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FB group “Indian Classical” oversteps >18,000 group members end of March 2016

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 31, 2016

Tks by heart to all our new FB group members we got more than 2,000 over last 12 months… “Indian Classical” shows a significantly growth of 12.5 % in one year (Rec.: In March 2015 we counted 16,000 musical friends on Facebook).

Many tks/ElJay Arem (the group owner/chief editor of IMCRadio.net)

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HAPPY HOLI to all our >17,960 FB group members of “INDIAN CLASSICAL”…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 24, 2016

We wish to all >17,960 members of our uniquely FB group “Indian classical” a HAPPY HOLI Fest.
May your life be colourful with Joy, Fun, Happyness, Friendship, Love & MUSIC.

We wish to all >17,960 members of our uniquly FB group "Indian classical" a HAPPY HOLI Fest. May your life be colourful with Joy, Fun, Happyness, Friendship, Love & MUSIC.

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HAPPY & BLESSED DIWALI to all our fans of Indian Classical Music !

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on November 11, 2015

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We wish all our fans & music lovers of Indian Classical music, their families + friends
a HAPPY & BLESSED DIWALI 2015 ! – May we look beautiful new music ahead 🙂 

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Facebook group “Indian classical” made +12,000 members over 22 months.

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on August 31, 2015

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On 28th August 2015 our FB group “Indian Classical” overstepped the number of 17,000 members… Many tks to all the new 1,000 members we got since 22nd March 2015. And more…

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… over last 22 months (since 28th October 2013) as you can see in the statistics  our uniquely Facebook group for Indian classical music (in its purest form) had a significant growth of +12,000 member… in other words: in average we count monthly a plus of 5.7203% . Many thanks for this wonderful experience we had over last years with all our musical friends around the globe to share our commonly passion for music (Rec.: The FB group was founded in 2007).

Pls keep up sharing the link with your friends to invite them for a free membership so we can count on 31st Dec 2015 then 20,000 members (hopefully) !!! – Its possible… Facebook Group “Indian Classical – http://tinyurl.com/indianclassical-fb”

Warm hearted greetings
ElJay Arem (the founder of IMC – India meets Classic / IMCRadio.net)


P.S.: In Sanskrit, the scientific language of (ancient) India there exist round about 215 terms for “passion“. The translations for the 16 listed in the header image are:

  • anurasa – (in poetry) a subordinate feeling or passion
  • manorāga – affection, passion (of the heart)
  • madarāga – affected by passion or by intoxication”, the god of love
  • nīrāga – free from passion
  • pratibaddharāga – having passion in harmonious connection with
  • rāga – any feeling or passion, (especially) love, affection or sympathy for, vehement desire of, interest or joy or delight in
  • rāgabandha – expression or manifestation of affection, passion
  • rāgada – colour-giving, colouring, passion-inspiring
  • rāgāndha – blind with passion or desire
  • rāgānvita – affected by passion or desire
  • rāgātmaka – composed of or characterized by passion, impassioned
  • rāgāyāta – the uprising of passion, excess of passion
  • rasabhaṅga – interruption or cessation of passion or sentiment
  • rasābhiniveśa – accession of sentiment, intentness of feeling or passion
  • rasāntara – different passion or emotion, another pleasure or enjoyment
  • uprasa – a secondary feeling or passion

(Source of Translation: Sanskrit Dictionary – http://sanskritdictionary.com and http://www.svarasa.com )miniatures34

The background image is cropped from a miniature painting, known in India as “RAGAMALA“, a painting art form by its meaning as “Garland of Ragas“. See the IMC radio show: “Ragamala-s – Miniature Paintings (part 1 & 2)“.

The cropped painting in the header originally is dated back to ca. 1710: “Ragaputra Velavala, Bhairavi raga – Basohli, Punjab Hills“. – This beautifully art form picked up Ragas as themes to illustrate specific raga scales and their emotions with motives. The origin is found in the medieval India… as an amalgamation of art, poetry and classical music in the beginning of 16th century. Ragamala paintings were created in most schools of Indian painting, in different regions, e.g. Rajasthan or Rajput Ragamala, the Pahari Ragamala, Deccan Ragamala and Mughal Ragamala. Similarly the Gharana-s as musical schools/styles of Indian classics…

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18th April: Start of the 1st official VINYL Charts on Record Store Day 2015

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on April 18, 2015

Unique: Vinyl Records of Indian Classics produced in India during the 60th till 80th of last century…

The official VINYL Charts will start on the Intern. Record Store Day, on 18th April 2015.

  • Why Vinyl Charts in times of mp3 Internet downloads ?

Music Records pressed in Vinyl experience since years a revival because of different reasons: music is physical, haptical and the analogue sound creates a uniquely, more natural room accoustic. No wonder about the sales numbers of Vinyl records in U.K. just peaked a new and highest maximum of last 20 years.

  • Why you should listen to Vinyl ? Benefits for your ears, soul and heart…

The first charts list with date of 13th April 2015 is following:

– Vinyl Albums Chart
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1. All Time Low – Future Hearts
2. Drenge – Undertow
3. Sufjan Stevens – Carrie & Lowell
4. Turbowolf – Two Hands
5. Prodigy – The Day is My Enemy
6. Coutney Barnett – Sometimes I Sit and Think…
7. Van Morrison – Duets – Re-working the Catalogue
8. East India Youth – Culture of Volume
9. Nadine Shah – Fast Food
10. James Bay – Chaos and the Calm

– Vinyl Singles Chart
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1. Underworld vs Heller & Farley – Baby Wants to Ride
2. Aphex Twin – MARCHROMT30a
3. Swim Deep – To My Brother
4. Mark Ronson Ft Bruno Mars – Uptown Funk
5. Lulu – Shout
6. Everything Everything – Distant Past
7. David Bowie – Young Americans
8. Chic & Nile Rodgers – I’ll Be There
9. Circa Waves – T-Shirt Weather
10. Toseland – Hearts and Bones

Here the official Vinyl Charts page (U.K. Top 40):
http://www.officialcharts.com/charts/vinyl-albums-chart/

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You might ask now being born in times of CDs (compact discs), mp3 player, iPod and Internet downloads:

  • How are Vinyl records made ? – Here the answer… watch this documentary:

  • The German Method of accuracy to produce Vinyls of top quality…

  • Last: How to collect Vinyl records ?

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“OPEN RASA DOOR” @ Radio RaSA on 18th April 2015 (= Intern. Record Store Day)

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on April 18, 2015

Record Store Day / April 18, 2015

Since May 2011 IMCRadio.net is onair monthly every 2nd and 4th Monday in Switzerland @ Radio RaSA (via FM + web radio)…

The radio team for the monthly programme planning in Schaffhausen had a great idea for 2015 to organize locally an “open day” on 18th April 2015… and herewith giving tribute to the international RECORD STORE DAY 2015 (annually every 3rd Saturday in April since 2007).

The uniquely event starts on Saturday at 12:00 pm noon and will be onair for 12 hours till midnight. – Details about the special programme (record fair, musical request programme/concerts, food & bar) on Radio RaSA’s official website.

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RareCollections (ABC Australia): The Eastern and Western musical adventures of Brian Godden

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 9, 2015

(1:1 re-print: RareCollections)

Sunday 8 March 2015 5:30 AM

Presented by Jordie Kilby and David Kilby

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The Eastern and Western musical adventures of Brian Godden

IMAGE: THE RAIDERS

IMAGE: THE RAIDERS

Guitarist Brian Godden has been exploring musical boundaries since he started his career more than fifty years ago. Whether playing rock and roll, folk, jazz or rock he’s always been looking to make things sound different and interesting.

So it didn’t surprise anyone at the beginning of the 1970s when he rented his house in Sydney and travelled to India. He’d already devoted himself to his instrument for more than a decade playing in a series of successful groups, but there was something about the guitar that really frustrated him.

‘I was looking for the pure intervals. I know that you can find them playing slide guitar, pedal steel and violin. But the guitar was really inefficient because of the tempered tuning and the way the frets are, you had to bend the strings to get them to play those in tune intervals. I thought I’ve really got to know what’s going on. Why is our music, the tempered scale, why is it so out of tune when there’s such pure beautiful intervals that we ignore. I decided to go to India and study the twenty-two intervals of the octave, which we don’t deal with in the west at all. We have twelve averaged out intervals that we call the tempered scale. But the true tuning has twenty two intervals in an octave.’

Brian’s eureka moment came almost forty years later, while teaching and studying with Ali Akbar Khan in the U.S, when he applied for a patent for what he calls the Perfect Third system.

‘That’s been my main work through out my life. To get that organised and get that done.’

What Brian achieved basically allows musicians wanting to play with the larger twenty two-interval scale, to get themselves properly in tune. A key that helped unlock the mystery was coming to understand Indian music through a Western music perspective. He hit upon the idea of using the Western concept of tonal centres.

‘Once I worked out where the tonal centres were the whole thing clicked and I had the whole concept of how to construct all the scales based on a simple melody.’

And the simple melody that Brian decided to use.

‘If you can sing Mary Had A Little Lamb from the tonal centre then you’re using the twenty two notes of the scale.’

This epiphany caused a few waves throughout the Indian musical community when Brian presented his findings. It corrected some of the teachings of music schools that had traditions going back hundreds of years.

IMAGE: BRIAN GODDEN WITH THE LIBERTY SINGERS IN 1964

IMAGE: BRIAN GODDEN WITH THE LIBERTY SINGERS IN 1964

Brian Godden got his start playing alongside Billy Green and Bix Bryant in Sydney rock and roll band The Raiders. Between 1958 and 1963 they were an in demand band around town but eventually the bar scene that supported them became too much.

‘I just got so sick of the booze and the fights and the bloodbaths of some of the pubs we were playing in that I decided to quit it. Bix said well let’s just do folk music.’

Godden took his electric guitar back to the store and traded it in for an acoustic. Brian’s girlfriend Irene Whitehead joined the two and they became The Liberty Singers. They began performing in a small coffee house and almost straight away were spotted and championed by DJ Ward ‘Pally’ Austin.

‘He was immediately struck by my girlfriend and I could see he had the hots for her. He went on the radio and said, ‘you gotta see these guys’. Within a few weeks the place was packed.’

This led them to share the stage with many popular names on the folk scene at the time including The Green Hill Singers.

‘It was two brothers Alex and John McMillan and this other guy Chris Bonnet. Bonnet was probably way ahead of them musically. They were not great musicians but they were really good singers.’
It was 1964 and the Green Hill Singers had just won the first Hoadley’s Band competition, the pre-cursor to the now famous Hoadley’s Battle Of The Sounds. Bonnet and Godden became fast friends and when renowned folk musician Dave Guard headhunted Bonnet for his own band Godden got the job as their new bass player. He played on their sole LP The Folk Sounds Of (1965) and did a national tour in support of Shirley Bassey.

IMAGE: GREENHILL SINGERS

IMAGE: GREENHILL SINGERS

Late in 1965, Bonnet and Godden had decided that they weren’t being challenged enough in their respective groups. Pulling in jazz drummer Laurie Kennedy and singer/songwriter Norma Stoneman they embarked on a new project they called The Grape Escape.

‘That was a good band. We did, you know, a lot of compound times—7/4 and 5/4. It was a jazz-rock kind of an outfit. It was a really good adventure in trying to do something that was bound to be unpopular with the dance crowds because we were working in 7/4 and 5/4 and playing Lydian scales and really working hard on producing material that was on the edge of jazz.’

The group embraced the musical theories postulated in George Russell’s 1953 book the Lydian Chromatic Concept of Tonal Organisation and built their entire catalogue on its principles.

Sadly, the group’s management didn’t understand exactly what the band was trying to do or where they wanted to go. After a disastrous season playing dance venues down in Lorne, they decided they couldn’t do it anymore. The solution was a trip to the Pacific.

IMAGE: The Prodigal Sons (flyer)

IMAGE: The Prodigal Sons (flyer)

In 1967 the members of the Grape Escape, though not using that name, took a job in Noumea playing to the holiday crowds.

‘We played pasadoble and tangos because being a French country they love those sort of tunes. Then we’d play some jazz tunes and then we’d do some rock and roll. We had a good time over there.’

With batteries recharged Brian decided to come back to Australia in 1968 and he quickly found work with folk musician Alex Hood. The two performed as The Prodigal Sons and also did a series of broadcasts for schools. It was lucrative work and before long Godden had enough to buy himself a house. The same house he decided to rent out not long after when he realised he needed to get to the bottom of Indian tuning systems.

Today Brian Godden is still active as a teacher and instrument maker and repairer. His children have an interest in his techniques and teachings too and they are working with him to further develop his insights and knowledge into the future.

This episode of RareCollections is built upon interviews with Brian Godden.

Supporting Information

Playlist Information:

Track: India Blue
Artist: Ali Akbar Khan with Brian Godden
Album: Garden Of Dreams
Label: Triloka
Duration: 4:30
Year: 1990

Track: Derrie Derrie Dream
Artist: The Liberty Singers
Composer: Liberty Singers
Label: RCA
Duration: 2:48
Year: 1963

Track: Long Long Road
Artist: The Green Hill Singers
Album: The Folk Sounds Of…
Label: Festival
Year: 1965

Track: The Easy Life
Artist: The Grape Escape
Composer: Chris Bonnet
Label: RCA
Duration: 2:24
Year: 1966?

Track: Night Plane
Artist: The Grape Escape
Composer: Chris Bonnet
Label: RCA
Duration: 1:24
Year: 1967

Track: Happier The Day
Artist: The Grape Escape
Composer: Brian Godden
Label: RCA
Duration: 1:57
Year: 1966

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Track: Is Your Soul Drip Dry
Artist: The Grape Escape
Composer: Chris Bonnet
Label: RCA
Duration: 2:01
Year: 1967

Track: Two Lovers
Artist: Ali Akbar Khan
Album: Garden Of Dreams
Label: Triloka
Duration: 4:56
Year: 1993

Track: Lullaby
Artist: Ali Akbar Khan with Brian Godden
Album: Journey
Label: Triloka
Duration: 4:24
Year: 1990

Track: Anticipation
Artist: Ali Akbar Khan with Brian Godden
Album: Journey
Label: Triloka
Duration: 3:22
Year: 1990

(Source: 03/2015 – ABC (Australia))

P.S.:  Brian gives deeper insights onto his studies and elaborating the Perfect Third system on his personal website.

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HAPPY HOLI to all our >15790 FB group members of “INDIAN CLASSICAL”…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 6, 2015

We wish to all >15,790 members of our uniquly FB group “Indian classical” a HAPPY HOLI Fest.
May your life be colourful with Joy, Fun, Happyness, Friendship, Love & MUSIC.
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Happy Holi Fest on 6th March 2015 to all our Indian friends around the globe…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on March 6, 2015

We wish our Indian friends around the globe and listeners a HAPPY HOLI 2015!
May your life be colorful with Joy, Fun, Happiness, Friendship and Love.
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Holi (English pronunciation: /ˈhl/) (Sanskrit: होली) is a spring festival also known as the festival of colours or the festival of love. It is an ancient Hindu religious festival which has become popular with non-Hindus in many parts of South Asia, as well as people of other communities outside Asia.

It is primarily observed in India, Nepal, and other regions of the world with significant populations of Hindus or people of Indian origin. The festival has, in recent times, spread to parts of Europe and North America as a spring celebration of love, frolic, and colours.

Holi celebrations start with a Holika bonfire on the night before Holi where people gather, sing and dance. The next morning is a free-for-all carnival of colours, where participants play, chase and colour each other with dry powder and coloured water, with some carrying water guns and coloured water-filled balloons for their water fight. Anyone and everyone is fair game, friend or stranger, rich or poor, man or woman, children and elders. The frolic and fight with colours occurs in the open streets, open parks, outside temples and buildings. Groups carry drums and musical instruments, go from place to place, sing and dance. People visit family, friends and foes to throw colours on each other, laugh and chit-chat, then share Holi delicacies, food and drinks. Some drinks are intoxicating. For example, Bhang, an intoxicating ingredient made from cannabis leaves, is mixed into drinks and sweets and consumed by many. In the evening, after sobering up, people dress up, visit friends and family.

Holi is celebrated at the approach of vernal equinox, on the Phalguna Purnima (Full Moon). The festival date varies every year, per the Hindu calendar, and typically comes in March, sometimes February in the Gregorian Calendar. The festival signifies the victory of good over evil, the arrival of spring, end of winter, and for many a festive day to meet others, play and laugh, forget and forgive, and repair ruptured relationships. (Source: Wikipedia.org)

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We wish you a Happy and musically New Year 2015…

Posted by ElJay Arem (IMC OnAir) on January 1, 2015

Dear musical friends, dear listeners of IMCRadio.net,
dear members of our FB group “Indian classical” !

… tks for all the new members we got in this ending year (nearby 9,000),
… tks for your wonderful posts, comments and feedbacks in 2014,
for all the heart- and soul-touching recordings you shared with us in this global community of music lovers.

I wish you, your families and friends a Happy New Year,
may 2015 be full of joy, peace, healthyness and beautiful music,
may we see coming ahead new wonderful recordings and
uniquely musical events for Indian classical music.

Sincerely yours, ElJay Arem
(founder of IMCRadio.net / editor & moderator / the group owner)

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