Musical system - toki pi kalama musi or tkpm

Signs and symbols: Writing systems (hieroglyphs, nail writing) and Signed Toki Pona; unofficial scripts too
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jan Maku
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Musical system - toki pi kalama musi or tkpm

Postby jan Maku » Sun Oct 01, 2017 12:10 am

toki sina mute! I'm new here, but i wanted to share a thing that i made.
This is a syllabary style musical notation for toki pona, and it is entirely based on the notes and harmony not rhythm. It's designed for guitar and piano.
It works with four parts
1. initial consonants are mapped as:
n I
m 2
l m3
p 4
k 5b
t 5
s m6
j m7
w 8
(i like to remember 'normaly poked sjw') [something to play with is majoring up the minor intervals, but I personaly prefer minor's bluesy flat 5th and can discern its notes better. note also having k as M6]
2. vowels work as harmonised notes are played along with the consonant vowel, like chord fractions. whether they're major or minor or diminished or dominant depends on whether the root note's chord is, so it's simply tonal. Also, Vb chord is simply major. they are mapped as:
a = (no accompanying note)
i = 3rd
e = 5th
o = 7th
u = 8ve
3. end syllable nasal (as in tenpo or kin) calls for a vibrated or bent note on guitar or keyboard. [edit:] Piano does the thing where it stoccato taps the 2 note.
4. we've run into initial consonantless vowels. these go like this
e = muted strum / scratch
o = bony/nail tap on wood
a = fleshy tap on wood
u = wu
i = ji

note: every word initial note is accented, but any player should do it naturally. I don't accent gramatical words, (and so wrote it as not being later) but this is a personal way of talking thing.
And key? that doesn't matter just define it first with a chord.

And now you're that much smarter. If you are fluent at music this isn't too hard to get used to, and keeps sounding interesting and varied (tawa mi). Attached is a transcription of 'kili lili' by jan Pije.
(it goes;
mi jo e kili.
ona li pona li lili.
mi moku lili e kili lili.)

o toki e pilin sina ali tawa mi

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Re: Musical system - toki pi kalama musi or tkpm

Postby Jan Tomen » Fri Oct 13, 2017 7:19 am

I think a musical language should be able to be singed. That leaves chords out of the question. Also weird intervals.

Some brainstorming. We have:

9 consonants
5/4 vowels

Musical elements easy to sing:
-We leave out absolute pitches.
-Note length: short/long
-Note articulation: legato/stacatto
-Pitch movement: Up step, down step, up skip, down skip, repetition

How to transcribe our consonants and vowels:
We use a short onset. Then, using pitch movement and articulation:

Stacatto: Ka (up step), pa (up skip), ta (down step), ja (down skip)
Legato: La (up step), ma (up skip), na (down step), sa (down skip)
Repetition: Wa
No ornament: A
upper step ornament: E
upper skip ornament: I
lower step ornament: O
lower skip ornament: U

Long note: start of word / accent

mi wile moku. moku li pona.

Transcribed into a simple Lydian fifth-range


just playing with the idea. Nothing serious about it.

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Re: Musical system - toki pi kalama musi or tkpm

Postby janKipo » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:08 am

I usually leave codes alone; I don't use them and rather dislike it when other use them (without clear text) in discussion space. But this one seems particularly ill-advised, since it can be used by so few people, either sending or receiving (me doubly so). I am sure that it is ingenious, but it doesn't seem at all practical.

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Re: Musical system - toki pi kalama musi or tkpm

Postby Jan Tomen » Fri Oct 13, 2017 11:28 am

The explanation is too technic, but the practice is potentially intuitive once learned. Nevertheless, it is absolutely impractical. It is more of a game than a serious proposal.

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