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tabla software development Feb 04, 2004 04:54 a.m.

i am interested in developing a software that can recognise spoken tabla bols and will give the transcribed tabla notation as the output..for this i require a large database of tabla bol compositions including the kaydas,paltas,tukras,etc...can anybody help me get such material
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Re:tabla software development Feb 04, 2004 03:24 p.m.

I'm not sure if what you're trying to do is possible or not, but in any case, there are some online and offline sources of tabla compositions.

- This site (Tablasite section, composition database)
- The Austin Tabla site

- Any tabla book will have quite a large number of compositions

Just do a little bit of searching and you'll find what you're looking for.

Re:tabla software development Feb 05, 2004 06:35 a.m.

That sounds like a serious mental gymnastic. Whether there is a point in it I don't know. All I know is that there is a ancient, older and simpler way of trancribing compositions. It takes only a pen and paper plus you are bound to get a nice hand writing and is easier to carry with you. Still, it would be interesting to see it.
To tell the truth, I would rather spend my time palying tabla.
Re:tabla software development Feb 05, 2004 08:40 a.m.

Rod, I agree completely.
Re:tabla software development Feb 05, 2004 10:49 a.m.

don't be so joyless , i think it is a good idea ,
even if it is not the work for a tabla player ,
I have a french friend who still did it , and it work
very good , just 5 percent of error .
It is a way to understand the way of playing of great master . I m ok to help you but i live in france so ...


Re:tabla software development Feb 05, 2004 02:13 p.m.

I'd pretty much agree with Mewan. I don't wish to discourage anyone's inventive enterprise, but there's an inherent flaw in every attempt to transcribe the spoken word that no amount of engineering is likely to improve. That is the subtle inflexions and regional dialects that are sometimes critical to accurate interpretation of the meaning of a word or bol and the method that is employed to produce its counterpart. Sometimes I wish there was a universal method of transcribing tabla bols but then I also wonder how much of what cannot be transcribed would be lost? And, how much of what is lost is the something that we all seek but even the best find only rarely or late in the quest? I'm speaking of the music.
IMHO it might be interesting to see what a computer program would do with voice output of those same transcriptions, perhaps set to tempo and a background nagma?
Either way, go for it!
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