December 12, 2017

Niaz Ahmed Khan and Fayyaz Ahmed Khan: Raga Yaman [Odeon MOCE 1058] an LP recorded in 1963 and reissued in 1967 in India

Here we have a really lovely and heartfelt example of singing from the Kirana Gharana. These two brothers were born in Jaipur. Fayyaz ji died in 1987; I can find little or no information on his younger brother Niaz Ahmed.

This is a beautifully sung and tastefully LP, recorded in glorious monophonic sound in 1963. I'm beginning to prefer mono recordings of Hindustani Classical music, as it avoids the hard right/left stereo balance common in the 1970s-80s in India.







Niaz Ahmed Khan: vocal
Fayyaz Ahmed Khan: vocal
Mohammad Ahmed: tabla

side 1:
Raga Yaman
a) alap
b) composition in slow Jhumra taal
c) composition in fast teentaal

Side 2:
Raga Bairagi-Bhairav
a) Alap
b) composition in slow Jhaptaal
c) composition in fast teentaal


Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440 mlb
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct


(the highest resolution I am capable of recording)

(after decoding into wav, can be burned to a CD)

(highest quality compressed audio file)


December 11, 2017

(REPOST) Debabrata Chaudhuri: Meditations in Indian Sitar Music [SMFP 2101], an LP recorded and released in England in 1968

This particular transfer fell off the zippy share file service (due to a 30-day period of time where no-one downloaded it) and there were several anonymous people requesting a re-upload.

I remastered the original digital transfer, using very gentle setting on "Click Repair. The result should be worth re-downloading and eliminating your old files.


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Debu Chaudhuri was last seen in this blog with his second LP issued in the West. This, I believe, is his first LP to be released in the West, on the EMI budget label called "Music for Pleasure." Unlike a lot of MFP albums, this seems to be an original production and not a reissue.


There was definitely a craze going on in 1966 and 1967 for the sitar, especially given the attentions brought to it by groups like the Beatles and (less famously) the Rolling Stones.

Tabla on the LP is by Faiyaz Khan.

side 1: Raga Maru Behag

side 2: Raga Ahir Bhairav










Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in water, followed by a  quick vacuum drying with a VPI 16.5 cleaning machine
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Shure M97x
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Edirol R-09HR at 24bit/44.1kHz resolution
Software: Audacity, ClickRepair, and xAct



(The full resolution used in this transfer)



(after converting to .wav, suitable for burning to a CD)


(highest quality mp3 compressed file)




December 10, 2017

Gayathri Rajapur: Raga du Sud de L'Inde [Le Chante du Monde FMX 58854] an LP recorded in the US in 1963 and released in 1967; then reissued in France in 1975

Here is album of vocal and Gottuvuadyam (also known as chitravina) music by Gayathri Rajapur

Originally it was released by Folkways Records in the US in 1967 and subsequently released in France under the "Le Chant du Mode" label. 

This LP is never going to wind up on anyone's "Audiophile Must Have" list. It was recorded in late 1963 (according to the original liner notes) under what appears to be a non-studio environment and is almost certainly (at least in this release) in mono. This transfer, however, sounds much better than what is available on the web and on youtube. 

Of some note is the presence of Dorothy Moskowitz on tanpura. Moskowitz was Rajapur's student at UCLA, and had a singing career in her own right, appearing (among other places) on an underground classic of experimental rock

Somewhere on the inter webs I located a PDF file of the original (surprisingly good) liner notes which were written for the US Folkways label by Joseph Byrd, who was Moskowitz' husband at the time (see below).












Gayathri Rajapur: vocal and gottuvuadyam
Harihar Rao: mridigam


Side 1:
Varna in Raga Shankaraburanam
Kriti in Raga Bhairavi

Side 2:
Kriti in Raga Nathe
Ragamalica

Equipment used in transfer: 
Preparation: Ultrasonic cleaning for 20 minutes in pure clean water
Turntable:  Audio-technica AT-LP-1240
Cartridge: Audio-technica AT440
Pre-amplification: Vintage refurbished Pioneer SX-780.
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10 at 24bit/96kHz resolution
Software: AudacityClickRepairand xAct


(the highest resolution I am capable of recording)

(after decoding into wav, can be burned to a CD)

(highest quality compressed audio file)


December 9, 2017

Hariprasad Chaurasia: live recording broadcast on French radio in 2005

Here is a recording from a broadcast in 2005 by French radio of two pieces by Hari ji. Unfortunately, the second piece is missing the ending because of problems experienced by the original recorder (as described below). Unfortunately, this is all we have of this concert.

This set was broadcast as part of a concert which also featured Girija Devi (which was recently posted here).


Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri
Sunil Avchat: bansuri
Vijay Ghate: tabla
Bhavani Shankar: pakhawaj
Julia Horman: tanpura






The original info file as I received it is as follows:

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Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri 
live at Theatre de la Ville 
Paris, France.
September 18, 2005
2005-09-18

France Musique FM broadcast
December 06, 2005
2005-12-06 recording and 2005 seed by museum64

November 2017 reseed:
Sector-boundary errors, 
dropouts and a few clicks repaired
and volume adjustments made;
originally seeded with a full set by Gijira Devi;
reseeded separately.  

Morning Ragas from Northern India

52:38 minutes 

tracklist:

01 unknown title 34:40
02 unknown title 17:55

Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri (wooden flute) 
Sunil Avchat: bansuri 
Vijay Ghate: tabla
Bhavani Shankar: pakhawaj or flute
Julia Horman: tampura
---
info

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hariprasad_Chaurasia 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bansuri 

--
original taper's notes:
-
* a few flaws here and there . 
* The stream felt down at cd2 track2 because of a phone call (?) 
so it's not the complete broadcast (about 4-5 mn missed).
* A better and complete recording will be welcome.
* don't take a freebox for tv/radio unless you live in a phone central.

Source : FM
Adsl Freebox Modem > Coaxial cable > MD Recorder > 
Analog cable > SBLive! > HDD > WAV to FLAC
recorded and uploaded by museum64:) ENJOY !!!

more details in french here >>> 
http://www.theatredelaville-paris.com/telecharger/brochure.pdf

reseed:

Sector-boundary errors, 
dropouts and a few clicks repaired with volume adjustments;  
new FLAC-8 files and checksum files created 
and this info file revised; original info file included.

Thanks again to museum64 for this recording.

a zootype reseed November 2017

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Hariprasad Chaurasia and Zakir Hussain: Raga Jog - in studio performance recorded and broadcast by BBC Radio 3 in England in 1987

The first of two recordings by Hari ji this weekend will be this Raga Jog, recorded in the BBC studios and broadcast for the program "Another World" on May 16, 1987.

This was about the time that Hari ji was suddenly getting wider exposure in England. He appeared on CDs on the ECM and Nimbus labels in 1987 and it was also about this time that I was discovering Indian Classical music.

Hariprasad Chaurasia: bansuri
Zakir Hussain: tabla
(unknown tanpura)




The music was split up as noted below and I have seamlessly joined the pieces together for easier listening. I have not included the extremely brief announcer (total of 21 seconds). No other processing was performed on the audio.

The (unedited by me) original info file for this recording is as follows:

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Hariprasad Chaurasia & Zakir Hussain
"Another World"
BBC Radio 3 broadcast
1987-05-16

Hariprasad Chaurasia : Flute
Zakir Hussain : Tabla
+ additional musician on stringed instrument??

SB > (recorded, not live) > BBC Radio 3 FM broadcast >
unknown tuner > Aiwa F770 > TDK SA-C90 cassette master >
Cassette playback on Pioneer CT-S550S with azimuth correction >
Sony JE530 A/D (44.1k) > Nomad JB3 > .wav > Adobe Audition > .wav >
CDWAV > FLAC frontend > .flac files

Note: The Sony JE530 is a minidisc recorder, however
a pure digital output is available when using it as a
"passthrough" device. Therefore, despite the presence
of a minidisc device in this lineage there is no MD/
ATRAC compression.


  1. Radio Announcer Introduction       0:09
  2. Rag Jog (Part 1) (Flute solo)     10:44
  3. Rag Jog (Part 2) (Flute + Tabla)  33:08
  4. Rag Jog (Part 3) (Flute solo)      3:21
  5. Rag Jog (Part 4) (Flute + Tabla)  11:39
  6. Radio Announcer Outro              0:12
Total Time : [59:13]

Editing:
Left channel samples x 120% (approximately + 1.5db)
Right channel samples x 135% (approximately + 2.5db)

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(after conversion to .wav, suitable for burning to CD)

(highest quality mp3 possible - suitable for listening on portable device)


December 6, 2017

Zakir Hussain and Sabir Khan: live audience recording in Tokyo in September, 2016

Here is a very high quality live audience recording of a full-length concert by Zakir Hussain accompanied by the talented Sabir Khan on sarangi during a concert tour of Japan about a year ago.

It was recorded by the prolific audience taper named "Arashi" from Japan. He specializes in using high quality recording gear (some of which he made himself) and usually is well placed in the auditorium to record -- which is quite important for live recordings.

I received the files split up into 10 sections, but I did not see a pattern of why they were split in that way, so I reattached them. This is a fairly lengthy concert, given modern standards, and Zakir ji sticks to serious classical material and generally avoids the goofy patter and gimmicks he sometimes apparently thinks audiences want to hear.






The original information file which accompanied the audio files is as follows:

ZAKIR HUSSAIN 

date: September 15, 2016 (Thu)
venue: WWW X
city: Shibuya, Tokyo

Zakir Hussain (tabla)
Sabir Khan (sarangi)

Recording & Lineage:
Audience recording by Arashi
COS-11(s)PT > handmade power supply > Roland R-05 > wav (24/48) > PC > Soundforge 7.0 (Tracking) > wav (24/48) > TLH > flac

Total Time is 1 hour, 53 minutes.


I will be keeping this at the original resolution (24 bit, 48kHz) as well as also allowing a download of a CD-standard 16 bit, 44.1kHz version (both FLAC). Many in the live music trading community believe that encoding these concerts to mp3 inevitably results in dilution of the quality of the "pool" of such shows (because sometimes people up-convert from a lossy mp3 back to "lossless" FLAC or WAV -- please try not to do that, by the way). Those preferring mp3 will have to make their own for personal use.


(the highest resolution available to me)

(after decoding to wav, can either be enjoyed on a computer or be split and burned to 2 CDs)

December 4, 2017

Girija Devi: live recording recorded and broadcast in 2005 on French radio

A little over a month ago, the great Girija Devi died. She lived a long life and was productive and with strong voice up into her 70s, as this live FM broadcast shows.

For some details about Girija, please see this blog entry:

http://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.com/2017/10/girija-devi-8-may-1929-24-october-2017.html

and also this news article:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/entertainment/hindi/music/news/thumri-queen-girija-devi-passes-away-at-88/articleshow/61212221.cms?&utm_source=Articleshow&utm_medium=Organic&utm_campaign=Related_Stories







Girija Devi: voice 
Sunanda Sharma: voice support
Subhen Chatterjee: tabla
Ramesh Mishra: sarangi
Sudha Dutta: tampura


There are three tracks here, two substantial pieces and a brief announcement by the artist.

I am not sure of the pieces, and if anyone can help me with their identification, I would be very much appreciative of their efforts.

In that line, I must thank the user whose name is "zootype" from the torrent tracker Dimeadozen, which is where I obtained this recording. "Dime," as it is affectionately known, is a tracker where live recordings of music can be shared among music fans via what is called "bit torrent" software. Any artist or venue not wishing to be included can request that Dime not offer recordings which feature them. Because the links for these torrents often go quiet after a few weeks, I wanted to post this on my blog and hopefully help preserve this little bit of cultural treasure for a while longer.

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Girija Devi and ensemble 
live at Theatre de la Ville, Paris.
2005-09-18

broadcast on 2005-12-06 by France Musique FM

01 27:29 
02 stage intro 3:06 
03 21:32 

Total time: 52:30 
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(after decoding to WAV, suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file; 
suitable for listening on a portable player)



December 3, 2017

Lalith Rao [Swarashree LR 001] a cassette recorded and released in India in 1988

Here is another Lalith Rao cassette. This one comes from Swarashree via their licensing agreement with CBS India. The quality control for many in this series of cassettes is a bit shy of the very highest mark possible, but this one seems to sound alright, especially after manual azimuth adjustment.

It appears to be the last of my collection of releases by Lalith Rao, but given the current disorganized state of my music study room, there might possibly be more.

With kind thanks to my very good blogger friend "Tawfiq" and his magnificent blog http://oriental-traditional-music.blogspot.com which introduced me to this vocalist and many many other musical treasures. So many people owe him a great deal of gratitude, more than will ever be able to tell him. 

In illustration of this point, allow me to tell you an anecdote. After seeing a local concert by a guitarist from New Haven, Connecticut, I decided to talk to him a bit afterward. We happened to be mentioning music we like to listen to and after I mentioned Indian Classical, his eyes lit up with interest and he immediately told me in a very serious voice that I simply must check out his favorite blog, "Oriental Traditional Music." He was surprised that I knew the blogger and that I even had a humble blog of my own!  

Very interesting to me was that this extremely talented "fingerstyle" acoustic guitarist (think of someone a bit like John Fahey) went on to tell me that a recording by Shamshuddin Faridi Desai had completely changed his outlook on music. We are living in a pretty terrible era, on many fronts, but one bright aspect is the ability for musicians to listen to music that decades ago would have been locked up in people's houses and in ethnic grocery stores and record shops.

And on that note, let's take a look at this cassette.







Side one:
Raga Bilaskhani Todi

Side two:
Raga Paraj

(see the notes for details about the compositions)


Lalit(h) Rao: vocal
Gurudas Borkar (tabla)
Baban Manjrekar (harmonium)



Equipment used in this transfer:
Cassette Deck: Teac W890R (azimuth was carefully adjusted for each side)
Preamp: Parasound PHP 850
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10
Software: Audacity and xAct



(after decoding to WAV, suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file; 
suitable for listening on a portable player)




Lalith Rao: Captivating Swars [Rhythm House 240 339] a cassette recorded and released in India in 1984

A cassette from vocalist Lalith Rao recorded in 1984. An hour of very spirited singing especially suited for listening during an evening in the rainy season.

As always I very carefully adjusted the azimuth for the recording of each side. This makes an enormous difference to the higher frequencies. It only requires a small screwdriver (the kind you use to tighten screws in eyeglass frames) and at least one ear. If you don't know how to do this there are several excellent tutorials on the web.











An LP by Lalith Rao recorded at about the same time as this tape (1984-85) was transferred by the always reliable Tawfiq on his blog:



Equipment used in this transfer:
Cassette Deck: Teac W890R (azimuth was carefully adjusted for each side)
Preamp: Parasound PHP 850
Recorder: Sony PCM-M10
Software: Audacity and xAct



(after decoding to WAV, suitable for burning to CD)

(highest possible quality mp3 file; 
suitable for listening on a portable player)