Further study on this subject: Ancient Traditions–Future Possibilities:
Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India.
By Matthew Montfort. Ancient Future Music (1985).
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By combining ideas from different musical traditions, many wonderful new rhythms are possible. It is recommended that those interested in creating their own rhythms study the world's great traditions to gain the understanding and knowledge for this undertaking.
The book Ancient Traditions–Future Possibilities, by Matthew Montfort, contains exercises that teach traditional rhythms and how to combine them. An example from the "Future Possibilities" chapter is included below, complete with a MIDI sound file.
World Fusion Rhythm Exercises
This exercise combines Balinese and North Indian rhythmic concepts. This intermediate level example from Chapter 4, Exercise I, page 127, is in a 15 beat rhythmic cycle. Recite the drum syllables of the tihai (a rhythmic phrase that repeats three times and lands on the first beat of the rhythm cycle), starting first with the bottom part of the kotèkan (interlocking rhythm), and then proceeding to the top and more offbeat part. For an explanation of the notation below, see the North Indian Tala page. Also see the Pronunciation Guide to Indian Drum Syllables.
+ 15 |dhin * dha ge * na ge * ki ta * ka dhin * dha ge 4 |dhin * dha * dhi na * na ki * ta ka * kre dha * 2 dhin * * * * * dhin * dha ge * na ge * ki ta dhin * * * * * dhin * dha * dhi na * na ki * 0 * ka dhin * dha ge dhin * * * * * dhin * dha ge ta ka * kre dha * dhin * * * * * dhin * dha * 3 + * na ge * ki ta * ka dhin * dha ge |dhin dhi na * na ki * ta ka * kre dha * |dhin
The GM Standard MIDI files of world fusion exercises from the book are presented here arranged for General MIDI instruments. Use these to practice, or as rhythm tracks for an original composition. To set up playback on a MIDI synthesizer or sampler, see the MIDI map of the instruments of the Balinese gamelan, and the MIDI map for the North Indian tabla.
Ancient Rhythms–Future Grooves
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