A few days back a quartet of musicians from different corners of the country went live together on one of the social media platforms. Nothing new in that, you may say. What left the audience startled was they performed live and with almost no latency or lag!
The band, Live & In Sync, comprises of Sitar maestro Purbayan Chatterjee, drummer Darshan Doshi and tech wizards Mahesh Raghavan and Aditya Srinivasan who also dons the role of sound engineer for the band.
The concept, a brain child of Aditya, incorporates technology to ensure minimum latency hence delivering a real life concert experience in the virtual space.
“In the digital world when you go live from different parts of the world, latency and lag are ominous. I had an idea of how to make it work so I called Mahesh who got really excited about it,” said Aditya.
After jamming together and even doing a live session on a private link, the four were ready to present the new technology and themselves to the world, Live!
“When we first tried this technology before a live audience, we weren’t a band as such. This is not just about the music of it but also one has to be smart to play with the technology and find the way to do that,” explained Darshan.
Darshan and Purbayan are known to utilise and incorporate technology in their work. The rest two are tech geeks. Mahesh plays the Geoshred app on the iPad while also being a producer. Aditya plays the tablas and is also well verse with Carnatic music. This makes Live & In Sync an interesting amalgamation of artistry and technology.
Real life concert experiences might take a while, sadly. Another first that Live & In Sync have managed to do is to become India’s, probably world’s, first band to be signed by an artist management firm for online concerts. The quartet recently signed a deal with one of India’s leading artist management firm TM Talent Management.
Will acoustic instruments be compatible and how well would they sound?
Clearing my doubts was Mahesh,
“We are working towards a scenario where a dholak player in Rajasthan can also utilise this technology. The idea is that even artists with no access to a studio can use this technology.”
Winding up the long chat, Purbayan added,
“The end product will be like any other software. Just click and start it to get going. We four have put in a lot of hardwork behind this. We also want to ensure we get due credits and are rewarded for it. I say it for everyone here that we are proud that this is an Indian product.”