THIS WEEK 40 years ago:
On November 22nd 1981 Amin Bhatia won the Roland International Synthesizer Competition, with “Flight Beyond the Stars” which later became “The Interstellar Suite” and launched his film and TV career. To celebrate, everything on the Amin Bhatia bandcamp site is 40% off until the end of November! Some tracks are presented for the first time in 96k 24bit audio! Use the code ROLAND40 at bandcamp checkout. Discount in effect until Nov 30th.
After years of license negotiations Amin’s space epic “The Interstellar Suite” is finally available again at Bandcamp in both 5.1 and stereo formats in CD, DVD, and Blu Ray. The album is dedicated to Amin’s mentors, Ralph Dyck (Roland Synthesizers) and Steve Porcaro (Toto).
In between composing music for TV shows such as Anne with an E, The Handmaids Tale, Flashpoint, Detention Adventure, The Ray Bradbury Theatre, and Iron Eagle 2, Bhatia has been fighting to unlock the rights to this as well as other releases from his earlier years.
The Interstellar Suite is a 40-minute science fiction music and sound story in the orchestral style of John Williams and Jerry Goldsmith but using analog synthesizers from the time of Isao Tomita and Wendy Carlos. In this day and age of modular and vintage synthesizers and a return to pre-digital sounds The Interstellar Suite has found a new generation of fans who perform tracks of the suite in musical ensembles and drum corps competitions world wide.
Amin is very grateful to producers James Porteous, Dan Lowe, David Greene, Frank Morrone, Paul Novotny and many other professionals who made this re-release possible. Go to Bandcamp now to get your limited release copy.
Wow, a double win at the 2021 Canadian Screen Awards!
Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner are very grateful that their music on two projects from last year resonated with their peers and voters at the Academy of Canadian Cinema and Television. Animated show LET’S GO LUNA created by Joe Murray won Best Music for Animation. Amin and Ari thank LUNA-mates Kris Kuzdak and Chris Tait, 9 Story Media Group, Brown Bag Films, Mike Mancuso, and Ryan Eligh for their top-notch work on this fun show.
The following night DETENTION ADVENTURE took home the award for Best Music, Fiction, the same category that Amin and Ari won for ANNE WITH AN E in the previous year. So more thanks to another top notch team including co-writers Sarah Slean, and Antonio Naranjo, creators Joe Kicak, Lauren Corber Norris and Ryan West, and to Pirate Toronto and UrbanPost for the music and final mixes.
As always, continued gratitude to Amy Stulberg, Tina Horwitz and everyone at Vanguarde Artists Management, as well as to Soundtrack Music Associates in the U. S. Amin thanks his “Composer Wrangler” Arlene Bishop and his “Office Amin-istrator” Danielle Bhatia. Thanks to everyone at the Academy, to family, friends, and everyone we’ve met along the way. To our nominee friends Meiro Stamm, Neil Parfitt, Todor Kobakov, Tom Third, and Trevor Morris, we are extremely honoured to be in your company.
Celebrating two CSA wins means celebrating so many characters in our creative community. As we come out of these Covid times there will be many people to thank and celebrate with in person soon!
Amin is honoured to be invited to the Bob Moog Foundation Board of Advisors. “My very first synthesizer was a Minimoog and it literally changed my life. Years later I actually met and got to know Bob Moog. To now be able to give back to a foundation based on both Bob the man and Bob the inventor gives me immense joy and satisfaction.” He joins the existing group of 40 leaders from diverse backgrounds, and is the first Canadian on the board. And, Amin’s induction happens in the same year as Dr. Gerhard Lengeling. “As a Logic software user myself this is similar to when I hooked up my Minimoog to an Emagic Unitor 8, ….though much more exciting!”
Welcome To The Music Podcast
What started as advice in film scoring soon went off the rails into stories about Steve Porcaro, Eddie Van Halen and a painted Poly800 synthesizer! Amin Bhatia joined Gregg Tilston and, at times, Karim Kanji (when Gregg and Amin were not geeking out over gear) in this special episode of Welcome To The Music.
THE SCREEN COMPOSER'S STUDIO PODCAST
Amin Bhatia - The Comeback Kid
“Amin’s life story is worthy of its own movie, including narrow escapes from a violent African dictator, going from being a self-proclaimed “nerd” recording analog synth epics alone in his basement in Calgary to making an appearance on one of the biggest pop albums of all time, and the truly weird, risky, and hilarious way he wrote the theme for a show that would earn him an Emmy nomination.”
WHAT HAVE SOCAN
COMPOSERS WHO SCORE
BEEN DOING DURING SELF-ISOLATION?
“Screen composing is both a deeply collaborative and solitary practice. Composers who score thrive on this ebb and flow, but when COVID-19 morphed from epidemic to pandemic, daily life and creativity transformed, too.”
The third time’s a charm for composers Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner. After nominations every year for Anne with an E the final season 3 won them the Canadian Screen Award for Best Music Score for a TV drama. On behalf of both of them, Amin did an acceptance speech from home with his covid mask on! More about the awards at the Academy of Canadian Film and Television .
The Planet, distributed by Triplet Records premiered on Earth Day (Monday, April 22) on iTunes and features music from the films of filmmaker/biologist David Lickley. The music, a symphonic soundtrack of suites from three Canadian films about the environment and eco-system of our planet, was composed by Amin Bhatia and features a full size orchestra comprised of Canada’s finest session and orchestral musicians
In addition to the story underscore and some carol arrangements, Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner wrote music for a series of original songs in an “Anne with an E” episode where Green Gables puts on a Christmas Pantomime about a magical island and a devil lobster! Their work garnered them a CSA nomination.
Amin Bhatia and Ari Posner were honoured with two Best Music for a Series nominations at the 2017 Canadian Screen Awards. With 3 nominations for its last season, X Company was nominated for Best Supporting Actress, Music, and Best Sound. Like the intense show, the series finale is an example of cast and crew leaving it all on the screen. “Wrapping up that show was amazing. Everyone gave their all.” A second nomination was for the CBC/Netflix production Anne (Anne with an E) which Amin and Ari were just starting as X Company was finishing.
Amin joined legendary electronic music titans, Suzanne Ciani and Larry Fast contributing performance demos for MOTU’s Bob Moog Foundation Encore Soundbank. The soundbank features over 25 legendary artists and sound designers, with proceeds from its sales supporting the educational and historical preservation projects of the Bob Moog Foundation. Each artist demo ranges in genre and style using only sounds from the database, from Ciani’s beautiful and triumphant Aqua Alta and to Fast’s shimmering sonic panorama, Spheroid to Bhatia’s spirited symphonic romp, Bob MOTU Fiesta. Sounds range from Moog® and Buchla® modulars to the Minimoog®, Korg® MS-20, Yamaha® CS-80, Sequential Circuits® Prophet, and EMS® Synthi A and VCS3.
Being asked to contribute to the Omniverse Sound Library was a chance for Amin to re-visit his days of programming and showcasing actual synthesizers. In this case the library was entirely virtual using Spectrasonics popular Omnisphere virtual synthesizer for PC, Mac and iPad and the Plug In Guru soundbank series created by renowned programmer/synthesist John Lehmkuhl. John took a unique approach in that the library supported a sci-fi story that he made up in his head and used that as a motivation for sound styles, music demos, graphics and even a comic book story to support it. Says Amin “being a sci-fi geek I was thrilled to work with John on Omniverse III. When he told me the story of the ‘Unverse of Evil and the ‘Aurora Borealis Light of Good’, well the music pretty much wrote itself.” “Battle for Omniverse” is a tribute to many Jerry Goldsmith chase cues and 80% of the sounds and instruments come from John’s amazing library.