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About Bharath Kumar

Bharath Kumar, besides being a full-time geek, is a keyboard player and music producer. He runs his own studio, Minim Sound Labs, and is an active volunteer in various charities.

September 23, 2013

Where by Sky Rabbit

By - on 23/09/2013 at 10:00 pm


For those of you who don’t know, Sky Rabbit is an alternative rock band from Mumbai with a commendable track record. Their live shows have been described as “energetic” and “fresh”, so I was very eager to listen to their first album, which is now published by EMI. The album opens with ‘In Dance’, an interesting number with a Beatles-esque drum-n-bass production and a great  vocal line. This seems like a wonderful introduction to the band, for somebody who has no idea who they are. This track is followed by ‘In Our Times’, which is reminiscent of a typical U2 song (minus the bucket load of guitar delay). This one’s got a great clear guitar…

July 22, 2013

Myths & Fables by Jester

By - on 22/07/2013 at 9:02 pm


With the advent of amazing music recording and production technology, lots of bands are putting out “albums” easily, and quite fast. Having seen the bad side of Indie bands albums, I wasn’t very excited to hear about the launch of another local band’s album. I’d never had the chance to see Jester play live, and had no idea what to expect from them. I hit play, with some excitement, and touch of skepticism. Right from the first track I was blown away! This had all the makings of a spectacularly produced and well thought out album, as I would later come to realize, is the case. The album opens with ‘Primer’, a beautifully produced electro intro,…

July 12, 2012

The Behringer GDI21

By - on 12/07/2012 at 4:51 pm


The Behringer GDI21 is one of the first ever pedals I bought when I decided to shift from multi-effect processors to boutique, effect-dedicated guitar pedals. To start off, the GDI21, like a host of other Behringer pedals, is a clone. It’s a cheaper knock-off of the Sansamp GT-2, and like the GT-2, it’s a guitar amp modeller. But it does so much more. It also acts as a direct recording pre-amp and DI box. Hardware and Features The first thing you’d notice about the pedal is the relatively large number of knobs and switches. The pedal recreates three different guitar amps, with three gain modes and three mic placements, giving you a total of 27…

February 8, 2012

The Final Beginning by Sonic Flare

By - on 08/02/2012 at 12:47 pm


Sonic Flare is a band that has been around for a while now. And like most bands, has a long and complicated past. They have finally come out with their first album, and it is definitely something that they should be proud of. The first thing that would catch your eye when you get your copy of the album is the very impressive album cover. Their history as a band seems to have inspired the album title, though the meaning behind the imagery on the cover is beyond me. The album opens with a very funky track ‘Beautiful World’. Crisp guitars, tight drum recording, and punchy vocal delivery – but the brass runs leave much…

January 18, 2012

The Idiots Introduction to Audio Interfaces

By - on 18/01/2012 at 10:14 am


If you have ever considered recording professional quality audio, you have probably been told hundreds of times that the first thing you need is a good “sound card”. You go looking around for these fabulous magic boxes that are supposed to turn you into a professional sound recordist. But, the number of options that one has today are, at a first glance, simply mind-boggling. Every brand out there is vying for your money with  large amounts of confusing technical data that seem completely incomprehensible. And you find yourself confused worse than before! Most people give up at this stage and just buy what is popular on online forums and shopping websites, without really understanding what…

December 9, 2011

The Kaya Quartet at The BFlat Bar

By - on 09/12/2011 at 6:23 am


      This is a line-up that I thought I’d never see – with Arati Rao on Vocals, Aman Mahajan on the piano, Sharik Hassan on Organ, and Adrian D’Souza on Drums. Being a jazz keyboard player myself, when I first heard that Sharik and Aman were going to be on stage together, I knew that I HAD to see this show. And I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I said that this happened to be one the best jazz shows I’ve attended this year. BFlat, as always, was very welcoming, with an amazing line-up of tracks to set the mood before the band came up on stage. This is a pretty important aspect that…

September 27, 2011

Twenty Years in Music with The Chronic Blues Circus

By - on 27/09/2011 at 2:33 pm


Peter Isaac has been a pioneer of Blues music in Bangalore city, and an inspiration to many artistes. His love for music and his enthusiasm to watch new artistes is always encouraging. When I first found out that Peter Isaac was celebrating 20 years in music with his band The Chronic Blues Circus, I knew I had to be there to show my support to this local legend. The event proposed to bring on stage, musicians that he has played with in the past. Twenty musicians, twenty years, one stage – it had all the makings of a night of crazy blues jams. The gig was held at Counter Culture (Whitefield) and needless to say,…

September 2, 2011

The KORG M50

By - on 02/09/2011 at 10:57 am


KORG have really outdone themselves with this one! I think the M50 is a semi-professional artists dream! At the price, nothing can beat the power and functionality of the M50. KORG have always been coming up with products with stage artists and performance artists in mind, and it is in this context that one must evaluate their instruments.

August 30, 2011

Coldplayer live at UB City,Bangalore

By - on 30/08/2011 at 6:46 pm


      Being a fan of Coldplay, this was an evening I certainly didn’t want to miss. By the end of it, I was convinced that even if I wasn’t a fan, I still would’ve loved it. The start of the show was delayed by nearly an hour, which was a real turn off, especially for those who’d shown up on time. Now I don’t know whether to blame the organisation, or Bangalore’s audience, which is normally known to be late. The crowd poured in very slowly for the first hour, either hoping to skip the opening act, or because they were stuck in traffic, and eventually the late audience and the late beginning turned…