Episode 329: Composer Nainita Desai Discusses Her Career
Soundtracking with Edith Bowman
This week's guest is a composer with a huge and varied body of work, who Edith regularly bumps into on the London screening circuit and has been trying to get on Soundtracking for some time. Nanita DesaI's work includes a remarkable number of TV shows - and films such as The Reason I Jump, For Sama and 14 Peaks: Nothing Is Impossible. The insight into the way she goes about her business is utterly fascinating.
We finally get to talk about a video game score for the first time in the podcast's history! And yet, we're still intimately connected to the realm of moviemaking considering the subject material: Immortality, the new game from Sam Barlow, who made Her Story and Telling Lies. Keeping with the interactive-movie brief of those previous games, Immortality is a time/genre-spanning mystery that tasks you with poring over the raw footage of three films starring a young actress named Marissa Marcel, who disappeared without a trace. By jumping from clip to clip between these films -- late-'60s erotic religious thriller Ambrosio, 1970s detective film Minsky, and 1999 showbiz tragedy Two of Everything -- you peel back the layers of Marissa's fate, and explore the very nature of media as a means to achieve eternal life. For this project, Barlow enlisted the aid of twice-Emmy-nominated composer Nainita Desai, who also scored Telling Lies, to build the musical world of Immortality. Rather than scoring to genre specificity, Desai built three major themes exploring unique ideas spread among the three films: religion, life, and art. And, of course, she finds ways to subvert and play with those ideas, giving her lush, suspenseful orchestrations a feeling of cohesion while guiding the player through the emotional journey we share with Marissa. I was delighted to have Nainita on the show to talk about her journey, her influences, her unique working relationship with Barlow, and the cinematic influences she drew from as she stitched these three celluloid worlds together. (Plus, stay tuned for track commentaries breaking down these motifs in greater depth.) You can find Nainita Desai on her official website here. Immortality is available to play on Steam, Netflix Games, and Xbox (free on Day One if you have Game Pass) You can also listen to the score on your preferred music streaming service courtesy of Lakeshore Records.
08 – Scoring Netflix’ 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible using Music and Foley with Nainita Desai
Sync Music Matters Podcast
In today’s episode of Sync Music Matters I’m talking to TV, Film and General Media composer Nainita Desai Nainita Desai Media Composer who you might be most familiar with for her extensive work in TV and Film She is an RTS Winner a BIFA, Cinema Eye Honours and Ivor Novello nominee and is officially a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. She was also IFMCA Breakthrough composer of 2020 Nainita’s recent projects include Netflix’s 14 Peaks – Nothing is Impossible (ASCAP Composer Choice nominee for best documentary score ) She scored the critically acclaimed Oscar Nominated film For Sama, The Sundance winning feature The Reason I Jump and American Murder – The Family Next Door Netflix’ most viewed documentary feature We talk about her Love for Star Trek and Barbara Streisand – not necessarily together. We also discuss her fascinating route in to music via working as Peter Gabriel’s Assistant and working as a TV foley artist. You can find more about Nainita Desai here: https://nainitadesai.com/ If you like to listen to some of Nainita Desai’s influences, you can here: Jean Michel Jarre Brian Eno Daniel Lanois Peter Gabriel – The Last Temptation of Christ Real World Studio Dave Bottrill BBC Radiophonic Workshop John Barry Stephen Sondheim Ennio Mirricone 14 Peaks: Nothing is Impossible The Reason I Jump Colin Stetson – Hereditary Gabriel Yarid Michel Yared Clint Mansel Michael Nyman Thomas Newman – Revolutionary Road Trevor Jones – Last of the Mohicans David Shire – The Conversation Nicholas Britell – Don’t Look Up Nicholas Britell – Succession
Personal stories of inspiration from professional composers, songwriters and musicians.In this episode, Gareth chats with composer Nainita Desai about her varied music education and a chance meeting with a rock star.Subscribe now via The Music Room website to have new episodes magically appear in your podcast app!Host: Gareth Davies Produced by The Sound Boutique LinksMusic stories:Tim WhiteRichard WilkinsonJosh BonneyAmy BalcombeSend your music story: firstname.lastname@example.orgSend your music story (audio) Music story contributors are featured in the next Sound Boutique newsletter Nainita's websiteNainita on FacebookNainita on Twitter Nainita on Instagram Nainita on IMDbAll the podcast links Mentioned in this episode:All the podcast links
17: Nainita Desai on Perseverance, "The Reason I Jump," and "For Sama."
IN HER LENS
Nainita Desai is a British-Indian composer based in London, UK. Nainita’s eclectic musical upbringing led her to studying the sitar, piano, table, guitar, violin, and singing. After receiving a degree in Mathematics, she attended the National Film and Television School in London. She worked as a sound designer and musical engineer, working alongside Peter Gabriel. Making the powerful decision to transition to composing and following her love for music making; today Nainita is an Ivor Novello, BIFA, and Cinema Eyes Honors nominee, a BAFTA Breakthrough Brit and the IFMCA Breakthrough Composer (2020.) She’s composed intensely engaging scores for films, tv, documentaries, specials- including the Oscar-nominated and BAFTA-award winning film For Sama, the recent documentary The Reason I Jump, and Netflix’s most watched doc feature to date- American Murder: The Family Next Door. In this episode, Nainita and Nadine discuss her score for “The Reason I Jump” and about creating a work using prompts from a book. They chat about her roots in world music, attending Catholic school during the week & Hindu temple on the weekends, and about her choice to study Mathematics. She shares about what learned as a musical engineer creating sonic worlds and her pivotal career moments like when writing musical numbers for Mumbai High. They discuss the making of the score for For Sama, and the Netflix documentary American Murder: The Family Next Door.The music in this episode was kindly provided by Nainita.Nainita Desai is a film composer. You can check out her work on her website www.nainitadesai.com and Instagram, also streaming on Netflix, HBO Max, and Spotify.Nadine Reumer is a Dutch actress and podcaster based between Amsterdam and New York City. For further information on her work & to get in contact, visit her website: www.nadinereumer.com See acast.com/privacy for privacy and opt-out information.
Nainita Desai on Moonlight, Meryl and composing silence in For Sama
The BIFA Podcast
Remote Artistic Collaborations ft Nainita Desai, Santhosh Narayanan & OfRo | Madras Medai Podcast Ep 05
Madras Medai Podcast
People have worked over long distances for several decades, but the logistics have always been challenging. With the advent of Internet and Cloud solutions, the modern artists are breaking down these logistical challenges and creating together across borders. Supported by The British Council, this series aims to act as a gateway to empower emerging artists within the music ecosystem and to explore new opportunities. Creating through Collaborations Technology that bridges the distance Broader Talent Pool vs Tech limitations Santhosh Narayanan: https://www.imdb.com/name/nm5365739/ Santhosh Narayanan is an Indian film composer and musician in the Tamil film industry. He made his debut as a film composer in the 2012 Tamil film Attakathi. Nainita Desai: https://nainitadesai.com/ Nainita Desai, is an Ivor Novello Awards nominee and BAFTA Breakthrough Brit. Her recent projects include Oscar-nominated and BAFTA and Cannes-winning feature documentary ‘For Sama’, and ‘The Reason I Jump’, the Sundance winning feature. Other recent credits include Netflix’s most-watched doc of 2020 ‘American Murder: The Family Next Door’ and the hit Netflix India series ‘Bad Boy Billionaires’. OfRo: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/OfRo Rohith Abraham, known professionally as ofRo, is an Indian record producer and songwriter. He is most notably recognised for this work with independent artists like ADK, Arivu, Tenma, Asal Kolaar, Roshan Jamrock, Psychomantra, Ben Human, and many more.
The composer Nainita Desai is a master of innovative thinking in scores for film, television and games. She is best-known for her documentary work – including music for the Oscar-nominated ‘For Sama’ and a new Sundance-winning documentary that’s soon to be released called ‘The Reason I Jump’ – but her career has been multi-faceted. Desai has a background in maths and has also worked as a sound designer, which gives her a unique approach. In this episode, Desai discusses the techniques she came up with to reflect the experiences of autistic teenagers in ‘The Reason I Jump’ (from water-filled clarinets to improvising on cellos), how working with Peter Gabriel early in her career inspired her and why her job is to manipulate a viewer’s emotions.