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Sunday, December 17, 2006
Thursday, June 15, 2006
BACK FROM THE HILLS
its been more than a couple of weeks and feels great to be back from the HIMALAYAS!!!
Without doubt it is the most adventurous trip ever. Awesome experience and amazing adventure. Not to forget the close calls we had in some places.
All the incidents and the happenings right from the first day of trek to rafting , the stay at the high school and roof tops , the zero degree temperatures .
All and more to come soon .. Keep clicking
Sunday, May 14, 2006
hey everybody .. looks like the summer heat is catchin up big time .. and its a real pain to be out during the daytime .. as we prepare all set for the great summer venture .. which is hardly days away now .. the music scene keeps goin in its own way ..
The latest attraction which has me hooked on to it is Podcasting ..
Thanks to GCast now i would be able to upload all the music for fellow music lovers, ranging from classical to rock to jazz and world fusion and js bout everythin ..
This is really amazin guys .. try out GCast .. its like hosting ur own radio ..
There are several others who offer the same thing .. but the bufferin and steps to create a space in GCast is so easy .. So chk it out ppl
Wednesday, May 03, 2006
holla folks .. fellow bloggers .. net buddies .. blog watchers .. a big "HI" again to everyone ..
feels like ive jus got out of hibernation .. cant imagine 4 monce since ma last post ..
as the engg comes to a close .. wid our final year project gettin completed as well ..
for programmin enthusiasts chk out our demo at
neways .. its bak and kickin again .. with much more .. thts rite .. ur stop at pkharry s blog ..
get prepared watch some action out here .. happening once again ..
Tuesday, January 10, 2006
Mandolin - PART II
There are two basic variations in the original form of the Mandolin - the acoustic and the electric.
The Mandolin in its original form is an acoustic stringed instrument about 2 ft long with deeply vaulted ribs and a table slanted downward at the lower end. It has a neck-cum-peghead attached to a hollow oval shaped sound box. It has four pairs of loop-ended double rib fastened metal strings secured to hooks on the body on one end, and passed across a low bridge (on the sound box) and a nut (on the finger board) to the pegs inserted into a rectangular peg-box. There are five, even six-string versions of the Mandolin, but they are not as popular as the four-strings (pairs) version. A small flexible plectrum is used to vibrate the strings. A feature of Mandolin playing is the constant reiterations of all long pitches, which counteracts its weak sustaining power.
Solid block versions of the Mandolin are also available in more or less the same form as the original Mandolin. The names of the parts of the electric Mandolin are similar to those of the acoustic Mandolin. The major difference between an acoustic Mandolin and the electric Mandolin lies in the way sound is produced and amplified in each. On the acoustic Mandolin, when a string is plucked, its vibrations resonate in the hollow sound box and audible sound is thereby generated. In the case of an electric Mandolin, there is no sound box; the vibrations of the strings are picked up by a device called "pickup" (which, in basic form, consists of a magnet placed at the centre with very thin copper wire coiled around it a few hundred-thousand turns), which converts the vibrations into very low electrical signals. Through volume, tone and other controls, these signals are fed into an amplifier which then feeds it to the speaker. Thus audible sound is produced.
Tuesday, January 03, 2006
Mandolin - The younger brother ..
Mandolin emerged from the Mandola possibly as early as the 15th century but remained obscure until the 18th century, when it was used by Handel in England, by Hummel in Germany, by Gretry and Auber in France, and by various Italians including Vivaldi. The fashion subsided in the 19th century - it had become a popular folk instrument in Germany and America. Mandolin is the descendent of the Neapolitan, a small lute.It is often referred to as the younger brother of the guitar.
The Mandolin has been in use in its original form and with its original style of playing in film music and other non-classical forms of music for a few decades now, though the usage has not been such that would have given the instrument a prima donna position. The instrument has been predominantly used to connect two parts of compositions or to render one of the specific parts of a musical composition. Elsewhere in the world, the usage of the instrument is much better. However, one does come across cases where Mandolin has been used as a lead instrument playing various pop or other varieties of compositions. In western classical music, the originality of Mandolin, both the style of playing and the construction of the instrument, has been retained though.
Some of the prominent examples of the usage of Mandolin elsewhere in the world are:
Lead Mandolin in Bluegrass music (in the USA);
The American group called "The Band" which featured Rick Danko on the Mandolin;
In country-western music in the mid-1980s by a competing group of Nashville based musicians such as Ricky Skaggs, George Strait, the Judds, & Randy Travis;
And off course in south indian classical(carnatic) music where the electric mandolin is used.
More on the following posts .. keep clicking
Friday, December 30, 2005
"The year gone by ; The one ahead.."
The bustling traffic at 11-45 , the crowd on beach road , restaurants running big business , parties on the beach house , the happening pubs n discs , the parties at the friends place , and not to forget the police mama checking you in the middle of the night .. that would be the scene in our singara chennai tonight .. never can be the same right? ..
And everyone must be making big plans for the day .. err .. night rather, as to where to go , what to do ( hav fun wat els?), whom to meet , and what not .. As you do this, it doesnt take a lot to look back at the good times 2005 had to offer to us .. and plan for the new year ahead ..
Well 2005 sadly, would be remembered for all the wrong reasons and calamities as it begun with the tsunami , the london blasts which were not comparable to the innumerable blasts in india, the hurricanes , katrina , rita and then our own cyclonic versions the baaz , fanoos , who can forget the mumbai floods .. or the earthquakes that wrecked havoc right from sumatra to northern asia .. and the list would go on ..
But we have to give something to 2005 which did give us a lot to smile about ..
personally it was a year full of interesting happenings ..
It started of with my new guitar that got in for christmas and my first guitar performance came its way.. though the saarang experience was not lucky .. Then followed a series of shows and culturals with playing in several competitions .. winning a few .. not to forget the trip to calicut which was loads of fun .. thanks to our college ..
At the same time there was lots of things happening on the cricket front with winning the trophy at RMK after a long time and some good wins in the college side .. not to forget my knock at chepauk for my club .. i just missed my century by a whisker ..
Then came the mandolin concert on the night of Shiva ratri .. never before had i played a concert at 2 AM in the morning .. groovy huh? And then the usual summer time with the ever forgettable semester exams .. followed by a month long holidays which was nothing like before , making trips to bangalore , mumbai , goa , karnataka enroute guruvayoor to the smell of jackfruits and kozha puttu .. the longest drive we had in a long time ; goa to coimbatore .. phew reall long ..
Amidst all this ,before my summer holiday trip .. i had done something which was the best part of 2005 .. i got my new mandolin which was designed by yours truly, with the help of Tulsi and it was simply a great feeling to play an instrument which had been made with a lot of care and personally designed as well ..
Back home it was time for final year .. and well 2nd day of college ,CTS gives me a job .. hmm not a bad start to the academic year huh .. As final year began, we were having a hilarious time in the lectures with funnier lecturers in college .. The meetings with HOD quite often saying attendance low , no OD .. and his ethics lessons .. experiences of a lifetime ..
And the arrival of BOSS gt-6 not to forget .. (previous posts)
That followed by the offers from mumbai to perform , which unfortunately got postponed due to the rains .. still cant forget the rains bringing the house down with water all over , inside , outside , everywhere and worst of all going to college that day for the practicals .. The last few months were not that great though due to other reasons .. and then came the series of rains ..
I think it was the first time we ever had exams spread over three months .. its still not over with 1 more left .. damn .. however thanks to the rains another trip to mumbai , goa and bangalore came its way .. it was even better this time ..
As the new year dawns .. there is lot more that has happened this year and its a great feeling to look back at the good times you have had ..
And as u make your resolution for the new year .. i would rather ask some one to make a resolution 'to keep their resolution' .. as 9 out of 10 times .. by the end of january people dunt remember their resolution ..
Im sure 2006 is going to be a great year for everyone of us .. my plans for the new year are simple .. final sem .. one gets all the time in the world to do what one wants to do .. So im sure i would be into atending a lot of concerts , the chennai open .. to start off .. the final year project warrants some effort .. and then the daily yoga (wat say arun?), more time with my mandolin, working on new projects and recordings, work on the classical guitaring , more jazz music and overall enjoy the new year ..
Wishing everyone a happy and prosperous new 2006 ..