Boomkat Product Review:
244-page hardback book, includes over 300 full colour photos and ephemera, plus an incredible 2CD of traditional Indian music from 1903-1949!
Indian Talking Machine is an immersive expo of early Indian music recorded on 78rpm shellac circa 1903-1949 and now compiled by sound artist, producer/composer and Fulbright researcher, Robert Millis (Climax Golden Twins, Victrola Favorites) as his latest dispatch via Sublime Frequencies.
In remarkable detail - from the extensive track notes to the photographs of heaving shelves of shellac and their gorgeous graphics - it condenses an enviable year spent researching the Subcontinent’s sonic treasures which had somehow withstood the adverse archival conditions; hot, humid and dusty countries evidently aren’t ideal for preserving old records!
What remains, though, is an unfathomably rich history of musical expression, whose flavours have only marinaded like some ancient mango pickle for thee most powerful taste. Millis’ musings on Indian classical and traditional styles are lucubrate and fascinating, amounting to what is a crucial tome/art book/photo book on this bountiful corner of the musical cosmos. The past is a foreign country…