Madhu Kauns (Cloven With Voices)

Michael Robinson

About this work:
Tendrils (Nand Kedar, Kirvani, Madhu Kauns, Chandra Kauns), my fourth CD, is based entirely on Indian ragas.  Composition began after almost one year of private study with Harihar Rao, Ravi Shankar's senior disciple.  The influence of Indian classical music is also pervasive on my previous CD, Hamoa, but the present CD contains four pieces which actually use the raga form. Cloven With Voices (Madhu Kauns) is based on a folk melody Harihar Rao sang for me during one of my lessons.  After this haunting strain is repeated several times, two complex  percussion ostinatos enter, one at a time, followed by an aggressive sitar and tabla entrance, entirely through-composed, and  based on Madhu Kauns. - Michael Robinson, December 1999, Lahaina © 1999 by Michael Robinson All rights reserved
Year composed: 1995
Duration: 00:07:47
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. Cloven With Voices (Madhu Kauns) is voiced with samples of the following acoustical timbres using Indian tunings: sitar, tabla, female voice, ,emanche, Indian, Near Eastern & Balinese percussion and tanpura.

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