Artifacts of India
April 24, 2006 8:29 AM Subscribe
What makes the older recordings of Indian music sound so distinctive?
posted by I EAT TAPAS to Media & Arts (5 answers total)
There's a certain quality of older (pre-digital) Indian music -- a distinct type of distortion and equalization -- that gives it a particular sound. The closest analogue might be old (20s or 30s) recordings of Delta Blues musicians, which have a particularly scratchy, distinctive sound given the recording techniques and microphones used -- but the sound of Indian music is much different, and the recordings are much more recent. It almost sounds like the recordings were re-recorded from the analog optical soundtrack of feature films, but I'm not sure if that's the case. Does anyone know what specific equipment or recording techniques gave it this sound?