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Indian music inspires Infected Mushroom

One of Israel's most popular Psytrance musical groups, Infected Mushroom, plans to adopt Indian tunes.

india Updated: Feb 01, 2006 14:14 IST

India being the flavour of the season worldwide, one of the most popular Psychedelic Trance, or Psytrance musical groups - Infected Mushroom of Israel says that it is inspired by Indian music.

"We had experimented with the Indian music many years ago, when psytrance was known as Goa Trance, but we are again excited about it and we are thinking of adopting Indian tunes, though we have not decided on any particular form," says Erez Aizen in an interview.

The group currently on a world tour was in Delhi and Mumbai recently.

Basically, trance music has a fast tempo, in the range 140 to 150 beats per minute (bpm), mostly popular in discos and is followed in various countries.

Psytrance is not that well known in India, though its precursor, the Goa Trance, not only takes its name from the state of Goa, but also some Indian music's influence- but not anymore. Psytrance utilizes more sophisticated melodic devices and software based sounds.

"Though Bollywood hits, pop and rock dominate the disco scene in India, Psytrance has its own audience. It has grown in popularity over the years and lot of youngsters identify with this form of music," says Dale, Resident DJ, Elevate Club.

Infected Mushroom is considered one of the pioneers of the Pystrance music who have kept evolving with the times. "Our classical grounding perhaps helps us in experimenting with new forms," says Aizen.

First Published: Feb 01, 2006 14:03 IST