The Sound Check Project is a documentation of Kolkata’s indie music scene in the form of web episodes. Shot in 2013 and 2014, and published in a very short time with minimal editing to keep the focus on the music, the project gained popularity because of its honest approach towards music. Here are the episodes from the project consisting of 2 seasons.
A brief history:
We were slowly getting to know the indie music scene in Kolkata, and falling in love with the musicians from this place. It is a fact that few bands have released music videos from here and a large section of the musicians have gone undocumented as far as video was concerned.
Back in January 2013, we met Margub Ali, an engineer and photographer from Kolkata, who had taken a keen interest and had selflessly supported the indie music scene, documenting it and publishing his works, mainly via the internet and print media. After a lot of sessions and getting proper documentary ready equipment, in March we finally set out to document musicians. Because the whole team was made of people who were working or studying, it was only the weekends when we could meet up and shoot or edit the project. Thus it took a long time to finally get it right and we decided on a deadline of publishing one video a week via a YouTube channel. But due to the busy schedule it was difficult to keep up with this, and we started posting as and when we could with at least two every month. The initial plan was to publish 12 videos in the first season, which was achieved and then we moved ahead to another packed season 2.
Here is The Sound Check Project playlist starting from Episode 01 featuring ‘Oh My Heart’ by The Monkey in Me :
The Sound Check Project
produced, directed and shot by Margub Ali.
edited by Anish Chakraborty for Visual Krafts.
audio recording, mixing and mastering by Allan Ao, Shaurjya Banerjee, and various band members.