AR Rahman on music composers remixing his track, says “The more I see, the more distorted it gets”
Oscar-winning composer and singer AR Rahman has produced iconic songs and albums over the past three decades. In addition, the musical virtuoso is known for the originality he infuses into his song. With remix and remake culture catching up, the latest being Falguni Pathak’s nostalgic number Maine Payal Hai Chhankai, remade by Neha Kakkar as O Sajna, there has been a lot of talk and debates on this subject. Now, AR Rahman, who is the headliner of Mani Ratnam’s magnum opus, Ponniyin Selvan 1, as a music composer, has joked about remix culture.
During an interview with India Today, the Dil Se singer shared that there are a lot of things to keep in mind when taking someone else’s baby and giving it a whole new vibe. Especially if it’s his job. Rahman said, “The more I see, the more distorted it gets. The composer’s intention is distorted. People say, “I reinvent. Who are you to re-imagine? I’m also very careful not to take someone else’s work. You have to be respectful and I think it’s a gray area, you have to sort that out.”
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When the 55-year-old composer was asked about his stance on recasting and remixing his own songs according to the whims and fancies of producers and filmmakers, AR Rahman revealed that you can’t just take something thing recently and present it. in a whole different way.
He said, “The other day we had the Telugu music launch and the producers said, every song you two (Mani Ratnam and AR Rahman) sounds fresh now because it’s all done in digital mastering . He already has that quality and everyone appreciates him. So if I need to do it, I have to recreate it. Sure, people take permission, but you can’t take something recently and do it again. It’s weird.
Meanwhile, Ponniyin Sevan’s music album received everyone’s love. The soundtrack consists of six original songs composed by ARRahman, namely “Ponni Nadhi”, “Chola Chola”, “Ratchasa Maamaney”, “Sol”, “Alaikadal” and “Devaralan Aattam”. The lyrics were written by Ilango Krishnan, Kabilan, Krithika Nelson and Siva Ananth in the Tamil version and Mehboob Kotwal, Ananta Sriram, Rafeeq Ahamed and Jayanth Kaikini wrote the song lyrics in Hindi, Telugu, Malayalam and Kannada respectively.
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