August 5, 2015

Portalball Icon

A game I've worked on since 2013 launched today!

"Compete with players around the world by taking turns sending baseballs flying through portals! " -App Store

My role: Product Manager, Composer, and Sound Designer for Portalball trailers, website, and app.

 

October 16, 2014

Shuv is an iOS and Android app that allows users to assign the ringtone a contact hears when recieving a call. The app was built in partnership with Sony Music Entertainment & Pink Stone LLC. I managed the design and implementation of the product up to launch.

March 13, 2014

It feels great to work on an app that helps folks get the care they need faster! eAttending is an iOS app that helps doctors communicate with nursing stations on the go. The idea came from Dr. Larry Wolk. UX design and project management provided by yours truly :)

February 22, 2014

I made some more music for the almighty facebook. This time it was for a story of an unlikely business connection. My buddy Matt Harnack traveled acros the world to capture the story. He has the coolest job ever!

October 9, 2013

I got my hands dirty with coding again with Coverup. Coverup is a soundboard app for hiding embarassing restroom sounds. It was featured on the TV show "The Doctors". Big thank you to Jordan Edelson for having me work on this quirky project.

August 3, 2013

Syndible is a mobile and web app that offers a crowdsource solution for syndicating news worthy content. I produced the design and managed the implementation of the app from concept to launch.

Special thanks to Jamil Walkil for reaching out to Appetizer Mobile to work on this!

June 16, 2013

I made this track while batling a nasty only-in-NYC flu. It's about Bernard, one time Mayor of NYC's tunnel people.

May 27, 2013

My latest music for a Facebook ad just got posted. Check it out.

April 20, 2013

I updated Lucidity Fest's iOS app for 2013. Much thanks to Jonathan Solter and Dan Hampe for agreeing to let me cut up their artwork to use in the UI… Jonathan’s art makes the coolest icon ever! Have you ever seen a psychedelic water-lion-Medusa on an app icon before? Neither have I… until now!

March 31, 2013

I moved my blog to tumblr. I'll still post news here, but my day to day ramblings will go on Sanjo Ranjo Banjo.

March 31, 2013

My Good friend Matt Harnack at Facebook asked me to compose music for a series of videos promoting their developer tools. Here's the first one:

November 9, 2012

Just accepted a position at Appetizer Mobile LLC,

"Sanjeev is a senior project manager and app architect for Appetizer Mobile. Sanjeev Brar's award winning work spans TV, film, games, and apps. He has worked in all aspects of software development from graphic design, sound design, music, and code. Sanjeev started his creative career producing digital media for SETI as an undergrad at UC Berkeley. After graduating with a degree in Astrophysics in 2006, Sanjeev turned his attention to playing shows with his band and studying music production. His efforts culminated into his role as a Sound Designer and Composer for San Francisco based game shop, Morphonix LLC. Since his time at Morphonix, Sanjeev has moved to New York City where he has worked on TV and film projects at some of the best post production sound houses in town. Sanjeev also enjoys building his own iOS Applications which all find inspiration from his love of music, technology, and art."

http://appetizermobile.com/about/

September 9, 2012

I had the luxory of mixing this project in Gramercy Post's Studio A. Great room. Great film. Can't ask for much more.

The Worst of the Worst depicts Connecticut’s sole supermax prison, where many inmates are held in solitary confinement for months and even years at a time. Hard-hitting interviews with a range of experts and administrators are interwoven with the powerful stories of those who spend their days within the walls of Northern: inmates and correctional officers.

August 19, 2012

Composed by Karen Littman. Arranged and mixed by yours truly.

This one feels like the opening scene of an animated adventure… like if the Lion King took place in a dark dirty swamp.

July 23, 2012

Just finished mixing a cute comedy short called "Paul and the Enemy", a film by NYU film school alum, Jeremy Schaftel.

Special thanks to Joe Mendelson for agreeing to let me mix in Studio A at Gramercy Post -the most efficiently ran audio post facility in NYC.

April 17, 2012

My latest iOS app for Santa Barbara's first ever Lucidity Festival,

"Lucidity is an open-source transformational arts and music festival. We invite you to download our app and come play with us. The app features an interactive map, an event planner, and all the information you'll need to get the most out of your Lucidity experience."

March 7, 2012

The App and DJ set I did for this year's Envision Festival in Uvita, Costa Rica,

Envision Festival 2012, Lotus Stage, Thursday Night - Sanjeev Brar

"Use the Envision Festival 2012 app to create your own personal schedule from the myriad of activities available to you. The app contains directions to the festival grounds, a scheduler for yoga and musical performances, and general information about Envision's eco awareness initiatives."

November 8, 2011

My Mac Pro, Pro Tools rig, and all the other things that made my home in San Francisco's Presidio are sitting in a container on its way to Brooklyn.

For the past few weeks, I've been scouting out NYC, mastering its subway, attending the AES show at the Javits Center, and visiting various post places around Manhattan. Those meetings were very encouraging by the way. So thanks to all the engineers that took time to show a Californian how post is done in the Big Apple.

I got a chance to do some sound work on my mobile rig while in town.

The first project was music and sound for a promotional documentary about a public charter school in Boston. You can watch it right here, strictly for self promotional purposes:P

Shot by Matthew Blute and Don Presley. Directed and edited by Sharat Raju. The music and sound work was done on my trusty old Power Book running Logic. I hope you like it!

The second project was one day of production sound for Yale Law school's third installment of its Visual Law series. It's a film exploring whether solitary confinement constitutes cruel and unnuasual punishment. Despite the serious subject matter, I had a great time recording the interviews with this spiffy Sennheiser G2 Wireless lav rig pictured below, ooh lala!

Guys, the verdict is clear. I absolutely belong in the Big Apple. San Francisco was lovely, and I'll always miss cycling across the Golden Gate Bridge to the Morphonix's downtown Sausalito Office, but all good things must come to an end, and NYC is proving to full of possibilities for a chap like me. Here's to a new chapter, a new adventure, and my new city.

August 8, 2011

Here are two documentaries I worked on for Yale Law School's Visual Law project.

Alienation: "When Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents raided a 7-Eleven in Baltimore, they arrested dozens of bystanders on the grounds of alleged immigration violations. “Alienation” follows the story of two families swept up in the 2007 raid and examines current controversies in immigration law and policy in the United States."



Stigma: "The law permits police officers to stop and frisk people based on “reasonable suspicion.” Do “Stop and Frisk” police practices cause racial profiling, or deter crime? “Stigma” explores the dynamic between the community and the police through the eyes of three people who grew up on the streets of New York City."

June 19, 2011

The music that Karen Littman and I made for Every Body Has a Brain just won two awards!

May 25, 2011

My band's latest album is now available on iTunes!

The Worship of Silence - In the Early Hours

"Clearly the work of mad geniuses. Expansive soundscapes that meander with intent and lull you into a false security while pulling you along for the ride when out of nowhere they rear up and clean your clock with explosive bursts of auditory fury. This release certainly doesn't do their live performances justice, but is an excellent offering to hold you over until you get the chance to catch one for yourself. Finally, I don't know what kind of drugs The Worship of Silence is referring to, but this is far better than any I have available." -Stevil Kinevil

April 16, 2011

I present to you Worker Drone: directed by Sharat Raju, music by Eric Satiestevan, and post production mixing and sound design by yours truly. I hope you enjoy it!

November 21, 2010

An album that I worked on is now available on iTunes. These songs were written and sung by Karen Littman. I did the arranging and mixing. Mike Wells was on mastering duties. These songs teach kids about their brains. BUY IT NOW!!! FOR KIDS :P

Every Body Has a Brain - Karen G Littman, Morphonix LLC

June 8, 2010

More live loudness this Saturday, June 12th in Berkeley. The Worship of Silence is playing at Blake's on telegraph.

April 4, 2010

Come out and enjoy our loudness. The Worship of Silence plays with the some of the best in Bay Area doom... on a MONDAY! So DOOOOOOM.

January 19, 2010 Rock the Retox

WE HAVE SHOW!

October 11, 2009 Show at Kimo's

We have a show Tuesday, October 13th.

1351 Polk St, San Francisco. Shows starts at 9pm.

Also, new podcast from Morphonix. This one highlites a very tough month for us. See podcast.

September 18, 2009 The Analog Side of Burning Man

I recieved a lamenate pass that granted me special access to the Man on fire. <Insert story of how I came across said pass here> I assembled some video footage of the experience...

 

August 28, 2009 Morphonix July Video Log

Our second installment documenting the creation of a uniquely musical game.

July 29, 2009 Morphonix July Video Log

Watch the creative process at Morphonix™ as we develop our latest game, Every Body has a Brain. I had alot of fun editing this footage. Hopefully this gives friends and family a better idea of what I'm doing. This is the first installment of our podcast.

 

May 30, 2009 WOS LIVE at the Stork Club.

killthatcat.com put a video together from our last show:

April 3, 2009 Aquarius Records Reviews WOS

Aquarius Records reviewed my bands new album, In the Early Hours. Here's what they had to say:

"Debut full length from these East Bay doomlords, who once featured our very own Andee behind the kit! It's three tracks 43 minutes, of slow building, brooding, emotional, classic epic doom, the emotion mostly due to the vocals, way up in the mix, a cool sort of John Garcia (Kyuss) / Chris Cornell (Soundgarden) hybrid, moaning and mewling during the slow post rocky parts and howling and wailing during the churning chug of the more doomy parts.

Surprisingly catchy and hooky, Worship Of Silence minus the vocals might slip into something more sludgey and ultra dooooooom, but the vocals transform this into something much more accessible, this sounds like a slight, but it's totally not, it really wouldn't be that weird to hear this stuff on some super progressive alternative / metal radio station. It's the Soundgarden vibe, it's hard to avoid, but fuck it, why bother, we all love Soundgarden, so imagine Cornell and company trading in their Zep worshipping grunge, for sprawling epic downtuned doomscapes, with cool swirling riffage, wild tribal drumming, long expanses of shimmery drift, a definite prog element too, as during lots of the slow brooding tribal parts, the band definitely dip into Tool territory, which makes for an awesomely hooky, catchy, but still crushing and epic post-doom. And it's not just the vocals, the riffs and the arrangements are awesome, well crafted, channeling the sound of old school classic doom, but twisting it into something much more modern and polished, eminently headbangable, but definitely a little progged out and catchy as fuck. We're definitely digging this big time."

--Aquarius Records

March 19, 2009 Law & Audio

Last week, I had the honor to do some audio forensics work for Yale Law school's criminal defense project. Every term, Yale law students have an opportunity to work on real life criminal cases for people that lack the resources to have legal representation.

This terms case involves East Haven Latino business owners claiming that East Haven police are profiling members of the Latino community.

The allegations come after the arrest of Father James Manship, a pastor of a predominantly Hispanic parish.

Last week, Father Manship released a video that was recording just moments before he was led away in handcuffs. The priest claims it proves he didn't interfere with police but was just trying to document what he calls the harassment of Latino businesses.

I cleaned up the audio and provided the transcript for the video that is being used to demonstrate the pastor's wrongful arrest. Read the New York Times Article.

 

February 16, 2009 Interview with Jeff Rona

While bouncing around LA, I got a chance to talk to film composer Jeff Rona at his studio in Santa Monica.

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Jeff was a student of photography, art and music in college. He quit school to pursue music as his life's work and has been enormously successful. Jeff's feature film work includes contributions to Traffic, Ridley Scott's Black Hawk Down (2001), The Mothman Prophecies (2002), Exit Wounds (2001), Mary Lambert's The In Crowd (2000), and numerous others. Right now Jeff is composing music Sony's widely anticipated God of War III. Jeff also was a leading figure in making Midi world wide phenomenon.

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Jeff agreed to have an interview style discussion with me for my Blog. Read the interview.

January 21, 2009

It's been 18 months since we stepped into Ear Hammer studios to record this album and finally we have a packaged product. The album is called In the Early Hours. It contains three 15 minute songs, "Drugs", "The Paler Parts of You", and "Trying to Breath through your eyes". You can preview the songs in the audio player above or at our web site, theworshipofsilence.com.

You can also buy the album directly from me for $10 w/Free shipping for a limited time. You'll get a three panel digi pack featuring art work from amazing Icelander, Alda Rose.

Album Credits:

Joseph Hutton (Vox), Paul Walker (Bass, Cello, & Synth), Sanjeev Brar (Drums), Joshua Baker (Guitar), Salvador Raya (Engineer), Bj Rigny (Mastering Engineer), Melissa LaChance (Layout), Alda Rose (Art).

January 20, 2009

My time at ECDA has come to an end. Class 65, Thanks for all the memories.

January 15, 2009

New blog entry about the Oakland riots and John Saleda.

January 5, 2009

This week I'll be at the Macworld Expo helping out the John Lennon Educational School Bus. The entire bus is right there in the Main Hall in the Moscone Center North. They were setting up on this huge 500 sq foot stage when I swung by earlier today. It looks like they're setting up for quite a show.

December 8, 2008

I'll be showing off my music & post reel at the Apple Store theater in San Francisco this Thursday around 6pm. Come out! We'll grab food afterwards and cry about the economy.

November 8, 2008

My band is opening for the one and only Black Cobra Saturday, Dec 6 @ the Stork Club. Hope you guys can make it.

November 5, 2008

Yes we did. Now let's go change the world!

November 2, 2008

New youtube video that shows off my Wii Remote Lightsaber. Check it out.

October 15, 2008

I made a patch in Max MSP that turns your nintendo wii remote into a Star Wars foley tool. I call it the Max MSWii Saber. Download it for free here.

October 2, 2008

Question: Do you know what's better than going to this year's AES convention in San Francisco?

Answer: Going to this year's AES convention in San Francisco for free! I volunteered today and now I have a free pass for Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.

Best paper of the day:

SPATIALIZED ADDITIVE SYNTHESIS OF ENVIRONMENTAL SOUNDS Presented by Charles Vernon

It's been a while since I've read a white paper, which is why I'm going to try to interpret this paper in my own words. Hopefully this will slow the atrophy of my physics education from my brain. Here I go...

This paper is rad. It presents a way to combine additive synthesis and 3D positional information at the level of audio generation. (Think dynamic audio for video games.)

The novel thing about this research is that it describes how the additive synthesis is done in the frequencies domain after a short-time Fourier Transform (STFT) is applied (not at all like analog modular synths which are manipulated in the time domain). I could be wrong, but I think the 3D spatial information is created when amplitude changes are applied in the frequency domain. --But that couldn't be right, because then all the amplitude differences would do in the frequency domain is eq... Oh man! I really don't know what I'm talking about. But I hope my enthusiasm for this kind of stuff compensates for my lack of understanding. (Think Sarah Palin.)

September 24, 2008

Part 1 of the Jack Douglas interview we did in July has been posted on youtube.

September 13, 2008

Today I had the honor to mix front of house for a stage rehearsal with mastering engineer Goerge Borden and former XTC drummer Prairie Prince. The honor was shared by Erik Hammermaster who mixed monitors in Expression College's Meyer Hall. It was also our honor to grab Subway sandwiches for everyone. I feel honored by these honorable words about my honorable day.

September 1, 2008

New blog featuring the best group of audio nerds I'll ever know.

August 15, 2008

Looks like I'll be interning at Ursa Minor as I finish up my degree at Ex'pression. Robin, the chief creative officer, designed Ursa Minor's tracking room using the same binder of specs that I got during John Styork's seminar held in the bay last April. The control room is set up much like the Alan Parson's studio at Ex'pression. -Lot's of bad ass outboard gear working to get the most pristine signal to the 192 A/D converters. Ursa Minor also has facilities for video editing, web design, and green screening. It's an all in one media house. Here's an excerpt from Ursa minor's about page:

"The purpose of Ursa Minor is to leverage the maximum range and reach of media and technology to propel human potentials, and to create a better world."

Welcome to Marine county.

August 12, 2008

Added a blog entry about my week in Costa Rica.

August 2, 2008

Wrote music for one of DWF's dvd extras segments last night. Today I'll be packing for my trip to Costa Rica. I'm looking forward to taking lot's of pictures and recording lots of sounds -some of which will be featured here I'm sure.

July 28, 2008

This morning we did a video shoot with producer/ engineer Jack Douglas of John Lennon, New York Dolls, and The Who fame. The interview was for Bill Turner's online audio school wikiaudio.com. The same bunch of guys from the SSL 6k video were working on it. John Saleda conducted the interview beautifully. I'll be editing the footage over the next week or so.

July 23, 2008

Just finished mixing and mastering my band's Long Song. Thanks to Eric Hammermaster, Angela Don, and Andrew Buresch for helping me out during the tracking session at Ex'pression College. And thank you Paul, Joe, and Josh for doing three takes of this 27 minute song! You can listen to a very efficient 80kbps, 17 minute version of the song in the player.

July 22, 2008

To inaugurate this eternal work in progress called sanjeevbrar.com, I would like to explain how I arrived here in self promotional audio web land.

When I was 16, I used to make compilation tapes of my favorite rock bands. These tapes are to blame for what you see here. I used to listen to those tapes every night before going to bed. Blame the tapes!

July 21, 2008

This website desperately wants to be populated by words, color, and music.

So here's a story I wrote a while back about a very rich man:

Edgar Bronfman is the son of Edgar Miles Bronfman and the grandson of Samuel Bronfman, one of the most wealthy and influential Jewish families in Canada. The Bronfman family gained its fortune through the Seagram Company, an alcohol distilling company that was once the largest alcohol distiller in the world. The famous Seagram Tower located at 375 Park Avenue in New York City is the family’s former business headquarters. Edgar Jr. attended The Collegiate Prep School which is probably the most prestigious private school in Manhattan and also happens to be the oldest school in the United States. Mr. Bronfam is now the CEO of Warner Music Group. He's the man in charge of supplying acoustical art to the masses.

I wonder what Edgar Jr. was up to during the summer of love when he was a teenager. Was he listening to Sgt. Pepper's on his parents' RCA LP player? Was he playing in his first garage band? Has he ever even been in a garage? I do suspect that Edgar Jr. has the resources to build the most elegant and equitable subscription based music service the world has ever seen. But he probably won’t. Why? Because Edgar Jr. isn’t culturally or technologically connected to the reality of today’s record industry. Like the CEO of Wonder Bread, Edgar Jr. is on a yacht blasting Hotel California, masturbating to Japanese fetish magazines while drinking 900 year old wine from Middle Earth. In other words, Edgar Jr. lives in a totally different world than most the artists his corporation and its affiliates represent -a world even further removed from the one that most consumers live in. Edgar lives in a world where music is a commodity no different than wheat, gas, and cars. Unfortunately, the workers at the heart of Edgar’s industry have yet to receive the health benefits and pension plans enjoyed by their counterparts at the Ford motor company.

July 20, 2008

Is this thing on?

 

 



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