Yesterday I was working with a friend putting music to some footage I had shot in India on a trip a while ago. We were cutting edit changes to the beat. It was a tune from my Cd “Grooves of India”… the tune is called “Asham”. It is a piece of music that I wrote in 9 time.
As you know most western music is in some variety of 3/4 or 4/4 time. India rhythms allow you to be very comfortable in all kinds of rhythms…..5, 7, 11, 17, 19 and even 9 3/5 time (I actually composed a tune in that timing).
All of this goes back to my studies with Harihar Rao. He is a great master of a teach from India. It was through him that I was able to meet and spend a fair amount of time with the great Ravi Shankar. Anyway… this tune “Asham” is in various subdivisions of the beat… mostly 4 + 5. If you want to hear this tune…go here: http://sonicsafarimusic.com/music/groovesofindia/