Traditional Music Culture Called The Gamelan
Are you ever hear about The Gamelan? a traditional Music culture from indonesia? if you haven’t hear it, this is about music tools which is have a unique music sound to hypnotize and bring you onto the past of the Indonesian History.
What is Gamelan?
Gamelan is a set traditional music ensemble from Indonesia, consisting of several instruments like Gong, Kendang or gendang, Gambang, Bonang, Demung, Suling (indonesia traditional flute), kempul, Peking, and Siter. most of the Gamelan musical instrument played by means beaten, except of Suling and Siter. Mostly The gamelan played in traditional ceremonies culture such as welcoming guests, big national events and weddings.
Gamelan music is a combination of the influence of foreign art diverse. Not regard the tone of Chinese, Southeast Asian musical instruments, drum band and rocking music from India, bowed strings from the Middle East, Europe and even the military style that we hear the traditional music of Java and Bali today.
Gamelan orchestra tuning and making is a complex process. Gamelan tuning using four ways, namely slendro, pelog, “gamelan” (special area of Sunda, or West Java), and “madenda” (also known as the diatonic, the same as the original minor scale that is widely used in Europe.
Interaction component is loaded with melody, rhythm and voice color defend Bali gamelan orchestra music success. This musical pillars unify various Balinese rural community character be a special order that music is part and parcel of everyday life.
The History of Gamelan
The emergence of gamelan preceded by Hindu-Buddhist culture which is dominated Indonesia in the early time recording history, also represents indonesia original art.The Gamelan Instrumenr developed to shape up like this now in the days of the Majapahit Kingdom. In the significant difference between the music of India, the only impact the Indian’s in gamelan music is how to sing the songs.
In Javanese mythology, the gamelan created by Sang Hyang Guru in Saka era, the god who dominates the whole of Java, with the castle on the mountain Mahendra in Medangkamulan (now Mount Sidoarjo). Sang Hyang Guru first created the gong to summon the gods. To order a more specific then create two gongs, and finally formed a set of gamelan.
you can watch the gamelan music implementation in sundanese traditional wedding above with some traditonal dancer which performs to welcome the man bride.