The ilaiyaraja way! In Western
classical world there are two distinct classifications of music. One is ‘program
music’ and the other is ‘absolute music’.
The first one is the idea that music should describe stories and concepts. The
other one is making music as it comes to your mind without any preset ideas.
That is the belief that music should exist solely to express musical thoughts.
What Ilaiyaraaja does in films is basically ‘program music’ as he does them for
a given situation or scene or emotions.
In films there are two classifications. Creating song music and creating
background score for the completed feature film. In the industry parlance
scoring for the background music is also called as Re-Recording.