The first video from the Cycles project is up!
Recorded on day 1 (March 1st) with a live audience.
See cycles-film.com to learn about this collaborative audio-visual creation laboratory, running March 1-31, 2013 at 680 Queens Quay West in Toronto.
Ed Hanley-tabla, audio, video
Rattan Bhamrah-esraj (x2), melody
The '1st day collective' on singing bowls and bells (credits at end of video)
This is a traditional tabla composition in a 16 beat rhythmic cycle called Tintal. Rattan starts with an 'alap', a non-rhythmic improvisation on the raga (melodic mode). The raga in this case is Kedar, which is described as 'a serious and contemplative raga, commonly portrayed as an ascetic who worships Shiva and is deeply absorbed in music or meditation.' Kedar is an evening raga.
The tabla solo has three parts:
Peshkar (the introductory composition of a tabla solo), flowing briefly into a Kaida (systematic improvisation on specific vocabulary) and finally a Rela (rapidfire improvisation on a limited vocabulary).
The order of operations was:
1. record/video Rattan playing the alap
2. record/video Rattan and I playing the solo
3. overdub/video Rattan doubling/reacting to his original parts
4. record the 1st night collective laying down 4 massive 'dings!'
That massive ding! part was recorded by a group of people on opening night. We tracked 4 individual hits, and I sampled them across the piece on 'sam', the downbeat of the tala (rhythmic) cycle.
I wanted to start with a traditional presentation to begin this project, because I have no idea what is coming next. It all depends on who comes into the gallery to record! When are you coming? and what are you going to do?
Glad to have the '1st video monkey' off my back…I was up until 3:30am plowing through the edit, and had to finish it this morning (you might detect my neurons misfiring from lack of sleep in the edit, some of the decisions I was making near the end were….errmmm….iiiinteresting :P)