Electric Indigo

What it is about

An indie rocker.

An attempt to fuse Indian music and rock.

How it was written

This little beauty is based on South Indian Carnatic music. Not of course to be confused with North Indian Hindustani music.

Indigo is one of the seven colours in the spectrum but our eyes are relatively insensitive to it. Some people think it should not be regarded as a colour in its own right. Nor can it be displayed exactly on a computer: Electric Indigo is the nearest equivalent. Seems an appropriate title for the sub-continent's penchant for bright visual art and mysticism.

Son et lumiere

Electric Indigo scale (0:11)
Electric Indigo scale
Electric Indigo scale

The piece includes an unusual scale: C D E F F# G Bb.

Isaac Newton thought there was a relationship between light and the 7 notes in a scale. That is why there are 7 colours in the spectrum. Newton, genius that he was, got sound and light wrong. The choice of 7 is arbitrary. There are an infinite number of colours in the spectrum and, while many scales do have 7 notes, the octave can be divided into any number of intervals.

India a-go-go

Electric Indigo rhythm (0:11)
Electric Indigo rhythm
Electric Indigo rhythm

The piece has a hypnotic 7/4 dance beat with the agogo blasting out a driving syncopated rhythm.

Tech spec

Title: Electric Indigo

Key: G

Tempo: 160bpm

Length: 4' 30"

Track 1: sitar melody

Track 2: reed organ

Track 3: nylon guitar

Track 4: acoustic bass

Track 5: drumset

Genre: Pop, Rock