“The Maya is a Mesoamerican civilization initially established during the Pre-Classic period (c. 2000 BC to AD 250) According to the Mesoamerican chronology, many Maya cities reached their highest state of development during the Classic period (c. AD 250 to 900), and continued throughout the Post-Classic period until the arrival of the Spanish. ”Maya civilization noted for the only known fully developed written language of the pre-Columbian Americas, and also for its art, architecture, and mathematical and astronomical systems.
Music played a key role in Maya Cultural heritage and it is believed that musicians played a vital role in many ceremonial functions . In various funeral ceremonies a procession of drum and flute players would follow the casket of important women, filling the air with a gloomy and natural tune. After the casket is laid, the musicians would then cast their instruments, breaking them in the tomb just before it is sealed.
It came from Archaeological findings that common people too in Maya culture did share interests in music and it was certain that simple drums and whistles filled many houses in ancient Maya territories.
The Indian civilizations of South and Central America have rich musical culture identities. Flutes, including panpipes and whistles are most important instruments in both music cultures. In the light of above evidences on Maya civilization , “MAYAN” have got significant references as technology expert in ancient Sanskrit and Tamil texts of India.
At present traditional Maya music is gaining importance and can be heard in You Tube. For example ancient Mayan clay flutes re-created by ReyOrtega.Listen the music in http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cWjOaZFXo3s
Mayan music and Music Skills.org
Dr.Vee, a doctorate in physics of music is the head of R and D team of Music skills.org and he is in progression of developing a new music composing technique based on his discoveries in ancient Tamil texts like tholkAppiam, chilappathikAram and ancient texts in Sanskrit. Through that composing technique , he is in the process of developing an application software to decipher the ‘frozen’ music in architecture designs like Mayan architecture. Fortunately he came across South American Shepherd Flute structure probably related to Mayan Civilization in a book in an Indian Theosophical library at Adyar, Chennai. Through his further research he found some Mayan related ancient texts in Tamil & Sanskrit and he established a Mayan connection to the composing technique as well.
Eventually Dr.Vee composed an instrumental Indian melody involving South American Shepherd Flute structures for Pallavi and Charanams in a computer without using any musical instruments. However these melodies will be improvised at a later stage with acoustic music involving traditional Maya music instruments.
To listen the instrumental Indian melody involving South American Shepherd Flute structures please visit 'Synthetic Music Demo' page in our site www.musicskills.org
Through the research of Dr.Vee we have found a number of books for grammar of different Maya languages. Using those books we aim to structure a grammar for Maya Music and in fact we extend our invitation to Maya music researchers, performers and experts in order to work with them by initiating joint music projects to bring out the grammar for Maya Music applying Music Information Technology as we did earlier to converge Music with Information Technology and to convert any world music into western score view format.
Please also visit http://musicdrvee.blogspot.in/ to read about the research findings of Dr.Vee.including ancient music treasures that could be used with modern music information technology in order to bring out thousands of unused compositions in world music.