December 2, 2017

Mahmud Mirza and Latif Ahmed Khan: INDE - Musique Classique du Nord de l'Inde [Philips 135 716] an LP released in France in 1969

We have another LP by the sitarist Mahmud Mirza, this time on a French release from 1969, with tabla maestro Latif Ahmed Khan. I enjoy Mirza's style of playing and hope some more recordings of his appear. A YouTube search will reveal several very nice recordings by him and even a (very noisy) transfer of this LP.

This LP has also appeared on my blogging friend Tawfiq's superb blog:

I hope everyone is doing well. Our calendar is an arbitrary human construct, but it's not going anywhere any time soon. The end of a calendar year is a good time to review one's personal situation. I haven't been as active on the blog as i would have liked, and I will try to be more regular with my postings. The pile of music to be transferred has not diminished since the start of the blog -- indeed, it has grown as I have purchased more and more LPs to share. 

In the meantime, let's listen to this wonderful music and try not to think about how bleak the world appears!

Side one:
Raga Behag

Side two:
Tabla solo in teentaal
Kajri (a genre of folk tune)

Sitar: Mahmud Mirza
Tabla: Latif Ahmed Khan

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)

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