In a recent display of power, color and its perception (or lack of it) broke our beloved ecosystem—the Internet(Hint: the blue-black dress…or was it white-gold? You get the point). Colors have a great impact on every aspect of human civilization. They are used to display emotions, bring nations together (Soviet Red), distinguish people (rich ethnicity) and even dictate your marital options in a country like India. They also give people a deep understanding of your personality, preferences and your traits. For e.g. when you see someone listening to music on their headphones painted in bright red, green and yellow you know their affinity to reggae music and or the Rastafarai sub-culture. In India the whole country is drenched in bright colors during Holi celebrations in all corners.
Hobbies are varied ranging from car racing to stamp collection. They can be done with a bunch of people or as a solo effort. Some hobbies are done inside (playing an instrument) or outdoors (hiking). Hobbies can bring comfort, emotional or physical outlet, intellectual stimulation, and a sense of connection and achievement. Have you ever pondered about the possibility of making some extra cash from your hobby? Don’t dismiss us yet.
In today’s overly connected world, finding solitude has become increasingly difficult. We are all bogged down by personal commitments, job pressure, religious commitments, etc; the list is endless. More often than not, you do not have time for the most important person in your life; YOU!
There is nothing wrong with disconnecting and spending some time alone. In fact, research suggests that spending alone time lets you unwind, discover yourself, improves concentration, and increases productivity. So do yourself a favour and spend some time alone. If you have no clue what you can do in your alone time, here are some a quick and easy ideas for you.
In the previous blog, we talked about two of the best drummers out there, Joey Jordison and Chad Smith, their signature snare drums and what sets them apart. With this article, we plan to take the topic of maintaining and playing a drum kit ensemble a little further.
To get everything right, precise and in a qualified sense, relevant for an in-betweener, we got in touch with a professional drummer, Mihir Bhende. Mihir plays for a Mumbai-based atmospheric black metal band ‘Cosmic Infusion’ and is a seasoned performer on the Indian metal circuit. We asked him to give his inputs on the matter of practicing and tuning of the drums and he graciously took time out of his schedule to provide us with a thorough advice. Here is what Mihir says. (more…)
We did pieces on two of the world’s greatest and most successful rock guitarists of all time in the last couple of weeks. Continuing in the same vein, this week we take a look at the guys who go through the test of physical endurance on the stage. Yes, we’re talking about drummers, who else?
In 1970, a teenager in Westbury, New York vowed to follow in the footsteps of his idol, Jimi Hendrix. That 14 year old boy was destined to become a future star, a legend of Rock music. His name was Joe Satriani.
Starting off as a drummer, then shifting to guitar and studying music with Jazz musicians, Satriani took some time to find his feet in the music industry. Soon after picking up the instrument, he did mentor some of the future guitar mavericks like Kirk Hammett from Metallica, Steve Vai, Andy Timmons and Alex Skolnick from Testament, but he was still far from producing one good album.
Ever since Ravi Shankar made the Indian classical instrument ‘Sitar’ popular in the west, the craze of using the elements of Hindustani music in composition hasn’t gone down a bit. Right from internationally loved and acclaimed bands like Beatles, The Rolling Stones, and Yardbirds to stalwarts of western classical music such as Julian Bream, Yehudi Menuhin and others, everyone embraced the sound-textures, beats, and melodies of the Indian instruments. (more…)
Diwali time is here, which means it’s family time, time to burst crackers and of course, it’s sweets time! With festive spirits so high in the air, Buxsa is all set to celebrate as well. This is Buxsa’s first Diwali and we are bursting crackers alright (more on this later).
Diwali is family time and we are all about making time for what you love. Even after Diwali is over, there are so many hobbies you can take up as a family. Yeah, it’s difficult to believe; but what if we give you something that will make your family time even more fun? This goes out to all those quality family time days, locked-in rainy days, public holidays, dry days, and a few random unforeseen cooped-up days.
…For Jazz is like not knowing the ground for the next step.
As we entered twentieth century, behind us were the musical riches of a great civilization, but twentieth century was not going to be defined by classical music, the glory was destined to be somewhere else. Bach set the benchmark for the classical music that succeeded him. With his extraordinary mathematical harmonies and profound melodies of Beethoven–throw in the genius Mozart and later romanticists like Chopin to complete the picture— the canon of western classical music seemed to have been sailing without any rival. But the discipline of classical music was never going to fall in line with the experience of our messy, tumultuous twentieth century. In place of textually refined sheet music, a taste for free creation, spontaneous making of music was gaining currency. This new music was termed Jazz.
“India is the cradle of the human race, the birthplace of human speech, the mother of history, the grandmother of legend, and the great grandmother of tradition. Our most valuable and most constructive materials in the history of man are treasured up in India only!”
The legendary writer Mark Twain quoted this to show his deep love and respect to this magnanimous country. India’s rich history in culture, learning and art knows no bound. This diverse country has left its mark on every aspect of human life. Music is no exception.
To get a feel of the depth of Indian music, ask any expert on Indian classical music about the number of instruments in India, they will still be unsure about an actual number. The depth of music in the Indian civilization is widespread and unfathomable. (more…)