The Archive is the library and the administration
center for the notations.
Here we find authentic notations of traditional pieces for the
heptatonic Manding Balafon, based on interpretations of
professional musicians, as well as music for pentatonic Burkina
The number of Balafon notations in Jaliya V4 is still small compared to the Kora or
the Djembe, but will grow in the future.
Currently there is no separate
Jaliya Balafon Edition, the notations are all included in the Complete
Edition (Full Version).
We select a title from the list.
The properties of the notation are
shown and may be adjusted.
Now we can Load the notation for playback and
Here we see the Editor interface, the controls for the
Notation Player and the Instrument
The song Mamaya is loaded. The schematized keys on the
Balafon show the notes being played. The music is played
with sampled sounds of original instruments.
The control bar allows several playback related and
exit the notation, save your modifications and return to the
show and hide the Editing Area
• show and hide the Instrument
• loudspeakers on/off
• show and hide the Tuner
play the notation from the first position at the left in the
• adjust playing tempo in Beats per
• adjust Swing feeling
• show and hide the Archive from where further notations may be
• show the documentation (web)
The Notation Window has two parts.
The upper part is the Overview for the notation, the
scrollbar lets you navigate quickly forth and back.
The measures are
numbered on the lower border.
The little squares represent the notes
on the instrument, from high to low. The solid ones are sounding
normally, the outlined ones are dampened sounds. The colors indicate which hand plays the note: red = left, blue = right.
The time is
subdivided by the vertical metrum lines: a measure contains a number of
beats and every beat contains a number of pulses, one pulse being the
finest resolution in time.
The black rectangle defines the
Editing Area within the notation, to be displayed in
the lower part.
The green vertical line indicates the cursor position
in the editing area. When the notation is played the cursor moves over
the scrolling notes. The notes at the cursor position are displayed
accordingly as flashing strings on the Kora bridge in the
The lower part is the Editing Area for the
The measures are numbered on the lower border and the beats
on the upper one.
Here the notes are represented by note symbols.
They may be set or reset by clicking on the note lines.
playing: Moving the cursor from left to right will also sound the notes,
where notes on the same vertical metrum line will sound together at the
The Instrument Window is synchronized with the
A Balafon is shown schematically from the player's view.
notation is played or the cursor is moved over the editing area the keys
on the Balafon related to the notes are displayed with flashing colors.
Thus it is shown which hand (left, right) strucks which key in which way
In connection with the Beats per Minute tempo
slowdown and with looping parts of the notation the Instrument
Window is most useful as an infinitely patient teacher for the
notations being played.
Clicking on the circles will sound them to control the
Clicking on the note symbols activates the Tuner
How to loop and edit parts of the
Clicking on a measure number at the lower border selects the measure
for looped playback. This works also for the beat numbers at the upper
border. Cut/copy/paste editing is available also as well as changing the
number of pulses in a beat or a whole measure.
How to tune the instrument:
Clicking on the Tuner button brings up the Tuner Window.
The sounds of
the instrument can be tuned up and down microtonally in Cents (100 per
halfnote) or chromatically in halfnote intervals (12 per
Volume and Panorama can be adjusted.
tunings can be chosen, custom tunings can be created.
How to tune single sounds and octaves:
Clicking on a note symbol in the Instrument brings up
The tuning will affect only the selected
note and optionally all its octaves.
• Change the
instrument before you load a notation in the editor, i.e. play Kora tunes
with Percussion or with pentatonic Balafon - strange music!
• Change the tuning,
use equidistant or modal tunings, the music gets a different mood!
• Play around with the
Swing slider, the rhythm gets a different feeling!
• Play around with the
Transpose slider, shifting the played notes up or down on the instrument
changes the modal scale!
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