The Archive is the library and the administration
center for the notations.
Here we find more than 300 authentic Percussion notations of
traditional Westafrican rhythms for Djembe Ensemble (Djembe, Kenkeni,
Dundun, Sangpan, Dundunba), collected from various resources including
internationally known master percussionists.
The notations for Djembe Ensemble are available separately as
Jaliya Percussion Edition for 50 Euros.
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 wellknown rhythm Djolé is loaded. The schematized
drums show the tones 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
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 drums. Alternating colors signify alternating hands.
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.
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 circles in the Instrument
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
The drums are represented by circles for every tone.
notation is played or the cursor is moved over the editing area the
circles related to the notes are displayed with flashing colors. There
are mixing Volume and Panorama controls as well as Mute and Solo for
every drum. This is very helpful when learning a notation step by
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. This feature is not so important for drums
as it is for Kora and Balafon. Anyway, it's there.
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.
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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