Tuesday, 9 March 2010

Bali: Les Celebres Gamelans (1972)


This is a lovely recording of Gamelan music from Bali. The album was released in 1972 and the recordings were made by Gerard Kremer at various Gamelan performances including dances and shadow-puppet theatres:

"Gamelan is comparable only to two things: moonlight and flowing water, it is pure and mysterious like moonlight, it is always the same and always changing like flowing water. It forms for our ears no song, this music, it is a state of being, such as moonlight itself which lies poured out over the land. It flows murmuring, tinkling and gurgling like water in a mountain stream. Yet it is never monotonous. Sometimes the sounds flow faster and louder, just as water also sometimes speaks more loudly in the night only to sink back again quietly."
--Leonard Huizinga when describing Javanese gamelan music.


Tracklist:
01 Rayamanat Ballet
02 Barung
03 Defile de Offrandes
04 Ketjak
05 Gender Wayang
06 Pendet
07 Legong

Get it HERE.

7 comments:

Louis said...

This is really fantastic! It's always a rare treat when stumbling upon something like this. Thank you!

Mr Tear said...

Thanks Louis, glad you're enjoying these entrancing sounds.

Anonymous said...

This is a nice change of pace.

I'm really loving the Ebenezer Obey "What God Has Joined Together" - in fact, side-one has been listened to about 10 times now.

Thanks for everything.

Anonymous said...

Thanks so much for this - you'll find over 20 recordings of gamelan at the brilliant braingoreng.blogspot.com.

Cheers, Dave Sez.

Janas said...

Thank you very much for these beautiful recordings of Gerard Kremer. Very well ripped vinyl!

Anonymous said...

Hi. Can this be re-posted? Many thanks. Gerry.

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