Online Music Education brings the effective use of the COMET methods of learning music through our well experienced teachers. While currently we use the regular channels of Skype or FaceTime with the additional strength of the developed learning tools to teach any student step by step, we are bringing a new concept of on-line music education through the electronic platform www.patantara.com, a cutting edge technological achievement. www. patantara.com is an outcome of the doctoral research in technology of Dr. Srikumar Subramanian in making technology help learning the intricacies of Karnatak music in its different dimensions in compositions and improvisations and to face the challenges in teaching as well.

On Patantara

(by Srikumar K. Subramanian,

Carnatic music has a long and rich heritage with direct guru-to-shishya transmission as the dominant means of perpetuating the musical traditions. It is also a musical culture that encourages diversity and innovation. In today’s connected world, it is not possible to continue to use one-to-one transmission as the authoritative way to propagate the musical traditions. We need rich music communication tools to bridge the time and space gaps prevalent in our society today. We need efficient tools for good teachers to widen their reach to a growing studentship across the globe. Patantara is a collection of online services and tools conceived to address these concerns using technology and design aligned with modern models of cognition.

The following are the areas we’re attending to now –

  1. Online music notation publication
  2. Music practice
  3. Distance music education
  4. Musical games for children

Online music notation publication

Carnatic music does not enjoy a standard notation across its regions of prominence unlike western classical music. This creates artificial silos between regions in southern India. Music publishers therefore have to decide on a standard format for their publication that are limited in their reach from the moment they are published. With the notation publication abilities of patantara.com, music publishers can target an increasingly wider audience by letting those using the notation decide the form in which they can use it, rather than the publisher. Carnatic notation can also be automatically translated into staff notation widening the reach to a global community without additional effort on the part of publishers.

DEMO: http://patantara.com – Publish and access high quality carnatic music notation.

Music practice

http://talakeeper.org

Carnatic music has had a rich history of musicology in which great composers have tried to codify the genre and give it structure. Much of this has been influenced by the prominence of the then dominant means of communication such as paper. A computational interactive medium opens up new possibilities for music practice and teaching. We also do not need to mimic the tools designed for a static medium.

DEMO: Watch Ritvik use Tala Keeper to master complex nadai changes.

Tala Keeper is a first design attempt at a metronome that captures the rich time structures used in Carnatic music without imposing inaccessible nomenclature while at the same time expanding the scope of the time structures well beyond what is captured in conventional music theory. This, with a design that is comprehensible to and usable by 7 year old children.

DEMO: http://sriku.org/demos/karunimpa/ – Learn the Sahana Varnam through an interface that facilitates exploration and repetition.

The notation publication aspect of patantara.com also has the ability to host audio content that is tied to the notation. This enables a student to directly engage with the music without having to treat notation and audio separately. We also intend to enable recording abilities on the site for such practice purposes so that students can submit their attempts at a composition to their teachers for their feedback. This is work in progress.

DEMO: Gurur Brahma – a demo illustrating a live notation for children to explore recitation of a sloka. Its rhythmic structure is illustrated using a bouncing ball and the tempo and pitch characteristics are controllable. (Please use Safari browser to view the demo.)