Amin Bhatia | Virtuality

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by Amin Bhatia

The long awaited sequel to Bhatia's Interstellar Suite. Double concept album featuring a sci fi trip inside the computer, then a unique performance of Ravel's Bolero featuring 75 years of synthesizers performed chronologically.
Genre: Electronic: Virtual Orchestra
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hymn to the Users
1:02 album only
2. Into a Virtual World
3:30 album only
3. A Pocketful of Data
2:46 album only
4. World Wide Web
3:36 album only
5. Need for Speed (Feat. Steve Porcaro)
3:21 album only
6. Inside the Computer
3:13 album only
7. Virus Attack
4:47 album only
8. Aftermath
1:37 album only
9. In Search of Lost Identities
5:03 album only
10. Second Life
3:44 album only
11. Bolero Electronica/Switch On (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
0:56 album only
12. Bolero Electronica/Into the '60's (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
3:09 album only
13. Bolero Electronica/The '70's - Transistors and Chips (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
3:00 album only
14. Bolero Electronica/The '80's - FM Synthesis and MIDI (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
2:59 album only
15. Bolero Electronica/The '90's - Samplers and Computers (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
3:00 album only
16. Bolero Electronica/The New Millennium of Virtual Instruments (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
2:30 album only
17. Bolero Electronica/7 minute version (Feat. Patrick Moraz)
6:56 album only


Album Notes
Film Composer / Synthesist Amin Bhatia announces the release of “Virtuality”, the long-awaited sequel to his synth orchestral epic “The Interstellar Suite”. After years of film and television scores and a recent Emmy nomination, the new album became available on the anniversary of synthesizer pioneer Bob Moog's birthday, May 23 2008.

"..while the album is technically impressive (it uses vintage synthesizers from the Cantos Foundation Synthesizer Museum as well as several from personal collections), that would be meaningless if it wasn’t for the fact that the music is adventurous, exciting, and beautifully recorded and produced...."
– Craig Anderton, EQ Magazine

The album is dedicated to Moog, who was a friend of the composer and is endorsed by the Bob Moog Foundation. Michelle Moog-Koussa, Executive Director and daughter of the late Bob Moog says:

“My father's genius and passion was taking the synthesizer out of the laboratory and making synthesis accessible to musicians, and through them, to the world. Amin Bhatia’s “Virtuality” is another fine example of that accessibility.”

True to Bhatia’s obsession with orchestral music and science fiction, the first half of the album explores the micro-universe that exists inside the computer. Titles like “World Wide Web”, “Virus” and “Second Life” portray aspects of our modern virtual world through music and sound design. Artwork was provided by the award winning digital artist Alexander Preuss. Guest artists include members of the Toronto Symphony and Opera Orchestras.

The second half of the album features “Bolero Electronica”, a one-of-a-kind journey through 75 years of synthesizers through an innovative realization of Maurice Ravel’s "Bolero". In Bhatia’s version, instruments as early as the Ondes Martenot and Theremin begin the work, and the piece progresses through generations of synthesizers from Moog, Roland, Yamaha and others chronologically. The work builds in size and power decade by decade ending in present day virtual instruments and technologies. Guest artists include veteran keyboardists Steve Porcaro and Patrick Moraz. Many of the instruments used were from the Cantos Music Foundation. The album was recorded and mixed by award winning producers David Greene and Jeff Wolpert.

"Anyone that has ever heard Bolero understands how the piece evolves over time. To have captured that with the historical evolution of synthesizers, from just a few individual manufactures to the opulence we have today, is just absolutely too brilliant for words!"-MATRIXSYNTH

Bob Moog had been scheduled to provide a special feature narration track for “Bolero Electronica” but sadly that recording never happened. True to Bob’s mission to document, celebrate and teach innovative thinking, Amin instead employed noted synthesizer historian Mark Vail to create additional liner notes. The result is an illustrated guide which allows the listener to follow along stanza by stanza through Bhatia’s elaborate rendition, complete with a timeline chart of every synthesizer used.

“The Timeline of synthesizers in Bolero Electronica looks like the Moog Legacy to me and I only wish Dad were around to hear this project come to fruition”, says Michelle. “I think he would be delighted in the artistry Amin used to employ so many different instruments."

Says Amin “Electronic music to me is like animation. It’s a portrayal of reality through an innovative use of non-reality. When done right it creates beautifully animated images in the mind of the listener. And Bob was the greatest animator of them all.”

"It's both surprising and refreshing to hear the sounds and music Bhatia has coaxed out of over 75 years worth of electronic instruments. And "Bolero Electronica" is truly an achievement, taking the listener on a journey through synthesizer history in the best way possible!" - Matt Friedman, The Vintage Synth Explorer

“Virtuality” was released on the anniversary of Bob Moog's birthday, May 23rd 2008. A portion of each sale is donated to the Bob Moog Foundation.



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Ole Rindsberg

A gem!
As a lover of synthesiser music there was no way around getting this CD, mainly because of the approach to orchestrate the Bolero. This is the one outstanding Track on the CD for which it will be known in future. The others tracks aim differently and each is a success in it\'s own. Soothing and angry, eerie and lovely. I wish the soundtracks of computer games where produced like this. Not a lot are. Thank you, Mr. Bhatia!

Jim Bolden Sr

Very Interesting!
Like the Interstellar Suite better but this is also a great CD.
The different progressions of Syth over the years done with Ravel\'s Bolero is really kewl!
While this CD is not as Sci-Fi as Interstellar Suite I\'m still very pleased to have it as part of my collection!

Tim Clements

Having been a LOVER of "Interstellar Suite" for many years, I was highly anticipating the release of Amin's follow-up CD. I LOVE the original compositions, but as a "purist" of electronica, I'm a bit disappointed at the use of actual instruments on the recording.


very good, especially the Ravel section