Tag Archives: Meditation

Noodreem – Metasonic Meditations

Metasonic Meditations is a collection of ambient electroacoustic tracks from the Noodreem archives. From Digital Delhi Dubs to Transcendental Ambient Sarangi fusion, here are different aspects of diverse acoustic musical threads weaving through bubbling synth textures and colours. May your chakra dance be refreshing and energised yet soothing and balanced at the same time :))


 

Dhrupad Mela : Video (2012)

With Dhrupad Mela 2013 soon taking place on the occasion of Shivratri in Varanasi, we wanted to make an update to Our Report on Dhrupad Mela 2012  with a selection of clips from which we filmed last season.  Special thanks to Dom for his great cameraworks. Wishing we were going to be there on 9th March..!

 

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Zia Mohiudin Dagar

There is an  incredible, vast ocean that is revealed in the depths of sound that are present in the Rudra Veena when played in the hands of a master such as Zia Mohiuddin Dagar.

Zia Mohiuddin Dagar (14 March 1929 – 28 September 1990), popularly known as Z. M. Dagar, was a North Indian (Hindustani) classical musician, one of the 19th generation of Dagar family dhrupad musicians. He was largely responsible for the revival of the rudra vina as a solo concert instrument.

This remarkable video demonstrates the illustrious depth of such a noble instrument both in terms of the emotional consonance and also the sonic integrity of the music and the quality of the recording, allows the bass tones to come rolling through and touching, literally the innermost parts of our human selves.

 

Links

Wikipedia

Sangeet Kendra

Article – on Dhrupad in the Dagar tradition

 

Excerpt from a fascinating article at www.dhrupad.info

The Concepts of Swara and Raga in Dhrupad

Dhrupad singing requires the practise of nada yoga, which is a form of laya yoga. The sadhana of nada yoga produces a resonant voice that comes from deep within, and seems to permeate the very being of the singer. The voice is different from the throaty voice that is ideal for khayal and thumri singing. It is a voice that is very rich in overtones. The author of this article can say from his personal experience of training under various Ustads of the Dagar tradition, that this sadhana involves shifting the source of sound gradually to the base of the throat (kanth mool), and further down to the heart (hriday), and the navel (nabhi) till a stage is reached when the entire region from navel to head (murdhanya) vibrates as one. There is a shloka in the Sangit-ratnakar of Sarangdev, which describes the method of producing nada. In the voice of a Dhrupad singer who has achieved siddhi in nada yoga, the intonation of a sa produces very prominent overtones of pa and ga. A similar prominence of overtones is seen in the rudra veena and the sursingar, which are regarded as read more »

Georgina Brett : Non Sense

We are delighted to share news of the wonderful new double album from Georgina Brett.  Georgina’s music is created using her voice and pedals, creating instant choirs often in an hypnotic style. The point of this music is not only to captivate with extraordinary timing and melodic style but also to help the listener to relax. Her latest album is a double album of vocal works with no lyrics, highlighting the voice as an instrument and as a vehicle for emotional expression.

I have been focusing on vocal sound collages for a while now, and have called it ‘Non Sense’ for many reasons. The word “nonsense”, in terms of language, talks of no verbal sense, no meaning conveyed. Language needs context, structure and grammar in order to function. These albums are “non sense” from a language point of view. However, there is so much more to communication than language, and ‘hear/here’ I attempt to make pure emotional musical matrices which each have a particular flavour.

The album also endeavours to show the power of the voice as an instrument. The songs give the listener a ‘Vocal Bath’. You get the freedom to ‘use’ each individual track as concentration music, or for meditation or as a means to sleep. Think whatever you like, there is no narrative. However…. the development of the notes and chords and rhythm is pretty compelling, so follow in the musical journey and switch off your own words, it’s relaxing.

“Your mind is captured by [this sound healing] sound, there is so much to be busy with, your brain is thirsty for things, if you give food to the mind somehow it is quiet, like if you give a dog a bone. allowing the other dimensions of the mind such as self-awareness finally to have space and ‘let go’. ” Monika Soundgate in reference to Soundgate sound healing.

Non Sense A and B were made in the hope that they can afford a similar space for the listener.. a space of healing. The mind is often described to be like a restless and curious monkey (Taoism), it tries to find complication. Hopefully what you will find with this album, is gentle complication in sound, coupled with beauty and a general sense of reliability.

  Georgina Brett

LISTEN  : NON SENSE A

  LISTEN : NON SENSE B

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