Music

A magic carpet ride into Indian mysticism

Contemporary Indian Classical

Vishnuyasha

Padma Purana - "Lord Kalki will end the age of Kali and will kill all the wicked mlecchas [low vibrational beings] and, thus, elevate the condition of the world. He will gather all of the distinguished Brahmanas and will propound the highest truth. He will know all the ways of life that have perished and will remove the prolonged hunger of the genuine Brahmanas and the pious. He will be the only ruler of the world that cannot be controlled, and will be the banner of victory and adorable to the world."

This composition, set to Raga Bageshri describes the post apocalyptic peace restored by Vishnuyasha (Kalki), an avatar of the Hindu Deity Vishnu. Thanks to the immensely Vaishnava vibes I experienced after my chance trip to Tirupathi. Also acknowledged are the collective energies of Sadhana, Arnav, Dakta Dub, Manoj, Satish, Sudarshan, Murari, Asmita, Monkey Foundation.

Akshepini

Vashikaran is the Sanskrit term composed of two words 'Vashi' and 'Karan'. “Vashi” means to Attract, Allure, and Influence or entice the Desired Person. The term “Karan” indicates the method or technique of performing this.

Akshepini is based on the Raga Hindolam/Malkauns. Track on Indian occult/love spells.

Brahma's Consort

Brahma's consort is based on the Carnatic Raga Hemavathi. Although closely related to Raga Saraswati, this raga has a very similar emotion to the latter. This track is a meditative improvisation set to an ambient drone.

Bengaluru to Yelahanka

Carnatic/Psychedelic DnB/Breaks

Bengaluru to Yelahanka is a marriage between Drum, Bass, carnatic vocals and mystic psychedelia. Carnatic lyrics by 17th century lyricist Sri. Shyama Sastry. Vocals by Self

Krittika

Carnatic/Half DnB

Krittika is a dedication to Lord Subrahmanya, a popular South Indian Deity. "Krittika" is the star cluster also called pleides.

Skanda

Carnatic/Psychedelic Breaks

Skanda is a dedication to Lord Subrahmanya, a popular South Indian Deity. Vocals by self.

Mandala

Carnatic Psychedelic

Mandala is a composition celebrating the power of Geometric patterns. Voices from Speeches by Terrence McKenna and vocals by self.


ART

Shitsuke

Ambient Dubstep/Art chillout

Shitsuke is a tribute to the artist Tetsuya Ishida, famous for his dark themed paintings based on the lives of the people of japan. The Japanese word "Shitsuke" could be roughly translated to as 'a strict adherence to rules', which, if over-done, could influence a person's thinking on a long term. In my opinion, Ishida's paintings reflect the impact of this attribute of Japanese living on its society.

This track attempts to breathe sonic life into this phenomenon in East-Asian civilizations, the evolution of people's culture from their Magnificent past.

Introduction sample - speech by the emperor of Japan.

Ishida's Art


Lingampally sound - sojourns in suburban India

Horcrux In Lingampally

First of a two track EP: Shivacult - Horcrux in Lingampally. Album art featuring Pochamma in Tellapur, Lingampally.

The "Horcrux in Lingampally" EP has been inspired by Lingampally, a not-very-special suburban in Hyderabad (India), its culture and the people. The surrounding villages, Tellapur, Gopannapalle, Nagulapally and Shankarpally have made a high impact on the inspiration and the construction of these musical works, with their picturesque atmosphere and unique people that live here. The EP has been made with special reverence to Tara, the goddess after whom the main commercial market, Taranagar is named.

"Horcrux in Lingampally" is an experimentative piece with a different time signature, a 5 Beat cycle. The corresponding tala, called "Chapu tala" in the carnatic Indian classical rhythm dictionary, has been brought alive in this dark, composition that contains samples recorded from the streets and temples of Lingampally.

Bhadrakali Ketamine Reality

Lingampalli Sound

Second of a two track EP: Shivacult - Horcrux in Lingampally. Album art featuring Pochamma in Tellapur, Lingampally.

Sound sketches of a Wednesday bazar

"Sound sketches of a wednesday bazar" is a summery celebration of the hustle and bustle of a farmer's bazar in the Lingampalli area of Hyderabad city in India.

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Cross Cultural

Al Andaluz

Dubby Hoppy instrumental Arabesque 9th century Spain music. Samples pirated from multiple sources. Feel free to layover vocals, sample, etc.

Dark Spirit (with the wonderful voices of Kongar Ool Ondar)

Shaman ritual. Downtempo. Dark. Tuvan spirits.

Ahana and the Chaos

Order out of Chaos. Shivacult pilot project :)


Foliage

Meditative Winter ambient music


Remixes

HOOdub - Umm Suqeim (Shivacult remix)

HOOdub is Asmita Parashar, a producer from India. This is a remake of her track.

Immortal Rai - Sequence (Shivacult remix)

Immortal Rai is Raveena Rai, a pianist from Birmingham, UK. This is a dramatic, stylized remake of her wonderful composition "Sequence".