26 July 2005

The Digital World

Its been about two months since I last blogged. On May 22, my wife gave birth to our first child, a beautiful little girl who we called Rithika. Needless to say our lives have changed with this bundle of joy. Now at two months she is much more settled and has somewhat of a routine allowing music practice to recommence.

Over the last few months I have also got into the world of digital music. Nowadays a lot more Carnatic music is available on the Internet. While initially it was only real audio streams, now some kind folk have made vintage concerts available through MP3s and similar formats. This has allowed hitherto unheard recordings enter my living room - classic alapanas by GNB or Ramnad Krishnan, for example. Those interested should check out the forums on sangeetham.com for some sources!

This weekend we are off to Melbourne where I will be playing a concert. After a bit of a break some intensive practice was required to get the fingers moving on the keyboard again!

Addendum: See www.sangeethapriya.org for many concert recordings in mp3 format.