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Raga Jonestown (Alap)

by Fried Man

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While compiling an anthology of music made at the People's Temple in Jonestown, I came across a track that suffered from numerous recording defects. In attempting to correct them, I accidentally created a piece I call "Raga Jonestown".

Indian classical compositions (or ragas) are meant to be listened to at certain times of the day. "Raga Jonestown" to me sounds best at night, the time for reflection and contemplation.

I decided to call it a raga because like Indian classical music, the sound has neither tempo nor rhythm. Rather than rocking, it flows. It's lengthy and creates a mood.

It is not necessary to listen to "Raga Jonestown" at a loud volume. In fact, quiet listening may better suit the mood of the raga.

The creation of "Raga Jonestown" reiforces the idea that inspiration and beauty can come from any place at any time.


released March 4, 2016
Voices of the residents of Jonestown treated by Malcolm Tent.


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Malcolm Tent Danbury, Connecticut

I've been bashing away at music and noise since 1983. I'm a founding member of Broken Talent (known to punk record collectors the world over), Bunnybrains (globally recognized noisemongers), and Ultrabunny (a better version of Bunnybrains), I've been slinging my punk rock acoustic guitar full time since 2008. And I'm Antiseen's bass player. And guitar player for They Hate Us. ... more

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