Making music: sounds & videos

 


I play guitar, tabla, sitar, & santoor in London, recording and performing with open-minded collaborators. I release sounds as ‘Rāga Junglism’, mixing jazz, Indian classical, oldskool jungle, etc…


 

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• No Kanjira •

Acoustic guitar, sampled kit drums, and my (broken-skinned) tabla – plus a shattering of Jesse Bannister’s soaring Indo-jazz sax improv…


  • Indo-jungle @ 159bpm [2018]:

Loops etc

Plenty of roombound time during London lockdown 2020-22. Send me ideas, images, words, scenes, anything…


  • ‘Double-side’ capoing: (“A DIY capo hack to turn 6 strings into 12: tune to DADGAD, capo at 11fr, and pluck on ‘both sides of the bar’. Transform your guitar into a microtonal harp!”):


  • Parameshwari slack-bends [loop #3]:

  • Vocalised melodic improv [loop #2]:

  • Sitar-style articulations [loop #1]:

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Santoor

The hundred-stringed Hindustani box (well, 92 on mine) – with roots in Kashmiri Sufi music. See my santoor primer for Darbar.


  • Glides & slides – improv [2021]:

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Singing

A more recent activity…just for fun


  • Stones in my Passway – Robert Johnson’s angular cross-rhythms:

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Guitar World studies

Dozens of short, fully-scored etudes for my Fresh Repertoire lesson series: focused on distilling core concepts from various global musical traditions, and reappraising some familiar guitaristic ideas along the way…


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[more on the way…lemme do some mastering]

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• Odds & ends •

…assorted sonic things…


  • Session projects: e.g. recording guitar parts for a BBC1 wildlife soundtrack (The Great British Year) – I remember playing along to a surprisingly violent deer chase.
  • From wayback: some fingerstyle acoustic flamboyance as a teenager (Blues for Tommy):

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