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A Karnatic Music Primer

Here is a great resource if you are looking to explore the basics of carnatic music : A Karnatic Music Primer

Via my mom (Radha Sriraman)



Om Sri Gurubhyo Namaha.

This booklet is aimed at music lovers everywhere who wish to learn a little bit about the basic theory of Carnatic music.  There are a large number of books on many aspects of Carnatic music but I have found most of them to be of an advanced nature - they have lots of good information but it is extremely difficult for a novice to start learning about music using them.  Once the basics are mastered, these books provide enormous scope for intellectual enrichment.  This opinion is shared by many of my music loving friends as evi­denced by their expressing a need for a simple booklet such as this one.  The primary motivation in producing this booklet was to put together the basics in one place so that a beginner can get started off easily.  Except for the section on Grahabedam and Symmetries, there is very little new material contained herein.  The following books have been consulted to obtain much of the material and interested readers are encouraged to further their knowledge by reading them…

P. Sriram

Atlanta, U.S.A.

February 1989.


"Music has always been a conversation between human beings but the keyboards that Jordan Rudess plays today exist because Mozart and Beethoven demanded more from their instruments"

This video is a great conversation starter on the dance between technology and music. 

Via The Verge

"Everything we call character is the deviation from perfection. So perfection, for me, is characterless-ness."  

via akshay

A basic infographic on the way an acoustic guitar works. Click here for a slightly more interactive version. via jacobhernandez

Week1 assignment done for Coursera’s Introduction to Music Production course by Berklee School of Music. 

Some improvisation on the Ukulele based on all the Indian Carnatic music I have been listening to recently.

Watch Pasquel D’Silva talk about Elepath’s creation, Keezy. And here are a few musicians tinkering with this colourful music tool. 

Via Sarang (again) :)



How Did Famous Creative People Spend Their Days?

Creative Routines by RJ Andrews  

I love this.

Here is the original. Via Sarang

(via ataxiwardance)


Short documentary by Ableton featuring Hendrik Weber (Pantha du Prince) collaborating with The Bell Laboratory in a performance of Terry Riley‘s seminal minimal composition, In C, at London’s Barbican Theatre.

Leonard Bernstein


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It is now more than two years since I first came across this genius of a conductor, composer and musician - Leonard Bernstein, while researching some basics of music theory in 2011. I don’t think there is a single video of his that has not changed the way I understand and appreciate music. In fact, if there was one reason I’d like to go back in time, it would be to sit for his 1973 Harvard Lecture series titled ‘The Unanswered Question’.

Here in this post I aim to collect some of what I think are his best videos (which need not be seen in any particular order) only some of which I have seen myself. This list shall be updated as I find more. 

What Does Music Mean? Part1part2 part3part4

What Is A Mode? Part1, part2, part3part4

What Is A Melody? Part1, part2, part3 and part4

What is a Concerto? Part1, part2, part3, part4

What is Orchestration? Part1, part2, part3, part4

What Makes Music Symphonic? Part1, part2, part3, part4

What is Classical Music? Part1, part2, part3, part4

What is American Music? Part1, part2, part3, part4

Musical Atoms : A Study of Intervals Part1, part2, part3, part4, part5

Humor in Music Part1, part2, part3, part4

The Unanswered Question : 

Part 1 : Musical Phonology

Part 2 : Musical Syntax

Part 3 : Musical Semantics

Part 4 : Delights and Dangers of Ambiguity

Part 5 : The XXth Century Crisis

Part 6 : The Poetry of Earth

Three cheers to ArtfulLearning for making most of this content available to the world. There is more on their channel.  

P.S. Do share in the comments below, what you feel about these videos or any other work of his.  

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