4 Instrument Sample Maps
One octave: 13 notes, 182 samples
Mirage is a musical collaboration that blends the ancient art of Dhrupad vocals with the deep resonance of a rare 1830 Church Bass. Performed by Dhrupad master Chintan Upadhyay and MNTRA founder Brian D’Oliveira, this free instrument presents a richly balanced and unique fusion. This specific Church bass, deeper and more resonant than a cello, has been featured in many award-winning video game and film titles over the years, lending a touch of historic elegance. Together, Chintan and Brian have crafted new sounds that work effortlessly within contemporary soundtracks. Perfect for drones and textures, Mirage can add a haunting and ethereal quality to your musical landscapes, blending tradition and innovation in perfect harmony.
Mirage blends the performance of master Dhrupad vocalist Chintan Upadhyay with an 1800s Church bass; a rare, richly balanced instrument with a deeper and more resonant sound than a cello, performed by MNTRA founder Brian D’Oliveira and used in several award-winning video game and film titles. Unique sacred sounds from these two different lineages are beautifully melded together in this unique freebie offering.
“When I first met Chintan 6 years ago, learning from him completely changed my entire approach to music. He is still my teacher, and our friendship has evolved into a collaboration where he brings in the depth of the ancient tradition of Dhrupad and I bring in the technology of today. Mirage is an embodiment of our friendship: his voice and my church bass meet through the commonalities that we have learned from each other and shared.”
Brian D’Oliveira – Creative Director and Performer
Dhrupad singer Chintan Upadhyay’s overtone rich voice, drenched in ancient tradition, deconstructs and renews the ‘Aa’ sound. This is the original sacred syllable ‘Om’ that forms the basis of the ancient Dhrupad tradition. In the Hindu canon, the sound OM is claimed to be the source of all creation. Dhrupad is the oldest surviving Hindustani vocal musical tradition from North India. The nature of Dhrupad is spiritual and has its origins in the chanting of the samvedas which can be dated from around 1200 BCE. Born in Gujarat, India, Chintan Upadhyay started his training in singing from his parents at a very early age. He is a Dhrupad vocalist from the Dagar Baani tradition, and a disciple of Pt. Uday Bhawalkar.
Brian D’Oliveira, prolific composer, deep multi-instrumentalist, and creative director of MNTRA, matches Chintan’s ‘Om’ with a rare church bass. This instrument has a drastically contrasting history to the venerable and ancient dhrupad lineage. In North American churches, congregations of settler pilgrims had a hard time keeping up with the singing. Their way of life was not conducive to literacy and musical skills. A carpenter started making sturdy, box-like versions of an instrument between a cello and an upright bass specifically to aid a congregation to keep some idea of pitch. This grew in popularity from Revolutionary War times (1775–1783) until around the 1840s. As time went by, makers refined their skills and the instruments improved. Our church bass is a gorgeous, richly balanced instrument with a deeper and more resonant sound than a cello, made by the luthier Abraham Prescott, C 1830. It is one of the main instruments featured in Brian D’Oliveira’s soundtrack of The Shadow of the Tomb Raider.
The voice and church bass are performed in a way that works effortlessly within the context of today’s soundtracks. These sounds are perfect for drones, and textures, and will add a haunting and ethereal element to your sonic landscapes.
→ Recorded at 24-bit 88.2 kHz resolution
→ VST3 / AU plugin for Windows & Mac OS (10.11+) including full M1 Chip support
→ No fuss copy protection, simply install and the instrument is uniquely encrypted to be used within your system
→ Seamless downloads, updates, and installation within MNDALA 2 with a registered Mntra account
→ 4 sample maps, One octave: 13 notes, 182 samples
→ 880 MB installed, 2 GB recommended for setup
→ Minimum 8GB of RAM and an i5 or better CPU required
→ Supported by all 64-bit VST3/AU compatible DAW’s*
Simply install once and you will be able to run all of our instruments.