Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson
Cover art is handmade paper from India
1. Dhirasankarabharanam (2009) 38.29
meruvina: piano, Indian bells, rotating drum, rainstick, synthesizer, tanpura
All music composed and programmed by Michael Robinson for performance and recording in real time without any overdubbing or added parts.
Recorded and Mastered by Catharine Wood at the Planetwood Productions studio in Eagle Rock (Los Angeles), California.
Live musicians are welcome to perform these compositions with acoustic and/or electronic instruments.
Dhirasankarabharanam is the twenty-ninth mela of Karnatic music. It is considered
the King of all South Indian ragas, and translates to mean Ornament
of Shiva. I did not know the english translation, or the specific regard
that the mela enjoyed until I did research for these notes, and now that I do,
I feel like composing another piece!
process of selecting which precise tone to use for shadja (tonic) for each particular
raga is fascinating for me. Indian musicians use one tonal center for their
entire life, but given the nature of the meruvina, I have used all twelve possibilities
in my work. It is an intuitive process that filters the melodic personality
of the raga together with my individual temperament, and I frequently am surprised
where shadja turns up. Dhirasankarbharanam is based on A flat, a key that Bob
Dylan believes to reflect renunciation.
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