Wednesday 23rd July 2003

I have been busy, this week, downloading more Mp3 albums from eMule. You’ve waited a long time for it. The Audio page hasn’t been updated since 8th June. Some of the individual mp3 listings haven’t been updated since 15th May. I have been very bad with regards to updating these. I’ve finally got around to it, as I have now got a great PlayList generator. It is a plug-in for WinAmp. It is called, EZ Playlist. I now have over 118 albums. Over a year ago, my total collection Mp3 albums only covered 10 650mb CDrw. I now have some 26 CDrws, each holding some 700mb of quality albums. However, I received an e-mail on Tuesday at 7.16am from Nehal Patel, with regards to comments I had posted on my website. He appreciated my comments but had a few corrections with regards to my posting. Firstly that his surname is Patel, and the actual full name of his website is, “My Sangeet”. Sangeet is the Hindi for song. Nehal pointed out, that although there is substantial amount of ‘copying’ which takes place in Bollywood, there are many musical composers who are original. The following, have produced soundtracks that are less than 5% copies of Western songs:
  • A.R. Rahman
  • Ismail Darbar
  • Aadesh Srivastava
  • Anu Malik – used to be a big copier but has been “clean” for a few years now and has created amazing tunes on his own
  • Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan
Mr. Patel, was also able to provide some much needed statistics with regards to this copying phenomenon. In general only about 15% of Hindi songs are copied from western sources. Another 15-20% are copied from Eastern sources (mostly Pakistan and Persia). So actually 65-70% of Hindi film songs are completely original. Some original soundtracks include:
  1. Hum Dil De Chuke Sanam
  2. Taal
  3. Rangeela
  4. Dilwale Dulhania Le Jayenge
  5. Hum Aapke Hain Kaun
  6. Devdas
I would like to send my best wishes to Nehal Patel, ask him to keep up the good work. He has obviously been doing his research, and knows his subject well. Thanks for the feedback. It is much appreciated. Not been up to much recently. Just trying to get other things sorted, like mountains of paperwork and post, in anticipation of my Final Year at University. I must say, that I am looking forward to it. It will be a bit strange, switching back to student mode, but I’m sure, once I’ve settled down, the work will get in the way of everything that I want to do. Still looking at a new ISP, as the spam situation with my mailbox with MadAsAFish is getting out of control. I hope to have something sorted by the weekend. It cannot come soon enough!

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