The RIYAZ MASTER PROJECT is an experimental non-narrative road movie filmed in India by Umabeecroft, inspired by the cultural, economic and spiritual context that we discovered on our voyage .

This video approaches an abstract and futuristic vision of the complex matrix called Indian nation


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My former explorations around the old industrial landscapes and the filthy fertile environments led me to imagine the possibilities of the development of a future India. Our search for the elusive electronic tabla machine, the Riyaz Master, brought us on a journey through the breathtaking landscapes from Auroville to Kolkata, Varanasi to Bhopal.
Some of the sequences include Aghori Nauminath a member of Aghora (an extremely secretive sect of Hinduism) filmed along the Ganga, being the only human appearance in this film; the rests of Durga idols (the supreme goddess, embodiment of femenine and creative energy ) inmersed in the water along the Hooghly river in Kolkata and the Matrimandir, the spiritual centre of the international community in Auroville.

video art & electronic music lab will produce a 45 m DVD with the images shot by Umabeecroft and the original electronic music composed by SIGMOON with some low tech indian electronic musical machines & cinematic sounds + the spoken words by Kenji Siratori (japanese cyberpunk writer)

Next Screenings at All Art Now International Video Festival in Damascus (SY).
4th- 13th February. Different Venues (British Council, Netherlands Institute, Goethe Institute, Syrian International University, Gallery Dar Kalemat Aleppo, All Art Now House...)

Final RIYAZ MASTER PROJECT presentation in INDIA at CeC09 Festival(Feb/March 09).
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16/12/06: Lille 3000 Festival at Tripostal, Lille (FR)
21/12/06: OPA, Paris (FR)
30/03/07: Festival Sincronía. NIU, Barcelona (ES)
29/06/07: CincoEchegaray, Málaga (ES)
29/06/07: Triennal of Arquitecture. MusicboxLisboa, Lisboa (PT)
26/10/07: Spektropen Festival at Galata Perform, Istanbul (TR)
06/01/08: Die Remise, Berlin (DE)
25/01/08: Hoerbar, Hamburg (DE)
26/02/08: Barcelona Visual Sound Festival at La Farinera, Barcelona (ES)
25/03/08: BEFF5, The Bangkok Experimental Film Festival (TH)
11/06/08: Naresuan University, Phitsanulok (THAILAND)
20/06/08: Heure Exquise. Lille (FR)
27/06/08: Cyborg Film Festival. Anghiari (IT)
03/07/08: Fascurt Festival. Masnou, Barcelona (ES)
06/07/08: Festival Miden, Kalamata (GR)
Jul-Aug08: The 809 International New Image Art Festival. (CHINA)
26/09/08: Broadcast at Transfera Video Art. Canal Autor (ES)
23/10/08: Streaming Festival (NL)
31/10/08-05/11/08: Magatzems Wall & Video, Valencia (ES)
06/11/08: OPTICA, International Video Festival, Gijón (ES)
15/11/08: International Experimental Film Festival Carbunari, Florean Museum (RO)
24/11/08: Neu Epoch Vision 08. Feria de Arte Independiente, Madrid (ES)
26/11/08: Art Tech Media, Córdoba (ES)

Future Ethnic Comparative Research

Future Ethnic Comparative Research LAB at VIRB

Electronic Music Concept by Sigmoon:
The Future Ethnic Comparative Research is based on two key words : transfer and mutation. When i discovered the RIYAZ MASTER, an electronic tabla drum machine made in India, I realised that it was transfering the ancestral ethnic sources and traditional knowledges related to the tabla to an analogical electronic machine which it could reproduce all taals of indian folk music tradition . It is a step to confront the technology and the ethnic music knowledge.

That transfer gave a way to look forward and figure out with a music album serie : The Future Ethnic Comparative Music Research, which RIYAZ MASTER electronica compilation is the first one released.
Produced by Future Ethnic Comparative Research videoart&electronic music LAB (, Sigmoon , India) and licensed to Thisco (Portugal)

This compilation is more determined by the RIYAZ MASTER sound used and transformed aswell by 13 electronic sound composers* (to whom I gave some RIYAZ samplers to experiment the 16 complex rythmic patterns and 3 sounds of this low technological exotic machine) than the mathematics of the taals :"it gives a very unusual modulation atmosphere out of context and a different view to approach the ethnics sources ".
* (servovalve, black sifichi, mimetic & data senses, DEF, negative stencil vs sylvatica, negative stencil vs safatly, wild shores, Dr. dilip & rico bass, tno, c-drik, sigmoon, emgine, supermatik).

As we step on this new century, the ethnic folks musicology needs to explore different ways to interpret all this huge knowledge of the past heritage.
I think that the approach of the electronic music to the ethnic folk music has not to be necessarily based on basic sampling to "spice" the music composition .
This is an hybrid world music concept: it is not exploring the music of the world, but exploring the music machines of the world...
>>>>With the special colaboration for the spoken words of Kenji Siratori, japanese cyberpunk writer.

NOTE: the second part of Future Comparative Ethnic Research will focus on Balinese Gamelan serial scale and sounds from Indonesia.


Searching for the industrial areas along the Hooghly River in Kolkata, we found the rests of Durga idols inmersed in the water...
The 4 day Durga Puja is the biggest annual festival in Bengal and other parts of Eastern India.
In Hinduism, Durga is a form of Devi, the supreme goddess, also identified with Parvati.
Durga is depicted as a warrior woman riding a lion or a tiger with multiple hands carrying weapons and assuming muddras, or symbolic hand gestures. This form of the Goddess is the embodiment of feminine and creative energy (Shakti).


The Bhopal Disaster of 1984 was an industrial disaster that was caused by the accidental release of 40 tonnes of methyl isocyanate (MIC) from a Union Carbide India, Limited (UCIL, now known as Eveready Industries India, Limited) pesticide plant located in the heart of the city of Bhopal.
In the early hours of December 3, 1984, a holding tank with 43 tonnes of stored MIC overheated and released toxic heavier-than-air MIC gas mixture, which rolled along the ground through the surrounding streets killing thousands outright. The transportation system in the city collapsed and many people were trampled trying to escape. The gases also injured anywhere from 150,000 to 600,000 people, at least 15,000 of whom later died.In addition, an investigation conducted in November 2004 confirmed that contamination is still present.
link to the Amnesty International report "Clouds of Injustice: Bhopal disaster 20 Years on"

LAST NEWS>>>>>> 16th OCT 2006:
Gas Leak near Bhopal:nearly 500 people affected...Villagers in Raisen district of Madhya Pradesh, which lies next to the state capital Bhopal, fell ill after inhaling gas from an unidentified source Saturday, PTI news agency reported.