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Abcd

by Deirdre Broderick

a soundtrack album fusing eastern and western influences and instruments, blending Indian elements with American pop and jazz.
Genre: World: World Fusion
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1. Theme from ABCD
Deirdre Broderick
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2. Nature Girl
Deirdre Broderick
1:41 $0.99
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3. Break My Heart
Deirdre Broderick
3:28 $0.99
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4. Destiny
Deirdre Broderick
2:39 $0.99
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5. The Big Step
Deirdre Broderick
0:58 $0.99
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6. One Tear
Deirdre Broderick
4:17 $0.99
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7. Boyfriend
Deirdre Broderick
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8. You Wanna Cry?
Deirdre Broderick
2:58 $0.99
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9. First Dance, Last Chance
Deirdre Broderick
2:13 $0.99
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10. Raj
Deirdre Broderick
1:20 $0.99
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11. So Many Hands
Deirdre Broderick
2:46 $0.99
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12. Poor Duckshes
Deirdre Broderick
2:03 $0.99
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13. But I Wanted To
Deirdre Broderick
2:33 $0.99
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14. I Won't Forget
Deirdre Broderick
2:39 $0.99
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15. Tears
Deirdre Broderick and Madhur Jaffrey
2:18 $0.99
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16. Fairytales
Deirdre Broderick
1:25 $0.99
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17. Ashes
Deirdre Broderick
1:54 $0.99
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18. Unspoken
Deirdre Broderick
2:32 $0.99
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19. I'll Return To You
Deirdre Broderick
4:21 $0.99
Downloads are available as MP3-320 files.

ABOUT THIS ALBUM


Album Notes
ABCD The Soundtrack is a fusion of eastern and western influences and instruments, which musically captures an Indian family's struggle for cultural identity in present day America. Blending American pop and classic Indian elements, the score utilizes a palette of acoustic and electronic instrumentation, resulting in powerful and emotive instrumental tracks and featuring five original songs. The warmth and intricate density of the album are remarkable, especially considering that Deirdre Broderick created the soundtrack in a small studio environment, composing, performing, recording and mixing every element herself.

ABCD The Movie - is the story of first generation Asian Indian immigrant children who have grown up in America. Writer/Director Krutin Patel's story revolves around characters that feel culturally lost: they can no longer fully adhere to the customs of the country they left behind, yet they don't feel that they belong to mainstream American culture either. The main character, Nina, is rebelling against the conservative Hindu values of her mother through sex and self-destruction. Or self-actualization, depending on which side you fall in the intense debate that this film has sparked among Indian communities in the U.S. and in India. Even though the story centers on a specific ethnic group, the universal nature of the struggle to know who you are within and without your family has resonated with people all over the world. Musically, the challenge for composer Deirdre Broderick was to provide a dramatic score that would mirror the conflicts but also weave a unified voice into the turbulent emotional life of the screenplay. By drawing upon elements of both modern pop music and classical Indian music, the clash of cultural and generational values ultimately evolves into a new creation of beautiful, uneasy harmony.

Deirdre Broderick Composer/Lyricist/Performer - continues to reinvent her musical resume by bridging the genres of film, theatre and dance. Since her first staged musical, George III Sings!, which was produced at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, her subsequent theatrical scores have included The Lantern Theater Company of Philadelphia's productions of Twelfth Night and The Bacchae, and the premiere production of Irish novelist Colum McCann's Flaherty's Window in NYC. Her Elvis-inspired musical spoof Viva Los Alamos in 3-D, with book writer/lyricist Mike Katinsky, was produced by Sensurround Productions in Atlanta over the summer of '99 and remounted at the NYC Fringe Festival 2000. Her original children's musical, The Perfect Monster, with book by Janine Nina Trevens, premiered April '02 at Tada Children's Theatre, NYC. Deirdre was also invited to be the first featured composer/performer in a new Songs For Stage series, which premiered January '02 at the renowned NYC experimental theatre LaMama. She followed it up in the fall of '02 with LaMama's production of her odd little musical Spectacle of Spectacles: The Clairvoyant Cabaret.

In the dance world, her collaboration with Paula Josa-Jones Performance Works, which began in 1995, melds theatrical and cinematic musical styles to highly creative dance and movement. Creating from a musical palette that has included traditional symphonic instruments, animal howls, household appliances and burning villages, Deirdre's dark and atmospheric dance scores have been described as hauntingly visceral. To date, the resulting productions of this collaboration have been Wonderland and Light and Bone. Both pieces have been performed across the country at various colleges and venues including The Majestic Theatre in Boston and The Joyce in NYC.

In the spring of '02, Deirdre began her association with the NYC based studio Harmony 534 where she composes and records for film, television and radio.

For more info on ABCD and Deirdre, please go to the following sites:

www.desiclub.com/desimusic/desimusic_features/music_article.cfm?id=88&session=u47q1sa4oul9pgv46neepo5

http://cakewalk.com/artist/broderick.asp

www.abcd-themovie.com

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Sara Siddiqui

The Soundtrack to ABCD is absolutely beautiful. Check it out.
With a total of 19 tracks, the Soundtrack to the movie ABCD does not disappoint. It complements the film quite well. It takes us through the mood of the characters and the scenes flawlessly. Deirdre Broderick does a wonderful job in portraying the mixed feelings through out the movie. The cultural clash and diversity are felt when listening to it. My favorite tracks were #6, One Tear and ofcourse the theme of ABCD, which is really noteworthy. If I could, I would've listened to this album before watching the movie because I know I would've enjoyed it even more than I did.

Some other tracks that deserve a mention are #4 "Destiny," #9 "First Dance, Last Chance," and #17 "Ashes." - I feel these represent the movie to its fullest.

The coordination and sampling of the music is of high quality and the music is perfectly matched with the singing. My only complaint would be that there wasn't more South Asian music infused. There is plenty of it, but I felt it was missing just a few grains of some Desi flavor. But apart from that, the Soundtrack to ABCD is absolutely beautiful. Check it out.
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Max Delaney

Fantastic mix of hip new music retains cultural respect
This is no culture clash - it's a musical melting pot. It must have been an amazing task to mix a genre as unique as traditional Indian music with cutting edge pop, but Broderick successfully does so with panache. Sitar and synthesizer meet the incredible voice of the artist - it only gets better with repeated listenings. Simultaneously peaceful and invigorating, it's a mix I have nothing compare to - but I sure do love it. I have no knowledge of traditional Indian music, but if it is typically half as beautiful as this CD, that entire country must sway.
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