Experimental music is a term used as far as the early fifties in the US and in France (John Cage and Pierre Schaeffer). This is an area which has little attention in traditional cultures such as India. Music as a social phenomenon needs acceptance of the society for its survival, especially in developing countries where funds for such experiments are not easily available. The priorities are different. But as a principle we, at Brhaddhvani, believe that there should be space for experiments in music. But creative musicians do experiments but mostly in enhancing the music they practice. They seldom dare beyond certain boundaries. The conception of music in traditional cultures will have to change in order that it is accepted in the society. At the best such experiments may attract very few individuals. Music as compositions or productions of ‘sound and non-sound’ with materials which are not traditionally recognised as musical instruments is quite a new concept. But there is a possibility of support in India for such efforts. Some gifted young musicians, technologically and scientifically bent are beginning to experiment in music in small ways. Electronic key boards and computers are now used to play traditional music. So the time may not be far off for such experiements in music.

Brhaddhvani, with its World music vision, encourage experiments in music. At this point it is only a wish list. With adequate support and willing artistes in this avant garde niche we would be able to create a space in this area.