P. Glass I

Repetitive, boring to many. Understable. Listening to same melodic pattern repeated for minutes at a time (i.e.:Einstein on the Beach's Dances) can bore the audience. To the death some claim. But this is a shallow look at his music. Better, it's a western look. I don't believe in this exact division between western and eastern, specially since the 70s and globalization. But, I have to say, such an approach would be meaningless to someone used to Hindu music. Or to a Zen disciple (even boredom would be meaningless in Zen budhism). Common in our music are melody and harmony, along with a narrative time, horizontal. Hindu music (i.e.: ragas) is centered on isorythimic overlaping (different rythims played at once) and cyclic time, vertical. Time, in Hinduism, isn't an arrow. There is no Alpha and Omega. No Genesis and Apocalypse. Time is centered on million years cycle, and our life is based around the karmic cycle. As such, music, closely tied to religion and myth, tries to anihilate the feeling of time. Time as we understand it only exists along with the end. Death. After all, time became a problem after we were expelled from the Garden of Eden.

[Listening to: Raga Ahir Bhairav : Alap And J – Hariprasad Chaurasia & Zakir H – (21:33)]

Not all posts will be bi-lingual form now on.

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