“Raga Bhairav,” starts quickly, with a wobbly, almost apocalyptic bassline. It is a raga, according to Indian tradition, that is meant to be played early in the morning. You can hear a (vocodered?) robo-voice in the beginning of the track intoning “Om Namah Shivaya” — the traditional prayer to the god Shiva.
In 1982, veteran Bollywood composer Charanjit Singh visits Singapore and gets his hands on the now holy trinity of a Roland 303, 808, and Jupiter 8 – the core of acid house and arguably the precursor to electronica as we know it today.
The thing is, he does this four years before the clubs of Detroit, Chicago, and Manchester do.
Later that year, EMI India releases an album limited to a few thousand copies: “Synthesizing: Ten Ragas To A Disco Beat”. It presents Charanjit’s effort at using what was then entirely new technology to bridge the gap between programmed beats, synth lines, and classical Indian music motifs.
It essentially sinks without a trace.
In 2010, Dutch label Bombay Connection re-releases this LP to an unsuspecting and wholly ignorant public, convinced that these beats were established in the clubs of Chicago, Detroit, and Manchester in the mid to late eighties.
What is Tabla VJing? Visuals controlled by the beats played on the tabla drums.
While playing the tabla, Rajinder Deo recorded this live demo using Max which is a visual programming language for music and multimedia. Max analyses the beats and displays selected images. The outer circles correspond to the bass drum (bayan) and the inner circle to the higher drum (dayan).
Combining Carnatic, Hindustani, jazz, folk, electronic, and drum-n-bass, Vivek Rajagopalan’s music creates rippling sound scapes that are edgy as much as international; and if world music today is a melting pot of cultures & genres, then Vivek’s music is a drop of spicy red curry in the concoction.
Two hands and fathoms of music – that’s Vivek. Vivek befriended the Mridangam at the age of 9 under Guru Shri T.S.Nandakumar’s keen supervision and grew up listening to Late Palakkad S. Mani Iyer,the legendary mridangam player, Karaikudii Mani Iyer, and Trilok Gurtu.
In 1996, Dinshaw Sanjana took a young Mridangam player to the world at The International Jazz Festival – Thailand, which saw Vivek, just 17 years then, brace the stage alongside some of the most talented jazz musicians from across the world.
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David Yovino, a design engineer and tabla player using modern materials has designed a mechanism which allows changing the tuning of the tabla drum to be done in seconds. Also using this system re-heading is a lot easier, and you won’t damage your hands.