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PGM 1280 : "DRONES and MICROTONES"
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DESCRIPTION : the entrancing sounds of Indian contemplative music
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GENRE(s) : East Indian
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FEED DATE : 4-23-21
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INTRO : DRONESùnot the ones that fly, take pictures and drop bombs, but sustained musical reference tonesùhave been used for thousands of years. Simple, effective, and popular, drones originated in ancient southwest Asia, and spread to Europe, India, and Africa.

For many contemporary listeners, their first encounter with a drone was in Indian classical music. It's normally produced by a dedicated instrument called the tamboura, which creates a sustained buzzing sound with the reference pitch and a harmonic fifth above it. Some Indian instruments like the sitar, sarod, and saranghi have drone strings built-in. Not to be outdone, western bagpipes produce multiple drones, as does the medieval hurdy-gurdy. And today, drones are common in electronic and avant-garde music.

Microtones are another basic feature of Indian music. Where western music uses just 12 equally spaced tones to the octave, Indian scales typically have 22, allowing more elaborate melodies and ornamentation. On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to the entrancing sounds of Indian contemplative music, on a program called DRONES & MICROTONES.

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 SAMIR BODHI
  "Nirvana" (edited) < 0:00->5:04 >
   : STAIRWAY TO NIRVANA; Rishov Music RM-75763; 2020
     http://www.amazon.com/STAIRWAY-NIRVANA-SAMIR-BODHI/dp/B08N3R7GNT
   : Info: www.samirbodhi.com

 HANS CHRISTIAN
  "Between Dusk and Dawn" < 5:04->12:15 >
   : NANDA DEVI; New Earth NE 3147; 2015
     http://www.amazon.com/Nanda-Devi-Hans-Christian/dp/B010U62YPW
   : Info: www.newearthrecords.com; www.hanschristianmusic.com

 J.J. GREGG
  "Raag Bhairavi" (part) < 12:15->16:24 >
   : IN DELICATE BALANCE; self-published CAT-22; 2020
     http://www.jjgregg.bandcamp.com/album/in-delicate-balance
   : Info: www.jjgregg.bandcamp.com

 AL GROMER KHAN
  "Singing Back to Ziryab" < 16:24->25:57 >
   : SINGING BACK TO ZIRYAB; Zustand/Rasa Music 844628; Germany 2021
     http://www.amazon.com/Singing-Back-Ziryab-Gromer-Khan/dp/B091B9S253
   : Info: www.khanart.de

 V.K. RAMAN and MYSORE V. SRIKANTH
  "Sarasangi - Relaxing into the Breath" < 25:57->33:32 >
   : CLASSICAL INDIAN FLUTE & VIOLIN (Music for Deep Relaxation);
     Inner Splendor [no catalog #]; 2008
     http://www.amazon.com/Classical-Indian-Virtuoso-Brothers-Srikanth/dp/B001IV5YLA
   : Info: www.innersplendor.com/relaxation

 MANOSE
  "Gentle Awakening" (edited) < 33:32->41:14 >
   : CALL WITHIN; Garuda [no catalog #]; 2020
     http://www.amazon.com/Call-Within-Manose/dp/B01F3RZJLO
   : Info: www.manosemusic.com

 AMELIA CUNI and WERNER DURAND
  "Kedarika" (edited) < 41:14->53:14 >
   : KEDARIKA - NADA YOGA VOLUME 1; self-published [no catalog #]; 2009/2020
     http://www.cunidurand.bandcamp.com/album/kedarika-nada-yoga-volume-1
   : Info: www.ameliacuni.de; www.wernerdurand.com

 AL GROMER KHAN
  "Heal" < 53:14->58:59 >
   : ONCE AGAIN THE NIGHT; Zustand/Rasa Music 844627; Germany 2020
     http://www.amazon.com/Once-Again-Night-Gromer-Khan/dp/B08HZ3SCS9
   : Info: www.khanart.de

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PLAYLIST : http://www.hos.com/#program/1280
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GALLERY : http://www.flickr.com/photos/stephenhill/galleries/72157719022796947/
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30 SEC PROMO : http://www.hos.com/rss/podcast_audio/promo1280.mp3
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PRODUCED BY : STEVE DAVIS and STEPHEN HILL
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BAY AREA WEATHER : brisk!
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⌐ 2021 Hearts of Space
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