Sunday Music

It’s a bit “different”.  🙂
I have no idea whether it is traditional or a modern composition, but has definitely some drive – Enjoy!

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11 thoughts on “Sunday Music

  1. Savannah
    A fascinating country, the archipelago is gigantic. Jakarta must be the hell on wheels, only comparable to Mumbay, Mexico City or the like. I was looking for literature here in Germany about Indonesia and there is virtually nothing. My Netherlandish is not good enough to read a whole book. I found only one kind of actual Kunstfuehrer of Djakarta and Yogjakarta in English – written by a priest of the SJ!
    One day …

    Soren!
    But the Indonesians do sound better! In this Irish class one would only learn swear words because the drunk fools generally hurt themselves with the tools …

  2. Ponita
    The gamelan music is also used when wayang kulit, the shadowplay, is performed. The instruments are tuned in their specific way, what means that the distance between single notes is different from what the western hearer expects, so it takes a little time to tune in.
    When you listen to asian flute players – here is one very short towards the end of the play – you realize that they create the tone in another way then western musicians.
    The Chinese instruments with strings, the socalled “Chinese lute” pipa or the “Chinese zither” guzheng allow to modulate the tone. Sometimes I like to listen to various kinds of music. The Japanese have a flute from bamboo. So simple. So difficult. Takes years to learn to breath.

  3. Dear Mago,

    Gamalan misic for breakfast! How marvelous. And from our close neighbour to the north.

    The groups are often found to be playing at most of the big temples that tourist visit a lot.
    We also get regular tours of perfoming puppeteers and gamalan orchestras.
    Some of the puppetry shows can run for many many hours. And the shadow puppets themselves are sheer works of art in their own right.
    The mistc is an aquired taste to our western ears I must admit. But also, a refreshing change from all the “Doof Doof” I hear from passing traffic.

    I think that there are a couple of these groups based locally in Aus.
    Made up from a whole mix of musicians of all backgrounds that get togeter regularly to perform at local festivals etc.

    Indonesian Language is taught as part of the school curriculum out here. Often starting with the basics in Primary school and then following through as an elective in Secondary schools.

    My nieces at primary school can all count to ten and do basic greetings etc. Handy for when they go bartering with the locals in Bali!

  4. Mago, You have again shown music can come in many forms and rhythms. This was something I had never heard before but the musicians were together and I didn’t hear any missed cues. Not sure I would have but
    it was interesting.

  5. Good morning Princess – your new avatar impresses me, must have a look whether IVD has proclaimed a winner.
    I had no idea that Bahasa Indonesia is taught in Australia or that local groups play gamelan music there: Is there an Indonesian immigration? Bali, I want to see it one time.
    But now excuse me, my part of the world is dark now and I am ready to go to bed.

    Joyce
    Ha – glad to have shown something new! On youtube are some videos showing how they produce these gongs and other devices, the leather figures also. I first couldn’t believe the story of these two robbers you mentioned!

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