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ALCOHOL IN INDIAN MUSIC

 

ALCOHOL IN INDIAN MUSIC

by Al Gromer Khan ©

When I was a small boy in my Bavarian parental home, beer was always on the table, and with it came the loud voices, the cigarette smoke, the dull atmosphere.

I soon realised that alcohol turns music into background noise, into an unwelcome marginal, a secondary occurrence. At art gallery openings and stand-up parties people clutch wine glasses and beer bottles, while a type of pop music (that is meant to stir emotions and provoke lower energies) pumps against their posteriors. Soon someone turns up the volume and the atmosphere becomes nightmarish, with everybody having to shout to get heard, while the content of the conversation turns nonsensical.

Indian music – its essence – can be kept alive through persons who represent it. These would be musicians with access to certain states of perception and trance, called bhava. This points towards persons with a “different" state of thinking and emotion. Otherwise, what remains are grey scriptures, empty rituals with mundane desires at the base – or else insecure protagonists who face a majority that prefers

Ambient Music

 

It is true that the term ´Ambient Music´ was coined by Brian Eno. It is also true that Eno is often not all that original. The idea of music representing an interior, for instance, goes back to the French composer Eric Satie. And John Cage – a strong influence on Eno´s work, and one who is often quoted by him – frequently worked with ideas concerning the environment as ´music´. However, Eno did more or less represent the Ambient-Underground in the mid-nineteen seventies.

99 Axioms

 

99 Axioms

 

The 99 Axioms

© Al Gromer Khan