93 minutes of music for Gultoo. His film work sees him following in the footsteps of Royal Conservatoire alumnus Patrick Doyle, composer of soundtracks to the likes of Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire, Sense and Sensibility, Indochine and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.
For Amit, versatility is key and he is able to change compositional styles at the stroke of a pen, shifting from the film’s commercial Indian sound to the more contemporary leanings of his music studies. The works he is composing at the Royal Conservatoire, he said, would not have been possible in Bangalore.
Amit continued: “Modern, contemporary music has yet to be accepted in India. There is a very rich tonal tradition, so the music of composers like Mozart and Beethoven is fine, but newer work is taking time to be acknowledged in the same way.
“I can see a lot of my Indian classical influences creeping into my studies here. Indian scales and sounds are very different to Western music, but help infuse my work and give it an extra dimension.”
Having lived in Glasgow for two and a half years, Amit has become very fond of the city and its people. He added: “Glasgow is a fantastic place to live. It is a wonderful city, with so much music and culture on its doorstep. I’m learning so much here, I love it.
“Without the skills I have learned and the support I have received from the staff and students at the Royal Conservatoire, this project just wouldn’t have happened. I’m so grateful to everyone who made it possible.”
The audio for Gultoo is out now, with the film set to follow in the next few weeks. A soundtrack teaser video, featuring a sample of Amit Anand’s score, can be viewed on YouTube.