Azure Miles Records ~ The Music of Michael Robinson
Cover art is handmade paper from India
1. Rusabhapriya (2009) 38.15
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.
is the sixty-second mela of Karnatic music. I find it characerized by a wondrous
sense of discovery. The mela is beautiful enough to warrant a multitude of varying
compositions, but this is a small start.
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. Rusabhapriya is based on E flat.
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