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Thread #111097   Message #2337605
Posted By: Jack Campin
11-May-08 - 09:00 AM
Thread Name: Tech: Shruti Boxes - Thoughts?
Subject: RE: Tech: Shruti Boxes - Thoughts?
Originally, a shruti is the unit of pitch in Indian music - the octave is divided into 22 (non-equal) intervals, "shrutis". A raga uses a selection of seven of these pitches.

A "shruti box" is a substitute for a tanpura as the drone in an Indian classical music group - it plays a couple of notes with very long sustain and no discernible rhythm. They are usually electronic, but there is a reed one like a cut-down Indian harmonium (an English concertina would do more or less the same job).