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MUSICAL INSTRUMENTS OF GOR

Bronze Horn

A large bronze horn normally used before a battle or to announce something.
"Ivar Forkbeard, at the prow, lifted a great, curved bronze horn and blew a blast."
MARAUDERS OF GOR, Pg. 80.

Copper Covered Drum

A large copper covered drum.
"The ringing of the copper covered drum struck with the fur-wrapped wooden mallets suddenly rang out behind us."
GUARDSMAN OF GOR, Pg. 36.

Cymbals

There are various sorts similar to the ones found on Earth.
"There was also a second drummer, also with a kaska, and another fellow, a younger one, who sat very seriously before what appeared to me to be a pile of objects; among them was a notched stick, played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface; cymbals of various sorts; what was obviously a tambourine; and several other instruments of a percussion variety, bits of metal on wires, gourds filled with pebbles, slave bells mounted on hand rings, and such."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pages 153-154

Czehar

Musical instrument consisting of a flat, oblong box, having 8 strings, it is held across the lap when sitting cross-legged and is played with a horn pick; similar to a Japaniese koto.
"One of the instruments was an eight-stringed czehar, rather like a large flat oblong box; it is held across the lap when sitting cross-legged and is played with a horn pick; the other was the kalika, a six-stringed instrument; it, like the czehar, is flat-bridged and its strings are adjusted by means of small wooden cranks; on the other hand, it less resembles a low, flat box and suggests affinities to the banjo or guitar, though the sound box is hemispheric and the neck rather long; it, too, of course, like the czehar, is plucked; I have never seen a bowed instrument on Gor; also, I might mention, I have never on Gor seen any written music; I do not know if a notation exists; melodies are passed on from father to son, from master to apprentice."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pgs. 153-154

Double Flute

Similar to the single flute, only two are connected together and played.
"'Czehar music,' she said, 'and, later, the recitation of poetry by Milo, the famed actor, to the music of the double flute.'"
MAGICIANS OF GOR, Pg. 156

Drum of the Red Hunters

A large drum with wood frame and tabuk hide, normally beaten with a stick used by the Red Hunters.
"The drum of the red hunters is large and heavy."
BEASTS OF GOR, Pg. 262.

Finger Cymbals

Placed on the fingers, they are struck together and played in this way, also referred to as "zills".
"There was a sudden bright clash of the finger cymbals, and, to the music of the nearby tent, Talena, daughter of the Ubar of Ar, began to dance for me."
OUTLAW OF GOR, Pg. 134.

Flute

Same as Earth flute and the players always keep them polished.
"The three flutists were polishing their instruments and talking together; it was shop talk I gathered, because one or the other would stop to illustrate some remark by a passage on his flute, and then one of the others would attempt to correct or improve on what he had done; occasionally their discussion grew heated."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pgs. 153-154

Gourds

Hollowed out and filled with stones and other things, played like rattles.
"There was also a second drummer, also with a kaska, and another fellow, a younger one, who sat very seriously before what appeared to me to be a pile of objects; among them was a notched stick, played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface; cymbals of various sorts; what was obviously a tambourine; and several other instruments of a percussion variety, bits of metal on wires, gourds filled with pebbles, slave bells mounted on hand rings, and such." NOMADS OF GOR,
Pages 153-154.

Herlit Bone Whistle

Hollowed out herlit bird bones used as whistles.
"You could not dare to blow upon the Herlit-bone whistle."
BLOOD BROTHERS OF GOR, Pg. 276.

Kalika

A six-stringed instrument; it, like the czehar, is flat-bridged and its strings are adjusted by means of small wooden cranks; on the other hand, it less resembles a low, flat box and suggests affinities to the banjo or guitar, though the sound box is hemispheric and the neck rather long; it, too, of course, like the czehar, is plucked.
"One of the instruments was an eight-stringed czehar, rather like a large flat oblong box; it is held across the lap when sitting cross-legged and is played with a horn pick; the other was the kalika, a six-stringed instrument; it, like the czehar, is flat-bridged and its strings are adjusted by means of small wooden cranks; on the other hand, it less resembles a low, flat box and suggests affinities to the banjo or guitar, though the sound box is hemispheric and the neck rather long; it, too, of course, like the czehar, is plucked; I have never seen a bowed instrument on Gor; also, I might mention, I have never on Gor seen any written music; I do not know if a notation exists; melodies are passed on from father to son, from master to apprentice."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pgs. 153-154

Kaska

A small hand drum.
"They were not as yet playing, though one of them was absently tapping a rhythm on a small hand drum, the kaska; two others, with stringed instruments, were tuning them, putting their ears to the instruments."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pages 153-154.

Log Drum

Used mainly for communication, this is made out of a hollowed out log.
"Analogues to the major vowel sounds of the inland speech are found in certain of the drum notes, which differ, depending on where the hollowed, grooved log, is struck. The rhythm of the drum message, of course, is the rhythm of the inland speech."
EXPLORERS OF GOR, Pg. 219.

Lute

A wood instrument played similar to the guitar of Earth.
"'You have free woman in mind,' she asked, 'perhaps lute players.'"
MAGICIANS OF GOR, Pg. 156.

Lyre

A string instrument similar to a harp only smaller.
"'It was I,' she continued, 'who apprehended and challenged him, I who saw the lyre beneath his grey robes and knew him for a singer.'"
OUTLAW OF GOR, Pg. 105.

Medicine Drums

Used many times by the medicine men of the Savages.
"'Medicine drums,' said Hci.
BLOOD BROTHERS OF GOR, Pg. 432.

Metal On Wire

Pieces of wire put on metal which would make a metallic sound when shaken.
"There was also a second drummer, also with a kaska, and another fellow, a younger one, who sat very seriously before what appeared to me to be a pile of objects; among them was a notched stick, played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface; cymbals of various sorts; what was obviously a tambourine; and several other instruments of a percussion variety, bits of metal on wires, gourds filled with pebbles, slave bells mounted on hand rings, and such."
NOMADS OF GOR,
Pages 153-154.

Notched stick

Played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface.
"There was also a second drummer, also with a kaska, and another fellow, a younger one, who sat very seriously before what appeared to me to be a pile of objects; among them was a notched stick, played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface; cymbals of various sorts; what was obviously a tambourine; and several other instruments of a percussion variety, bits of metal on wires, gourds filled with pebbles, slave bells mounted on hand rings, and such."
NOMADS OF GOR,
Pages 153-154.

Rattles

Made from various hollowed out items with rocks, pebbles placed inside and shook.
"These rattles were then joined by the fifing of whistles, shrill and high, formed from the wing bones of the taloned Herlit."
BLOOD BROTHERS OF GOR, Pg. 40.

Sistrums

"There was an accompaniment by sistrums."
MARAUDERS OF GOR, Pg. 33.

Slavebells on Hand Rings

Hand rings which have tiny slave bells placed on them, producing a tingling sound when shaken, easily worn during dance.
"There was also a second drummer, also with a kaska, and another fellow, a younger one, who sat very seriously before what appeared to me to be a pile of objects; among them was a notched stick, played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface; cymbals of various sorts; what was obviously a tambourine; and several other instruments of a percussion variety, bits of metal on wires, gourds filled with pebbles, slave bells mounted on hand rings, and such."
NOMADS OF GOR,
Pages 153-154.

Tabor

A small drum.
"I heard a swirl from a flute, the simple flute, not the double flute, and the quick pounding of a small tabor, these instruments now in the hands of Philebus’ assistants."
VAGABONDS OF GOR, Pg. 30.

Tambourine

Bits of metal on wires; gourds filled with pebbles and slave bells mounted on hand rings.
"There was also a second drummer, also with a kaska, and another fellow, a younger one, who sat very seriously before what appeared to me to be a pile of objects; among them was a notched stick, played by sliding a polished tem-wood stick across its surface; cymbals of various sorts; what was obviously a tambourine; and several other instruments of a percussion variety, bits of metal on wires, gourds filled with pebbles, slave bells mounted on hand rings, and such."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pg. 154.

Tarn Drum

Drum carried aboard the Tarns beaten during formations or to communicate amongst squadrons.
"I looked up, hearing tarn drums in the sky."
FIGHTING SLAVE OF GOR, Pg. 178.

Tharlarion Drum

Drum carried aboard Tharlarion that helps set their walk in time.
"I could hear, like the throbbing of a heart, the beating of the two tharlarion drums that set the cadence of the march."
NOMADS OF GOR, Pg. 113.

Trumpet

Similar to Earths' Trumpet.
"Outside, in the canal traffic, I heard a drum, cymbals and trumpets, and a man shouting. He was proclaiming the excellencies of some theatrical troupe, such as the cleverness of its clowns and the beauty of its actresses, probably slaves."
PLAYERS OF GOR, Pgs. 9.

Twin Tabors

A small double-drum.
"A skirl on a flute and a sudden pounding on twin tabors, small, hand drums, called my attention to the square of sand at the side of which sat the musicians."
EXPLORERS OF GOR, Pg. 133.

Zills

Finger cymbals.
"I glanced within, for I heard from within the clash of slave bells and the bright sound of zills, or finger cymbals."
EXPLORERS OF GOR, Pg. 21.

MONEY

Copper Tarn Disk

a unit of currency
"Hup wildly thrust a small, stubby, knobby hand into his pouch and hurled a coin, a copper tarn disk, to Kuurus who caught it..." Assassin of Gor, Pg. 13.

Copper Tarsk Disk

a unit of currency
"It seems there are usually eight tarsk bits in a copper tarsk, and that these are the result of cutting a circular coin in half, and then the halves in half, and then each of these halves in half." Magicians of Gor, Pg. 469.

Double Tarn Disk

a unit of currency twice the weight of a normal tarn disk.
"For example, a 'double tarn' is twice the weight of a 'tarn'." Magicians of Gor, Pg. 469.

Gold Tarn Disk

a gold tarn disk is a fortune on Gor

"A golden tarn disk was a small fortune. It would buy one of the great birds themselves, or as many as five slave girls." Tarnsman of Gor, Pg. 191.

Silver Tarn Disk

a silver tarn disk is worth much on Gor

"Actually, fifty silver tarn disks was an extremely high price, and indicated the girl was probably of high caste as well as extremely beautiful. An ordinary girl, of low caste, comely but untrained, might, depending on the market, sell for as little as five or as many as thirty tarn disks." Outlaw of Gor, Pg. 193.

Silver Tarsk

"Accordingly on this approach, the equivalencies, very approximately and probably only for certain cities, would be eight tarsk bits to the copper tarsk, one hundred copper tarsks to a silver tarsk, and ten silver tarsks to a gold piece, a single tarn." Magicians of Gor, Pg. 469.

Tarsk Bit

"On this approach, there would be, literally, 8,000 tarsk bits in a single gold piece." Magicians of Gor, Pg. 469.

eight Tarsk Bits in a Copper Tarsk

one hundred Copper Tarsk in a Silver Tarsk

ten Silver Tarsks are equal to one Gold piece, one Tarn

eight Tarsk Bits equal one Copper Tarsk

one hundred Copper Tarsks = Silver Tarsk

ten Silver Tarsk = Gold Piece, one Tarn

eight thousand Tarsk Bits = one Gold Piece



EARTH EQUIVALENT


1 Copper Tarsk= $0.01

1 Silver Tarsk=$1.00

1 Gold Tarn=$10.00