A post after a long time (yes, this has become a recurring theme 🙂 ).

In this one, I return to taking of the liberty of requesting you, the reader (if you are still around) to lend your ears for a few minutes and listen to my “attempt” at using carnatic music concepts in western music.

Without much ado, here it is:

(You can also download the audio file from here.)

Note: As before a good pair of headphones with good dynamic range and high volume may provide the best effect – no tinny PC speakers!

I hope you can guess the raga. It has a very strong melodic flavor which is defined in its scale i.e. arohana/avarohana itself.  I do believe that in this piece, although it takes a while to build up, that flavor should stand out fairly well, particularly in the second solo which has very recognizable phrases and progressions.

I am actually excited and satisfied with this one on a few counts:

  • Created on the iPad! Most of my previous attempts were created pretty much in entirety with Garageband on the Mac (except for the one on using that amazing iPhone app Bebot). However, this one was created entirely on the iPad using an excellent full-featured sequencer app called iSequence!! For $14.95, this can create some amazing music, with many number great sounds/instruments already part of the package, and extra ones you can buy for $1.99 each. This piece was created fully using the default set of sounds. Not all the default sounds are great but some are awesome.
    • The clever reader may have noticed a cheap attempt  to “entice” one to listen to earlier attempts by bring them into the topic and providing hyperlinks. But that clear reader is still requested to indulge the blog writer ;-).
  • I have always loved this raga because of the emotion and energy it carries.  It is one of the few ragas which I think would be a fantastic fit for a symphonic orchestral piece with high energy. I think this is one area where some of the intense carnatic ragas (with strong melancholy or pathos) can be used to terrific effect. My aim was for a  rock(ish) piece that had the same kind of vibe. I am satisfied that I came up with something that does reflect my thoughts on this raga in a western fit. I like the energy it carries.
  • One of the “features” that iSequence has is a glissando mode which is implemented very well as a smooth slide without too many digital artifacts that we may encounter in many software synthesizers (or atleast the inexpensive ones I have tried). I have used it in this piece albeit still trying to make it as western – but I think this mode has good potential for a more carnatic melody.

I hope you liked the piece. If you do, please provide your thoughts in a comment below.