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Digital Design Principles and Indian
Classical Music – An attempt to
relate the unrelated
Kingshuk Banerjee
The two disciplines seem far apart in
time and nature
• Indian Classical Music (ICM) is a right brain activity
whereas Dig...
Can one understand the other?
Creative artists,
not logic-(al)?
Logic-(al),
scientific and no
art?
This is NOT a story of application – a
comparative study of the principles
It is not about
• Use of Technology in Music
OR...
First Principle: All are synchronized at
regular intervals
• Digital Design – All activity synchronized to one or
more clo...
First Principle: The clock generator is
the time keeper of the system
• Digital Design – clock generation
• ICM – The Tabla
Second Principle: Combine building
blocks to create a design/composition
• Digital Design- instructions (add, xor, or, and...
Second Principle : Combinational Logic
and Raaga – combination of notes
Putting the time and logic together –
The design and composition
• Digital Design
• ICM
Third Principle: To synchronize the run-
aways, independence with constraint
• Digital Design – to keep data sanity while ...
Fourth Principle: Faster the clock,
higher the power consumption
• Digital design – clock speed is not uniformly fastest, ...
Fourth Principle: Control the tempo for
an engaging performance
• ICM – A musical performance is never run on the same tem...
Fifth Principle: Synthesis – break down
the abstract into details
• Digital Design – A high level design or program is syn...
Fifth Principle: Synthesis – break down
the abstract into details
• ICM – The musician’s mind (and ears) is the compiler. ...
Conclusion – A short comparative
study – nothing deeper
• There is logic in Indian Classical Music
• There is art in Digit...
THANK YOU
Digital Designer Community
Indian Classical Music
Community
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Digital design and Indian Classical Music - An attempt to relate the unrelated

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Digital design is the basics of computer architecture and digital systems. Indian Classical Music is derived from age old traditions of India and ancient texts and practices. This study attempts to link the two in a quest to find common design or guiding principles.

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Digital design and Indian Classical Music - An attempt to relate the unrelated

  1. 1. Digital Design Principles and Indian Classical Music – An attempt to relate the unrelated Kingshuk Banerjee
  2. 2. The two disciplines seem far apart in time and nature • Indian Classical Music (ICM) is a right brain activity whereas Digital (computer) design is a left brain activity. • ICM has a much older history than computers. – centuries compared to decades
  3. 3. Can one understand the other? Creative artists, not logic-(al)? Logic-(al), scientific and no art?
  4. 4. This is NOT a story of application – a comparative study of the principles It is not about • Use of Technology in Music OR • Music Therapy in making the left brain more efficient It is: An attempt to show the striking similarities in the guiding (design) principles of the two apparently unrelated disciplines. – ICM and Digital Design.
  5. 5. First Principle: All are synchronized at regular intervals • Digital Design – All activity synchronized to one or more clocks. • ICM – All activity synchronized to the Taal (beats).
  6. 6. First Principle: The clock generator is the time keeper of the system • Digital Design – clock generation • ICM – The Tabla
  7. 7. Second Principle: Combine building blocks to create a design/composition • Digital Design- instructions (add, xor, or, and) are combined to produce desired logic in between clock cycles. • ICM- notes are combined intuitively to form alankars in different forms of raagas. – Synchronized to taals.
  8. 8. Second Principle : Combinational Logic and Raaga – combination of notes
  9. 9. Putting the time and logic together – The design and composition • Digital Design • ICM
  10. 10. Third Principle: To synchronize the run- aways, independence with constraint • Digital Design – to keep data sanity while merging data from independent clock domains. • ICM – to keep artists’ improvisations under control – The Sum
  11. 11. Fourth Principle: Faster the clock, higher the power consumption • Digital design – clock speed is not uniformly fastest, due to power saving. Parts of the design are switched off or put on slower clocks to save power.
  12. 12. Fourth Principle: Control the tempo for an engaging performance • ICM – A musical performance is never run on the same tempo. The tempo varies according to the duration and stage of the rendition. – saves energy of the performer. 
  13. 13. Fifth Principle: Synthesis – break down the abstract into details • Digital Design – A high level design or program is synthesized into lower level of instructions (digital design) by a computer program – compiler
  14. 14. Fifth Principle: Synthesis – break down the abstract into details • ICM – The musician’s mind (and ears) is the compiler. He converts the song into notations.
  15. 15. Conclusion – A short comparative study – nothing deeper • There is logic in Indian Classical Music • There is art in Digital Design • Disclaimer – This is a comparison at a very superficial level. It is not intended to undermine the depth of either discipline. – with due respect to ICM maestros and Digital designers. – This is not a research topic. Take it the way you want. Hopefully for some it’s informative and thought provoking. – All images used are taken from Google Images.
  16. 16. THANK YOU Digital Designer Community Indian Classical Music Community

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