The drone...the modal scale...the sinuous, ornamented melodic line. Even without a sitar or a tabla, you know you're enveloped in one of the new Indian-influenced strains of ambient music.
Hundreds of years ago, while Western music turned right at polyphony, harmony, and the equal-tempered scale, Indian classical music continued to develop the old modal system of scales and natural intervals in a vocal-centered, monophonic style.
Where we created chords and counterpoint, monumental symphonies, hymns and songs, Indian music continued to evolve the melodic sophistication of raga, the rhythmic complexity of tala, and the patient pursuit of mood and depth.
On this transmission of Hearts of Space, we return to the sublime world of Indian ambient and devotional music...on a program called INDIA EVOLUTION.
Music is by PREM JOSHUA & MANISH VYAS, STEVE GORN, BENJY WERTHHEIMER & DAVID MICHAEL, JAI UTTAL & BEN LEINBACH, MATTHEW MONTFORT, MAGIC CARPET, DEVA PREMAL and AL GROMER KHAN.