Saturday, March 10, 2012

Deconstructing Aromale

Music, as it goes, a meandering waterbody, sometimes a river, sometimes a stream, sometimes an ocean, connected and yet not, in a melange of notes and rhythms, caught in a gurgle of sounds....yet, like picking up a handful in the seashore and measuring where the little drops come a challenge, is a joy!
Here's what I heard last night...

And memories came tumbling on the possible influences that A.R.Rahman may have had (and probably did) in coming up with clearly a work of world music embedded in a connected world.
Here are some I could smell...
Watch the guitar plucks and the humming here.

And then go on to how Black American music retained and lost its identity in a brilliant lecture-demo chat by Ali Farka Toure

Go back now, and listen to a raga alaapana (aalap) by Shreya Ghoshal) in reprise of the original Aromale

And catch the original, purer, raaga here....more subtle..and yet in a clearer etching of the tones that make up the raga, with the gravitas of the veena

Go on to the jazz influence back again....this time Reethi Gowla (with a touch of other ragas in the free fusion) acquires a majestic flow in the guitarwork of John McLaughlin...but watch the violin as you ago along

If you had listened to the violin, you could catch the final snatches of Shreya Ghoshal's alaapana mixing with the violin. And in the stepped-up chord, accompanied by the orchestral arrangements, I could catch a glimpse of the Moody Blues classic, Nights in White Satin.

Catch a handful of water on the seashore. Measure where they come from.

Catch again the chorus of a crescendo in Aromale. There is now Abba's Eagle.

Soar, like the Eagle. Soar, like the breeze coming from the mountains that Aromale talks of. The majestic bird becomes the Beloved!


  1. You have done a PHD. Fantastic. I listened to all the numbers here...Loved Ali Farka, Shreya Ghoshal alapana was beautiful, especially the mild strains of violin towards the end, wish the final A.R.Rehman piece had more of the mellow shades of the alapana rather than the high pitched Aaromale...

  2. Wow! Beautiful Madhavan. Mazaa aagaya!

  3. I heard a little Bob Seger and some Joe Cocker too. The opening riff has a touch & go connect with some other like it that I know I've heard. ? A Black Velvet kind of something. If it comes to me; will write back.
    Thank you for the fun read.