The colotomic structure is:
- ...P ...P
- TNTN TNTN
with both lines played together, and T indicating a stroke of the kethuk, P the kempul, and N the kenong. The kenong and kempul always play the seleh. In slendro manyura, the gong suwukan is used instead of the kempul.
It usually begins in irama lancar, and then slows down to tanggung, dados, or rangkep.
The ayak-ayakan is often used to accompany the entrance of puppets, or the transition between pathets.
- Neil Sorrell. A Guide to the Gamelan. London: Faber and Faber, 1990. Page 69.