Vachaspati

In the seemly infinite stream of CD releases from Beverly Hills-based Michael Robinson comes Vachaspati, an hour-long exploration of raga and technology. Robinson fully notates his compositions and then records them with computer precision using sampled instruments such as ud, tabla, ghatam, dholak, and berimbau—you’ll hear all of these and more during the course of the piece. If you’re like me, you’d probably prefer the sonic subtleties of real live performers, but I have to admit that I was almost hypnotized by the electronic rainstick—have you ever heard an electronic rainstick before? What will they think of next?


—RN