New Release: Suite Beats

Album Cover for Suite Beats

Music Album Art

Suite Beats is a unique collection of undulating music that fuses genres of rock, world, chillout, and EDM, with guitars, beats, and imagination.

The music on this album offers an eclectic mix of styles, loosely tied together by the expressive voices of guitar: electric, acoustic, and classical. At the same time, two songs and a few instrumentals on this album offer no hint of guitar. The title reflects another primary theme of this music, the beats. And they are so sweet! It’s the constant motion and the element of travel, from Driving All Night to Sailing Forgotten Seas and Lonely Planet, to the calm of Quiet Now and Under the Bodhi Tree, that reminds the listener of the journey. It’s powerful and enigmatic, peaceful then effervescent, reclusive then expansive.

Michelle Qureshi is a talented composer, multi‐instrumentalist, and classically trained guitarist, who writes and performs in various styles and genres of music that combine instrumental artistry with a passion for creating unique pieces, ranging from simple, subtle melodies to complex, layered works. She created “Music As Metaphor” as an artistic identity that encompasses the multi-faceted nature of her creative work.

Her music may sometimes be described as enchanting and healing, as mysterious and mesmerizing, drawn with delicate, soulful sounds, and other times as vibrant and energizing, created with bold, bright colors. She performs her music at festivals, yoga studios, art galleries, and special events. It is broadcast on radio stations throughout the world and licensed on a global platform for use in films, apps, commercials, and other multi-media projects. Suite Beats is her fifth album release, following Of Light, Illumination, Flow, and Meditations.
Suite Beats


Sound, in Its Splendid Parameters

DAW screenshot The most basic parameters of sound describe differing aspects of a vibrating object. They are pitch, timbre (pronounced like tamber), and loudness. The pitch refers to the rate of the vibrations; timbre is the pattern of vibration; and the perceived energy pertains to loudness. Sound is produced by separate but simultaneous control of these three things.

In electronic music the sound is generated and controlled electronically. The control of pitch is with an oscillator, timbre with a filter, and loudness, or dynamics, is controlled by an amplifier.

Similarly, the placement of my finger on the fret board of my guitar determines pitch by altering the length of the vibrating string, giving a specific pitch. Playing the first string on the guitar at the twelfth fret divides that string in half and so results in a pitch one octave, or twelve half steps (and conveniently twelve frets) above the open E or first string.

Classical guitarists use the shaping and filing of their fingernails as well as hand placement near the bridge or near the soundhole, and all the shadings in between, to shape the sound.

The dynamics, or the perceived loudness and softness of sound on the classical guitar is also a function of the right hand. For electric guitarists, a knob will do just fine!

When I compose, as well as when I perform on an instrument, I like to think about these basic elements of sound. To feel the body of your guitar breathing from the vibration of the strings, and to send sound waves into being-that is, well, I don’t have words for it…I have music.
~Michelle Qureshi