I believe the best way to learn tabla is with a teacher who can guide and inspire you. Sometimes you don’t have access to a teacher so you have to look at other options, straight from books or videos. I discovered this teacher on youtube a few years ago. Recently I felt my tabla practise was getting very flat and needed some new inspiration. So I went back to youtube to find Bhilaj. His lessons are very clear and easy to understand, therefore you can take on the new material. I have seen so many videos of amazing tabla players, but it is very difficult to follow exactly what they are doing.
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).
Image taken from Deleted Cities
Founded in 1999, the Rhizome ArtBase is an online archive of digital art containing over 2,500 art works. Encompassing a vast range of projects from artists all over the world, the ArtBase provides an online home for works that employ materials such as software, code, websites, moving images, games and browsers towards aesthetic and critical ends. The mission of the ArtBase is to provide free, open, and permanent access to a living and historic collection of seminal new media art objects.
Ed Hanley is a tabla player, composer, photographer, videographer and editor who likes to push boundaries. From the 1st to 31st March Hanley will be the resident artist at Arcadia Art Gallery, 680 Queens Quay West, Toronto, Canada. His plan is to create an album and film in those 31 days with the public interaction as a main ingredient.