Byzantine Editor

Note: The Byzantine Editor allows you to edit byzantine music, which is Greece-specific music used only in vocal singing and in Church and/or traditional songs only. If you are only interested in standard European Notation, you will not find the following information useful.

Note: It is very important to notice that byzantine symbols are not restrictive; Unlike european music, which a note is fixed in its place and altering it is an error, it is very common (if not necessary) for a byzantine music performer to alter (slightly or heavily) the text, depending on the context. Therefore, you have to listen to an actual performer to understand the meaning of byzantine music because TP will play notes as you insert them; A byzantine music performer will alter them to enhance the audition's experience inside a church. Therefore TP works mostly for "educational" purposes, to show the beginner how the stuff works, but it is not a real human performer replacer.

The Turbo Play Byzantine Editor (TPBE) is a simple tool to create byzantine music. Byzantine music is a system of single-voice music (you cannot have more than one note at the same time) that uses specific symbols. There are 2 major differences with the European Notation:

Note: Because of these differences, a normal midi track cannot be converted to a byzantine track, and a byzantine track cannot be converted back to a normal midi track. A byzantine track can be converted to a midi track with AEN, but after that it can't go back to byzantine.

Byzantine Notes

The basic symbols of byzantine music are:


There are also a number of other symbols with various combination moves. If you are further interested, contact me. You can experiment with TPBE and play the output so you can see how byzantine notation works. TPBE supports most possible combinations.

It is important to specify that, although TP will allow you to use these symbols in any way you want, the byzantine music has some rules regarding which item can be placed after or before an item. Therefore, for example, you can insert a +6 after a -7, but in reality you will never see such a thing in an actual byzantine score.

There is also rythm in byzantine music, which is a symbol placed above or below a note.


Byzantine Modes

The 4 modes set by the byzantine rules are:

You can set the next mode using the 4 special symbols in the toolbar or with the mouse right click.

TP uses pitch shift MIDI messages to play these non-standard MIDI notes, and the extended accidental notation to represent them in the european score (For more, see Score Editor).