intent of the festival was to establish Music as an acceptable
and meaningful expression of our culture as well as provide
a show case to our Pakistani audiences to see work and share
the new forms of expressions from different cultures around
the world. Also it was an excellent opportunity for our local
singers, musicians and music directors to meet and see the work
of the international artists.
all the restrictions and religious strictures, the fact remains
that the demand for music is immense. The more popular forms
of music are thriving and many more pop groups have emerged
in the last ten years or so than ever previously, while some
of the folk forms and quwali have also mushroomed. The classical
musical forms have declined, as those just cannot survive on
the basis of the market alone.
late there has been a surfeit of music videos, which is altogether
a new form, generated by the innovation in technology. Most of
the popular music is not recorded on videos. The popularization
and easy and cheap availability of satellite channels has altered
the taste and at the same time whetted the masses appetite for
more experimentations in musical forms. Most of the experimentation
being done these days in the arts is related to the tremendous
upsurge in the technological inventions. The computers and digital
advancements have challenged some of the older views and new forms
are being created in response to the changes in views. All these
technology related developments have brought in a whole new debate
on what is sound, and the relation of computer generated sound
to natural sound.
this newly aroused interest was made a creative use of. By bringing
together musicians from all over the world, new grounds which
are being broken, and new theories about sound which are being
discovered, formed part of the festival.