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What does this notation mean?

Notation

It is in 5/8 time. Is it some sort of a performance direction?

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The beam fragments drawn through stems mean that each of the 8th notes should be divided into two 16th notes.

This has nothing to do with the 5/8 time, it's simply a shorthand notation to save writing a lot of note heads, particularly for dense tremolos.

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