Ancient Traditions –
Future Possibilities:

Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India

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by Matthew Montfort

 

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Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2.
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Online Training from Ancient Traditions

World Rhythm Training: (online world music training)
Africa (West African polyrhythm exercises & MIDI files)
Bali (Balinese gamelan exercises & MIDI files)
India (North and South Indian tala exercises & MIDI files)
Fusion (fusion exercises and MIDI files from the Future Possibilities chapter)
Skype Lessons (private online lessons with the author)

World Rhythm Training Manual

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Rhythmic Training Through the Traditions of Africa, Bali and India. By Matthew Montfort. Mill Valley: Panoramic Press, 1985. ISBN 0-937879-00-2. Comb Bound Book- $46.95 (SALE $33.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. Best Buy! Book and Companion Audio Guide/MIDI Groove Track CD/CD-ROM Set- $74.95 (SALE $53.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. New Best Buy! Book & Audio Guide/MIDI Download- $69.95 (SALE $49.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is the "world beat bible" by the leader of the popular world fusion music ensemble, Ancient Future. The book takes the student on a musical voyage through these great ancient rhythmic traditions with a series of exercises that require no instruments to perform. Interesting, imaginative and fun, these rhythm exercises will be of immense help to all musicians, useful for both home study and in the classroom.

Back CoverThe author, Matthew Montfort, holds an M.A. in World Music from Antioch University. He has drawn on his years of study with the master musicians of Africa, Bali and India to create this world rhythm training manual.

  • Optional set of audio tracks with MIDI files on CD-ROM or as downloads
  • A must for all music students, teachers, and professional musicians
  • Not just for percussionists
  • Develops refined rhythmic skills
  • Excellent reference work
  • Enables home study of non-Western rhythms, eliminating costly trips around the globe
  • Stimulates new ideas for composers
  • Enough exercises for years of study
  • Perfect textbook for multi-cultural musicianship courses
  • Convenient plastic comb binding
  • Table of Contents

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks

A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks

NEW! Complete Companion Set Now Available as Downloads or on CD/CD-ROM:
A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks: Volume I: Ch. 1-2, West Africa/Bali
A.T.F.P. Audio Guide Tracks: Volume II: Ch. 3-4, India/Future Possibilities
Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks

Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: Audio Guide and MIDI Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. V. 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient-Future.Com (AF-0001, 2005. V 4.0, 2017). Companion Audio Guide/MIDI Groove Tracks 2 Volume CD/CD-ROM Set- $39.95 (SALE 28.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now. New! MP3 Guide/MIDI Groove Tracks Download Set- $34.95 (SALE 24.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

This complete set of audio guide and MIDI groove tracks of the exercises in Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities is the result of many years of work in production. West African drum music, Balinese gamelan, and Indian tala are oral traditions. These sound files make it possible to add the traditional element of learning by ear to the practice of the exercises from the book. The new downloads are set up for playback on Mac and PC computers, tablets, and iOS and Android smart phones.

The MIDI groove tracks will playback in MIDI compatible web browsers. For greater control, load them into a MIDI sequencer to change the tempo (try half speed for initial practice), listen to individual parts, or remap the sounds to different MIDI instruments. The MIDI groove tracks also make creative starting points for producing unique rhythm tracks incorporating African, Balinese, and Indian rhythms.

The 2 CD/CD-ROM set includes 115 audio guide tracks for easy playback on CD players and 128 MIDI groove tracks on a CD-ROM session for Mac or PC systems. The new download version features all the same material in mp3 audio and MIDI file format for playback on computers, tablets, and smart phones.

NEW: Download MIDI Groove Tracks Only

Ancient Rhythms – Future Grooves: MIDI Percussion Groove Tracks from the Traditions of Africa, Bali, and India. Version 4.0. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (1997. V. 4.0 2017). MIDI File Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

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Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities: MP3 Audio Guide Tracks. By Matthew Montfort. Kentfield: Ancient Future Music (2005). Companion MP3 Audio Guide Tracks Download- $24.95 (SALE 17.95): Add 1 to Cart. Buy 1 Now.

Skype School

Skype online music lesson guitar pick icon carved in Bali for Matthew Montfort

Further instruction on this material is available through private Skype lessons with the author, Matthew Montfort.

The Quotes

"A very useful contribution to musical scholarship."Lou Harrison (1917-2003), prominent composer and founder of the American gamelan movement

"You've heard Afro-Pop, sitar, gamelan and world music for years. But do you know what they are and how they work? Better yet, would you like to play those twisted cross-rhythms and melodies? In Ancient Traditions – Future Possibilities, Matthew Montfort, a founding member of the world music band Ancient Future, has put together the book for people who want to dig into world music with both hands. The first section of the book covers traditional music of West Africa, Bali and India with theories and exercises. Wherever possible, Montfort has provided beat counts alongside the standard musical notation so even if you can't read music, you can still learn the rhythms. The last section of the book mixes patterns from different cultures, demonstrating the powerful music these simple exercises can generate."– Richard Kadrey, San Francisco Chronicle

"A hands-on exploration of Balinese, African, and Indian rhythms that should appeal to all musicians. One needn't play percussion instruments, or any instruments at all, for that matter, to use and benefit from the book." Drums and Drumming

"A very practical manual. There is enough material to keep interested musicians busy for years. Montfort has done a great service for western musicians interested in world music. A pleasure to work with."Option

"Very highly recommended for any instrumentalists hoping to expand their rhythmic horizons. If you've never investigated the beautiful clash of African polyrhythm, the incredible interlocking textures of Balinese music, or the complex metric structure of Indian classical music, check out Ancient Traditions – it will blow your mind and deepen your groove."Guitar Player

"If you're tired of programming your drum machine with the same old 4/4 back-beat, or you want to sharpen your rhythmic chops, this book is highly recommended."Electronic Musician

"An excellent book for use in percussion technique sessions or other classroom situations. The descriptive material is lucidly written and is aimed at a novice."Percussive Notes

"Not just a book about world music, but a guide book on how to create it. Sections include styles of Northern and Southern India, West Africa and Balinese gamelan. In the 'Future Possibilities' section, you see how to combine styles into something new, weird and beautiful."Covert Culture Sourcebook

"Offers a series of enjoyable exercises based on authentic rhythms and mnemonic found in the featured cultures. Appropriate for grade 3+ though adult expert, all can be performed using hands, voice, body or desks, cans, etc. or traditional instruments."World Music at West MUSIC

"A friendly yet serious appetizer on three of the most sophisticated rhythm systems on earth; a chance to work on your rhythmic sight reading; a three-culture dip with matching mp3s for your ears; a gateway to exotic spices, complete with MIDI files, for your songwriting or drumming; or a fun way to organically digest complex time signatures. No matter how you slice it, this scholarly labor of love is packed with rich flavors for those patient enough to harvest them." – E.E. Bradman, Bass Player Magazine