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Musician, Sandhya Viswanathan:

Recognised for her versatile vocals, Sandhya Viswanathan a.k.a Pardafash is far from the barrage of commercial names and sounds that are doing the rounds in the vicinity of electronic music. Hailing from the satellite town of Yelahanka outside Bangalore, Sandhya first broke into the scene with a quartet of art and design students—they performed under the moniker Machli. She started producing solo material when it was clear that Machli was going to take a hiatus. ‘I make patterns—I replicate them, reverse them, and cut them up. Making music on software is a visual exercise as well; something that I can appreciate as an artist and designer. It’s so pretty, the waveforms, the beats repeated; there is geometry in it and there is structure,’ she says.

The Sound
Although her sound is difficult to categorise even by her own admission, the elements in her music are all electronic, except for her voice. ‘My vocals are layered with effects and I often work with samples. I make pretty patterns on Ableton [a digital audio workstation] which then turn into a track or a song. Because I’m a singer, I find it easier to work with melodic elements as opposed to rhythmic ones. I like surprise transitions when the mood of a piece changes suddenly, without a build up or lead in.’

The Future
‘I’m working on some tracks for my debut solo EP. I’m really excited about it. I’m still exploring form, so I’m not really interested in performing live till I feel confident in my sound. Right now, I’m happy composing.

Listen to her music here.

 

Text Hansika Lohani Mehtani

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