sflib/japan

Currently all of the soundfiles in /sflib/japan are monophonic plucked chordophone samples extracted by Kevin Ernste from the Welcome to Japan compact disc. A DAT copy of this cd, available in the ECMC DAT Tape Library, contains many additional Japanese sound samples, although most of these are phrases rather than isolated single tones.

Here is a summary of the current contents of /sflib/japan:

Gidayu

DurationSoundfileComments
1.063gidayu.2tonechordal strum, c4 - Bf3
4.485gidayu.chopvoice into g4
3.905gidayu.cresc voice -> f3
3.457gidayu.g2buzzy
3.202gidayu.g3buzzy
5.219gidayu.glissc3 - d3
4.078gidayu.gliss2also c3 - d3 very similar
4.88gidayu.pluckg2
2.758 gidayu.snap f3, fast wide vibrato
0.813 gidayu.snap2f4 -> g4
3.807gidayu.tuned4 -> c4
1.773 gidayu.twang(f4) -> g4

Jiuta

DurationSoundfileComments
3.496jiuta.d3buzzy
3.474jiuta.d4sharp attack
3.487jiuta.g3also d3
1.275 jiuta.gracebf3 -> c4
2.831jiuta.grace8va bf4 -> c5
4.186 jiuta.turn c4 -> d4

Kokyu

DurationSoundfileComments
9.697kokyu.c5long, bowed, airy
1.512 kokyu.longgliss down into long tremolo on ef5
1.068kokyu.pluckc5 short
5.713kokyu.slideg4 -> a4 ponticello quality (almost sounds 8va)

Koto

(None of the koto soundfiles include pitch slides)
DurationSoundfileComments
2.132koto.d3contains some clicks
2.093koto.g3thin
2.276koto.a3sharper attack than g3
2.263koto.bf3also sharp attack, quick decay
2.105koto.d4ditto
1.971 koto.ef4ditto
1.91koto.g4ditto