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One place

Where can one find

the wise and the curious,

the well-fed and the hungry;

the young and the octogenarian,

the straight and the exploratory;

the clear and the confused,

the Siberian and the Aborigine;

the conventional and the artist,

the playful and the angry;

the loved and the deprived,

the driven and the aimless;

the busy and the carefree,

the celebrity and the nameless;

the spiritual and the party-head,

the powerful and the helpless;

the utopian and the melancholy,

the royal and the homeless;

In one place, together? One might say the planet, Earth.

I see it in the City Library of San Francisco.

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Art, an experience

My music teacher called me this morning. He is working on a mobile app that helps train people in Carnatic Music. Among the many features is one where users can identify a Raga by listening to the pitches/notes. The goal of the app is to build the knowledge of pitches and ragas.

I was asked if I had any thoughts or ideas that could make it better. From a random place in my memory, I mentioned that I would love it if people could identify Ragas based on their association of mood. Every Raga in Carnatic Classical Music invokes a certain kind of feeling between joy, temptation, sadness, anger, disgust etc.. However, not everybody feels the same way about the same Raga. So, while it’s hard to tie one mood to a Raga; I think for every person, their unique association remains largely the same.

So, I imagined an app which would build a profile of my understanding of music, based on how I felt about a certain sequence of notes. The app, with the knowledge of my perception of music, can replay certain sounds/pieces in a genre of moods. By recalling an experience, I might be able to identify Ragas.

This is when I realized that all my life I have been better at recalling experiences instead of events. And I think this ability of my system to capture the overall mood of an event makes me a lover of all arts. Because, what is art, if not an experience?