Gamelan is the music created by the blended sound of traditional musical instruments. Gamelan easily found in various regions of Indonesia. This gamelan music can be found in Java, Madura, Bali, and Lombok. Of course, the variants of instruments that used are different.
A set of Javanese gamelan consists of several instruments, including a set of drum called kendang, rebab (fiddle), celempung (zither), gambang (xylophone), gongs and bamboo flutes called seruling. The main components that make up the gamelan music instruments are bamboo, metal, and wood. Each tool has its own function in gamelan music, for example, gong played to close a long rhythm and give the balance.
Gamelan can be seen as a separate musical performances as well as dance accompanist. As a separate performance, gamelan music is usually combined with the voices of the Javanese singers called wiraswara (male singer) and waranggana (female singer).
Currently, only a few young people are able to play the gamelan. They prefer to play modern instruments such as guitars, keyboards, drums and so on. Lucky me, I’m one who can and love to play gamelan music. (Hey, am I still young?) Want to see me play? Please come to Yogyakarta… 🙂
Sorry, I just got some pictures of gamelan. I’m trying to complete the pictures soon.