Ensembling: Clapper MiniVersion or idiophones!

The first sub-section of the gigantic “Ensemble this” version is already done:

This started out as a “create clapper-tree” ticket, created after dealing with the clapper ticket during from let’s get serious:

Ticket that inspired/started this

  • [INST-621] – Clapper (done in lets get serious)

Much of the initial part of this mini-version was done during let’s get serious. However, after coming back to it later, it became apparent that a more overarching edit and reorganization of idiophones was needed, so the second phase of this work involved linking existing and creating new idiophone instruments and organizing them.

Many of the tickets in this version were created or improved by students during GCI ’18. Many thanks to our students George Omnet and Jayant Dharwadkar, especially!

MiniVersion Clapper tree

  • [INST-630] – Rearrange idiophone tree (was: Create clapper tree)
    • [INST-751] – Boomwhacker
    • [INST-752] – Krap
    • [INST-608] – Add “shaken idiophone” and “scraped idiophone”
    • [INST-606] – Add concussion and percussion under “struck idiophone”
    • [INST-741] – Rearrange idiophone and percussion tree
    • [INST-732] – Research if shakers and rattles should be different
    • [INST-783] – clapstick
    • [INST-602] – Chinese paiban clapper and guban combo
    • [INST-566] – Arrabel

Thanks in great part to the new How to Add Instruments guide, we now had a framework to better objectively review inclusions of instruments. Following that, these instruments were found to be either not applicable (noisemakers not intended for music as such, rather than musical instruments) or to be too much of a novelty instrument:

Closed as not applicable / Reopen if/when musical use is demonstrated

The improvement of the idiophone section isn’t completely done however! Some more work is needed: moving and/or renaming the “tuned percussion” instrument (which is basically equivalent to the “percussion struck idiophones” in Hornbostel-Sachs already anyway) and (possibly) getting rid of “metallophone” (which is almost a duplicate of tuned percussion in function today, and that in meaning is basically just “idiophones made of metal”), which doesn’t seem necessary anymore.

Gamelan! (Photo by Bachtiar Djanan; used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.)
Gamelan! (Photo by Bachtiar Djanan; used under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International license.)

Next, look forward to veena Gamelan!