World Void Web is an Indian solo artist, musician and composer. Known to his friends and family as Ajit Padmanabh, World Void Web is a self-taught musician. Music has been teaching him all he knows about it. Like any other music aficionado, he was exposed to different kinds of music from an early age, ranging from Indian and western classical to blues, reggae, pop, fusion, rock and metal. He initially dabbled with the keyboard, eventually moving to guitar. Performing with rock bands in college added another dimension to his musical learning experience.
He is deeply passionate about music and strongly believes in music being a mode of communication, sans language and speech – Voiceless emoting as he calls it. Hence, his inclination towards instrumental music He setup Blank Point Studios in 2012 and began collaborating with film-makers, providing background scores. Over a period of 3 years, he has provided scores for 15-odd films.
He attributes all of his creative work, to the supreme force, with him merely being a medium. The studio is his temple and the equipment, his family. The creative process is intensely personal for him, embellished with magical experiences, some manifesting as musical passages in his works.
Take a listen to Ajit Padmanabh, in conversation with Priyanka
About the Album
“Think Void” is an easy-listening instrumental album, keeping the listener at its core. The album transports the listener on a journey of the web and the world that we all are part of, and into the intriguing void that is all around us!
The title of the album, ‘Think Void’ is an attribution to the greatness of the Void – that which makes all of what we sense and what we think, actually manifest! When you Think Void, you are automatically a part of the thought manifestation process to create reality!
All of what we sense is made of five fundamental elements (called Panchabhootha in Sanskrit), namely Earth (Prithvi), Water (Jal), Fire (Agni), Air (Vayu) and Ether (Akasha). This album is centred around the element Akasha (Ether or Space or Void) which holds various manifestations in this universe. It’s an element that’s SMALLER than the SMALLEST and BIGGER than the BIGGEST – All PERVASIVE! Ether or Void can be sensed only through hearing (Of Sound and Ear), which makes it all the more relevant for music!
The Album has three metaphors – World, Void and Web. While the Web metaphor depicts man-made flaws and imperfections in this world, the World metaphor depicts affection, help and co-existence as the essence of human life. Void metaphor depicts the element that’s believed to be the source of all creation and creativity.
Web is exemplified by “Like all else, this too shall pass. It’s neither the world nor its end”.
World is exemplified by “Be aware Within. Be good to all creation, within and without.”
Void is exemplified by “We exist because of it. We are in it and It is in us”.
Research and album conceptualisation by Ajit Padmanabh (World Void Web)
All songs composed and arranged by Ajit Padmanabh (World Void Web) at Blank Point Studios, Bangalore, India.
Mixed by Tharun Kumar at Blank Point Studios, Bangalore, India.
Mastered by Alex Psaroudakis at Sterling Sound Studios, New York, USA. Visit http://www.alexpsaroudakis.com/ to know more about Alex.
Album artwork visualisation by Ajit Padmanabh (World Void Web)
Album artwork by Parjanya “Mijo” Sau. Parjanya “Mijo” Sau is a self-taught illustrator and cartoonist from Bangalore, India. While he is a full-time IT professional, his passion lies in cartoons and illustrations, with emphasis on lines in both forms of art. Visit https://www.facebook.com/mijoarts to know more about him.
Additional voice-layering and design on “Snore Of A 100-Crore” along with soundscapes on “Void” metaphor by Tharun Kumar.
“Akasha Gayatri Mantra” on “The Supreme Fractal Force”, chanted by Shivashankar Dikshitar at the Nataraja Temple, Chidambaram, India.
Artist Collaborations on the album
“Snore Of A 100 Crore” and “The Supreme Fractal Force” features Bass Guitar performed by Keith Peters.
Keith Peters is one of India’s most sought after bass guitarists. He has been A.R. Rahman’s bassist since early 90s. With prowess in diverse musical styles, he has collaborated with legends like Dr. L Subramaniam, Zakir Hussain, Mandolin U Srinivas, Pt. Hari Prasad Chaurasia, Kadri Gopalnath among others.
“History Betrayed” features Musical Saw performed by Adriano Fernandez.
Adriano is a Spanish Musical Saw player, one of the few professional saw players nowadays. He has recorded two albums and is a street and stage performer, in Spain and around Europe. Visit http://www.vueltaaitaca.com/ to know more about Adriano Fernandez.
“On The Edge Of The Unending” features Slide Guitar performed by Dr. Prakash Sontakke.
A legendary, multi-award winning musician, Dr. Prakash Sontakke is one of the leading composers in the field of Hindustani Classical and Fusion music and is a maestro in playing the Hawaiian Guitar, Weissenborns, Slide Guitar, Electric Lap Steel Guitars and the Dobro in Hindustani Classical Music.
“One, The World Over” features Guitars performed by Baiju Dharmajan.
Baiju Dharmajan is a multi award winning & India’s pioneering Carnatic Guitarist. He has been the winner of the Best Guitarist award at Jack Daniel’s Rock Awards thrice. Baiju Dharmajan enjoys a large cult following among all guitarists in the country being recognised as one of the creators of the sound of Indian rock guitar.
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