I just had a lesson with my grade 12 student about crossrhythms in Ghanaian music and tala in Indian music. We tried to fuse the two ideas using the drum function on garageband iPad but ended up only coping with entering a basic tala. Afterwards I experimented a bit and uploaded my finished sound files onto soundcloud. Here’s the finished product and the concepts I used.
Tala – underlying rhythm pattern in Indian music
Note names in Indian music
Raga- pattern of notes in Indian music
Sa Ga Ma Pa Ri Sa Sa
Sa Ri Pa Ma Ga Sa Sa = Evening raga- Behag
Soundcloud examples taken from my iPad
Update: Sorry for the little mistake in the soundfile- I say mi instead of ti before do and so fa instead of fa so at the beginning- I was recording fairly quickly as I had a class to attend to!! I was clearly more interested in getting the pitch right than the note names — what a complete brain-fart!