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Indian E-music – The right mix of Indian Vibes… » Indian Electronics on the European continent… (part 2)

Indian Electronics on the European continent… (part 2)

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Author: ElJay Arem


ElJay Arem during the IE-m Show on 1st June 2010

The heading of our broadcasting in June 2010 bears the title „Indian Vibes on the European continent (part 2) “. The first part was sent in April and introduced the Netherlands, France and Portuguese area. In June we present artists from the German-speaking countries, i.e. from Germany and Switzerland.

We begin our excursion in Cologne. Here the musician Bruno Reuter (alias Karunesh) was born. His New Age music is strongly affected by Indian influences (e.g. Sitar sounds) after his longer stay in India in 1979. Karunesh published in 1984 his first album „sound of the heart “. Since the beginning of the 90’s lives Karunesh on Hawaii.

What makes Cologne so special – the starting point of our musical discovery journey – is that it has a world-wide meaning for electronic music as a whole. 1951 was decided by the director Hanns Hartmann of the North-West German broadcasting (nordwestdeutscher Rundfunk) to furnish a studio for electronic music (see pictures). It’s the world-wide first of its kind. The idea goes back to the 20’s of the last century when the composer Herbert Eimert, who was born in Bad-Kreuznach wrote an atonal music doctrine and organized concerts for sound instruments. Eimert became the first director/conductor of the studio for electronic music. For the sound production the Monochord and Melochord, an earlier model of the Synthesizers were used, together with sound generators and filter systems. The new sounds were made visible by an oscilloscope. One of the most famous users of the studio for electronic music was the avant-garde composer Karlheinz Stockhausen.

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(Source: Synthesizer Database – June, 25th 2008)

The Berlin school…

We leave Cologne as the homeland of the world-wide first studio for electronic music and adjourn to the capital of this music category. In the former West Berlin that time (before the fall of the wall in 1989) a type of electronic music was re-stamped from which also styles such as Trance and Goa Trance benefited; doubtless also the “Asian Underground”.

Musicians such as Klaus Schulze (Wahnfried), who sat for Tangerine Dream behind the drum set belonged to the so called Berlin school even though this music group assigned itself to the Ambience genre. Tangerine Dream went in the year 1968 first time on stage, only with Lanse Hapshash on the drums, Kurt Herkenberg playing the bass and Edgar Froese on the guitar. The name Krautrock (herb rock) designates the early development phase of Tangerine Dream. Until today exist artists who feel obligated to the Berlin school.

Same as in Cologne there existed in Berlin an institution, which was led by Swiss composer Thomas Kessler: the Electronic Beat Studio Berlin. Here Tangerine Dream rehearsed in their beginnings.

In today’s Berlin also the trio Jahcoozi has its domicile. The singer Sasha Parera, who was born in London is half Tamil and half Singalese. She studied in Cologne and London German language & literature and political sciences. After her studies she moved to Berlin. To Jahcoozi belong the electronics engineer and producer Robot Koch from Kassel (Germany) and Oren Gerlitz on the bass who was born in Israel. Oren studied Jazz and sound engineering and is responsible for Jahcoozi’s productions. Coming out of the Berlin unterground scene Jahcoozi attracted an international public by salient Live performances since it’s debut album „Fish“ in the year 2003. The stylistic elements range from Dub, RAP, Reggae, Dancehall to Jazz. Jahcoozi played also with the well-known British formation Asian Dub Foundation we presented in IE-m’s premiere on 5th January 2010. With the new CD „Barefoot Wanderer“ back pack Jahcoozi currently is on tour through Germany.

Hanseatic City…

In almost direct neighbourhood to Berlin lies Hamburg, the location of our own broadcasting and production place. In Hamburg has developed a considerable club scene also for electronic music in the 90’s. It can quite compete with Berlin. In 2002 here was founded Sir Shree by the guitarist and sitar player Steve Pepper. Beside him the producer Nesto, founder of The Reel Banditos and the percussionist Stephan Krause, member of the quintet ElbtonalPercussion are part of Sir Shree. After publishing two CDs since 2004 it became a little bit quiet around Sir Shree.

Frankfurt Hub…

With our excursion through the German-language landscape of Indian-electronic music  we leave now North Germany and go southwards. Osnabrueck celebrated on 11th June 2005 it’s first Bombay club party, for which the DJ Mykel Angel scratched the turn tables. This Hip Hop oriented artist was born in India and grew up in Germany. At the beginning of his art work Mykel Angel attended a party row for pilots, their crews with friends. In this time of ACC Air Crew Clubbing two compilations were produced. Since 2006 we do not hear anything new from Mykel Angel. For balmy summer nights Mykel’s CD „Bombay to Ibiza – world of chillout lounge“ is still recommendable.

Alpine luck…

We leave now Germany and visit our southern neighbour: Switzerland. Richard Meyer, known as artist Swayd in the public lives in Lausanne and produced for Britney Spears and Celine Dion. On a long journey through India Swayd had cooperated with musicians like the Tabla player and Santoor maestro Manish Vyas, with play back singer Jayachandran for the Indian film or with the sitar player Pandit Janardhan Mitta, who resides in Chennai, South India. We can hear the Indian influences on two albums from the year 2009: Top40 Ulitmate Asian Classic bar of Grooves plus Continuous Party Mix.

In Switzerland also the versatile Mirko Lalit Egger agitates. Under the artist name Mirko-Kosmos – Studio MK and/or as Mahisha surprises Mirko with unusual sound work and as video artist. The clips put his musical works impressively in perspective.

Mirko was born in the 20 million metropolis Mumbai (former Bombay), however grown up in Eich close to Luzern (Switzerland). Here he visited the Jazz school and later studied in Zuerich audio engineering.

One can understand Mirko-Kosmos as multidiscipline „synthesis of the arts“ he initiated 1999 himself. Mahisha was produced from this project in 2005. In the Hindu mythology Mahisha is a buffalo headed demon, an Asura. Only the ten-armed goddess Durga riding on a lion or a tiger it succeeded to defeat Mahisha. In 2009 Mirko-Kosmos published the EP Mahisha Empire.

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The next broadcasting of Indian E-music is dated regularly for the 1st Tuesday next month, 6th July – 09:00 p.m. CET on Tide 96.0 FM and as Internet radio.

… and who is interested in Indian classical music, each 3rd Tuesday same time. Thus next broadcasting date for IMC – India meets Classic is 15th June – 09:00 p.m. CET on Tide96.0 FM and as Internet radio.


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