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The free Tala Keeper Basic edition is now available on the app store. This isn't a "lite" version, but is simplified for those users who do not need the advanced pattern composition features such as concatenation/kalai/nadai/gati. Visit the app store link for a full run down of what's available in the basic edition and the advanced edition.
Tala Keeper Basic
Tala Keeper Basic
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Tala Keeper's google+ page is now reachable at https://google.com/+TalakeeperOrg

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In part 3, I illustrate "role inversion" - where the Tala Keeper plays a complex pattern while you practice along either with the pattern or by playing the tala. I use a modestly complex pallavi "Kanakasabesan" to illustrate this and do it in 3 speeds.

Just for geeks - I introduce to you the GOOGL (http://goo.gl/tgaqH) and GOOGLPLUK (http://goo.gl/M4yNl) talas - G = Guru, O = Dhrutam, L = Laghu, P = Plutam, U = Anudhrutam, K = Kakapadam. (O and U are standard tala notation.)

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Alternative URLs -
http://talakeeper.org/patterns/GOOGL
http://talakeeper.org/patterns/GOOGLPLUK

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I just expanded the set of talas you can play on the online simulator (http://talakeeper.org/talas.html) to include the historical 108 talas as well (credit: http://www.angelfire.com/mb/mridhangam/108talas.html). What's more, you can apply any jati you want to those talas too, which further expands that set.

I did this more for completeness than utility. These 108 talas are rather "exceptional" - i.e. their musical usage in conventional practice is more the exception than the rule. In other words, if you didn't know anything about any of these 108 talas, you will have lost practically none of the interesting repertoire of Carnatic music. These words may sound harsh, but that's the reality on the field as far as I can tell.

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I've started to write a series on "how to practice Carnatic music with a metronome", since that isn't a topic widely discussed. This is my first post of the series. It introduces the series and presents a simple exercise that almost anyone can do, to introduce some of the central ideas I'll be writing about.

The post is currently in draft status and I welcome feedback from readers.

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Here's something fun done in Tala Keeper (http://talakeeper.org) - a walk through of Nine Nadais in one big 36 beat cycle. Click http://goo.gl/KRxaG to play the pattern. If you're viewing this on your iOS device, Tala Keeper will open to play it. If not, the pattern will play in another browser window in the HTML5 simulator.

Recite along

Try reciting the following sols along with Tala Keeper when playing this sequence -

/1 taam taam taam taam
/2 taka taka taka taka
/3 takiṭa takiṭa takiṭa takiṭa
/4 takadimi takadimi takadimi takadimi
/5 takatakiṭa takatakiṭa takatakiṭa takatakiṭa
/6 takiṭatakiṭa takiṭatakiṭa takiṭatakiṭa takiṭatakiṭa
/7 takadimitakiṭa takadimitakiṭa takadimitakiṭa takadimitakiṭa
/8 takadimitakadimi takadimitakadimi takadimitakadimi takadimitakadimi
/9 takadimitakatakiṭa takadimitakatakiṭa takadimitakatakiṭa takadimitakatakiṭa

Alternative sols with kaarvais - 

/1 taam taam taam taam
/2 taka taka taka taka
/3 takiṭa takiṭa takiṭa takiṭa
/4 takadimi takadimi takadimi takadimi
/5 ta-dim-ta ta-dim-ta ta-dim-ta ta-dim-ta
/6 taamtataamta taamtataamta taamtataamta taamtataamta
/7 ta-dim-takiṭa ta-dim-takiṭa ta-dim-takiṭa ta-dim-takiṭa
/8 takadimitakadimi takadimitakadimi takadimitakadimi takadimitakadimi
/9 ta-dim-ta-dim-ta ta-dim-ta-dim-ta ta-dim-ta-dim-ta ta-dim-ta-dim-ta

How to make this pattern

1. The base of the pattern is a simple 4-beat cycle with the ball bouncing "left-right-right-right" at 70bpm. So tap out that pattern and store it in the first memory location. Make sure that the chime is off and the nadai and kalai are neutral before storing.

2. Now subdivide each beat into two by tapping the "×÷", then tapping the pulse pad twice and finishing off with "÷". Store this pattern in the second memory location.

3. Do similar subdivisions for each of the nine nadais and store each in nine different memory locations.

Now you need to sequence all these nine pieces into a single pattern. 

1. "Recall" the first memory location - the base pattern.

2. Tap "+". Then recall the second memory location where you stored subdivisions of 2. Now the pattern will be 8 beats long, with the first 4 beats being the base pattern and the next 4 beats having subdivisions of 2.

3. Tap "+" again, then recall the third memory location. Repeat this until you've covered all the nine nadais you'd stored away.

4. Optionally turn on the "chime" now.

Note: I made the nadai patterns a bit more interesting than a plain "/N" subdivision by using pauses. To use introduce a pause in the nadai pulse, just tap in the blank area (say, just above the "floor" line) instead of the pulse pad.

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In the linked previous post, I mentioned the online simulator for playing talas authored using Tala keeper. In addition to the simulator, the "Demo" page - http://talakeeper.org/talas.html - can play any of the standard 35 talas in various nadais, kalais and tempos (free, unlimited use). What's more, you can now share specific talas from this set with others just like you can share talas created in Tala Keeper.

For example, here is a common tala that beginner students practicing sarali-varisai need - Adi tala (2 kalai) - http://talakeeper.org/tk3?bpm=80&pat=lrrrlrlr&kal=__&nad=_&name=Catusra%20(4)%20jati%20Triputa%20tala%20(2%20kalai)

Clicking on the tala link will take you directly to the simulator and begin playing the tala. 

Happy practice!
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Attn Carnatic musicians -

I've recently been working on a metronome-ish iOS tool to help train on layam that I call "Tala Keeper" (http://talakeeper.org). For those who don't have an iPhone or iPod Touch, I made a freely accessible online simulator using the Web Audio API - http://talakeeper.org/talas.html - that can play the conventional 35 talas in various nadais in the browser in a Tala Keeper-like display.

Happy practice!

PS: It is not an accurate simulator yet. I'll be making it play talas as close to the iOS version as I can and I'm happy to receive suggestions to improve it.

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A bit of history - Tala Keeper's concept of showing time structure using a bouncing ball was first prototyped using the Web Audio API - http://sriku.org/demos/tala/ . (Best viewed in Chrome). If you need a metronome for Carnatic music and don't have an iOS device, you may find this free web app version adequate.

This demo, however, is limited to the conventional tālās of Carnatic music. The constraints and possibilities of a hand-held device with a touch screen interface completely changed the approach to specifying the tālā in the iOS version, leading to greater generality and simplicity.
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