AES & Faizul A Tanim
aila Radhar kunje… these words have a new meaning here in the
country thanks to one extremely talented young man, and a creative
experiment that literally snowballed into a cultural crusade. Now
riding on the wave of the success of his immensely popular first album
Krishno, music icon Habib is back for a second helping with
Maya, which was recently released under the banner of Ektaar Music,
which features the voices of Kaya and Helal.
The Rising Stars
were able to manage a one-on-one with this genius music producer.
Given that Habib
studied music abroad, the first question that comes to mind is how
come he veered from the norm and actually chose to come back to the
country to try his luck here (ooh…and what luck that was!). When asked
that question, Habib replied: "Let's say that I want to be a
patriot. I love my country and would like to contribute something
for its musical augmentation. My main motive is to create good music
that appeals to everyone and thus there is commercialism involved
in my ventures. The term commercial can therefore be popular music
with entertaining padding." We all know of the Krishno track's
overnight success after its surprise appearance in the album First
Prize, which inspired Habib to release the entire album. The gamble
paid off in leaps and bounds as Krishno practically became a household
name. So when we asked him about music as a profession in Bangladesh,
he said "Music is my profession now. Its my career and I earn
my living making melody therefore I must be a bit commercial provided
the compositions remain tasteful. Nonetheless, I do not want my albums
to be too low quality marketable product and allow the value to plummet.
I shall feel terrible as a musician if that happens and therefore
I will always try to maintain a high standard for my music. I also
want people to appreciate original Bangladeshi folk music and appreciate
our country's cultural gifts through its tuneful heritage and preserve
were naturally curious about what Habib feels about other Bangladeshi-born
musicians. Habib believes that there are lots and lots of talented
deshi-born musicians in England. "When you are abroad you really
miss your country and feel a strong connection to it. Therefore, the
songs created and sung by Bangladeshis abroad, generally come from
the heart. They listen to folk music obsessively and try to find the
love for soil through its tunes," said Habib in a tone filled
and Upcoming projects:
Habib plans to release his third album containing his original songs
very soon. He also informed that his fourth compilation would comprise
another remix album and going to include tracks sung by a Bangali
female vocalist from UK. He also plans to bring many talented musicians
from England to help him with his upcoming albums.
Habib tells us, "I do not have many influences, however, would
particularly like to mention A R Rahman. He is a dutiful Muslim, a
great composer, singer and a great personality of our time--all the
components combining to make him a great musician and an absolute
used in Maya and Krishno
Habib's music is instantly recognizable because of the sound effects
created by a wide range of different instruments. In the two albums
that we've heard, apart from classical folk instruments like Flute,
Khamok, Ektara etc, some rare instruments were also used, for example
Erhu--a brilliant Chinese instrument that is a cross between an ektara
and a violin. Another such instrument that was used is a Dizu, which
is a type of Chinese flute.
question: Why not live performances?
"The main reason for which I cannot do musical shows is that
most of my singers are abroad. Another reason is that my tracks cannot
be exactly performed in the concerts as lots of different sound effects
are used and it would take a team of about fifty people to perform
the tracks precisely." Nonetheless, the local audiences will
listen to music, live, soon on stage with different vocalists performing
The mere fact that he is few of the only young sound engineers and
producer in Bangladesh who generates creative remixes of original
Bangladeshi folk songs, fusing it with electronic vibes and disco
Habib is strongly against drugs. He feels that drugs are a menace
to the music industry and aspiring musicians should refrain from taking
set of bands producing rock and folk music make it a revolutionary
fact that music becomes sparkling with the musicians clean,"
music and religion:
Habib is quite a religious man. He dismissed the preconceived notion
that most musicians are against religion as gibberish. He said, "If
a musician is religious, then he would follow the ways of Islam and
stay away from drugs and other potentially harmful distractions. There
would be fewer digressions in his/her life and therefore the musician
can think clearly and properly dedicate himself to making music."
As this interview wraps up today, it can only assure that the local
music taste will not be dominated by conventional commercial music.
Anyone listening to the two albums would certainly understand the
efforts of fusing east and west in to a single audible pleasure leaving
the emotional artiste with a smirk of satisfaction. RS wishes him
best of luck.
Game Review: Harry
Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban
Have they captured
the Potter magic this time?
the new Harry Potter movie prepares to take the box office by storm,
the latest in Electronic Arts' series of games licensed from J. K.
Rowling's novels wants to make a big impact of its own. So far, the
games haven't been much to marvel about, but now EA has a better approach.
Have they captured the Potter magic this time?
should to serve as a rich source of inspiration. They have magic,
plenty of characters, inventive sports, mythical beasts, and a whole
world of locations; surely, this is ideal food for game designers.
In Prisoner of Azkaban, EA has certainly made better use of her material.
Taking pride of
place among the changes is a new focus on Harry's supporting characters,
Ron and Hermione. Now the three teenagers, each with their own special
spells and abilities, roam around the levels as a team. This is a
great improvement -- the characters are constantly chattering to each
other, offering advice and bickering, and the game feels far more
alive as a result. The puzzles, while still standard Tomb Raider stuff,
have also improved. The three characters will need to work together
to activate pressure pads, pull different levers, and so on.
completing the day's tasks, you're free to explore the castle of Hogwarts.
Many of the sights from the books and movies are here -- the moving
staircases in the Great Hall, Hagrid's cottage in the castle grounds,
and Snape's potions laboratory, plus lots more. You can end the day
and start on tomorrow's tasks at any point using a handy menu option.
The Potter games
have taken a major graphical step forward. Hogwarts feels alive, bustling
with students, teachers, and all manner of magical creatures. Harry
and company are modeled well and easily recognizable, although one
or two supporting characters look a little odd.
Thanks to the
excellent music and an awe-inspiring amount of quality voice work,
the sense of atmosphere is first class. On the whole, the scriptwriters
have done a fine job of imitating Rowling's style, and although there
are one or two silly lines, they're the exception rather than the
ought to blow through Azkaban in no time. The combat difficulty level
is forgiving, and the game guides you through the puzzles with helpful
clues and hints from the other characters. Less experienced gamers
-- who, let's face it, are really the ones the game is aimed at --
will find its light touch very rewarding.
to an on-screen button key, the controls are simple to learn. The
movement is a little slack, and without a sidestep function it's sometimes
hard to line up with objects or levers. But the third-person camera
doesn't cause too much accidental drama and there's a handy lock-on
function for attacking enemies.
number of unlockable mini-games are included, some of which are multiplayer.
They're generally silly, and most people won't feel the need to replay
them, but it's still nice to have something different to do. The new
multiple character feature cries out for a cooperative mode, but it's
sadly been omitted.
There are also
a few bugs. Sometimes characters get stuck on scenery that requires
some fiddling to extract them. Once, Hermione fell into a pool and
ended up running around underwater instead of dying, forcing a reload
and a significant loss of progress. These little bugs tarnish what
is otherwise a very polished game.
of Azkaban is the best use of the Harry Potter license so far, by
a clear margin. It would be a forgettable effort without the license,
but its core audience is more interested in immersing themselves in
the Potter world. It works very well in this regard, and if you're
a fan of the books, you'll find it both engaging and entertaining.
Polish your wand and stock up on Bertie Bott's Every-Flavor Jelly
Beans, because you're in for some long nights of wizardry.
Chronicles of Riddick
- Vin Diesel
Lord Marshal - Colm Feore
Dame Vaako - Thandie Newton
Aereon - Judi Dench
Vaako - Karl Urban
Kyra - Alexa Davalos
a movie called Pitch Black starring Vin Diesel that was released a
few years back? Vin Diesel's character was an anti-hero called Riddick
who had to lead a group of stranded space travelers off a planet besieged
by predatory flying monsters. Well, its sequel has been out and about
for a whole now and it's actually better than the first one.
Black was more of a horror movie but the sequel has been added a lot
of different locations, elements, politics and lastly a lot of color.
The first movie was shot almost entirely in a sepia or gray tint.
plot: The movie starts off five years after the end of "Pitch
Black." Riddick is now an escaped fugitive hiding out on a lonely,
creepy planet and bounty hunters are seeking to cash in on his capture.
course, you just can't go upto someone like Riddick and put him in
shackles. So a few battles ensue one of which you can see in the trailers
regarding a spaceship crash-landing into a cave.
is enlisted to help defeat the Necromongers, a sort of dead people
race that forcibly converts the populations it conquers. The conversion
process itself is horrible. It involves a kind of bolt through the
head. So no wonder that a few refuse in which case they get their
soul sucked out of them. The Necromongers, like the crusaders of Earthly
history, demand their victims convert or die. Those who join the conquerors
are promised a pain-free life - and perhaps more - once the army reaches
someplace called the Underverse.
services are required because, as an introductory voice-over explains,
such evil can't be fought by good but, rather, by another kind of
evil. Riddicks character isn't exactly that of a saint but then again,
when the bad gets to worse, you know exactly who to root for.
this voice-over is supplied by Dame Judi Dench, who plays Aereon,
an ambassador from a superior race who can zip from here to there
like a phantom.
leader Lord Marshal (Colm Feore) is your hammy and pompous villain.
Keith David is the sole other "Pitch Black" cast holdover
as a cleric who once again needs Riddick's help. Come to think of
it, there were not many survivors left over from the first movie.
off Riddick's gone to visit a prison where he finds a young woman,
Kyra (Alexa Davalos), from Pitch Black. She is the last link to the
previous film and plays a sexy fighting woman who has come a long
way since she was a short-haired girl passing herself as "Jack"
in the first movie.
talk in that stuffy declarative way that has become standard in action
sci-fi movies. Fits very nicely as last minute quips but then it becomes
as if everyone is trying to have the last words. That means there
isn't much in the way of dialogue. But that is okay because there
is a lot more to make up for it. Vin Diesels presence goes a long
way. He has that weird quality where he's making an impact even when
you don't know what he is doing in a scene or why he is there.
Pitch Black, which was a rather low-budget thriller, Chronicles looks
truly fantastic from the costumes, scenery, special effects and the
action. The sets, or rather the computer generated worlds look impressive
like a high-end computer game.
movie does have an intriguing turn at the end but you will be watching
most of it without knowing exactly where the story is going. It, in
a way, adds to its allure.
Dsfinal hardware design revealed
takes the wraps off a new, slimmer look for its forthcoming handheld.
Nintendo has unveiled a new look for the Nintendo
DS handheld console and confirmed the final product name, with the
console is still on track for release in North America and Japan late
this year, and Europe in Q1 2005.
The new design, which you can see on this page, is
the result of Nintendo's search for "a slimmer, sharper look",
and one more in tune with an older audience - echoing the company's
design for the GBA SP in many ways. It's certainly more akin to the
PSP than it is to the unit which was unveiled at E3.
DS now sports a thinner, black base and angular platinum flip-top
cover, with larger face and shoulder buttons than the E3 unit, some
of which have been "reconfigured for optimum use". The unit
also gains a storage slot for the stylus, which was missing from the
E3 unit, and we're told that the speakers now broadcast in stereo,
with or without headphones.
Too many things are happing lately…
and most of them are very sad. Flood, living around and wading trough
our own fermented wastes, people's woes and despair, our stupid politicians
doing nothing… all these are making me depressed. It's so scary to
look at the newspapers nowadays! Starving people isolated and with
nothing but a blank gloomy look on their faces.
Nothing more to say… visit the sites
and keep your troubled minds distracted and busy, so that you'd feel
less miserable. It is the least I can do for our tortured souls.
Stuff to discover
Tomorrow's magazines today! An awesome site featuring the news and
technological advances that ought to happen in the near and distant
future. This is one of the few sites that constantly amaze me with
their ingenuity and humour. Every page of this site is worth checking
One word though, the site might look unimportant at the first glance.
But always remember: You should never go for looks alone.
Stuff to watch
A really cool site, full of nice photos of all kinds of nice and cool
things. There's groovy background music and, well, the pictures are
worth watching. A fine site to spend a few well-meant moments with.
I like the section named "Food". The pictures in that gallery
truly are what you'd call visual appetizers. Please note that yours
truly isn't an food obsessed person.
Stuff to download
A little place for some hand-picked handy softwares. Audio converters,
jukeboxes, authoring tools, compression softwares and tons of really
useful softwares, all neatly described and reviewed. Great place to
go if you need any handy software.
Get a break now
Another great site for awesome little games… You'd certainly love
this one. The games are funny, enjoyable and the graphics looks amazing.
Good for spending some online minutes. All my friends who visited
the site, especially the female ones, thought the site was "SOOO
Cute!" Although I don't rush to give such a rating… I don't really
think that they are much wrong. Or are they? Check out the site to
Then get happy
One of the very few reasons that you'd want to actually thank the
US government: they built and now run www.bam.com. This site is a
true inspiration for being active, feeling great and staying fit.
Sounds simple? No, it's not.
This site is almost bound to make
you feel like being active and doing things. And the site looks and
feels great. There are some nifty little "discover yourself"
quizzes (like the ones at emode.com). And in the end, you might just
discover an unknown talent in yourself. Did I mention that you'll
love this site?
Or get sad
This is a site that, at first, made me chuckle and then, made me fell
a deep sympathy. It's about geeks. Not the simple stupid doods we
see around us every other day, but real pathetic losers. Those geeks,
with their stupid beliefs and manner, making a stupid out of themselves
in front of everyone… make's the cruellest pirate feel sad.
And you would feel sad too. This is
a site of a comix strip named "Pathetic Geek Stories". The
only thing is that, they are only remotely funny, and only the cruel
ones would laugh.
All right, nice folks, I think I should
end this here. Hope you enjoyed is as much as I did. Anyway, if you
are interested about any particular subject, let me know (email@example.com).
I might just have a good link for you.