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Metal / Re: Indian classical music
« on: January 18, 2010, 09:17:14 AM »

An excellent website that has a thorough database of articles, artists, raags along with samples and other information about Indian classical music.
It also has information about events happening in India as well as the United States.

This should be quite helpful to almost everyone with an interest in Indian classical.

Metal / Re: Indian classical music
« on: January 15, 2010, 02:55:38 AM »

This link is an introduction to ragas, frameworks for melody and composition, which allow for indian classical music composers to be very dynamic and improvisational in their work. An interesting facet of ragas is the division of the day into Prahars or time periods at which a certain raga is best suited to be heard, in order to "colour" the mind of the listener most effectively. The concept of ragas is over two millenia old, and I believe is the basis of all music.

Ragas are very powerful and among the legends about singers such as Tansen ( 16th century A.D.) are stories of his bringing down the rains with Raga Megh Malhar ("Giver of Rain")and starting fires with the legendary raga Deepak ("Light")

Norah Jones has nothing to do with indian classical music. The beauty of indian classical music is that it is like watching an artist at work (dynamic flow of composing within a raag) rather than seeing just the final product (composition) which is why I think it is superior to Western CLassical.

eg, http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hveeMDC6Dro&feature=related

Both maestros are playing a raag called Raag Malkauns, best suited to be heard after midnight. What they are playing is improvisation. It is like watching a sculpter sculpt or a potter shaping wet mud into a pot. A continuum, just like nature.

Also it would be better to look at not the technicality of the music but rather the spirit and philosophy of the cultures. According to me, Western Classical tries to build immense, magnificent structures , whereas Indian Classical is more zen in its approach, it flows with the universe, and celebrates it more than anything.

Metal / Re: I like O.p.e.t.h.
« on: November 11, 2009, 11:32:26 PM »
Has anyone hear heard the album Orchid?
Having realized that Opeth is rubbish, I got rid of all albums, but retained the first two. Though my listening experience may be tainted by a past bias towards this band, on listening to Orchid today (not the whole album, just select songs), I find that the riffs in the songs flow into each other like ideas evolving/ changing, unlike the haphazard, abrupt start/stops that happen in the rest of Opeth's "celebrated" repertoire, and even the acoustic parts do play a role in the music, whether it is for building atmosphere or leading the song further along to the next idea.

This can be easily skipped for better music, elsewhere but since I didn't come across anyone else that commented about the first album ( I really don't know about the second yet), I thought I'd ask here.