Michael Robinson

About this work:
It had been almost four years since I had last visited my former home, Maui, and I was looking forward to writing a new piece at the home on the ocean in Lahaina, where I was fortunate to be staying last December. With the assistance of the time-zone change, I rose before dawn my first morning there, and composed the alap of Patdeep while staring out at the vermilion-tinged Pacific and the silhouettes of Lanai and Kahoolawe. The composition, scored for santoor, tabla, dholak, dhol, rainstick and two tanpuras, was completed on subsequent mornings. Patdeep (pronounced Potdeep), an ancient late afternoon raga, possesses a rasa of profound yearning, or is it melancholy? The swaras are all pure, with the exception of komal gandhar - a solitary black koi swimming amidst a maze of orange-gold.
Year composed: 2000
Duration: 00:22:28
Ensemble type: Electronic Instruments and Sound Sources:Live Electronic Sound Sources
Instrumentation: ,1 Computer/Laptop soloist(s), ,1 Sampler (Keyboard/Other) soloist(s)
Instrumentation notes: A computer and sound module are programmed to perform the fully notated composition in real time. Patdeep is voiced with the following acoustical timbres using Indian tunings: santoor, tabla, dholak, dhol, rainstick and two tanpuras.

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