In 1997, Randolph Correia, the guitarist for rock band Pentagram, bought a device called “groovebox". The Roland MC-303 he found in a “little store in Mumbai" was a simple sequencer attached to a library of programmable sounds—the basic building blocks for creating live electronic music. This initial dabbling led Pentagram to irrecoverably go down the electronic path—adding a synth edge to their alternative rock sound that now defines one of India’s biggest indie bands.

It’s electric: The crowd at the Sunburn festival in 2009

His essay in HUB looks at some of the earliest practitioners of the art in India. Other pieces include a look at the impact of Goa trance, a specific genre of dance music that originated in underground parties in the late 1980s. “We’ve put together contributors who could give us their first-hand experience of how electronic music has evolved," says Ritnika Nayan, owner of MGMH.

Winter is peak season for electronic music in the country. The 2010 edition of the Global Groove Festival concluded in the last week of November. The world’s “No. 1 DJ" Armin van Buuren performed a short India tour last month, and Goa hosts the annual Sunburn festival later this month. Part of HUB’s purpose is to highlight the increasing eclecticism within the scene, instead of viewing it as a homogenous whole. “The influences, the sounds—they’re all varied," says Bharadwaj. The book is currently available as a limited-edition hardback, but talks with publishers are under way and HUB could soon be available in book stores around the country.

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