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[Audio] Gamelan Semar Pegulingan Club – “Gambang” (1972)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 6, 2009

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Gamelan Semar Pegulingan Club – “Gambang” (1972)

Apparently representative of an older, more traditional style of gamelan from Bali, to Western ears this still sounds like the future, even after Steve Reich, speed metal, math-rock, d’n’b, etc.  Nothing I’ve ever heard matches the rhythmic intensity and complexity of the faster styles of gamelan, especially not whist being so beautiful: those ringing bells, the floating flute lines, the subtle drumming, those deep resonating gong-like bells.  Played by an orchestra or a small group, it sounds like it could only have been played by a hundred-armed computer with a soul.

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  1. ohrensause said, on March 6, 2009 at 11:27 pm

    those fast-played bells are totally mesmeric. and the flute is somewhere in between the indian flute used for snake charming and the meditative, calm japanese bamboo flute shakuhachi. phantastico. not sure if it is only me but the streams don’t work right now here. they buffer forever. when all is buffered (the thin blue progress line is completedl) nothing happens.

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