February 2011


Yet another mutant created this time with a combination of iPad using iSequence (almost all of the melody and background), and GarageBand (extra guitar sound, timbre adjustments, and sound effects).

(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 please!

This one is certainly a very “un-carnatic” adaptation of the scale of a certain raga. So the carnatic elements are I would say non-existent. But the keyboard part may remind some of a certain Ilayaraja Tamil Film song, which is way more faithful to raga. There are also other obvious “non-musical” (and certainly presumptuous 😉 ) clues to what the raga is.

The base beat is borrowed from a Blues style beat. Of course as it is couched in a very non-blues scale, it sounds perhaps strange and different. I was going a certain raw and edgy feel for the first half.

Drop a line as to whether you liked it or not   (Also, noticed my iPhone App Xanagram on the top-right? Yes, shameless, irrelevant plug – I know!)

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Today is a great day. I finally followed through with something useful 🙂 !!

My first iPhone App  Xanagram is available on the Apple App Store for $1.99. It is a Crossword Jumble game, which I hope that many of you would find exciting and engaging.

An exciting word game!

The game works as follows: You are presented with a puzzle containing two scrambled words. You solve the puzzle by unscrambling the words and the game presents the next puzzle. Puzzles get harder (longer words) or easier depending on how you do. You can reveal the meaning or select letters to help you solve the puzzle.

Please check out http://arunk.freepgs.com/xanagram for more information or click here to take you to the App Store. Let me know if you like it!

Update:  There is now a free version Xanagram Lite for those that want to give the game a spin before deciding whether to spend the $1.99 for the full version. The Lite version uses a smaller dictionary.