Tuesday, May 2, 2017

Blog trivia

If you are visiting this site for the first time, it is important to read this post. The intention of this blog is to present arguments in a pre-determined sequence. OLDER posts are actually NEWER posts within a month. As I keep adding new posts I change the time stamp to an earlier time so that you can read the posts in sequence. If you notice, all the posts within a month have the same date. Only the time stamp varies. Newer posts have earlier time to help you read in sequence.

If this site interests you and you want to read the earlier months (I would recommend starting from month 1 before reading month 2) start from the earliest month. I have ensured that within a month the posts are sequenced properly.



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Veena based PolyCaRe arrangements in 198x – interludes

Veena is an unusual instrument to do the background for a polyphonic arrangement. However, we have seen Raja use this instrument in every possible situation that no longer it is possible to typecast this instrument with any genre.  We have also seen Raja use veena extensively as a part of his CaRe arrangements. In this post, we will discuss Raja compositions that have veena as the background instrument to his PolyCaRe arrangements.

In this post, we will particularly focus on his interlude compositions in the 198x. As we made it very clear in the definition, the PolyCaRe arrangement not only requires a background synthesizer  melody, it also requires two call and response melodies in the foreground played according to our rules of CaRe arrangements.

Let’s begin with the song ‘Kalise Prati Sandhyalo’  from Aalapana (Telugu 1985). This segment, has synthesizer as its background instrument. Here is how the segment is structured:

Song
Film
Year
Background instrument
CaRe - Instrument1
CaRe - Instrument2
Kalise Prati Sandhyalo’ 
Aalapana
1985
Veena
Sitar
Flute


This is one of the most unusual PolyCaRe arrangements you will hear of Raja.

  1. The first 2 seconds is a Indian melody played with the veena. This is the melody that continues throughout the clip as the background melody
  2. Between 3 and 10 seconds, the sitar joins in the foreground playing a counter melody, again and Indian one. Two Indian instruments playing Indian melody in counter. Please show me a composer who can do this!
  3. While all this is going on, between 5 and 10 seconds, if you pay close attention, the flute and the sitar is having a CaRe play while the veena continues in the background. Genius!
  4. The remaining parts of the clip have conventional CaRe in play between the veena and the flute


The foreground melodies can stand on their own feet as simple CaRe arrangement. The background synthesizer melody makes them polyphonic and hence PolyCaRe. There are 4 foreground melodies playing on top of the constant background synthesizer melody in these 7  seconds.

Let’s hear the stroke of PolyCare arrangement genius of Raja in the song Kalise Prati …


Let’s next focus on the interlude of the song ‘Unnai Kaanum Neram’ from Unnai Naan Sandhithaen (Tamil 1986).

This segment, has synthesizer as its background instrument. Here is how the segment is structured:

Song
Film
Year
Background instrument
CaRe - Instrument1
CaRe - Instrument2
Unnai Kaanum Neram
Unnai Naan Sandhithaen
1986
Veena
Violins
Flute


  1. The first three seconds are a veena play to set the background melody that plays throughout the clip
  2. Between 4 and 19 seconds, the violins and the flute do the CaRe play while the veena continues in the background


The foreground melodies can stand on their own feet as simple CaRe arrangement. The background synthesizer melody makes them polyphonic and hence PolyCaRe. There are 3 foreground melodies playing on top of the constant background synthesizer melody in these 19  seconds.

Let’s hear the  PolyCare arrangement in the song Unnai Kaanum Neram …